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Wednesday, September 3 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WS118: Discussion on multistakeholderism in Africa

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The proposed workshop has the format of a roundtable during which participants from different stakeholder groups will discuss the results of RIA research conducted, some of which has been undertaken with NEPAD Agency, on mapping multistakeholders participation in Internet governance from an African perspective..
Specifically, participants will be invited to consider how factors such as low level of Internet access and use, low quality of service and high prices of broadband intersect with the notion of multistakeholder participation as a form of deliberative democracy for Internet governance - which is often informed by assumptions from more mature markets and the human rights frameworks of Western democracies.
Participants will explore the evolution of multistakeholders participation through consideration of the main international, regional and national processes/mechanisms of the Internet governance ecosystem from an Africa perspective.
Some specific issues that will be highlighted include:
- What these initiatives have achieved in terms of enabling or constraining the development of an open Internet;
- what has been the level and effectiveness of participation of African stakeholders in these processes;
- why have they not been able to fully develop an African agenda on Internet governance


Titi Akinsanmi

Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi is focussed on technology policy and research in Africa. She holds a Masters in Management from the University of Witswatersrand. Her experience spans both the public and private sectors consulting for a range of international institutions including AfriNIC, t... Read More →

Alison Gillwald

Executive Director
Alison Gillwald is Executive Director of Research ICT Africa and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Management of Infrastructure Reform and Regulation programme. Prior to this she was Associate Professor at the Witwatersrand University’s... Read More →

Omobola Johnson

Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson is Nigeria's Honorable Minister of Communication Technology. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, a Master’s degree in Digital Electronics from King's College, London and a Doctor of Business... Read More →

Edmund Katiti

NEPAD Agency

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Towela Nyirenda-Jere

Head of Economic Integration Division, African Union Development Agency
Dr. Towela Nyirenda Jere works in the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Programme at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as a Principal Programme Officer focusing on policy, legal and regulatory aspects of infrastructure and services. She has over 15 years of experience... Read More →

Wednesday September 3, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm EEST
Workshop Room 10 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 7 + 8)

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