December in Africa: Government meddling, new apps, and bumper funding


December was, as expected, a quieter month than usual in the African tech space, but still not lacking in major developments. Not all of them were for the better, however. The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shut down the country’s internet amid election protests, mirroring similar shutdowns in West African countries earlier in the year. Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, the government also blocked the internet following days of protests and unease that resulted in deaths and injuries. Nile X Better news from Egypt, where the country’s first locally made smartphone was rolled out. Nile X has been designed…

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