There are no procedures for determining which websites are blocked or why, precluding any avenues for appeal.
ESAT is also a diaspora-run independent satellite television, radio, and online news media outlet, based in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Ethiopian constitution provides for freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and access to information, while also prohibiting censorship.
Another ZTE technology, known as ZSmart, is a customer management database installed at EthioTelecom that provides the government with full access to user information and the ability to intercept SMS text messages and record phone conversations.
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Local software companies also suffer from heavy-handed government regulations, which do not have fair, open, or transparent ways of evaluating and awarding bids for new software projects. Following the resignation of Prime Minister Desalegn, the authorities imposed a six-month state of emergency that placed restrictions on certain online activities to quell antigovernment unrest see Legal Environment. Internet shutdowns were a frequent occurrence in Ethiopia throughout and , as the government continued to disrupt network connectivity to stifle antigovernment protests and online criticism. Onerous government regulations also stymie other aspects of the Ethiopian ICT market. Political prisoners, many of whom were imprisoned for their online writings, have been notoriously subjected to grave human rights abuses, including torture, while in detention.