- FIFAfrica20 Statistics
- Remote Hubs
- Online Skills Hub
The keynote panel of FIFAfrica20 set the tone of the event with a discussion of digital rights opportunities amidst the pandemic. Subsequent session themes included on civic space, politics and democracy in Africa; meaningful connectivity in Africa, including as a means for realisation of the right to education in South Africa; consumer protection and inclusive digital economies; and resetting digital rights amidst the Covid-19 fall out.
Misinformation online was also a key topic, with a remote workshop in Dakar, Senegal engaging stakeholders on misinformation and its impact on freedom of expression online during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Virtually, Waterbear, a suite of tools for crowdsourcing and understanding misinformation, was presented alongside dialogue on misinformation harms and government responses to misinformation in Africa.
Sessions on strategic litigation for digital rights featured the launch of the revamped and multi-language Catalysts for Collaboration website and showcased learning in collaborative strategic litigation including in hostile political environments.
On safety and security online, a digital security and risk assessments workshop was held for investigative journalists and human rights activists in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, a multilingual (English, French and Arabic) digital security hub provided virtual digital security support through a chat widget, email or messaging during the three days of FIFAfrica.
Meanwhile, sessions on data protection and privacy explored some of the rushed Covid-19 related laws and their implications on digital rights. There was also a session on guiding principles for data use during Covid-19 and the right to privacy within the revised Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.
On inclusion of persons with disability in the digital society, a remote hub workshop in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire explored internet accessibility for persons with disability during Covid-19. A GSMA led talk on assistive technologies was also held, and CIPESA launched a report on how the telecommunications sector has largely excluded persons with disabilities from their service offerings in many African states.
Further on non-discrimination online, a collaborative session with the Africa Digital Rights Network (ADRN) explored the representation of African women on the internet, the implications of Covid-19 on online African feminist movement building and feminist research.
Other themes included Elections during Covid-19; trends in online content regulation; internet shutdowns; Encryption; Artificial Intelligence in Africa; transnational collaboration, partnerships and coalition-building to protect and expand digital rights across Africa; and best practices on how organisations can re-establish norms and relationships with funders and donors in the age of Covid-19.
The creation of useful resources, networks, and content that contribute to the advancement of digital rights is among the highlights of the Forum. Here are some of the reports and resources that were launched and re-launched during the Forum.