Cameroon restores Internet to English-speaking regions

A 93-day shutdown of the Internet in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions ended, returning Internet access to some 20% of the country. During the blackout, an ‘Internet refugee camp‘ had been set up to support connectivity, and a 17-year-old whose hometown is in the blackout zone, was the first African winner in Google’s annual coding competition. The government statement announcing the restoration of Internet services notes that the government reserves the right to cut services again if misuse occurs: ‘The government urges the populations of these regions to be vigilant (and) to continue to nip in the bud the activities of extremists, secessionists and enemies of the Republic.’