The Chinese-inspired model of government control over digital communications and internet activity is becoming increasingly popular in a number of African countries. While no African country goes to the lengths that China does in regulating online behavior, states like Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Ethiopia are definitely employing many of the same tactics first introduced by China to control information, monitor dissidents, and regulate online content.
These government surveillance capabilities are further enhanced by the fact that new Chinese-built telecom networks across the continent make it easier than ever to impose enhanced control.
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