This project is a collaborative initiative between the EIDR Unit and several partner organisations including Global Partners Digital (GPD), Article 19 West Africa, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), and PROTEGE QV. The project assesses government responses to disinformation in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Disinformation Tracker was developed in 2018 under this project and was later updated and relaunched under the name LEXOTA - Laws on Expression Online: Tracker and Analysis on 10 May 2022. LEXOTA is a new interactive tool to help human rights defenders track and analyse government responses to online disinformation across Sub-Saharan Africa. The updated LEXOTA tool offers a comprehensive overview of laws, policies and other government actions on disinformation in sub-Saharan Africa. The tool is powered by multilingual data and context-sensitive insight from civil society organisations and uses a detailed framework to assess whether government responses to disinformation are rights-respecting.
LEXOTA was developed to support those working to defend internet freedom and freedom of expression across the region, by making data on these government actions accessible and comparable. As an open, iterative product, LEXOTA will be regularly verified, updated and enriched with new data sources and features over time.
As part of the promotional activities under the Disinformation Tracker and LEXOTA, the EIDR Unit undertook the following:
Human Rights Talk 11: Government responses to disinformation in Sub-Saharan Africa
In beta podcast - Tracking disinformation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Rights Talk - Centre for Human Rights podcast
A discussion on LEXOTA with Marystella Simiyu, Jacqueline Rowe and Dércio Tsandzana.