In September 2016, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will host the third edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa. This year, we expand the number of countries covered in our flagship State of Internet Freedom reports as well as broaden the discussions that form the pillar of the Forum.
The Forum is gaining popularity in the African Internet Freedom discussion arena which is reflected in the background and diversity of panelists and audience members who attend the Forum.
In 2015, the Forum brought together 200 human rights defenders, journalists, government officials, bloggers, developers, and representatives from academia, the arts community, law enforcement agencies, and communication regulators from 19 countries. This is in contrast to the inaugural 2014 forum, which hosted 85 participants from six countries. In 2016, we look forward to hosting more participants in addition to spreading the Forum over three days to enable more in-depth discussions and workshops.
See Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2016
IODC is the essential meeting point for the global community to debate and study the future of open data.
IODC aims to build stronger relationships between open data initiatives from the different governments and establish a dialogue between these voices:
- Policy makers and Public Sector Information (PSI) holders
- Private companies, startups and freelancers
- Activists and NGO’s
- Data journalism
- Representatives of civil society from all over the world.
The differentiating nature of the event is that it gathers countries from the northern and southern hemispheres to define tendencies and establish global policies of collaboration, with the objective of stimulating the progress of open data globally.
The conference will deliberate among other major themes on:
– Inclusive development and the Digital transformation of Africa; and
– Internet Governance in Africa: Building a gender balanced and truly inclusive multi-stakeholder model.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise. For more information on this upcoming event, click on IGF2016