This post was updated on February 24, 2016.
The 2016 Internet Freedom Forum is aimed at focusing on indices around Internet Freedom in African countries and the need for African countries to codify citizens right online.
The forum is targeted at Internet Freedom advocates as well as policymakers, lawmakers, academic institutions, civil society from across Africa.
The forum will feature panel discussions, plenary sessions, open debates, open mic event and side meetings/Networking/exhibition stands.
Topics such as Emerging Threats to Internet Freedom in Africa; African Internet Freedom Advocacy and the Global Context of Online Rights; The Nigeria Digital Rights and Freedom Bill: Highlights and Reviews; Internet Surveillance vs Government Transparency, and others will be discussed during the forum.
Importantly, The Digital Rights and Freedom Bill, which seeks to codify online rights in Nigeria, will be reviewed and presented as a model for adoption by other African countries.
Also, The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms will also be a focal document during the forum.
Participants will get a chance to introduce ongoing Internet Freedom projects, and formidable partnerships will be formed through the convening.
The forum joins other emerging conversations holding on the continent as platforms of discussion that enjoy the context and reality of Africa.
Interested participants should register as soon as possible. Participation will be strictly by invitation. Applications would be reviewed by the organizers and invitation sent to whoever they please.
The 2016 Internet Freedom Forum will take place on March 8-9, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The forum is hosted by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, an organization which connects individuals, people-groups, institutions and communities with the socio-economic opportunities that ICT provides, through its projects and allied services.
Update: The theme of the event is Rights are Rights, Online or Offline. The event is supported by AccessNow, Google, Facebook, Civicus and Internews.