IGF 2023 Open Forum #67 Internet Data Governance and Trust in Nigeria

Time
Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (07:00 UTC) - Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (08:00 UTC)
Room
WS 6 – Room E
Issue(s)

Data Localization, Data Residency, and Data Sovereignty
Data Privacy and Protection

Round Table - 60 Min

Description

Objectives: To improve data governance and trust in the Nigeria Internet governance space, the following recommendations are proposed: The massive number of active Internet users in Nigeria generate volumes of data which raises further concerns about the privacy and safety of citizens and society. Therefore, there is a need to develop a comprehensive National Internet Data governance policy and framework that incorporates international best practices and addresses the unique challenges in Nigeria. This policy should be developed through a multi-stakeholder approach that involves government, civil society, and the private sector. Increase awareness and capacity-building programs for stakeholders on data governance principles, including the responsible use and protection of data, and the importance of trust in the digital economy. Strengthen regulatory bodies responsible for data governance, such as the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), by providing adequate funding, technical capacity, and enforcement mechanisms. Encourage public-private partnerships to promote the responsible use of data and the development of innovative solutions for data governance and trust. Increase transparency and accountability in data governance practices by promoting the disclosure of data practices and engaging stakeholders in decision-making processes. Challenges to Data Governance and Trust in Nigeria The following challenges have been identified for conversation during the proposed Open Forum/ Town Hall Meeting at the 2023 IGF meeting. The issues identified for discussion underscore the need for appropriate data governance in Nigeria despite the development that have been witnessed in the ecosystem in the past couple of years. There are a number of challenges to data governance and trust in Nigeria. These challenges are: a. Inadequate awareness of data governance and privacy issues among individuals and organizations b. Inadequate legal and regulatory frameworks for data protection c. Low capacity for data governance and privacy enforcement c. Inadequate cooperation between the stakeholders i.e. government, businesses, and civil society on data governance and privacy issues among others. Opportunities for Addressing Challenges to Data Governance and Trust in Nigeria There are a number of opportunities for addressing the challenges to data governance and trust in Nigeria. These opportunities include: i. The establishment of Nigeria Data protection Bureau in Nigeria has changed the landscape and the dynamics of Data Governance and Trust in Nigeria. The Bureau was created in February 2022 by the Federal Government of Nigeria [4]. The Bureau is mandated to collaborate with stakeholders in achieving the objectives of the NDPR, namely, to: a) Safeguard the rights of natural persons to data privacy; b) Foster safe conduct of transactions involving the exchange of Personal Data; c) Prevent manipulation of Personal Data; and d) Ensure that Nigerian businesses remain competitive in international trade through the safe-guards afforded by a just and equitable legal regulatory framework on data protection and which is in tune with best practice [5]. ii. Raising awareness of data governance and privacy issues among individuals and organizations iii. Developing and implementing comprehensive legal and regulatory frameworks for data protection. This process is ongoing at the National Assembly where the Data Privacy Bill is being considered. iv. Building capacity for data governance and privacy enforcement v. Promoting cooperation between government, businesses, and civil society on data governance and privacy issues

The online moderator will take the following steps to ensure the active involvement of online participants - 1), Enable questions and comments to be contributed during the session 2), During the session, the online moderator will read out questions or comments from online participants to speakers to respond . 3), We will provide a link for online participants.(Microsoft Teams)

Organizers

National Information Technology Development Agency
Nigeria Internet Governance Forum MAG Nigerian Communications Commission National Information Technology Development Agency Nigeria Internet Registration Association Nigeria Data Protection Bureau

Speakers

Organiser/Coordinator: Mary Uduma and Engr. Kunle Olorundare Moderator 1: Engr. Kunle Olorundare ( VP-ISOC-NG) Rapporteur 1: Igonor Oshoke (NIGF Program Manager) Speakers1: Lead paper Presenter, NDPB Representative( government) Dr. Vincent Olatunji Speaker 2: Representative of NITDA (Bernard Ewah); Speaker 3: Representative of Academia: Ridwan Oloyede Speaker 4: Representatives from Tech community/businesses: Toba Olaniyi Speaker 5: Representatives from Civil Society (Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter) Mrs Ogbuagu

Onsite Moderator

Moderator 1: Engr. Kunle Olorundare ( VP-ISOC-NG)

Online Moderator

Mary Uduma

Rapporteur

Rapporteur 1: Igonor Oshoke (NIGF Program Manager)

SDGs

1. No Poverty
4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Targets: Our theme relates with virtually all the SDGs because we need data to track for instance poverty, Sustainable Smart City, Quality Education, Gender Equality etc. However, SDG 16, "Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions," aligns well with data governance and trust as it emphasizes the need for transparent, accountable, and inclusive institutions. Data governance frameworks and trustworthy data are essential for effective decision-making, public access to information, and the overall strengthening of institutions to achieve sustainable development.