Rural Aid Foundation (RAFO)
Frank Ategeka, Rural Aid Foundation, Open Internet for Democracy Fellow
Frank Ategeka, Rural Aid Foundation Asiimwe George, Refugee Community Technology Access project
Aazore, Fred Kwadwo
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Globally, state imposed internet shutdowns have been reported. However, the impact of internet shutdowns on vulnerable persons such as refugees and host communities remains scarce, This session is aimed at sharing research findings on the impact of internet shutdown on refugees and host communities in Uganda. The research further explores how the implications of internet shutdown on refugees and host communities were exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic between March 2020 and October 2021. The session will discuss internet shutdown coping strategies adopted by refugees and host communities.The study session will further explore refugee and host community awareness of laws and policies governing internet shutdown in Uganda. This research was conducted as part of Frank Ategeka’s Open Internet Leaders program. The session will initiate discussions on the implications of internet shutdown on refugees and host communities in Uganda at community, national, regionally and global levels.
My session will be hybrid and I am ready to present either onsite or online.