IGF 2022 Open Forum #93 Resilient Internet for a shared sustainable & common future

Panel - Auditorium - 60 Min

Description

The Internet and digitisation represent a potential game changer for Africa’s sustainable development in line with both the UN’s SDGs and the Africa We Want (Agenda 2063). In order to ensure that all Africans can benefit from meaningful and equitable access to the Internet, there is an urgent need to set in place not only a common narrative, but also a strong agenda for shaping the Internet Africans Want. Current global digital agendas and initiatives aimed at imagining such an enabling future Internet tend to be mainly led and dominated by states and entities from the global North. An example is the recent Declaration for the Future of the Internet, which was led by the US Department of State and only signed by three African states (Kenya, Niger and Cabo Verde). Similar to such ‘global’ commitments, a large proportion of the discourses taking place at international fora and policy platforms like the IGF tend to be dominated by the perceptions of stakeholders and agendas set by technologically advanced countries – meaning that Africans’ voices are often neither heard nor reflected in global policies or agendas.

This interactive and multistakeholder session will encourage a more equitable and meaningful share in global Internet governance debates for participants and agendas from the global South as well. To do so, diverse stakeholders will deliberate on how Africans can come together to develop and promote a common narrative and agenda for shaping the Internet Africans Want. It will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn from the history of Africa’s experience with the Internet as well as how some African stakeholders have already worked on diverse aspects such as digital rights, women’s empowerment in digital space, addressing digital divides between Africa and other regions, and other relevant topics.

Online participants will be able to ask questions and interact with the onsite participants through a specific Q&A part that is dedicated to questions from the chat and online participants who want to speak directly.

Organizers

GIZ
Souhila Amazouz, Senior ICT Policy Officer, Information Society Division, African Union Commission (AUC)
Johannes Wander, Policy Advisor, DataCipation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Anri van der Spuy, consultant, DataCipation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Speakers

1. Dr. Nii Quaynor – Chair of the OAU Internet Task Force and President of the Internet Society of Ghana

2. Anriette Esterhuysen (ex IGF MAG chair, involved in WSIS meetings of 2000s)

3. Pren-Tsilya Boa-Guehe, Google Africa, Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager for African Institutions

4. Oyeronke Oyetunde, MTN, Head of Regulatory Affairs

5. Mr. Moses Bayingana, Ag. Head of Information Society Division, African Union Commission, Government, Africa

Onsite Moderator

Mr. Moses Bayingana, Ag. Head of Information Society Division, African Union Commission, Government, Africa

Online Moderator

Johannes Wander, Policy Advisor, DataCipation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Rapporteur

Anri van der Spuy

SDGs

3.5


Targets: The AU Data Policy Framework represents a significant step toward creating a consolidated data environment and harmonised digital data governance systems to enable the free and secure flow of data across the continent while safeguarding human rights, upholding security and ensuring equitable access and sharing of benefits. This particularly speaks to SDG 9.b (Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities).

Session Type
OF