The 7th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (formerly Internet Freedom Forum- IFF) will hold from April 23 – 25, 2019 in Lagos Nigeria. The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum has gained a reputation as an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, and policy directions forged. If you are interested in privacy, affordable Internet, increasing women’s access to digital tools, Internet shutdowns and similar themes, mark your calendar and join members of civil society, the technical community, academia and private sector for yet another agenda shaping event in 2019. Registration for DRIF 2019 opens July 9, 2018 and closes January 31, 2019.
DRIF is an arena where tough topical global issues around Internet rights, especially in Africa, are discussed between civil society, technology companies, government, academia and other stakeholders. For the first time ever, the Forum will focus considerable time and energy on digital inclusion, after organising six editions that focused heavily on digital rights. We believe digital inclusion is crucial in a continent where internet access is still a luxury or entirely nonexistent for many.
The forum presents a unique platform for discussions and engagement around current trends and emerging issues affecting Internet Freedom in Africa. Since 2017, proceedings at DRIF have been bilingual- English and French, to cater for the diversity of participants attending. Participants at DRIF include civil society organizations, policy actors/makers, legal/policy experts, academia, advocates, tech enthusiasts, industry representatives and active citizens among others.
Before joining Facebook, Akua was working as a project finance lawyer, qualified to practice in New York and the United Kingdom, at the law firm Clifford Chance. Akua previously worked in Nigeria and Liberia as a legal adviser and rule of law specialist at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation and as an anti-corruption lawyer at USAID. Akua also has years of experience working for and with a variety of government departments, NGOs and international think tanks in Europe, the US and in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Akua holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society with minors in International Relations and Spanish from American University, a Law Degree from Cambridge University in England and a Masters of Laws in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School.
She is a published writer. Her latest book, Love Does Not Win Elections, about her experience contesting the PDP primaries in 2014 was recently released to much acclaim. She collaborated on a series of children's textbooks on social studies used in primary schools and a children's reference book on Nigeria. She kept a weekly column for five years, in Thisday’s The Lawyer newspaper and most recently, as the Nigerian Citizen for the Leadership newspaper where she covered legal and social issues ranging from state-sponsored marriages to good governance. Ms. Osori is a regular commentator on radio and television and has been involved in numerous campaigns to improve social justice for women and girls and to improve governance in Nigeria.
Ms. Osori, an Eisenhower Fellow, graduated with law degrees from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School and has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is licensed to practice law in Nigeria and the State of New York.
DRIF has a track record of producing tangible, actionable outcomes. The 2014 edition gave birth to Nigeria’s Digital Rights and Freedom Bill that has now been passed by Nigeria’s national assembly and is currently being studied in several other countries for replication.
In 2018, DRIF was held at NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria, from April 24 through 26, and was attended by participants from over 30 countries