[AfrICANN-discuss] Google, AccessNow, Facebook, CIVICUS, Internews Partner With PIN To Host Africa Internet Freedom Forum In Abuja, Nigeria

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito ephraim at accessnow.org
Tue Feb 16 19:01:25 UTC 2016


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Ephraim Percy Kenyanito
Sub-Saharan Africa Policy Analyst
Access Now | accessnow.org

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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.


“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 <http://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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