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Internet Blackouts, Elections Increasingly Linked in African Countries

It’s becoming commonplace in many African nations:  as an election approaches, the internet goes dark. Gabon is the latest country to employ internet censorship during a closely contested election, but other countries, including Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Chad, Mali, Zimbabwe and the Republic of Congo have used the tactic this year, either during elections or in response to protests. Observers say that as internet access becomes a necessity in the lives of many people, a dialogue is...

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