Uganda Government to set up porn-detecting machine for monitoring of citizens

A 2013 list ranked Uganda third for countries that searched gay porn the most, closely behind Kenya and Pakistan.

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The Ugandan government has made plans to acquire a porn-detecting device to monitor pornographic content on the devices of her citizens.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni play

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni

(Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)
 

This device is able to detect and block any pornographic materials, in form of images and videos taken or saved on the user’s device.

Ugandans on polling day play

Ugandans on polling day

(Aljazeera)

 

The machine said to cost a whopping $88,000 (UGX 300 million) is reportedly made in South Korea.

The Ugandan Minister of Ethics and Integrity Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo appointed a Pornography Control Committee to monitor and implement the country’s Anti-pornography law.

If found guilty of indulging in porn, the anti-pornography law stipulates a fine of  $3,000 (UGX 10 million) or up to 10 years in jail, or both.

play David Bahati MP at a rally against homosexuality in Uganda's capital Kampala. (Trevor Snapp/Corbis)

 

In a 2013 list, Uganda came third for countries that searched gay porn the most closely behind Kenya and Pakistan. Ironically, Uganda is known for speaking out against homosexuality.

Some quarters in Uganda are of the opinion that it’s just an opportunity for the government to spy on the people’s online activities for its own hidden agenda.

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