COVID 19: FIFAfrica20 Goes Virtual, Calls for Registration

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Mr. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
Mr. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

The seventh edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica), will be co-hosted by Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and Paradigm Initiative (PIN) and will take place  from September 28 to 30, 2020. The organizers are calling on intending participants to register for the event until September 21, 2020.

FIFAfrica20 will be a hybrid event featuring online and offline engagements. In-country satellite events will be hosted in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Dakar (Senegal) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).

FIFAfrica20 is looking forward to the lineup of speakers from a diversity of organizations from across the world coming together to deliberate on issues such as misinformation, network disruptions, the impact of Covid-19 on digital rights (including on issues such as education, elections, and access to information) through to online content moderation, strategic litigation, diversity and inclusivity online, consumer protection, artificial intelligence, and the continued concerns on data privacy.

As has been a constant, the Forum will also feature practical skills and knowledge for human rights defenders, media workers and policymakers on relevant topics. It will also host a digital security hub where participants can directly engage virtually with experts on their digital security concerns and questions.

FIFAfrica is a landmark event that convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online.

Persons interested in participating in the event can register online at https://whova.com/portal/registration/forum1_202009/?mc_cid=b824a2081b