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The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and APC are happy to announce the date and location for the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2017.

This year’s edition of the Forum will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 27-29 September. The decision to hold the event here will contribute to expanding the physical footprint of FIFAfrica, which has since its inception in 2014 been held in Kampala, Uganda.

This landmark event convenes various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing the right to privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination, and the free flow of information online.

The Forum brings together human rights defenders, journalists, government officials, private sector players, global information intermediaries, bloggers, developers, the arts community, law enforcers and regulators – all of whom have a role to play in advancing internet freedom in Africa.

Highlights at FIFAfrica include the launch of the annual State of Internet Freedom in Africa research report, as well the commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), which falls on September 28.

In the coming weeks, we will release more details on FIFAfrica 2017, including how to participate and how to suggest topics for inclusion in the event programme.

Visit the Forum page for more information on previous Forums and updates over the coming weeks.

You can also contribute thoughts and ideas through the #InternetFreedomAfrica hashtag.

If you would like to support FIFAfrica 2017 please get in touch: 
Send an email to Wakabi (, Ashnah (, or Sekoetlane ( and ( with any queries.