2019 Nigeria School of Internet Governance

The 2019 Nigeria School of Internet Governance took place from 7 – 9 July 2019 at the Nigeria Internet Registry Association (NIRA) secretariat, Lagos, Nigeria. The event was hosted by Internet Society Nigeria Chapter (ISOC NG) in collaboration with the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) and supported by some other Nigerian Internet stakeholder organizations (NCC, AFRINIC, NIRA, VDT Communications, IXPN, Eko-Konnect).

The event was aimed at enabling Nigerians to get comprehensive and structured knowledge on Internet governance and its importance in the future of the Internet. The participants consisted of about 48 (forty-eight) fellows with equal multistakeholder, age, gender, and regional representation.

Through a series of session presentations, webinars and focus group discussions, the participants were made aware of the global Internet ecosystem, principles, policy development processes and the overall challenges and opportunities for the Internet as a tool for economic development. The school’s faculty consisted of a wide range of industry experts from the Nigerian Internet ecosystem,

On the second day of the event, our steering committee members, Bolutife Adisa, Gabreal Odunsi and Uffa Modey participated in a panel session titled “Addressing Internet Governance Issues in NigeriaSubset: Youth Initiatives in Multistakeholderism. The panel was moderated by Uffa and discussed the challenges for youth inclusion in Internet governance in Nigeria. The panelists highlighted some Internet issues and recommended avenues through which youth could contribute to addressing solutions to these issues.

At the end of the school, the participants were divded into groups and each group was tasked with draftting a policy statement on the school’s practinum topics which were;

  1. Privacy, Digital Rights and Human rights issues
  2. Internet Shutdown in Africa
  3. Fake News and Dis-Information
  4. Access and digital Inclusion
  5. Cross border data governance (e-commerce) and data localisation
  6. Youth Initiatives and Multistakeholderism Internet Governance Issues

Special appreciation goes to the Programme Secretary of ISOC NG, Caleb Ogundele, and entire the ISOC NG executive team for organizing this amazing community development activity. To remain uptodate with the schools activities, visit their website on www.sig.ng or twitter page @nigeriasig