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Paradigm Initiative charts course for Digital rights in Africa via DRIF21



Panel session at DRIF21
Panel session at DRIF21

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has hosted an in-person session of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF21) in Abuja.

The 2-day event was held at Reiz Continental Hotel on Wednesday, April 22nd and on Thursday, April 23rd 2021.


Paradigm Initiative’s Executive Director, ‘Gbenga Sesan

The event was held as part of the 15-days multi-cultural festival that discusses the state of digital rights and inclusion in Africa.

The event featured panel discussions that were centred around gender and human rights, digital identity and data protection in Nigeria, vulnerable children and their access to tech devices, the threats being faced by Journalists as it pertains to press freedom, consumer rights protection in Nigeria and the prerequisite for implementing digital safety education in schools curriculum.

From among members of the panel at DRIF21 were; ‘Gbenga Sesan, Paradigm Initiative’s Executive Director, Ololade Shyllon, Privacy Policy Manager, Middle East and Africa at Facebook, Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director, International Press Centre, Osai Ojigho, Country Director of Amnesty International, Nigeria, Gloria Mabeiam Ballason, Chief Executive Officer, House of Justice, Buky Williams, Executive Director, EVA, Muthoni Muriiti, Senior Gender Policy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation and Simi Olusola, Chief Executive Officer, Aspilos Foundation and more.

From the various sessions; Putting Gender and Human Rights First in a Digital Age, Access to, Technology for Children in Vulnerable Groups, New Threats to Press Freedom, eConsumer Rights Protection in Nigeria, Digital Identity and Data Protection in Nigeria and Digital Safety: A Prerequisite for Implementing 21st Century Curriculum.

Some of the recommendations include: To ensure online safety; social media platforms should make reporting mechanisms clear and social media platforms should understand various types of online abuse beyond the western view context.

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The internet should be flooded with the right information, we should engage the right stakeholders who are responsible for creating content and we should ensure there is a legal framework that holds institutions responsible.

Government institutions should respond to questions thrown at them in digital spaces, there should be an understanding between media practitioners and the government and the crimes perpetrated against journalists should be stopped, Data Protection Authorities (DPA’s) should be independent and there should be a harmonisation in the data collection process.

The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF21) is a platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action.

It hosts diverse skills and capacities for enhancing digital rights and inclusion on the African continent and beyond.

It is a Paradigm Initiative (PIN) flagship platform for communities of practice around privacy, affordable Internet, increasing women’s access to digital tools, Internet shutdowns and digital empowerment for underserved and marginalised communities.


panelists at DRIF2021

This year being the 8th edition had 12 African countries participating with over 400 delegates from countries around the world attending both the virtual and in-person sessions.

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