The five-day training introduced fellows to a wide range of topics and discussions in the internet governance space. Not forgetting the Practicum, which is a practical adaption of multistakeholder discussion and dialogue on a salient issue. This year, fellows worked with the report of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation titled “The Age of Digital Interdependence”.
As a technical person, I found the week-long school essential to having a good understanding of the governance side of the internet, which is different from running networks or conducting research on them. Topics related to digital rights, affordable internet access, internet history in Africa, sustainability, internet-related human rights, women and minorities’ participation, etc., were all covered, in addition to a number of other panel discussions and lectures.
The multistakeholder model affords the AfIGF an opportunity to engage a variety of topics and issues that affect and impact citizens, governments, the private sector and end-users of the internet at their various levels. It is not just a talk shop, it is an opportunity to listen and to be heard, and to continue the discussion within the various stakeholder groups, nationally, regionally and glo...
How can accessibility in rural areas of Africa be improved? What are the challenges for women and girls in terms of internet access? How are internet shutdowns affecting African users? These are some of the issues that Josephine Miliza, Sophie Ngassa and Amanda Manyame focus on, as African experts on internet access with a strong gender perspective.
A key feature of the African School on Internet Governance is hands-on learning through a practicum exercise as part of the curriculum. This year's practicum focused on drafting a multistakeholder response to the report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
Internet-related and ICT policy processes protect the publicness of the internet and are accessible, democratic, transparent, accountable and inclusive. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018.
The AfriSIG 2019 sessions were intense and highly engaging and delivered by the faculty in innovative and interactive ways. The participants were an awesome and exciting lot. This combination makes AfriSIG one of the most sought-after opportunities on the continent in the internet governance arena.
With a track record of producing unique cohorts of internet governance specialists for the continent and beyond, AfriSIG sets itself apart by building synergies and interpersonal professional relationships that transcend beyond borders and limitations.
How does the internet work? What is an internet protocol? What types of disruptions do we face and what causes them? These were some of the questions addressed during the first sessions of the School, which focused on internet architecture and basic internet governance concepts.
AfriSIG 2019 will bring together 60 participants from 26 countries and help them develop the skills to participate in local, regional and international internet governance processes and shape the future of the internet landscape for Africa's development.