Before its recent general elections, the government of Uganda Shut down the internet. The country had a nationwide internet blackout a day before its election.
According to NetBlocks and other internet monitoring agencies, internet service across Uganda reduced to 18%. This is not a nice development in the 21st century. Hence, there is a need for a decentralized internet that will be third-party free.
Airtel Uganda, a mobile-network operator also made a public announcement informing Ugandans of a temporary halt to social-media activities. Major urban regions with the most severe internet outage were Jinja, Mbale, Gulu, and Kampala.
Another report by Oracle also indicates a massive drop in Traceroute completion. Traceroute is a network tool that shows the route taken by IP network packets and used for diagnosing network problems.
There were also rumors of internet shut-down during the EndSars protest in Nigeria in late 2020. Therefore, African blockchain communities need to work on building a fully decentralized internet. Thus, reinforcing an open internet service, free of dominating censorship.
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