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Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa


The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) is an annual multi-stakeholder event focus on protecting and promoting internet rights throughout Africa, as well as increasing collaboration between African tool developers and frontline defenders.

Organized by the OpenNet Africa initiative of the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), the event is followed by a report, State of Internet Freedom in Africa. The 2019 edition featured skills training and clinics to raise awareness of security gaps and of existing technology used to overcome blockages or interruptions to communications, a digital security help desk for Forum participants, and a skills workshop focusing on detecting disinformation or fake news on online platforms.

FIFAfrica explores disinformation through the angles of ethical journalism and fact checking platforms. Through a skills workshop, FIFAfrica works to equip participants, mostly media and civil society with the knowledge and tools to be in a position to detect and call out disinformation or fake news on online platforms.

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Funding to date

2016 $39,995.00 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund
2018 $54,000.00 3 months
Community Lab
2019 $49,550.00 4 months
Community Lab
2017 $48,850.00 5 months
Community Lab

Total Funding: $192,395.00

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