AfriSIG 2021

AfriSIG co-conveners reignite internet access discourse during the COVID-19 pandemic
AfriSIG co-conveners reignite internet access discourse during the COVID-19 pandemic 22 November 2021 Kenneth Matimaire

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have brought into stark relief the implications of digital inequality in Africa, said key partners who helped organise the 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG): APC, Research ICT Africa and the African Union Commission.

AfriSIG 2021: We can't do it alone!
AfriSIG 2021: We can't do it alone! 19 November 2021 Tshepiso Hadebe

It was June 2010, the schools were about to go on a long break. The eyes of the world were on South Africa. The first African country to host the FIFA world cup. Huddled in the corner of the small and dusty school library, a little girl came across a book that spoke of computers and the internet.

AfriSIG 2021: “Oh AfriSIG, where art thou AfriSIG?”
AfriSIG 2021: “Oh AfriSIG, where art thou AfriSIG?” 11 November 2021 Josaphat Tjiho

I remember sitting down writing that application like someone who was writing a state of the nation address speech for a president.

AfriSIG 2021: You’ll probably make the cut!
AfriSIG 2021: You’ll probably make the cut! 09 November 2021 Rebeccah Wambui

From the first day elation of introductions, the rest of the days went by in a blur; a perfect amalgamation of inquisitiveness, new information drench, subtle nudge to quit, Zoom fatigue, back to excitement, relief, and self-pride on the last day.

Yay! We did it, AfriSIG 2021 happened!
Yay! We did it, AfriSIG 2021 happened! 08 November 2021 Ruth Atim

The ninth edition of the African School of Internet Governance (AfriSIG) finally happened – virtually, because, well, COVID-19 couldn’t allow various fellows and facility members to attend an in-person school. 

AfriSIG 2021: A unique approach to Africa’s internet development
AfriSIG 2021: A unique approach to Africa’s internet development 03 November 2021 Kenneth Matimaire

What happens when an ardent internet governance activist has to suddenly place themselves in the shoes of the private sector? Or a social tech enthusiast has to play the role of the government during a simulation? Does the shift of perspective strengthen everyone’s grasp of internet governance?

AfriSIG 2021: Does Africa really need the internet?
AfriSIG 2021: Does Africa really need the internet? 02 November 2021 Anne Wangari Njathi and Tsema Yvonne Ede

When discussions around access to the internet are raised, our thoughts turn to whether we have sufficiently solved the issues of poverty, health, education and energy to decide that internet access is a needed right in Africa. But COVID-19 has changed our view of the need for connectivity.

AfriSIG 2021: Sandboxes of our own
AfriSIG 2021: Sandboxes of our own 29 October 2021 Favour Borokini

It is undeniable that our world today is a digital one. It is this world that young Africans are navigating today. Perhaps our play, our natural gravitation towards games, social media and movies, is our way of expressing our desire for mastery, and ultimately our claim on the internet.

“Finally I made it”: Passion and commitment to turn the AfriSIG dream into reality
“Finally I made it”: Passion and commitment to turn the AfriSIG dream into reality 27 October 2021 Providence Baraka

For the young person I was, under 25 years, attending the African School on Internet Governance and getting involved in the internet ecosystem in my country was a dream that I will continue to follow.  

AfriSIG 2021: Digital inequality in Africa
AfriSIG 2021: Digital inequality in Africa 27 October 2021 Fatou Sarr

The 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) has brought together actors from digital ecosystems worldwide. It has been a golden opportunity for me and my community as I have learnt about several topics on internet governance.

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