Enough is Enough Nigeria, BudgIT Foundation and Paradigm Initiative are set to host the fifth edition of the New Media, Citizens and Governance conference titled “Protecting Digital Rights in Closing Spaces” on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Center , Abuja, Nigeria.
The hybrid one-day transnational conference will feature speakers and dignitaries from across Africa – Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Ghana and Kenya – with over 300 delegates registered to discuss critical topics in the new media and how they affect various facets. of the society.
According to BudgIT Global Director, Oluseun Onigbinde, the edition of the year was designed to spark conversations about Africa’s digital economic space, social media restrictions and shutdowns, data privacy, elections and public accountability, marginalization and digital security.
“Digital rights are human rights in online spaces, which include the right to privacy, freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of information and communication, gender rights and the right not to be victims of violence, etc. The violation of digital rights in Africa has become a widespread problem, and if proactive measures are not taken, it could persist,” said Oluseun.
Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Executive Director, ‘Gbenga Sesan, called the conference timely, as it comes at a time when freedom in the digital space is under threat, even more so with recent moves by Twitter, which has seen the organization cut teams working on human rights and ethics.
“The times we live in demand that we have honest discussions to protect our shrinking digital spaces, and this forum provides that platform. It is therefore imperative to have an intellectual conversation about safeguarding the digital rights of African citizens before, during and after elections. he added.
Also commenting, EiE Nigeria Executive Director, ‘Yemi Adamolekun, noted that the conference would be instrumental in providing various stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss key issues on digital rights and elections in Nigeria and Africa in its together.
“It is a good forum for civil society and government officials from the continent to discuss issues important to the continent.” she stated.
Confirmed speakers include Ms. Anriette Esterhuysen, Senior Advisor, Internet Governance, Policy Advocacy and Strategic Planning (South Africa), Mr. Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu, SAN, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC , Nigeria), Ms. Toyin Akinniyi, African Representative, Luminate (Nigeria) among others.