Promoting the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

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Promoting the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms
Presenter(s) Sekoetlane Phamodi, Poncelet Ileleji, Anriette Esterhuysen, Lillian Nalwoga, Chenai Chair
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Organization(s) Gambia YMCA, APC, CIPESA, Research ICT Africa
Project(s) African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms
Country(ies) Gambia, South Africa, Uganda, Pan-Africa
Social media https://twitter.com/africainternetrights
2017 theme Internet Freedom: Present and Future

The African continent is experiencing further development through emerging technologies more than ever before, however there exist still threats like Internet blockages, lack of universal access in certain African communities. A fundamental challenge in need of urgent resolution in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception. The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms was developed in response to this challenge. Experts and activists from several African countries including South Africa, Nigeria, will present on the movement building effort around the African Declaration. The Declaration has been influential in policy processes. Those cases will be presented along with lessons learned. Finally, panelists and participants will discuss practical engagement with the Declaration going forward.

Speakers:

  • Anriette Esterhuysen, APC
  • Lillian Nalwoga, CIPESA
  • Poncelet Ileleji, Gambia YMCA
  • Chenai Chair, Research ICT Africa

Moderated by Sekoetlane Phamodi, APC

The panel will include a significant portion of time dedicated to group discussion with participants on next steps for engagement with the Declaration. Other experts and activists who have been involved in developing and doing advocacy around the declaration will contribute to the discussion. The more we can promoting the African Declaration on Internet Rights more can be done for the growth and use of the Internet especially through the emerging youthful Africans spearheading various developmental trends through the Internet. To this end the continent needs a free and open Internet.

Format Panel
Target Groups Journalists, Advocacy and Policy Professionals, Communications Professionals, Academia, Front Line Activists
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


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