Ethiopia hosts UN internet meeting after cutting off Tigray

News Summary

  • GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. body devoted to promoting broader and better access to the internet is about to hold its annual meeting in Ethiopia, whose government has cut off internet access in its northern Tigray region during a two-year war there.
  • It will focus this year’s meeting on “connecting all people and safeguarding human rights,” and avoiding internet fragmentation.
  • Fighting in the Oromia region this week led to several dozen casualties, witnesses said.The rights office noted that Ethiopia is far from the only country to impose restrictions on the internet.
  • It said shutdowns often occurred in places where governments carry out armed operations — and some may have been aimed to cover up human rights violations.
  • Organizers of the meeting seek concrete steps to achieve “universal and meaningful internet connectivity.”The Geneva-based forum laments that 2.7 billion people worldwide remain unconnected.
  • A U.N. report published in June noted internet shutdowns or clampdowns on social media in places including Myanmar, Sudan and Russia.
By JAMEY KEATEN and CARA ANNA Associated PressGENEVA (AP) A U.N. body devoted to promoting broader and better access to the internet is about to hold its annual meeting in Ethiopia, whose governm [+4964 chars]