Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum

300+ Delegates  |  30+ Countries  |  26 Sessions

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 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.

2019 Speakers

Grace Githaiga

Co-Convenor, KICTANet

Grace Githaiga is the Co-Convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), a multi-stakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation (www.kictanet.or.ke). She is a member of y the Ushahidi board and also sits on advisory committees of several ICT related organisations. Her areas of interests are in ICT policy research and analysis

Hawa Ba

Senegal Country Office at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

Hawa Ba is the Senegal Country Office at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), part of the Open Society Foundations’ network. An important part of Hawa’s work is geared towards girls and women empowerment. She is a fierce advocate of girls’ education and for equal rights in the political and economic spheres. More broadly, Hawa works to promote and protect the rights of the most vulnerable segments of society - including people with disabilities and minorities - and defend fundamental liberties. She defines herself as feminist, afro-optimist and free thinker.
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.

Henry Omusundi Maina

Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa

Henry Omusundi Maina, Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa since August 2009. He is a Chevening Scholar. He recently worked on African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms and has been part of critical actors engaging states and ICT companies on how to balance cybersecurity interventions and respect for freedom online. He also has expertise in media law, digital rights, access to information and governance. Henry is skilled in programme management and fundraising, and has a LLM (Master of Laws degree) in international development, law and human rights from Warwick University in the UK. He also holds degrees in journalism and education.

Mausi Segun

Executive Director, Human Right Watch's Africa Division

Mausi Segun is the Executive Director, Africa division at Human Rights Watch. With a law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and an LLM human rights law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Mausi has over 25 years of experience in human rights practice. She has conducted field investigations to several parts of Africa, authored reports and press releases on conflicts, cycles of communal violence, the humanitarian and refugee crises in Africa, sexual violence against women and girls, repression of journalists, activists, and political opposition in many sub-Saharan African countries. She has written pieces and opinions for the New York Times, The Independent UK, Sunday Independent SA, and Salon, featured on CNN, the BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky News, and has been quoted in other major news media. Mausi had previously worked at Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Justice, and at the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission.




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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