[bestbits] Google, AccessNow, Facebook, CIVICUS, Internews Partner With PIN To Host Africa Internet Freedom Forum In Abuja, Nigeria
Renata Aquino Ribeiro
raquino at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 14:42:06 EST 2016
Great to know about this event
I'll be in the one in Spain
Hopefully some others on the list are coming
On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM, Ephraim Percy Kenyanito <
ephraim at accessnow.org> wrote:
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> Ephraim Percy Kenyanito
> Sub-Saharan Africa Policy Analyst
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> #IFF2016: Google, AccessNow, Facebook, CIVICUS, Internews Partner With PIN
> To Host Internet Freedom Forum In Abuja, Nigeria
> Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, with support from AccessNow, Google,
> Facebook, Civicus and Internews, will host this year’s Internet Freedom
> Forum in Abuja, on March 8 and 9, 2016. The theme of the pan-African event
> that will host delegates from Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia,
> Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, among others, is *Rights
> are Rights, Online or Offline. *
> Internet Freedom Forum is an annual forum that creates a platform for
> conversations on indices around Internet Freedom around the world. Internet
> Freedom Forum 2016 (#IFF2016) focuses on indices around Internet Freedom in
> African countries and the need to codify citizens’ right online. “The
> Digital Rights and Freedom Bill, which seeks to codify online rights in
> Nigeria, will be reviewed at the forum and presented as a model for
> adoption by other African countries,” according to ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive
> Director at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN).
> The keynote for the event will be delivered by Nani Jansen, Legal Director
> at Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). She has acted in freedom of
> expression cases before national and international courts, and human rights
> tribunals, including the European Court of Human Rights, the African Court
> on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the East African Court of Justice, the UN
> Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the
> African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
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> “Several experts, Internet Freedom advocates, journalists and government
> officials from all across Africa have confirmed participation at the
> event,” according to Adeboye Adegoke, Program Manager (ICT Policy) at PIN.
> Some of the confirmed panelists at the event include Hon. Chukwuemeka Ujam,
> Vice Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications;
> Edet Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda; Titi
> Akinsanmi-Bolarinwa, Lead, Policy and Government Relations, Google; Ebele,
> Okobi, Head of Public Policy, Africa, Facebook; Ephraim Kenyanito,
> Sub-Saharan Africa Policy Analyst, AccessNow; Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder,
> BudgIT; popular blogger, Japheth Omojuwa; award-winning journalist, Tolu
> Ogunlesi; ‘Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough is Enough Nigeria;
> and ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria.
> The Nigerian Minister of Communications, National Security Adviser,
> Director General of Department of State Security Service, and Executive
> Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission have been invited to
> provide government perspective to the conversation.
> PIN’s Chief Operating Officer, Tope Ogundipe, urged interested individuals
> and organizations to immediately register on the event’s website,
> www.pinigeria.org/iff, “…because participation at the event is strictly
> by invitation. Successful applicants will be contacted by the #IFF2016
> Secretariat at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, and application to attend will
> be treated on a first-come, first-served basis until February 20, 2016”.
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