September 28 to 30, 2020


To Be Announced





About FIFAfrica

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAFRICA) is a landmark event that convenes various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online on the continent.

Since inception, FIFAfrica has served as a platform to mark the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). Engagements at the Forum aim to reflect current trends and concerns in access and usage of the internet and related technologies on the continent. As such, each year has seen us launch themed research on the State of Internet Freedom in Africa.

This year on September 23-26, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will host the sixth Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This landmark event convenes.. Read More>>

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#FIFAfrica19 Speakers

Yohannes Eneyew Ayalew

Lecturer in Media Law, School of Law, Samara University Ethiopia

Yohannes Ayalew is a Media Law Lecturer at School

Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontières

Julie Owono is a lawyer and and the executive

Sarai Chisala-Tempelhoff

Executive Director, The Gender and Justice Unit

Sarai Chisala-Tempelhoff is a human rights lawyer and legal

Rosebell Kagumire

Editor, African Feminism

Rosebell is a pan-Africanist, feminist writer, award-winning blogger and

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State of Internet Freedoms in Africa


Past Forums

Since 2014,The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has been hosting Forums on Internet Freedom in Africa. We have been expanding the number of countries covered in our flagship State of Internet Freedom as well as broadening the discussions that form the pillar of the Forum.


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FIFAfrica is an annual assembly of discussions towards promoting a Free and Open Internet in Africa. The topics explored to-date include discussions around the growing presence of online violence against women (VAW), whose magnitude and manifestation is not clearly known, as most cases in Africa go unreported.
Combating hate speech and violations of freedom of expression including during periods of electioneering
Empowering media as infomediaries and advocates of digital rights whilst also recognizing them as a vulnerable group
Advocating for increased judicial oversight over surveillance and interception of communications
Bridging the gap between techies and Human Rights Defenders
As internet use has risen in Africa, so have the abuses and attacks on internet freedom, including a proliferation of laws, legal and extra-legal affronts, as well as limited judicial oversight over surveillance and interception of communications. This calls for need to address gaps (policy and legislative) in the right to privacy and continued capacity building and awareness raising among citizens, media, human rights defenders and activists on the appreciation of digital safety tools and practices.
This year’s edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAfrica) will be held on September 23-26, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at  Ethiopian Skylight Hotel located on Airport Rd, Addis Ababa 1755, Ethiopia. This expands the physical footprint of the Forum which has since inception in 2014 been held in Kampala, Uganda. We are also excited about hosting #FIFAfrica alongside the Ministry of Innovation and Technology- Ethiopia. For more Information about the venue visit this website  
Forum on Internet Freedom In Africa relies on corporate support to help make the forum a success. If you have the capacity to get involved as a sponsor or partner, please contact us at

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