Coalition of Civil Society Groups Launches Tool to Track Responses to Disinformation in Sub Saharan Africa

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) together with Global Partners Digital (GPD), ARTICLE 19, PROTEGE QV and  the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria on June 17, 2020, jointly launched an interactive map to track and analyse disinformation laws, policies and patterns of enforcement across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The map offers a birds-eye view of trends in state responses to disinformation across the region, as well as in-depth analysis of the state of play in individual countries, using a bespoke framework to assess whether laws, policies and other state responses are human rights-respecting.

Developed against a backdrop of rapidly accelerating state action on COVID-19 related disinformation, the map is an open, iterative product. At the time of launch, it covers 31 countries (see below for the full list), with an aim to expand this in the coming months. All data, analysis and insight on the map has been generated by groups and actors based in Africa.