Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa 2015 is underway at Golf Course Hotel, Kampala. The forum will run till tomorrow the 29th September.
Many in the debate are against control on use of social media saying individuals have a right to access and utilize freedoms online.
Jaco du Toit, an ICT Advisor from UNESCO says Africa followed with keen interest the influence that online media had in street protests in Egypt and Tunisia.
He says now governments in Africa now realise the influence of new media and online bloggers.
Meanwhile, Eric Chinje of Africa Media Institute says traditional media managers have to rethink their strategies in the era of new media.
The Forum brings together human rights defenders, journalists, government officials, academia, bloggers, developers, the arts community, law enforcement agencies and communication regulators, all of whom have a role to play in advancing the rights of citizens to privacy and freedom of expression in the online sphere.
At the inaugural 2014 forum, among those hosted were 85 participants from Burundi, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda.