Here is the latest on the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica)
The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2020 (FIFAfrica20) is Open For Registration!
On September 28-30, 2020, the seventh edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) will be co-hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and Paradigm Initiative (PIN).
FIFAfrica20 will be a hybrid event featuring online and offline engagements. In-country satellite events will be hosted in the Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo ), Dakar (Senegal) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).
We look forward to the lineup of speakers from a diversity of organisations across the world coming together to deliberate on issues such as misinformation, network disruptions, the impact of Covid-19 on digital rights (including on issues such as education, elections, access to information) through to online content moderation, strategic litigation, diversity and inclusivity online, consumer protection, artificial intelligence, and the continued concerns on data privacy.
As has been a constant, the Forum will also feature practical skills and knowledge for human rights defenders, media workers and policy makers on relevant topics. We will also host a digital security hub where participants can directly engage virtually with experts on their digital security concerns and questions.
Meanwhile, in support of digital rights advocacy and research communities of practice, we will host a Digital Rights Networks' Convention aimed at showcasing and strengthening linkages between collaborative movements on digital rights in Africa.
An Ever Evolving Forum
FIFAfrica was first held in Kampala, Uganda between 2014 and 2016. Since then, its expanding footprint saw it being hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa in partnership with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in 2017, and in Accra, Ghana in partnership with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in 2018. In 2019, FIFAfrica was hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, alongside the Ethiopia Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MINT).