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:

2012 Uganda National IGF Report

The report of the 5th Uganda Internet Governance Forum organised by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in conjuction with the Uganda National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) and the Internet Society Chapter Uganda is available for download here.

Report of the Uganda Internet Governance Forum 2011

The report of the 4th Uganda Internet Governance Forum organised by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern (CIPESA) in conjunction with the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) and Hive Colab on August 10, 2011, is available for download here

Uganda Holds 4th Internet Governance Forum

By Lillian Nalwoga
The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern (CIPESA) in conjunction with the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) and Hive Colab organised the 4th Uganda Internet Governance Forum (IGF) under the theme “Harnessing Internet Development. The forum was held on August 10, 2011 at Hive Colab premises in Kampala, brought together over 50 ICT enthusiasts.
The Uganda IGF is a multi-stakeholder forum open to representatives from Government, NGOs, academia, private sector, as well as any other entities and individuals interested in Internet Governance issues.
Key issues discussed st the 4th Uganda IGF included cyber security management; thepower of social media in citizen empowerment; importance of cloud computing in promoting e-commerce in Uganda,; adopting the best model of internet for Uganda and the management of Uganda’s Critical Internet Resources.
In his opening remarks, James Saaka, the Executive Director of the National Information and Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) said that Phase one of the District Business Information Centres had been complemented while Phase Two was underway.
Saaka also said that Phase one of the National Backbone Infrastructure/E-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project had been completed. Phase Two was scheduled for completion this year September and would involve the laying of 1,477 KM of additional Optical Fibre Cable in the districts of Mbale, Kumi, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Nimule, Masindi, Hoima, Kyenjojo, Fort Portal, Kasese, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Nakasongola and Luwero. A map detailing the project coverage will soon be available on the NITA-U website. He further welcomed feedback from stakeholders, noting that a repository about government ICT projects was being developed and would be made accessible to the public in due course.
Participants discussed the Ugandan cyber laws which the President assented to six months ago. These included the Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures Act and the Computer Misuse Act. Copies of these laws are now available for purchase from major bookshops. However, only the Computer Misuse Law is operational while regulations for the others have not yet been developed. Nevertheless, participants called for massive awareness creation for these laws as many citizens were not aware about their existence and their implications.
Meanwhile, Gloria Katuku, an official of the ICT Ministry, highlighted key strategies under development, which she said included the National Information Security Strategy to be implemented by NITA-U; the IPv6 strategy, awaiting approval from the ICT Minister and the Dot Ug ccTLD Management strategy, which is available on the Ministry Website for comments.
Participants called for the adoption of new ICT tools for communicating and engaging with the government on national matters. They called for the adoption of an internet model that was free and open for all to access. This includes embracing the power of mobile internet hence the need for government to increase mobile penetration by lowering Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of mobile phones. Measures such as removal of import duties and Value added Tax (VAT) on mobile devices should also be considered by government, they said.
The outcomes of the 4th Uganda IGF will be presented at the regional East African IGF due to take place in Kigali, Rwanda on August 17 –18, 2011.
Presentations made at the Forum can be downloaded here:
Cloud Computing and ecommerce+uigf2011
NIGF PresentationPower of Social Media in Citizen Empowerment
UIGF online discussions 2011
What kind of Internet do you want
NIGF programme 2011