An Open and Multi-Stakeholder Internet - What's At Stake in Africa?

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Geneva Press Club / Club Suisse de La Presse

106 Route de Ferney

1209 Geneva

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A Public Forum
Sponsored by
the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the Internet Society
At the Geneva Press Club

Panel Discussion at 16:00 followed by a light reception

“The Importance of an Open and Multi-Stakeholder Internet -- What’s at Stake for Freedom of Expression and Economic Growth in Africa?”

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Why is a free and multi-stakeholder Internet so important for Africa’s future? What is the significance of this framework for freedom of expression, economic opportunity and innovation, and the defense of human rights and democratic freedoms? As the world comes to grips with the importance of maintaining an open and multi-stakeholder Internet, this panel will focus on the particular challenges for Africa and why an enabling Internet environment is so relevant today for Africa’s future tomorrow. What has been the experience of Kenya’s ICT sector? What is the situation in west Africa? In Ghana and Nigeria? Does north Africa present different or similar challenges? How can the international community support and work with African nations’ to create and strengthen a free, open and multi-stakeholder Internet governance framework? These are some of the issues to be address in this timely discussion of one of the most important issues facing Africa and the international community today.

Remarks by Ambassador Betty E. King
Followed by a Panel Discussion featuring:

Jillian York, Director International Freedom of Expression, The Electronic Frontier Foundation

Prof David Souter , Managing Director, ICT Development Associates, Visiting Professor in Communications Management, Business School, University of Strathclyde, Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics & Political Science

Edataen Oj, Director, The Media Rights Agenda, and Chair, The International Freedom of Expression Exchange

Mac Jordan Degadjor, Co-founder of Blogging Ghana, the sole blogging association in Ghana

Nicolas Seidler, Policy Advisor, the Internet Society

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106 Route de Ferney

1209 Geneva

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