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[Coalition Open Letter] As Nigeria protests, the government must uphold connectivity

By | Press Release

As civil unrest flares across Nigeria, it is imperative that President Muhammadu Buhari ensures stable, open access to the internet and digital communication channels throughout the nation. Thousands of people are taking to the streets, demanding the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) face justice for their alleged brutality — amidst a wider call for government reform — and now, more than ever, upholding the safety of protestors should be the government’s main priority.

“The internet is helping protestors coordinate, while bringing global attention to the issues on the ground,” said Adeboye Adegoke, Senior Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative. “We have witnessed people attacked by sponsored thugs, and the killings of unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate, allegedly by the Nigerian Army — all through images and video clips shared in real-time via social media. This evidence can be used to investigate and prosecute crimes against peaceful protestors and the Nigerian State, while helping the government demonstrate its commitment to the reforms it promised. Keeping the internet on at this crucial time is the only way for the government to show transparency and sincerity of purpose as it fights to win back citizens’ confidence.”

“Shutting down the internet while thousands of Nigerians are protesting against police brutality would be incredibly dangerous, and we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to help ensure sparks don’t turn into flames,” said Felicia Anthonio, Campaigner and #KeepItOn Lead at Access Now. “Governments cannot allow their agents to operate with impunity. Stable, open and secure internet helps ensure people can document, communicate, access information, and hold elected officials and law enforcement to account.”

Paradigm Initiative, Access Now, Internet Sans Frontiere and fifty other organizations are appealing to the government to:

  • Ensure that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, remains open, accessible, and secure across the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
  • Publicly assure the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the internet and all social media platforms will be on, and to notify the public of any disruptions;
  • Order the ISPs operating in the country to provide quality, secure, free, and open internet and inform internet users of any disruptions and work around the clock to fix any identified disruptions likely to impact the quality of service they receive; and
  • Ensure the security of protesters and that they will not be surveilled and profiled for retribution.

Read the open letter.

Call for applications to the 4th Edition of the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship

By | #PINternetFreedom, Advocacy, Digital Rights, DigitalJobs, DRIF, DRIMF, ICTs, Internet Freedom, Press Release

Fellowship period: 1 March 2021 – 30 June 2021

Application Period: 21 October 2020 to 12 November 2020

The application process is now open for the 4th edition of the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship (DRIMF). Through academic and practical learnings, Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion Media Fellowship 2021 seeks to embed media professionals within the digital ecosystem. Media Fellows will connect with PIN teams in Cameroon (Yaoundé), Ghana (Accra), Kenya (Nairobi), Nigeria (Aba, Abuja, Kano and Lagos), Zambia (Lusaka) and Zimbabwe (Bulawayo).

The fellowship seeks to expose media professionals to an underreported field of work at national and regional level, increasing reporting on digital rights and inclusion in Africa. Selected media professionals must be affiliated to media institutions within Africa and available to commence the fellowship from 1 March 2021 to 30 June 2021, to connect and collaborate mostly virtually, and where applicable, be present for in-person activities.

Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship is a 4-month program designed to immerse outstanding early career journalists in the digital ecosystem. Selected media professionals will work with Paradigm Initiative on various projects and contribute to improving public understanding of digital rights and inclusion issues in Africa. Applications are open to journalists working in Africa.

Components of the fellowship

  • Online Digital Rights/Inclusion academic training.
  • Interaction with PIN team members within Africa.
  • 4-month virtual mentorship and collaboration with Paradigm Initiative.
  • Fellowship may include fully-funded local and international travel to participate in and cover relevant events related to Digital Rights and Inclusion.
  • A monthly stipend and a one-time research grant during the fellowship period.
  • Paradigm will pair fellows with in-country mentors for the time of the fellowship who will meet the fellows at least twice during the fellowship.

Expectations

Fellows will dedicate a minimum of ten hours a week to fellowship-related activities. Each Fellow will be expected to participate in all scheduled activities and to publish, in their affiliated media (Print, TV, Radio, Online), at least 4 features/reports on digital rights and inclusion issues during the fellowship period. Fellows will retain full editorial direction on the stories that they publish in their affiliated media. In addition, each fellow will produce a research paper on a relevant topic with the guidance of the PIN Team of not more than 1500 words which will be published by PIN. Fellows will be expected to continue to provide coverage on digital rights and inclusion issues after their fellowship.

Requirements

The Fellowship is open to early career journalists with not more than 8 years’ experience in the media sector and affiliated with mainstream print and online newspapers in Africa. Interested candidates must have a relevant undergraduate degree and demonstrate previous coverage of human rights and/or tech issues and interest in advancing digital rights and inclusion.

How to apply

Kindly complete the form here

Call for applications to Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL) Fellowship

By | DigitalJobs, L.I.F.E., Press Release

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) welcomes applications for its Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab (DRILL). The successful applicants will work full time with Paradigm Initiative team members for 9 months starting from 1 March 2021 to 31 November 2021. As a mid-career fellowship, potential candidates will be expected to have had a minimum of 5 years’ experience as technology or social innovators, researchers, policy experts, and/or entrepreneurs. Fellows must have a relevant postgraduate qualification, be exceptional individuals who will bring new learnings and innovations as well as gain exposure to the digital ecosystem.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems and advocates for digital rights in order to improve the livelihoods of under-served young Africans. Our digital inclusion programs include a digital readiness school for young people living in under-served communities (LIFE) and a software engineering school targeting high potential young Nigerians (Dufuna).

Through DRILL, PIN seeks to host innovative learning around digital rights and inclusion in Africa, and serve as a space for enhanced capacity, practice and reflection aimed to involve and connect different stakeholders and create dialogue amongst researchers, social innovators, policymakers and actors, the private sector, as well as civil society. 

Fellows’ Responsibilities 

Applicants will be required to briefly discuss their intended focus for the fellowship period during the application process. Paradigm Initiative will expect to receive a cutting edge project proposal that will benefit from the exposure to the African digital rights and inclusion community. If your proposal is big, innovative and addressing a real issue in the digital ecosystem, we look forward to reviewing your submission. 

The successful fellows will be expected to work full time within any of the PIN offices. 

  • The successful fellows will propose and work on an innovative project which will be completed during the fellowship ( i.e cutting edge research/technology-centric project that seeks to address digital rights or digital inclusion issues in Africa)
  • The fellows will be expected to host monthly ecosystem/sector meetings with the PIN Team to engage the ecosystem on critical issues arising or existing.
  • The fellows will conduct biweekly presentations and prepare content to share with the PIN team on their project and to feature a monthly DRILL podcast to be recorded with the PIN Executive Director. 
  • Each Fellow will have the opportunity to host a Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) – Digital Rights and Inclusion Learning Lab in April 2021. 
  • The last month of the fellowship will feature a final meeting, final presentation and final podcasts from the selected fellows. 

There will be a closing event with PIN’s leadership team to reflect on what has been achieved in the fellowship month period and to award the Fellow with certification for completion. The fellowship is open to potential fellows living within the following countries – Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Fellowship Benefits

  • PIN will provide a monthly stipend to the selected fellows which will cover participation in the Fellowship. 
  • PIN will provide a research project grant to support an approved project and budget. 
  • PIN will cover costs associated with activities at the Digital Rights and Inclusion Lab and provide an opportunity to be embedded within our team, access to the ecosystem and feedback on projects throughout the duration of the fellowship. 
  • A possible opportunity to travel to an international platform to showcase the finished project. 

Application and Timeline

This call for applications is open from 6 October 2020 until 30 October 2020. The selection process will be finalised in November  2020 with the fellow of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Lab expected to resume on 1 March 2021. Respond to the call by submitting the google form HERE

New African Digital Rights Coalition Aims to Hold Governments and Private Sector Accountable

By | Press Release

Today, civil society organisations join forces to establish, promote and protect digital rights across the African Continent.

A diverse group of nine digital rights organisations across the four cardinal points of the African continent today announced the formation of a coalition to advance digital rights in Africa – the African Internet Rights Alliance (AIRA). The announcement was made during the 2020 gathering of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa – FIFAfrica.

AIRA seeks to integrate evidence-based research, policy and legislative reform, multi-stakeholder advocacy and strategic litigation through joint efforts aimed at advancing affordability and access to the Internet, media freedom, privacy and data protection, access to information, freedoms of assembly, expression and media in Africa.

With more than half a billion Africans accessing the internet and using digital technologies, AIRA envisions an Africa where digital rights are ​upheld in all aspects of life, governance and the economy, ensuring equity and prosperity for all.

“AIRA was largely borne out of the need for movement building in campaigns for universal access and tackling inequalities and human rights challenges faced by Africans online, which are reflected offline. These challenges vary country by country, sub-region by sub-region and indeed, from one user to the next. However, norm setting requires a unified approach and platforms for collaborative learning and engagement – which AIRA seeks to do, in tandem with other pre-existing digital rights coalitions,” said CIPESA Executive Director Wairagala Wakabi.

AIRA members include ​Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa, BudgIT, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), Legal Resource Centre (LRC), and Paradigm Initiative (PIN).

“The AIRA coalition is uniquely positioned to undertake value-based, collective interventions and executes strategic initiatives that engage the government, private sector, media and civil society to institute and safeguard digital rights. Instructively, one limb of our multi-faceted digital rights work encourages government to espouse our four values – accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance – as they roll out inevitable ​digital policies and action plans,” said ​KICTANet Convenor Grace Githaiga.

“AIRA members vocalise the needs and challenges of millions of individuals across ​Central, East, Southern and West Africa​, including individuals who remain disconnected from the digital sphere, those at risk of being disconnected, and those who are already connected, albeit poorly,” said ​Legal Resources Centre Legal Researcher Edwin Makwati.

“In the face of COVID-19, Internet shutdowns and stifling of dissent, digital rights across Africa are under threat more than ever before. AIRA is prepared to pool its experience and expertise to advance digital rights and well positioned to hold governments and the private sector accountable for any violation of those rights,” said Amnesty International Technology Advisor Kiggundu Mark.

“Together, we can do so much,” said Paradigm Initiative Executive Director ‘Gbenga Sesan. “We invite others to join us in the movement to establish, advance and protect digital rights for all on the African continent.”

About AIRA

The African Internet Rights Alliance (AIRA) undertakes collective interventions and executes strategic initiatives to promote privacy and data protection, affordability and access to the internet, access to information and freedoms of assembly, expression and the press. Learn more at AIRA.africa.

Contact:

Ashanut Okille

ashokille@akijul.org

256-772463077

https://aira.africa/

 

PIN commemorates International Day for Universal Access to Information

By | Press Release

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) joins the rest of the world to commemorate International Day for Universal Access to Information under the theme – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope. This day is commemorated against the backdrop of a global COVID-19 pandemic that has seen many lose their lives. The rights to education and healthcare have been grossly affected by the pandemic which has unearthed the challenges African economies face with regards to digital infrastructure that is so pertinent in ensuring enjoyment of human rights. Furthermore, the pandemic has more emphatically buttressed the importance of the internet.  

In a UNESCO report on Socio-Economic And Cultural Impacts Of Covid-19 On Africa, 2020 it is reported that while many parts of the world have resorted to distance learning, leveraging the use of information and communications technologies, unfortunately in most parts of Africa, this is not a very viable option. The report also stresses the call for rethinking of priorities, in particular increasing investment in science, technology and innovation, moving into the future. This will contribute to viable healthcare systems  and bridge inequalities on the continent. 

According to a Statement by United Nations experts, governments must  provide truthful information about the nature of the threat posed by the coronavirus, refrain from blocking internet access, address disinformation by providing reliable information together with internet companies and  make exceptional efforts to protect the work of journalists.  It is regrettable that some governments continue to crackdown on journalists under the guise of COVID19 regulations. The mandate of media practitioners is most critical to ensure that communities receive adequate access to information. In advocating for access to information, PIN also calls for responsible reporting that ensures truthful information is disseminated in promotion of the right to health. 

The right to access information is provided in Article 9 (1) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights as the right to receive information and echoed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights under article 19(2). We are in crucial moments where States must promote access to information and seek to develop information and communication technology.  

PIN reminds African states of  the provisions of  Principle 37 of the Declaration Of Principles On Freedom Of Expression And Access To Information In Africa  and calls for the following;

  • States to facilitate the rights to freedom of expression and access to information online and the means necessary to exercise these rights. 
  • States to recognise that universal, equitable, affordable and meaningful access to the internet is necessary for the realisation of freedom of expression, access to information and the exercise of other human rights.
  • States, in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders to ensure laws, policies and other measures provide universal, equitable, affordable and meaningful access to the internet without discrimination.
  • States shall take specific measures to ensure that marginalised groups have effective exercise of their rights online.
  • States to adopt laws, policies and other measures to promote affordable access to the internet for children that equips them with digital literacy skills for online education and safety.

 

PIN Hosts Webinar on Draft Bill on Data Protection, Launches Report on Digital Rights in Nigeria

By | Press Release

Pan-African Digital Rights and Inclusion organisation, Paradigm Initiative hosted a civil society webinar on Nigeria’s draft data protection bill and launched a new report on Digital Rights and Privacy in Nigeria.

The report which explores the state of digital rights and privacy in Nigeria details the political and policy environment, practices, and stakeholders around digital rights and privacy in Nigeria. Building on previous annual reports on Nigeria and Africa by Paradigm Initiative, the report recommends a review of certain regulations by Nigeria’s Communications Commission to include judicial and public accountability in order to address the potential for abuse and abuses occasioned by the politics of regime preservation. Other recommendations in the report include a call for the passage of the digital rights and freedom bill and the data protection bill, the repeal and re-enactment of the cybercrimes act 2015, and a public education campaign to raise the awareness of citizens on data protection.

While speaking on the report and the webinar, Adeboye Adegoke, Senior Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative said “Given the work that we do, part of our advocacy objectives is to ensure that the development of digital policy receives quality inputs from us. Our focus is clear in this regard; rights, inclusion, and innovation”. “We will advocate against draft legislation/policy that seeks to limit rights, stifle innovation or widen access gaps and we will support those who seek to promote access, rights, and innovation.”

The Chief Operating Officer at Paradigm Initiative, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu in her remarks recognised that PIN represents a lot of other voices within the civil society space and this explains why the webinar and the report launch were held together, to present the organisation’s research output and to capture the views of other civil society organisations in its submission to the Federal government on the draft data protection bill. 

For more information about this statement, please contact media@paradigmhq.org

Link to the report: https://paradigmhq.org/download/digital-rights-and-privacy-in-nigeria/

Paradigm Initiative organisera DRIF21 en tant que festival multi-pays en avril 2021

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Lagos, Nigéria – [28 août 2020] – Paradigm Initiative (PIN) est ravie d’annoncer la tenue de la 8e édition du Forum sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion (DRIF) prévu du 12 au 30 avril 2021.

 DRIF21 sera un festival multi-pays auquel les communautés peuvent se joindre à la fois en présentiel et en ligne. Cette édition débutera par une journée portes ouvertes virtuelle le 12 avril 2021, suivie de réunions dans plusieurs pays à travers l’Afrique.

DRIF est une plateforme importante où sont formulés les débats sur les politiques publiques en matière du numérique en Afrique ainsi que les orientations politiques et partenariats pour leur mise en œuvre. Il est également l’espace d’expression de diverses compétences et capacités pour renforcer les droits numériques et l’inclusion sur le continent africain et au-delà.

En tant que plateforme phare de Paradigm Initiative pour les communautés numériques, DRIF continue de donner le ton en tant qu’espace d’échanges sur les défis mondiaux concernant les droits numériques, la confidentialité, l’accès, les outils numériques, les violations, l’autonomisation numérique pour les communautés mal desservies et des thèmes similaires – en particulier en Afrique – et de consolidation des points de vue de la société civile, des entreprises technologiques, des gouvernements, des universités et d’autres parties prenantes.

Selon « Gbenga Sesan, Directeur Exécutif de PIN, « l’équipe de Paradigm Initiative est honorée une fois encore de rassembler la communauté des droits numériques grâce à un mélange d’interactions virtuelles et physiques, car comme nous l’avons vu dès les premiers jours de la pandémie mondiale, les violations des droits des citoyens se sont poursuivies – et dans certains cas, se sont intensifiées. »

 Pour Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu, Directrice des Opérations de Paradigm Initiative, « Il est important de discuter des leçons tirées de la manière dont les différents pays répondent aux défis de la gouvernance des données pendant les moments de crise, de la manière dont la liberté d’expression évolue face à une désinformation dangereuse et comment l’espace civique pourrait prospérer au milieu des verrouillages. Nous attendons avec impatience les débats multi-pays de la 8e édition de DRIF et nous avons hâte de travailler avec les partenaires et les participants sur les opportunités d’action identifiées ! »

Les éditions précédentes ont eu lieu en présentiel dans un seul pays et ont connu la participation de divers membres de la société civile, la communauté technique, le monde universitaire, des acteurs étatiques et le secteur privé pour des engagements communs.

« Accueillir DRIF21 dans un certain nombre de pays africains sera une excellente occasion de célébrer la diversité qui accompagne un réseau croissant de défenseurs des droits numériques et de l’inclusion. Le modèle DRIF21 offrira une série de conversations enrichies qui décortiqueront les problèmes et aideront à façonner les stratégies d’amélioration du paysage numérique en Afrique », a déclaré Thobekile Matimbe, Chargé des Communautés à PIN.

« Nous sommes ravis de présenter DRIF à nos communautés cette fois-ci, apportant littéralement le Forum à nos partenaires et participants alors que nous poursuivons les conversations importantes autour de la politique numérique sur le continent », a ajouté la directrice des opérations, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu.

PIN a lancé un appel à propositions de sessions et exhorte les parties prenantes et les partenaires intéressés à soumettre des propositions qui contribueront à améliorer l’écosystème numérique.

 

 

 

Paradigm Initiative to Host DRIF21 as a Multi-Country Festival in April 2021

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Lagos, Nigeria – [August 28, 2020] – Today, Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is thrilled to announce the upcoming 8th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) taking place between the 12th and the 30th of April 2021. DRIF21 will be a distributed multi-country festival of in-person convenings that communities can join virtually. This edition will kick off with a virtual open day on the 12th of April 2021 followed by in-country day convenings across Africa.    

DRIF is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action. It hosts diverse skills and capacities for enhancing digital rights and inclusion on the African continent and beyond. As PIN’s flagship platform for communities of practice around digital policy, DRIF continues to set the tone as the arena for tough topical global issues around digital rights, privacy, access, digital tools, violations, digital empowerment for underserved communities and similar themes — especially in Africa — and consolidating views from civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. 

According to ’Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director at PIN, “the Paradigm Initiative team is excited about the opportunity to bring the digital rights community together through a blend of virtual and physical interactions, because as we saw from the early days of the global pandemic, violations of citizen rights have continued—and in some cases, heightened.”

Commenting on the development, Paradigm Initiative’s Chief Operating Officer, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu said: “It is important to discuss lessons from how various countries respond to data governance challenges during moments of panic, how freedom of expression fares in the face of dangerous disinformation and how the civic space could thrive in the midst of lockdowns. We look forward to the multi-country conversations at the 8th edition of DRIF and can’t wait to work with partners and participants on identified action opportunities!” 

Past editions have been held at a single location attracting diverse members of civil society, the technical community, academia, government and private sector for shared engagements. 

“Hosting DRIF21 in a number of African countries will present a great opportunity for celebrating the diversity that comes with a growing network of digital rights and inclusion advocates. The DRIF21 model will offer a series of enriched conversations that will unpack issues and help shape the strategies on improving the digital landscape in Africa,’” PIN’s Community Manager, Thobekile Matimbe, said.

“We are excited to take DRIF to our communities this time around, literally bringing the Forum to our partners and participants as we continue the important conversations around digital policy on the continent,” added the Chief Operating Officer, Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu. 

PIN has put out a call for session proposals and urges interested stakeholders and partners to submit proposals that will help enhance the digital ecosystem. 

Festival multi-pays DRIF21 : Appel à propositions de session !

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

Le Forum sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion (DRIF) est une plateforme importante où sont formulés les débats sur les politiques publiques en matière du numérique en Afrique ainsi que les orientations politiques et partenariats pour leur mise en œuvre. Il est également l’espace d’expression de diverses compétences et capacités pour renforcer les droits numériques et l’inclusion sur le continent africain et au-delà.

En tant que plateforme phare de Paradigm Initiative pour les communautés numériques, DRIF continue de donner le ton en tant qu’espace d’échanges sur les défis mondiaux concernant les droits numériques, la confidentialité, l’accès, les outils numériques, les violations, l’autonomisation numérique pour les communautés mal desservies et des thèmes similaires — en particulier en Afrique — et de consolidation des points de vue de la société civile, des entreprises technologiques, des gouvernements, des universités et d’autres parties prenantes.

DRIF21 sera un festival multi-pays auquel les communautés peuvent se joindre à la fois en présentiel et en ligne. Cette édition débutera par une journée portes ouvertes virtuelle le 12 avril 2021, suivie de réunions dans plusieurs pays à travers l’Afrique.

À ce titre, nous sommes heureux d’inviter des propositions de session pour la 8e édition. Nous sommes disposés à recevoir des propositions de session pour la journée portes ouvertes virtuelle du DRIF21 et des sessions organisées en présentiel à travers plusieurs pays.

Les sessions peuvent être organisées par divers groupes de personnes, notamment des organisations de la société civile, des décideurs, des experts juridiques, politiques, des entreprises technologiques, des universités, des défenseurs, des chercheurs et des institutions nationales des droits de l’homme.

Les sessions du DRIF21 seront bilingues afin de pouvoir accueillir un large éventail de participants. Les objectifs de DRIF21 sont de créer des plateformes pour discuter des questions clés, d’élaborer des plans d’action pour promouvoir les droits numériques et l’inclusion en Afrique et de créer des réseaux pour de futures collaborations.

Compte tenu de l’impact de la pandémie COVID-19, nous organiserons nos activités DRIF21 dans des pays ouverts à des rassemblements d’au moins 20 participants. Pour impliquer notre communauté au-delà des frontières nationales, nous veillerons à ce que toutes les réunions nationales soient retransmises en direct sur les principales plateformes de médias sociaux pour un engagement et une portée accrus dans l’espace virtuel.

Directives pour les propositions de session

  • Les propositions de sessions qui seront organisées en présentiel peuvent inclure une composante virtuelle grâce à des collaborations avec d’autres parties prenantes en dehors du pays hôte.
  • Les organisateurs de sessions devant accueillir des personnes doivent être en mesure de se conformer aux réglementations nationales COVID-19.
  • Dans les pays, les sessions peuvent prendre la forme de tables rondes, de formation, d’expositions, de contenus préenregistrés et de lancements de travaux de recherches.
  • Les propositions de session pour la journée portes ouvertes doivent être pleinement soutenues par l’organisateur de la session, car un financement limité sera disponible pour soutenir les réunions en présentiel.
  • Un financement limité pour soutenir la coordination, les aspects techniques et logistiques des propositions de session retenues et le soutien logistique des participants sera disponible.

La date limite pour les propositions de session est le 7 octobre 2020 et les propositions de session retenues seront notifiées le 28 octobre 2020. Nous annoncerons notre appel à participants le 15 décembre 2020.

Veuillez soumettre votre session en cliquant ici

DRIF21 Multi-Country Festival: Call for Session Proposals !

By | Digital Rights, Press Release

The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action. It hosts diverse skills and capacities for enhancing digital rights and inclusion on the African continent and beyond.  It is a Paradigm Initiative (PIN) flagship platform for communities of practice around privacy, affordable Internet, increasing women’s access to digital tools, Internet shutdowns, digital empowerment for underserved communities and similar themes. DRIF has in the past attracted diverse members of civil society, the technical community, academia, government and private sector for shared engagements. DRIF has set its tone as the arena for tough topical global issues around Internet rights, especially in Africa and consolidating views from civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. 

The 8th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) will be held between April 12 to 30th, 2021, under a model that will celebrate the multi-country community that contributes to promoting digital rights and inclusion in Africa.  The upcoming DRIF21 will be a distributed multi-country festival of in person convenings that communities can join virtually. The DRIF multi-country festival will be opened by a virtual open day on the 12th of April 2021 which will be followed by in-country day convenings across Africa.    

As such, we are pleased to invite session proposals for the 8th edition of the flagship program on digital rights and inclusion in Africa. We also welcome session proposals for the virtual DRIF21 opening day.  Sessions can be hosted by diverse groups of people including civil society organizations, policy makers, legal/policy experts, technology companies, academia, advocates, researchers and national human rights institutions. Sessions will cover DRIF21 and will be bilingual catering for a diverse range of participants. The objectives for DRIF21 are to create platforms for discussing key issues, to develop action plans for enhancing digital rights and inclusion in Africa and to build networks for future collaborations.

In view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting our DRIF21 activities in countries that are open to gatherings of at least 20 participants. To engage our community beyond country borders, we will ensure that all country convenings are live streamed on key social media platforms for greater engagements and reach in the virtual space. 

Guidelines for session proposals

  • In-country convening session proposals can include a virtual component through collaborations with other stakeholders outside of the host country. 
  • In person session hosts must be able to comply with COVID-19 in-country regulations.
  • In-country sessions can be in the form of panel discussions, ignite talks, exhibitions, pre-recorded content and research launches.
  • Session proposals for the open day must be fully supported by the session host as limited funding will be available to support in person convenings.
  • Limited funding to support coordination, technical and logistical aspects of successful session proposals and participant logistical support will be available.

The due date for session proposals is 7 October 2020 and successful session proposals will be notified on 28 October 2020.  We will announce our call for participants on 15 December, 2020. 

Submit your session proposals here 

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