Yesterday evening, June 29, prominent Oromo musician and social activist, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, was shot dead in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Following his tragic death at the hands of unknown assailants, it is reported that numerous protests sprung up in Addis Ababa and surrounding areas, with people taking to the streets demanding justice.
At approximately 09:00 EAT today, Tuesday, June 30, a blanket internet shutdown was implemented by the Ethiopian government, cutting the entire nation off, and denying people their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information.
The current shutdown adds to a growing list of government-mandated blackouts in Ethiopia, and is becoming a go-to tool for authorities to muzzle unrest and activism. Ethiopia has previously shut down the internet more than 12 times, and most recently the government cut off the internet for approximately three months in the Oromia region.
"We are currently facing a new systemic collapse, one that has built far more swiftly but poses potent risks for all of humanity: the collapse of the information ecosystem".
GOOGLE project nightingale: "It recently came out that the company was working with the second-largest health care system in the US, Ascension, to store private medical info on tens of millions of patients. Think: lab results, diagnoses, dates of birth ... along with patient names". (Also covered in Wall Street Journal, Nov.21, 2019)