BREAK-OUT SESSION TOPIC SYNOSPIS


Access, Inclusiveness & Diversity (AID)



Access to Information




Access to information through the use of Internet is a fundamental human right and a multi-dimensional tool serving both governments and citizens. The right of access to information improves governance and citizens’ lives as it assists public administration to become more transparent and accountable and enables citizens to engage more meaningfully in public life, understand policies, help determine public priorities, and use the information to ensure the exercise of their other human rights, including the rights to clean water, a safe environment, and education. Access to information is also one side of the coin whose other face is freedom of expression as we need information in order to be able to express ourselves, and we need others to be able to access our words in order for those words to have any impact. This track would delve deeper into how important access to information through the use of Internet. Stakeholders would assess the roles of Internet and it would transform access to information today in Nigeria. How is Internet technology changing access to information to impact good governance?


Internet Economy (IE)


Using Internet to Fight Economic Corruption


The country has a growing active and massive presence on the Internet in Africa. According to the Nigerian Communications Commission current report on Internet subscribers, the nation has over 100 Millions active Internet subscribers as at February  2018, while on social media, for instance the facebook, Nigerian users are growing at over 6 millions with local internet growth rate at 47%, therefore making Nigeria 1st among the top 3 Internet nations in Africa.  Tackling corruption continues to be a serious national challenge. The issue of corruption has led to loss of confidence in Nigeria due to the activities of fraudsters, corrupt public officials and mis-governance. The level and rate of development of any particular society is influenced by many variables such as the political culture, leadership and corruption. In Africa, corruption has been at the centre of development as an impediment of true and real development in the society. Corruption stunts the growth and prosperity of a nation and ultimately leads to widespread poverty and insecurity. Corruption undermines democracy, good governance and the rule of law and it erodes confidence in the economic, political and social system. Realizing that corruption permeates every facet of public governance, the new administration’s No one mission is the eradication of corruption in Nigeria by taking the fight against corruption to the doorsteps of public institutions by placing leadership integrity at the core of effective governance and utilization of public resources. This session would examine how Internet would be used effectively to help mitigate corruption, ensure public resources, programs and projects are tracked and monitored for public good, entrenching whistleblower protection, institutional watchdogs and data forensic auditing in the activities of the executive arm of government, parliament and the Judiciary.


Cybersecurity & Trust (CST)


Enabling Citizen Digital Data Rights & Protection Regulations


Building trust and confidence in good governance process through the use of Internet requires a strong commitment to the digital right of citizens on data protection. Recently, the European Union releases its General Data Protection Regulations mandating organizations to effect compliance within their internal governance system. Similar, Nigerian stakeholders have identified that their citizens data needs to be protected when they provide it to organizations in return for a service. They also want to ensure that the same citizens have rights to privacy hence the Digital Right Bill which has been passed by the National Assembly. The implementation of the provisions of the Bill when sign into by the President would impact state of cybersecurity, law enforcement approach to cybercrime, social media and government regulatory approach to citizen data governance. The stakeholders would engage in active discourse to examine the impact of the Digital Right Bills in relation to their digital freedom of expression and personal data protection and privacy.


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Fiscal Transparency for Sustainable Development


Globally, countries are making commitments to promote good governance in the context of greater transparency and accountability in tax revenue, public expenditures, budget planning and management of public resources; these commitments allow citizens to monitor better the source and use of public resources for development.

Nigeria subscribed to the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development which identifies ICTs and the Internet as horizontal enablers for development. Nigeria needs to strengthen its governance system on fiscal transparency to prevent fraud, corruption, and waste, and empower citizens to track national budget spending. The session would examine how the country would enhance fiscal transparency, empower the citizens through the use of Internet, participation in fiscal planning, management and appropriation of the nation’s wealth for development.The session would also help to identify some good governance best practices to inform policy makers on the ways in which Internet can serve as broader and more strategic developmental objectives relevant to our National Economic Recovery & Growth Plan.



Critical Internet Resource (CIR)


Internet Broadband for Open Data Goverment



Open data system is the technology backbone of good government. Public organizations collect, on a regular basis, an enormous amount of different types of data. These data have a significant value because they are resource which can help citizens understand much easier, faster and better what the government does and how well it delivers its services.Open data is particularly significant when it comes to increasing government transparency and public awareness of government programs and initiatives, while opening up data can also help generate insights into ways to improve government performance. As part of governance transformation, what is the current state of open government data in Nigeria? What is the level of preparation and work done by government on open data framework? What role would the Internet play?  What is the level of critical resource of the Internet such as broadband and allocated frequency space that would be dedicated to enhance open data government portal and its governance process? Would such Internet framework impact creative engage of citizens in the public data access userablity, data mining for innovations, good governance, information privacy and security? The forum would stimulate stakeholders’ assessment of the present effort and challenge governments and stakeholders for more commitments to a speedy implementation. Stakeholders would examine the current reality and how governments can use the Internet for open data to help reform their public services.





Enhancing Multi-stakeholder

Cooperation (EMC)


Citizens Engagement in Policy Making & Implementation

NIGF 2018 is redefining stakeholders’ approach by aligning the critical need for Internet access with the demand for responsibility and good governance. In this context, governance through multi-stakeholder mechanism is fast evolving in the public policy formulation and project implementations. Other forms of public participation are emerging such as citizens seeking opportunities to access resources and participate actively in shaping the economic, technology, and security policies that affect their lives.  The forum seeks to ensure participants explore and adopt opportunities and innovations offer by the Internet to inform and include stakeholders in policymaking, facilitating access and collaboration in the preparation, enactment, implementation, and review of government development programs, industrialization and foster innovation. Stakeholder discussions would be raised as to how to engage in the good governance process and input towards shaping of the Internet Governance in Nigeria.















 Addressing EU GDPR 







General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) would be enforced across the European Union (EU). This regulation aims to extend the rights of individuals residing within the EU to better control and protect the use of their personal data in the evolving digital landscape.  It’s also an attempt to strengthen, simplify and harmonize the data protection and privacy laws across Europe. GDPR requires any Nigeria organization whose business involves either collecting or processing any EU citizen’s personal data, not just those that are located within the member states of the EU, to maintain compliance. Non-compliance risks both steep financial penalties and reputational damages. The new regulation became a law in April 2016 but allowed some organizations to make alignment with the regulation within a two year transition period. By implication, failure to adhere to GDPR requirements would trade and other dealings with EU businesses after the deadline. How should Nigerian stakeholders with significant business interest in EU respond to the compliance? Would there be any impact on national data growth objective? This is a critical subject matter of interest to stakeholders at NIGF 2018.




Internet Safeguard for  Election 2019


INEC is an agency of the government charged with the responsibility of conducting national and state elections. Among other things, there is growing call for internet platform framework for improving transparency and accountability in the reporting and disclosure of electoral process. At NIGF 2018, Stakeholders would seek to assess the performance of INEC in the use of Internet as critical platform for awareness and citizen engagement in line with current digital reality. Internet would be used to ensure that INEC and political parties are transparent and accountable to citizens, and that national budget are being used to benefit all citizens for the democratic dispensation.

Internet stakeholders groups are interested in the success of the elections 2019 and seeking to look at how INEC electoral governance systems are safeguarded against internet threat attack during elections.  



Way Forward


Wrap Up Session

This is wrap up session aggregating and synthesising stakeholders contributions, input and outcome of dialogue into the local IG policy output and input into the regional, Africa and global IGF in 2018, Geneva.



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