Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Report: Internet Freedom in Ethiopia

In the age of rapid digital expansion, internet freedom holds immense significance in shaping societies and empowering individuals. Within Ethiopia, a nation experiencing significant growth in digital connectivity, the topic of internet freedom has garnered substantial attention.

Internet freedom will enable Ethiopians to access an array of information, including news, educational resources, research materials, and global perspectives. It has offered an avenue for individuals to expand their knowledge, stay informed, and engage in continuous learning. Internet freedom has empowered Ethiopians to freely express their opinions, share their thoughts, and engage in public discourse. This fosters a culture of open dialogue, encourages diverse viewpoints, and contributes to a vibrant democratic society. An open and free internet enables economic growth and entrepreneurship as it provides a platform for businesses to reach customers, market products and services. Internet freedom fuels innovation, fosters digital entrepreneurship, and contributes to job creation and economic empowerment.

Ethiopia is one of the most restrictive nations in the world when it comes to internet usage. The government controls the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, enabling it to shut down or limit information streams and access to internet and mobile phone services.

The war in Ethiopia has resulted in not only the loss of lives and mass destructions but also losses in revenues of businesses to the tune of $146 Million in 2022 due to the internet shutdown in the Tigray region even after a treaty was signed a year ago to end two years of conflict.

This report delves into the current state of internet freedom in Ethiopia, highlights the challenges it encounters, and explores opportunities for cultivating a more open and inclusive digital environment

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