300+ Delegates | 30+ Countries | 26 Sessions
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 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 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.
Prior to joining OSIWA, Ms Ba worked for 3 years with the foundation TrustAfrica, as full-time Program Consultant managing a diverse range of portfolios. She launched and managed the French Edition of Pambazuka News (Produced by Fahamu –Networks for Social Justice). She also worked as part time lecturer at the Department of Sociology of Gaston Berger University (Senegal) and journalist-reporter at Sud Quotidien, an independent Senegalese daily newspaper.
Hawa holds a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Anthropology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology. She equally has a Post-graduate Degree in Journalism. Hawa’s areas of interest include governance processes, migration, religion, gender, media and social movements.
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