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Restricting digital media is a gamble for African leaders

By Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz, Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University
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COVID-19 pushed much of the world into the digital realm for everything from schooling and work to religious worship and dating. At the same time, many governments were turning data connections off. Full or partial shutdowns of the internet and social media are increasingly common parts of the “digital authoritarian” toolkit.

Many leaders seem threatened by the way digital media make it possible to share information and organise. Research

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