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A panel discussion on online violence against women, at the 2016 Internet Freedom Forum in Kampala, Uganda

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), bring endless possibilities for people to express themselves, access information and exercise their civic rights and responsibilities. While there are many forms of ICTs, one predominantly important one is the Internet, which is a great enabler for the right to information access because of its ability to transmit massive volumes of information.

In this respect, it is important for internet users to explore means and ways of improving the relationship between fundamental human rights, civic engagement, development and technology. It is for this reason, that forums such as the Internet Freedom in Africa organised yearly by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and its partners, are important as they bring together various players in the internet governance space from across the continent of Africa to debate, critique and highlight important issues around the use, protection and preservation of the internet, as well as draw attention to the design, application and purpose of ICTs which have made today’s world a global village.

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 is coming up and CIPESA would like you to participate in the preparations by proposing a session on issues you deem important and want to see addressed at this year’s event. Here’s how you can get involved FIFAfrica 2017 SESSION PROPOSAL FORM

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Successful session proposals will be listed on the Forum webpage ( on August 10, 2017. Review of proposals will be ongoing from time of submission until public listing.

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