Code for Africa partners with Zimbabwe’s Centre for Innovation & Technology to encourage adoption of digital security tools

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By Sean Ndlovu, CITE

The mass protests that rocked Zimbabwe on January 14 led to the government shutting down internet services in an attempt to quell the violence and destruction of property.

The shutdown not only affected communication and business, but also media organisations.

Media and civil society organisations had to resort to limited sms communications to disseminate information during the blackout, but could not share it quickly.

This shutdown has highlighted the dangers media practitioners face when exposed to such environments and how to remain operational when there is an internet blackout.

This has prompted the need to train media personnel and members of civil society organisations on how to use VPNs (virtual private networks) and how to be safe online. …



The African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) is a coalition of the continent’s best muckraking newsrooms and centers.

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