Norman is a technologist and the technology program associate at Digital Literacy Initiative. He conducts digital projects and guides discussions shaping the digital economy, while being a prolific conference speaker and active participant in the African digital rights community.
What can be done?
A healthy internet is safe and private. With more people working and studying from home due to the outbreak of COVID-19, attention to privacy and security online has become a very important aspect of life online. Internet users should be able to have greater choice over what information they share with what organizations and for what benefit. They should have the freedom to express themselves online without unwarranted surveillance, and they should be able to safeguard their information against attacks through online anonymization tools or private networks, for example.
Uganda's Communication Commission launched free hotspots to provide broadband services at five borders, providing connectivity in transit areas and facilitating business during COVID-19.