CIPESA, Partners to Host Uganda Internet Governance Forum 2013

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in partnership with the Internet Society Chapter Uganda and the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) will host the Uganda Internet Governance Forum (UIGF) at the Hive Colab, Kamyokya on September 18, 2013.
The one-day Forum, whose theme is “Harnessing Internet Development in Uganda: Connecting the last mile”, is a multi-stakeholder event that involves representatives from government, civil society, academia, private sector entities and individuals interested in Internet Governance (IG) issues.
The objectives of this Forum are to discuss obstacles to internet access in Uganda, establish the key current internet governance issues relevant to the country, and build consensus on national and regional positions around IG issues. The national forum will also discuss the outcomes from the regional East Africa Internet Governance Forum held in Burundi last month.
Since its inauguration in 2006, the UIGF has continued to discuss and address internet policy issues in Uganda and East Africa. The proceedings of this year’s Forum will also be presented at the Second African Internet Governance Forum to be held in Nairobi September 24-26, 2013 and the global Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia October 22-25, 2013.
Tentative Programme

 Time Activity Speaker/moderator
08:00am – 08:30am Arrival and registration of participants ISOC Uganda
08:30am – 08.45am Welcome Remarks Lillian Nalwoga
08:45am – 09:00am Keynote Address Dr. David Turahi, Director for
Information Technology and
Information Management Services – Ministry of ICT]
09:00am – 09:30am Presentation: Online discussions report Daniel Nanghaka (ISOC Uganda)
09:30am – 10:00am Q&A session Sarah Kiden  (ISOC Uganda)
10:00 am – 10:15am

Morning break

10:15am – 11:15am Panel discussion (15 mins each):  – Achieving affordable internet access in Uganda  – infrastructure and affordability; what have we achieved so far and how can we utilise the existing infrastructure Mr. Bob Lyazi, Director RCDF –
UCC (TBD)Mr. Mike Barnard, Director –
Uganda Internet Exchange
Point (UIXP)Mr. Julius Torach, Director of egovernment, NITA – UJoseph Munuulo, Systems
Administrator – Uganda
Registration Services Bureau.
Hari Kurup – Roke Telecom
11:15 am – 11:45am Q&A session and discussion Sarah Kiden
11:45am – 12:45pm Panel Discussion (15 mins each):  Online freedoms – Privacy, data protection, surveillance and censorship: what needs to be balanced? Mr. Peter Kahiigi, Director
Information Security – NITA – UMs. Ashnah Kalemera, OpenNet Africa Initiative.Mr. Peter G. Mwesige, Director
Africa Center for Media
12:45pm – 01:15pm Q&A session and discussion Mr. Albert Mucunguzi – ICTAU
01:15pm – 02:00pm

Way forward, closure and Lunch

Lillian Nalwoga

See past reports from the Uganda IGF here: 2011 Forum Report, 2011 Online Discussions and 2012 Forum Report.
See past reports from the East Africa IGF here:

Call for Expression of Interest to participate in the Youth Fellowship to attend the 5th East African Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF)

The EAIGF was established to create a Community of Practice that will be a sustaining foundation for meaningful participation of East African stakeholders in Internet governance public policy debates at the national, regional and international level. The EAIGF model allows for the informed participation, contribution and engagement of community members through the sharing of experiences, information, addressing common problems and challenges, the creation of new knowledge and increasing local capacity.
Since its inception, EAIGF has continued to act as a catalyst for an inclusive information society in region and has to date addressed issues ranging from interconnection, IXPs, affordable access, Strengthening ccTLDs in East Africa, among others.
After four successful meetings, held in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda from 2008, the fifth EAIGF will be hosted by the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET).
The EAIGF is now accepting applications from youth representatives to attend this year’s EAIGF to be held July 17 – 18, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.
As an EAIGF Youth fellow, you are expected to contribute to the wider regional IG policy debate while providing valuable expertise and know‐how to the policymakers and decision makers who participate in IGF meetings.
The Fellowship Award 
Youth Fellows to the EAIGF receive the following assistance:

  • a round‐trip, economy class airline ticket to attend the meeting
  • hotel accommodation for the duration of the meeting
  • a small stipend to offset incidental expenses

Expectations for the Fellows 
Youth fellows are expected to:

  • prepare in advance to make a presentation on a selected topic of the EAIGF meeting
  • participate broadly in the EAIGF meeting agenda
  • contribute to the EAIGF blog
  • share the experience and knowledge gained at the EAIGF with their local communities when they return home (including writing a report on the activities)

Who should apply? 
EAIGF youth fellowships are for Ugandans aged between 20‐30 who have a strong interest in the issues and themes of the EAIGF and have demonstrated interest in promoting Internet policy in Uganda.
Selection criteria
Selection for the fellowship is competitive. All applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 20 and 30
  • Present a strong motivation for attending the EAIGF meeting
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Internet Governance issues both at the local, regional and international environment.
  • Demonstrate experience in leading Internet governance discussions at the national/ regional/international level and in multi‐cultural environments

The selection committee will also attempt to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selections.
How to apply 
Send your expression of interest stating your motivation to attend the EAIGF, and how you meet the criteria above, to Lillian Nalwoga, at [email protected] CC [email protected] no later than Monday June 18, 2012.