In September 2016, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will host the third edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa. This year, we expand on the number of countries we conduct research in on the state of internet freedom as well as broaden the discussions that form the pillar of the Forum.
CIPESA is one of two centres established under the Catalysing Access to Information and Communications Technologies in Africa (CATIA) initiative, which was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). CIPESA focuses on decision-making that facilitates the use of ICT in support of development and poverty reduction.
A key feature of the Forum is the assembly of discussions that take place and how each of these influences the work onwards of many of the participants present at the forum. 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 HRDs; the 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.
The #FIFAfrica16 forum will run from 27 – 29 September 2016.
Applicants can apply to propose a topic or as attendees and there are funding available for travel and accommodation.
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