Every year since 2013, the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) has brought together participants from countries throughout the continent for a five-day residential course, aimed at developing a pipeline of leading Africans from diverse sectors, backgrounds and ages with the skills to participate in local and international internet governance structures. Given the current circumstances in the world today, this was obviously not a possibility in 2020.
Nevertheless, the organisers of AfriSIG the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Information Society Division of the African Union Commission (AUC) and Research ICT Africa (RIA) have found an innovative solution to continue pursuing the aims of the School despite the current challenges.
Like many other large events that are normally held “face-to-face”, this year’s eighth annual AfriSIG will take place online. But aside from this move from the physical to the virtual, this year’s School is also unique in that it will focus on promoting networking among AfriSIG alumni and giving them the opportunity for deeper engagement in a few key current topics in internet governance in Africa.
AfriSIG 2020 will be open only to the more than 400 AfriSIG alumni participants in the Schools held annually from 2013 to 2019 and will take place on 23 November, immediately prior to the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), which will be held from 25 to 27 November 2020.
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