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South Africans Battle To Bridge Digital Divide In COVID-19 Vaccination Race

South Africans Battle To Bridge Digital Divide In COVID-19 Vaccination Race

When Esther Dhlamini went to collect her pension in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, she was surprised to find a local bishop on hand to soothe her fears about COVID-19 vaccination and register her for the jab on his mobile phone. Community “foot soldiers” like the bishop are among numerous initiatives being scrambled across South Africa to […]

How Lack Of Internet Access Has Limited Vaccine Availability For Racial And Ethnic Minorities

How Lack Of Internet Access Has Limited Vaccine Availability For Racial And Ethnic Minorities

Racial and ethnic minority communities that lack internet access have been left behind in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The average monthly cost of internet access, about US$70, can be out of reach for those who can barely afford groceries. Reporters and scholars have written about the effects of lack of internet access in rural areas in the U.S. and developing […]

Internet Access Returns To Sudan After Court Order

Internet Access Returns To Sudan After Court Order

Sudan’s telecom providers have begun restoring mobile access to the internet weeks after service was cut off following a deadly crackdown on protesters, Al Jazeera reports. The television news network reports that a court-ordered that services be restored on Tuesday after lawyer Abdelazim al-Hassan launched a lawsuit challenging the block. Local news website Radio Dabanga is quoting Shamseldin […]

$408M To Expand Internet Access For Women ‘Sitting Dormant’, UN Report Says

$408M To Expand Internet Access For Women ‘Sitting Dormant’, UN Report Says

New research indicates more than $4008million in public funding collected to expand internet access in Africa is sitting dormant in public coffers. The research from the Web Foundation, Alliance for Affordable Internet and United Nations Women, released at the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, found many governments are failing to take action […]

Turkey Blocks Access To WikiLeaks After Ruling Party Email Dump

Turkey Blocks Access To WikiLeaks After Ruling Party Email Dump

Turkey has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website, the telecoms watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after it leaked thousands of ruling party emails just as Ankara grapples with the aftermath of a failed military coup. Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges and teachers have been suspended or detained since the attempted coup on the weekend, and […]