September 23 to 26, 2019


To be Communicated


To be Communicated


To be Communicated

About FIFAfrica

On 23-26 September, 2019 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 a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online.

This year, FIFAfrica will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where since April 2018 the new Ethiopian government has undertaken unprecedented political and economic reforms. These have included release from jail of thousands of prisoners, announcing plans to liberalise the telecom, aviation, and transportation sectors, and dropping charges against many opposition leaders, bloggers, and activists. On the internet freedom front, the new administration has restored mobile and broadband internet services that had been disrupted since 2016, and unblocked 246 websites, blogs, and news sites that had been inaccessible for over a decade. These pivotal developments serve as an avenue to advance more progressive efforts on internet governance and promotion of human rights online, not only in the country that hosts the African Union (AU) but on the continent at large.

Hosting FIFAfrica in Addis Ababa is also in keeping the stride of expanding the conversation, as well as knowledge and skills development to different parts of the continent. In its inaugural years, the Forum took place in Kampala, Uganda. Since then, the Forum’s expanding footprint has seen 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 West Africa (MFWA) in 2018.

The Forum responds to rising challenges to the enjoyment of internet freedom in various countries, including arrests and intimidation of online users, internet disruptions, and a proliferation of laws and regulations that undermine the potential of digital technology to drive socio-economic and political development on the continent. Read More>>

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FIFAfrica 2018 Speakers

Abdihakim Ainte

Co-founder, iRise Hub

Abdihakim Ainte is the co-founder of iRise Hub, Somali's first innovation

Affagnon Qemal

Regional Coordinator, Internet Sans Frontières

Qemal Affagnon is the Regional coordinator for West Africa at Internet

Amuriat Zavuga Goretti

Programmer Manager, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)

Goretti Zavuga Amuriat is a Program Manager Gender and ICT Policy

Augustine K. Baffo

Deputy Administrator/Chief Executive, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications

Augustine K. Baffo is an Information Technology Professional with over 16

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FIFAfrica 2017 Forum

The fourth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) was held on September 27 – 29, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This marked the first time that FIFAfrica was hosted outside Kampala, Uganda, where it has been held since inception in 2014. The 2017 edition of FIFAfrica was co-hosted by the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA).

The landmark event 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. This unique assembly of mostly African based human rights defenders, journalists, government officials, private sector players, global information intermediaries, bloggers, developers, the arts community, law enforcers and regulators – is steadily gaining traction in the internet freedom landscape arena and drawing a diversity of stakeholders from across the continent and beyond.

The Forum’s growing audience (from 80 participants representing six countries in 2014 to over 250 from 35 countries in 2017), the diversity of participants, and discussions reflects increased awareness among Africa’s growing internet user and stakeholder community for the need to pave the way for broader and more impactful work on advancing digital rights advocacy and drawing up common strategies to promote internet freedom.

See this info-graph on the Evolution of the Forum on  Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica)

Highlights at the FIFafrica included the launch of the State of Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 research report, the launch of the New Framework for Calculating the Economic Impact of Internet Disruption in Sub-Sahara Africa and the annual commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) that is marked every September 28. For the second year, the Forum featured a digital security clinic and for the first time an exhibition showcasing the work and products of various players in the internet freedom arena in Africa including the hosts APC and CIPESA, Access Now, Defend Defenders, Right To Know (RTK), Media Monitoring Africa and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Africa.

The conversation on promoting internet freedom is crucial and the Forum provides a unique opportunity for deliberations and building a network of African actors to promote internet freedom for rights holders and responsibilities of duty bearers. It is also crucial to involve multiple stakeholders, civil society, the private sector, government officials, developers and other actors, in conversations around advancing the realisation of a free and open internet in Africa.

FIFAfrica 2017 was the first ever event of its kind in southern Africa, thereby enabling a particular focus on internet freedom concerns in the sub-region while maintaining a pan-African profile. With a dedicated focus of bringing together a larger network of actors that advocate for internet freedom in the region and beyond, a richer and broader mix of actors, state and non-state, the Forum contributed towards creating a larger network of actors that advocate for internet freedom particularly in Africa. Notably, this network of actors included African technology innovators and developers as well as internet measurement practitioners, who – while being crucial to promoting digital security – remain largely removed from the internet freedom eco-system.


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The FIFAfrica Report

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

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#FIFAfrica18 Speakers

Rebecca is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech, a leading

Gbenga Sesan

Paradigm Initiative

Gbenga is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative. Originally trained as

Ingrid Brudvig

World Wide Web Foundation

Ingrid works at the World Wide Web Foundation where she coordinates

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito


Ephraim leads ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa's work relating to digital rights,

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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 26-28, 2018 in Accra, Ghana at the La-Palm Royal Beach Hotel located on No 1 Bypass, Accra, Ghana. 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 Association for Progressive Communication (APC).

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