EFF at FIFAfrica 2023 | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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The EFF is delighted to be in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for this year’s iteration of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica)organized by CIPESA (International ICT Policy Collaboration for Eastern and Southern Africa) from September 27 to 29, 2023.

FIFAfrica is a landmark event in the region that brings together a wide range of stakeholders from Internet governance and online rights to discuss and collaborate on opportunities to advance privacy, protect freedom of expression and improve the free flow of information online. FIFAfrica also provides a space to identify new and important issues in digital rights, as well as explore ways to participate in these debates in national, regional and global spaces.

We hope you will have the opportunity to connect with us at the panels listed below. In addition to these, the EFF will participate in many other events at FIFAfrica. We look forward to meeting you there!

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28

Fighting disinformation for democracy

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. local time
Location: Hyatt Hotel – Kibo

Hosted by: CIPESA

Speakers

  • Paige Collings, Senior Speech and Privacy Campaigner, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Nompilo Simanje, Head of Advocacy and Partnerships in Africa, International Press Institute
  • Obioma Okonkwo, Head of Legal, Media Rights Agenda
  • Daniel O’Maley, Senior Digital Governance Specialist, Center for International Media Assistance

In an era of lies, facts and freedoms marked by the rapid diffusion of information and the proliferation of digital platforms, the fight against disinformation has never been more crucial. This session brings together experts and practitioners at the forefront of this fight, exploring the critical roles media, fact-checkers and technology play in defending the truth and combating the spread of false narratives .

This panel will look at the multifaceted challenges posed by disinformation campaigns, examining their impact on societies, politics and public discourse. Through engaging discussion, the session will highlight innovative strategies, cutting-edge technologies and collaborative initiatives used by media organizations, technology companies and civil society to safeguard the integrity of information.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Responsibility of platforms in Africa: content moderation and political transitions

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. local time
Location: Hyatt Hotel – Kibo

Hosted by: Meta Oversight Board, CIPESA, Open Society Foundations

Speakers

  • Paige Collings, Senior Speech and Privacy Campaigner, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Nerima Wako, Executive Director, SIASA PLACE
  • Abigail Bridgman, assistant vice president, content review and policy, Meta Oversight Board
  • Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei, member of the meta monitoring committee

Social media platforms are often criticized for their failure to address significant and seemingly avoidable harms arising from online content. This is particularly true during volatile political transitions, where disinformation, incitement to violence, and hate speech based on gender, religion, ethnicity, and other characteristics are strongly associated with increased harm. real.

This session will discuss best practices for combating harmful online content through the lens of the most urgent and credible threats to political transitions on the African continent. With crucial general, presidential and legislative elections approaching, as well as the looming threat of violent political transitions, panelists will highlight current online content trends, the impact of harmful content and chart a path forward for the different stakeholders. The session will also assess the different roles that different institutions, stakeholders and experts can play in striking a balance between combating harm and respecting users’ human rights in such a context.

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