On 14th January 2021-the election day, the government of Uganda ordered telecom companies to block access to social media platforms and so many online services were restricted in an attempt to quell threats against national security during elections.
What followed was an exasperating experience.
Against this backdrop of the numbing experience of living through internet shutdown and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) informed our research to investigate how online platforms reshaped and disrupted political participation in the 2020/21 General Election in Uganda.
This report is here to reopen the chapters of Uganda’s 2020/21General Election to and also give recommendations on what will be done on what could go wrong. Also the report explores how online platforms became a new frontier to changing and framing the election narratives.
We are thankful to Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Songa Samuel Stone for supporting the publication of this report.
Digital Voters Manipulation Confrence