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Africa Electronic Privacy and Public Voice Symposium

* Photograph from Tourism Cape Town

Program

08h30 Registration

09h00

Welcome

Frannie Wellings, EPIC

09h15

Opening Presentation

Nnenna Nwakanma, African Civil Society for the Information Society

 

09h30

Freedom of Expression and Data Protection Online in Africa

This panel will explore the current environment of data protection and freedom of expression online across Africa. Civil society organizations' struggle for online privacy protections and freedom of speech has suffered significant setbacks in the past few years due to security concerns and international conflicts. In many countries in the African region, the struggle for privacy protections and free speech is difficult, confronting cyber-security laws in Nigeria and Zambia, internet bugging in Zimbabwe, and censorship in Tunisia. The international struggle for privacy and free speech becomes increasingly complex as the Internet infrastructure grows and e-commerce develops and expands in the African region, and the security demands placed on them by the United States and other Western countries multiply. In a recent South African article entitled, "Privacy Bigger Worry than Security," the author writes: "Questions of privacy dominated a panel discussion held at the Security Special Interest Group (SSIG) in Cape Town recently, as members of the audience seemed more concerned about protecting personal information than they were about security." The 2004 edition of EPIC's annual survey, Privacy and Human Rights, highlights some of the significant privacy issues in South African and Nigerian legislation, such as South Africa's Interception Act which conforms to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and the Data Retention Provision of Nigeria's Cybercrime Act. Participants will discuss emerging problems and possible solutions.

Moderator: Tracey Naughton, African Civil Society for the Information Society, South Africa
- Elizabeth Bakibinga, Senior Legislative Counsel, Parliament of Uganda
- Heather Ford, Association for Progressive Communications
- Joi Ito, ICANN Board Member
- Emmanuel Njenga, Association for Progressive Communications
- Edward G. Viltz, Public Interest Registry

11h30

Presentation

Web-Based Collaboration, Derrick L. Cogburn

12h00

Lunch

13h30

Internet Policy in Africa

This panel will examine the African emerging Internet bodies such as the AfriNIC, AfTLD, AfNOG. ICANN is currently evaluating the African Network Information Centre's (AfriNIC's) application to become a regional Internet registry. With many in Africa feeling as though they are dominated by foreign, and generally US bodies, the new organizations are opportunities to gain control of their own Internet governance. This panel will explore this transition, the new possibilities, the relationship of the emerging organizations to ICANN, and the responsibility of these organizations to respond to the African public in a transparent, democratic and inclusive manner. Panelists will also explore African policy interaction with other global bodies governing policy affecting the Internet (such as WIPO, WTO).

Moderator: Pierre Dandjinou, Regional Advisor for Africa, ICT for Development, SURF/UNDP
- Adiel A. Akplogan, CEO, AfriNIC
- Alan Levin, the Internet Society, South Africa
- Chengetai Masango, Syracuse University
- Nnenna Nwakanma, Cabinet Member of the African Civil Society for the Information Society
- Pierre Ouedraogo, Francophone Institute for Information and Learning New Technologies

15h00

Coffee Break

15h30

African Perspectives on Global Internet Governance

Internet policy decisions are a hot topic right now as international Internet governance itself is in question. How accountable are bodies such as ICANN to African regions? Who has the responsibility for what? Does the West dominate Internet governance and if so, how can this be addressed to make it more equitable? The United Nations has recently established a Working Group on Internet Governance, which grew out of the World Summit on the Information Society. The Working Group has until November 2005 to decide whether the current governing bodies should continue as is, or whether a restructuring is necessary and if and how any responsibilities should change hands. This panel will explore what areas of global Internet Governance need to be change from the perspective of Africa? Whether radical change of ICANN is possible or necessary? What are the main problems from the African perspective?

Moderator: Olivier Nana Nzepa, General coordinator of the Africa Civil Society for Information Society
- Titilayo Akinsanmi, Global Teenager Project, WSIS Youth Caucus
- Mouhamet Diop, ICANN Board, Permanent Secretary of ISOC Senegal Chapter
- Markus Kummer, Secretariat of UN Working Group on Internet Governance
- Viola Krebs, WSIS Civil Society Bureau
- Milton Mueller, Chair, Non-Commercial Users Constituency of ICANN

17h15

Conclusions

Marc Rotenberg, EPIC

17h30

End
 
 
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