#DRIF2019

Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum

300+ Delegates  |  30+ Countries  |  26 Sessions

Raddison Blu Hotel, Ikeja

Lagos, Nigeria

April 23rd – 25th, 2019
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About DRIF

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 #DRIF19 ended 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 to 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.


2019 Speakers

Funke Opeke

CEO, MainOne Cable

Funke Opeke is the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne Cable and Member Advisory Board Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). She was previously Chief Technical Officer at MTN Nigeria Communications (MTN) after a twenty-year career in the United States where she served as Executive Director of Verizon Communications Wholesale Division in New York from 2001 to 2005. She is an experienced and respected telecommunications executive. She graduated with a masters in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University (USA) and with a BS in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Ife (now the Obafemi Awolowo University).

Ernest Ndukwe

National Coordinator, A4AI Nigeria

Dr Ernest Ndukwe is a professional Telecommunications Engineer, Corporate Executive,
Entrepreneur and Business Management Trainer with over 38 years of international experience in business management and in the telecommunications industry, majority of which have been in C-Level positions in private multi-national companies and in government Telecom Policy & Regulation. Dr Ndukwe is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, FAEng. He is author of several papers on Utility Regulation/Sector Policy and business management. Engineer Ndukwe has represented Nigeria at various international events and is a regular resource person at local and international conferences and events. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency by the President in 2000 and proceeded to preside over the building of an internationally respected institution. Under his tenure at the NCC, the ICT industry witnessed tremendous growth and transformation, leading to what has been generally referred to as the era of Nigeria’s Telecommunication Revolution. Prior to his appointment to the NCC, Dr Ndukwe was the MD/CEO of General Telecom Plc and had held several senior and top level Executive positions in leading multinational telecommunications companies. He is also a Vice Chairman of the ITU Telecom Development Advisory Group (TDAG) representing Nigeria. Dr Ndukwe is currently chairman of Openmedia Group as well as a part time Faculty at the Lagos Business School where he heads the Centre for Infrastructure Policy, Regulation and Advancement, CIPRA. He had previously served as Co-chairman of the Presidential Committee to develop Strategy and Roadmap for universal Broadband Access for Nigeria. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the National Broadband Council with the Minister of Communications Technology is Chairman.

Alice Munyua

Policy Advisor for Africa, Mozilla Corporation

Ms. Munyua is Policy Advisor for Africa at Mozilla Corporation. She is currently on working on Privacy and Data Protection, Digital Identity and digital taxation.
She served as a member of the board of the Kenya Communications Regulatory Authority, led African Government engagement in the African Union Commission Dot Africa initiative, represented both the Kenya government and the AUC at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), while there she served as vice chair for 2 years and founding chair of the GAC Public Safety Working Group. She has been involved with the internet society in different capacities, including as a member of the board of trustees. She is the founder of the Kenya ICT Action Network is a multistakeholder network of people and institutions interested and involved in ICT Policy and regulation.
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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

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