Ahead of Zimbabwe’s July 30, many people wondered if whoever is in charge would keep the internet on, given that internet shutdowns and blackouts have become a trend in Africa, particularly around elections. While the anticipated internet disruptions did not happen as expected, there were other interesting developments. Riots erupted last week in Harare as election results delayed, prompting concerns of internet censorship events being triggered. Internet censorship has been measured in Zimbabwe all along (since 2016).
The reality is, there have so far been no measures that have successfully prevented errant governments from executing mass web blockades. After close to three months without Internet access, last week the Anglophone regions of Cameroon finally saw the lifting of an Internet ban that was imposed in January in response to anti-government protests in that country. It is estimated that Cameroon realised close to US $5 million in economic loses attributable to.