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Published On: Wed, Apr 24th, 2019

Foreign delegates in Lagos for digital conference

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The seventh edition of the Paradigm Initiative’s (PI) Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF), starts today in Lagos with delegates from 38 countries.

The delegates will deliberate on issues confronting the digital space in Africa.

A statement by Paradigm Initiative’s Director of Programmes, Tope Ogundipe said the three-day event will hold at Radisson Blu Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.

According to Ogundipe, the delegates are drawn from civil society organisations, academia, media, technical community, government – including security agencies, judiciary, and legislature, and the private sector, from 32 countries in Africa, and six countries outside the continent.

Ogundipe said: “Formerly known as the Internet Freedom Forum, DRIF has gained a reputation as an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, and policy directions forged.

“Panelists and participants are drawn based on a multi-stakeholder model, allowing stakeholders who have hitherto operated in silos to talk to one other about common challenges.

“For the first time, the Forum this year will focus considerably on digital inclusion conversations as the basis for digital rights, on a continent where internet penetration is lowest and the opportunities which ICTs provide remain elusive to many. This year’s edition will also feature more side sessions, allow for bilingual communication and participation as it has done since 2017, and encourage post-event collaborations to further strengthen the discourse of Internet Freedom in Africa.”

Speakers expected at the conference include, Ghanaian National Cybersecurity Advisor Albert Boasiako, Human Rights Watch Africa Division Executive Director Segun Mausi, Head of the Senegal Country Office, Open Society for West Africa Hawa Ba and Special Advisor on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to the Nigerian President, Lanre Osibona,

Others are former Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Chief Executive Officer Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Robert Muthuri of Strathmore University, and A4AI Africa Regional Coordinator Onica Makwakwa.

 
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