AFRICAN IGF PRE-EVENT Convened by the Association for Progressive Communications and the NEPAD e-Africa Programme

Raising African Voices in Internet Governance Debates: WCIT-12 and Revisions to the International Telecommunications Regulations, Smart Village Convention Center, 6th of October City, Cairo, 2 October 2012 14h00 to 18h00

For program of the event see below.

Live stream from the event:

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REGISTRATION

12:30-13:45

WELCOME: Dr. Edmund Katiti, NEPAD e-Africa Programme

14:00–14:15

SESSION ONE: OVERVIEW OF IG IN AFRICA MODERATOR: Andrew Pudephatt, Global Partners

Overview of internet policy, governance and regulation from an African perspective. Which decisions are made where, by whom? How are Africans involved? Are we going in a direction that will increase affordable access and promote human rights? How should Africans respond to the Human Rights Council resolution that 'human rights apply on the internet as much as they do 'off' the internet?

PANELLISTS: Baher Esmat, ICANN; Duncan Martin, UbuntuNet/TENET; Ramy Raoof, Egyptian Blog for Human Rights; Alice Munyua, Chair: Kenya Internet Governance Steering Committee, Chengetai Masango, IGF; Anriette Esterhuysen, APC.

14:15-15:00

SESSION TWO: THE WCIT AND THE ITR REVIEW MODERATOR: Mawaki Chango, APC

WCIT, and proposed revisions to the ITRs: what do they mean for African internet governance stakeholders, how are African members states involved and how can non-governmental stakeholders participate?

PANELLISTS: Moctar Yedaly, AUC; Lillian Nalwoga, CIPESA; Barack Otieno, ISOC; Deborah Brown, AccessNow; Jimson Olufuye. AfICTA, Soumaila Abdoulkarim, ATU; Nnenna Nwakanma, FOSSFA

15:00–16:00

Networking and coffee/tea break

16:00-16:15

SESSION THREE: STRENGTHENING DEMOCRATIC IG IN AFRICA MODERATOR: Jimson Olufuye. AfICTA

What needs to be done at regional, national and global levels to (1) make IG in Africa more effective, inclusive and accountable, and (2) to strengthen African influence and involvement in global IG processes? Can Africa provide leadership in consolidating multi-stakeholder internet governance that respects and promotes human rights and contribute to development? What are the 10 improvements that are most important to us? Who can make them happen? Group discussion at tables for 30 minutes followed by reports and plenary discussion.

TABLE FACILITATORS: Dr. Clement Dzidonou, Africa Institute of Technology; Milton Aineruhanga, WOUGNet; Emilar Vushe, APC; Daudi Were Ushahidi Inc; Beryl Aidi; Kenyan Human Rights Commission; Coura Fall, GOREeTIC; Matthew Sears, CDT; Dr. Mawaki Chango, APC.

16:15–17:15

PRIORITISATION Participants will be asked to 'vote' for their 10 most important 'improvements'

17:15-17:35

SESSION FOUR: CLOSURE AND NEXT STEPS MODERATOR: Grace Githaiga, KictaNet

Presentation of the outcome of the prioritisation exercise, identification of volunteers to help draft the outcome into a 'statement' which will then be finalised in consultation with participants during the next few days. Participants will be asked to make closing remarks from the floor.

17:35–18:00

Short inputs will be provided by Makane Faye, UNECA, Dr. Towela Nyirenda Jere, NEPAD and a representative from the government of Egypt

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