As of July 15th, Ethiopia has resumed it ‘s internet connection through WIFI only. Until full restoration The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretariat Office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is available only during working hours at GMT+3.
Questions for reflection.
How can the private sector be involved in peace building ?
Are there Alternative Measures that could be effective in managing misinformation ?
How to sensitize the society to make critical decisions on Social Media spread Information ?
Please Refer to the article below to have an understanding the impact of the intervention of the private sector.
Source: Fortune News
Internet shutdowns, which occurred 13 times over the past four years, no longer just affect micro businesses such as internet cafes. An exploding internet penetration rate, at over a fifth of the population size now, is impacting thriving digital-based markets and industries, from taxi hailing cabs and delivery services to information technology firms. The consequences are affecting an ever growing portion of the population at a time when the economy is slowing, and chief among these were drivers working for taxi hailing companies.
“We tried to contact the call center to see what options there were,” said a driver that worked for the taxi hailing company RIDE, which uses GPS tracking to calculate fare prices and has now ceased operations following the internet blackout. “But we couldn’t get through” to the company, continued the frustrated driver, whose income was halved in the past week.
For the tiny but developing IT industry that had been seeing encouraging results following the increasing importance of digital services during the COVID-19 pandemic and government initiatives to improve connectivity, the blackout was a rude awakening. The alternatives some have sought, such as resorting to SMS texts, are a poor substitute for the flexibility and dynamism the internet had provided, and it is “now extremely discouraging to venture into e-commerce.”
“We’ll be incorporating [issues like internet shutdowns] in the plans that will follow the strategy,” was the response from the Ministry of Innovation & Technology.
Beyond the economic implications, digital rights advocacy groups insist that internet shutdowns are not long-term solutions, if not counter-productive. The content on the internet is a reflection of sentiments on the ground, argue these groups, and the answer to the political unrest should instead come through mediation.
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