TRACKS

2014 AGENDA

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION

Track One Building a democratic framework for digital inclusion & internet governance in Nigeria

The internet has become a mainstream for economic activities and social interactions.Therefore, it is important that internet governance issues in Nigeria be addressed through democratic engagement of stakeholders in internet policy formulation, development and implementation approached through democratic strategies.

Furthermore, with the world going digital, it is necessary for our nation to harness a policy framework towards achieving digital inclusion roadmap. Digital inclusion improves the lives of disadvantaged individuals and families by granting them affordable internet access while improving socio-economic status and digital literacy opportunities. The discourse on policy framework will facilitate positive impact of information society as well as human development in Nigeria.

 

Therefore, It is critically imperative for the NIGF 2014 to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue with a view towards stimulating government intervention.The participants will examine the importance of this framework in the light of local peculiarities and global perspectives.

Track Two Infusion of Internet Governance framework for local content growth, education development and healthcare delivery

Contents that are produced locally and hosted globally are better for productivity and growth of the Nation’s economy. We need to find a way of creating and hosting our content locally and this should be a high priority in Nigeria. With the adoption of local content policy, the forum will examine how best it can impact Internet governance issues.

 

Furthermore, Stakeholders would be looking into how Internet can be used as a veritable digital platform to facilitate access to health and education. The participants will discuss the possible ways of ensuring local content growth, ways of achieving Health delivery system via Internet while provoking stakeholders thoughts on a knowledge driven society through online education

Stakeholders play a vital role in Internet governance particularly in ensuring that internet users maximize the positive use of internet to for social-economic development. For this reason, the NIGF 2014 will engage stakeholders in dialogues regardinghow internet can be utilized for social capital development in order to ensure the sustainable growth of a stable, secure and robust internet for economic development which is necessary and important for National economy.

Track Three Engendering framework for balancing internet surveillance in a trusted community through multi-stakeholder engagement

Every Internet user needs to be assured that the information online is secure and that their privacy is not being breached for any reason. The participants will be looking into various available strategies and key policy areas critical to the protection of citizen’s privacy online while balancing the need for online security and safety. In addition, the participants will examine the contentious issues of Internet surveillance in relation to freedom of information and data privacy.

A vibrant Internet community is anchored on mutual trust and confidence building among stakeholders. Therefore, the issues of trust and confidence will be critically examined because if internet users do not feel safe online, they will not make online transactions thereby thwarting the efforts to promote an online economy.

 

It is paramount that the personal data of internet users should not be directly accessible and it should be protected from arbitrary interference therefore, it is important for the NIGF 2014 to explore a framework for protection in the digital privacy area with a view towards proposing practical solutions to enhance trust in the Internet community.
Track Four Making internet access an essential economic tool

The Internet is an enabler of a wide range of human rights including the promoting right to information, freedom of expression, opinion and association as well as the freedom to share, receive and impart information and ideas across borders which can enhance a Nation’s social development. An Internet which is open and collaborative is the starting point to making it stronger as a platform for human rights and economic development. The participants will examine the importance of making internet access a fundamental human right and economic tool in Nigeria.

Track Five Connecting at internet Exchange point Nigeria for affordable internet in Nigeria and security

How can the cost of internet access be less than 5% of the income of consumers? The non-use of Internet Exchange Point in Nigeria by operators and service providers raises the cost of connection and access in the country. Connecting at an Internet exchange point in Nigeria would help deliver the benefits of liberalization, lower prices and greater usage which in turn can provide support towards the development and security of the internet sector in Nigeria.

 

The participants will focus on how Nigeria can productively utilized the locally available internet critical resources such as Internet exchange point for an enhanced and cost effective internet connectivity.

Track Six Emerging issues

The participants will be discussing emerging issues such as misuse of Social Media, Wearable applications, Digital Sovereignty, Cloud hosting & National security issues, Digital Plagiarism &Internet Piracy and Internet Research & FundingThese issues will keep stakeholders abreast of the dynamism of the Internet ecosystem, economic growth, development, competition, trends and digital life style, and online security thereby stimulating readiness posture of stakeholders.

 

NIGF 2016 PARTNER & SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS

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