Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 ends

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, Oct. 1, GNA – The Forum on Internet
Freedom in Africa 2018 (FIFAfrica18) has ended in Accra, with a call for
greater internet freedom.

Mr Sulemana Braimah, the Executive Director,
Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), in his closing remarks said the
internet had to create the possibility for people to have their voices heard
and to hold duty bearers accountable.

“If we want our governments to response
to what we want, we need to continue to knock at their doors. We need to
continue to make the noise and make sure that the internet becomes as free as
possible and an enabler that allows us to assess ourselves and support the
development of our society,”

Mr Braimah further commended the Collaboration
for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and MFWA for
the successful organisation of the Accra meeting.

The three-day meeting was organised by the
Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA),
in partnership with the MFWA.

The Forum is a landmark event that convenes
various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in
Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for
advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination
and the free flow of information online on the continent.

Since inception, FIFAfrica has also served as
a platform to mark the International Day for Universal Access to Information
(IDUAI).

Engagements at the Forum, which was attended
by over 360 participants from 47 countries across the African continent and
beyond, aims to reflect current trends and concerns in access and usage of the
internet and related technologies on the continent.

The forum was under the auspices of
organisations such as UNESCO, the Ford Foundation, Facebook and Google.

GNA

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