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Welcome to the 2021 African Internet Governance Forum! The conference happened on the 14th - 16th of  December  2021 and recordings of each session are available for you to explore and enjoy anytime.  Contact us: info@afigf.africa.

Theme: Advancing digital transformation in Africa in the face of Crisis
Tuesday, December 14 • 11:30 - 12:30
#W6 Barriers and opportunities: The state of Internet access and affordability in African countries during the COVID-19 pandemic | Obstacles et opportunités : l'état de l'accès à Internet et son abordabilité dans les pays africains pendant la pandémie de

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Digital taxes. Internet shutdowns. Infrastructure gap. Digital gender divide. Urban-rural digital divide. All of these challenges pose barriers to Internet access in many African countries. However, African countries not only face challenges of access but many are also unable to afford such access. Today in African countries, Internet access is expensive, and where it is available, governments restrict it through arbitrary regulations and policies. As the COVID-19 pandemic hits, these restrictions become more pronounced with the increased
dependence on Internet services. The objective of this session is then, to examine these barriers and crowdsource ideas on how to ensure a more affordable internet going forward. Some discussion points include: what role can regional human rights institutions play in ensuring more access and affordability of Internet services during the pandemic? Do private sector actors play any significant role? How can policies for affordable Internet translate to enforcement and implementation on the ground in African countries?

Moderators
avatar for Tomiwa Ilori

Tomiwa Ilori

Researcher, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
I'm keen on conversations that link international human rights law on ICTs and emerging tech to national human rights policies and am also interested in how digital technologies impact human rights and democratic development in Africa and across the globe.

Speakers
avatar for Juliet Nanfunka

Juliet Nanfunka

Researcher, Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa
Juliet Nanfuka is interested in the intersection of society, policy and technology.
avatar for Arsène Tungali

Arsène Tungali

Executive Director, Rudi International
Arsene Tungali has been working and collaborating for the past 7 years on projects related to Internet governance, and other Internet policy issues. He has either conducted or supported research projects, documenting violations happening online such as Internet shutdowns, censorship... Read More →
avatar for Robert Nkwangu

Robert Nkwangu

Executive Director, UNAD, Disability Inclusion Specialist
Robert Nkwangu is a specialist in Social Sector Planning and Management and holds a Master’s Degree in this area. He holds additional post graduate qualifications from different institutions in Sweden, America and Switzerland. He is a person with disability (Deaf) and has for over... Read More →
avatar for Tapiwa Chinembiri

Tapiwa Chinembiri

Researcher, Research ICT Africa


Tuesday December 14, 2021 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
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