How Ugandans Evaded An Election Day Internet Crackdown

On Thursday, Ugandans went to the polls in a presidential election that will decide the future of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who first took power in a 1986 coup. But as voting began Thursday morning, Museveni’s government cut off access to social media platforms including Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter. However, the blockage can be circumvented via the use of a “virtual private network,” a method that can be used to hide a user’s identity and location. Commonly used by Canadians to view international versions of Netflix or Hulu, VPN services are also popular in China to access websites blocked by government firewalls. Click to read more on UgandaDecides