[AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: [africs-ig] Google, AccessNow, Facebook, CIVICUS, Internews Partner with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria to Host Internet Freedom Forum in Abuja, Nigeria

Kawsu Sillah kawsu.sillah at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 23:19:52 UTC 2016

Fyi good people!

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From: 'Gbenga Sesan (PIN) <gbenga.sesan at pinigeria.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 10:13 AM
Subject: [africs-ig] Google, AccessNow, Facebook, CIVICUS, Internews
Partner with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria to Host Internet Freedom Forum in
Abuja, Nigeria
To: africaninternetrights at googlegroups.com, governance at lists.igcaucus.org,
foicoalition at yahoogroups.com, naijaitprofessionals at yahoogroups.com,
waigf-nigeria at waigf.org, AfriCS-IG at lists.apc.org

[image: #IFF2016 URL] <http://pinigeria.org/iff>

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.

“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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