Internet News - In Brief

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- Leading press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned Uganda’s Communications Commission for ordering the blocking of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter earlier this month. In their statement, the journalists’ rights group highlights the need for governments to take a hands off approach to the Internet and freedom of speech.

- The State IT Agency (SITA) cannot comment on the nature or extent of a fault which resulted in numerous government Web sites going offline last week, “due to security issues”. Affected Web sites included large portions of government's primary landing portal (www.gov.za) and information hub (www.Info.gov.za). These sites provide critical public access to a variety of documents considered to be of significant interest or importance to the country's citizens, including speeches and statements, tender bulletins, events and the latest documents to be published for comment.

- Habari Node Limited, Tanzania’s Northern region's leading Internet Provider, has expanded its network coverage to Kilimanjaro region. HNL has installed a base station at Kwa Sadala (Boma Ng'ombe) which will provide broadband connectivity to the area.

- Kenyan cyber game diehards dedicated this year's event to Japan earthquake victims. According to the organiser Nathan Masyuko, this is because most of the computer products come from Japan. "If you carefully check out most of our computers, you will definitely find out that each of them has a component from Japan and that is why we decided to dedicate this event to the country just to raise awareness”.