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Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

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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.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2016 $39,995 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund
2018 $54,000 3 months
Community Lab
2019 $49,550 4 months
Community Lab

Total Funding: $143,545

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
  • Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
  • Policies, laws, or directives that increase surveillance, censorship, and punishment
  • Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
  • Prohibitive cost to access the Internet
  • Other

Objective(s)

  • Deploying technology
  • Software or hardware development
  • Testing
  • Research
  • Technology development
  • Training

Beneficiaries

  • General public
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Sexual minorities
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Academia
  • Technologists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Government
  • Other

Region(s)

  • Eastern Africa
  • Western Africa

Technology attributes

  • Not applicable

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