September 28 to 30, 2021


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About FIFAfrica

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). This landmark event convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital 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.

The CIPESA-Paradigm Initiative partnership on FIFAfrica20 builds on the two organisations’ longstanding commitment to advance digital rights in Africa. It echoes the joint vision of a continent that respects, protects and promotes digital rights and strives to ensure that no one is digitally left behind.

In light of the current Covid-19 reality, FIFAfrica20 will adopt a hybrid approach which blends online and physical interactions. Read More>>

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#FIFAfrica20 Speakers

Grace Githaiga

Convener, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

Grace Githaiga is the Convenor of the Kenya ICT

Paul-Joel Kamtchang

Executive Secretary, ADISI-Cameroon

Paul-Joel Kamtchang is a Datactivist and Data Journalist wearing

Nompilo Simanje

Legal and ICT Policy Officer, MISA-Zimbabwe

Nompilo Simanje is a Lawyer by profession with a

Avani Singh

Director and Co-Founder, ALT Advisory and Power Singh Incorporated

Avani Singh is a practicing attorney of the High

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State of Internet Freedoms in Africa


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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.
In light of the current Covid-19 reality, FIFAfrica20 will adopt a hybrid approach which blends online and physical interactions. Over the course of three days, the FIFAfrica20 agenda will feature physical and virtual engagements, including satellite events in select countries, virtual sessions, and pre-recorded content. All interactions will maintain national Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Meanwhile, web streaming and social media will be utilised to reach and engage disparate audiences keen on participating in the Forum. The select countries will be announced ahead of the Forum
The Forum on Internet Freedom In Africa (FIFAfrica) has been supported by an amazing lineup of organisations and programs. If you are interested in supporting the community advocating for internet freedom in Africa, , please contact us at [email protected]

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