2019 African Chapters Advocacy Workshop Agenda

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Day 0: April 7, 2019, 18:30 – 21:00
Welcome working Diner

Participants meet, greet and get an overview of the week

Day 1: April 8, 2019
IoT Security Workshop

The IoT Security Workshop will focus on current IoT uses, trends, possible future uses and Policy and Security considerations for Africa as the IoT industry continues to grow. The Internet of Things is a growing technology in Africa and globally with estimates putting global IoT devices to reach 22 billion by the year 2022. This means that in the near future, IoT devices could be the main interface used online to communicate, shop and interact on the Internet. The IoT Workshop will focus on current IoT uses, trends, possible future uses and Policy and Security considerations for Africa as the IoT industry continues to grow. The Internet of Things is a growing technology in Africa and globally with estimates putting global IoT devices to reach 22 billion by the year 2022. This means that in the near future, IoT devices could be the main interface used online to communicate, shop and interact on the Internet.

Draft Agenda structure:

Session 0: Opening

Session 1: Introduction to IoT
This session will cover an introduction to IoT and how IoT will factor in the evolution of the Internet. What will the growing number of IoT devices mean for the  Africa? What are some of the businesses cases for IoT? Current uses, emerging global trends in IoT, and possible future IoT uses will be covered in this session.

Session 2: IoT Security Considerations
Since usage of different IoT devices will grow, Security and Privacy are key issues that need to be addressed in IoT. How can IoT devices stay safe and secure for users? How can Governments protect users by controlling which IoT devices enter into their markets? What Security frameworks can be put in place to guide IoT users to stay safe on the Internet?Frameworks such as the OTA Framework are a good guideline that could be used by Governments to secure IoT. We discuss this and other Privacy and Security considerations around IoT.

Session 3: IoT Use Cases in Africa (IoT Landscape in Africa)
Several IoT based solutions have been implemented in different countries in Africa. From Industrial solutions to farm solutions, IoT is being used to improve efficiency, enhance user experience in different areas and solve Africa’s problems. In this session, we will hear from experts who have deployed different IoT solutions in their environments. We will hear about how they came up with the solutions, challenges faced and lessons learnt in deploying IoT in Africa.

Session 4: Aligning IoT Policy with IoT Security Needs
This final session is designed to be a discussion between IoT and Policy experts on what can be done to align policy and IoT Security in Africa. What are some of the considerations that should be put in place by Governments when developing Policies around IoT? What Policies could help IoT Experts in Africa deploy more IoT solutions? How can we achieve the right balance so as to have Policies that allow IoT in Africa to grow and still be able to protect consumers from insecure devices?

Day 2: April 9, 2019, 8:30 – 17:30
Privacy and Digital ID Workshop

The Privacy and Digital Identity Workshop will also explore the nature of policies in place to ensure Internet users in Africa are secure. The workshop will discuss the legal and institutional frameworks are in place to promote online privacy in light of digital identity project for Africa.

Draft Agenda structure:

Session 0: Opening and agenda setting

Session 1: The Concerns Privacy, Personal Data Protection in Africa

Session 2: Privacy & Personal Data Protection Guidelines Background to the Malabo Convention & AUC –Internet Society Privacy Guidelines for Africa

Session 3: AUC & UNECA Digital Identity Project for Africa

Session 4: Experiences from the Frontline – Group work

Session 5: Recommendations

Session 6: Closing: Next steps, way forward and timelines – All Closing remarks, AUC,  Internet Society, Omidyar, Mozilla

Day 3: April 10, 2019, 8:30 – 17:30
Internet Society (ISOC) Day

This main focus of this day will be to present and discuss Internet Society’s focus areas, initiatives and projects for 2019 and beyond, and how Internet Society can better engage and work with its community (chapters and members) to be successful.

Draft Agenda structure:

Session 0: Opening Session

Moderator: Dawit Bekele

Session 1: Deeper presentation of Internet Society’s 2019 Action Plan: Initiatives, campaigns (IoT Security, Community Networks), projects and activities for Africa.

Panelists: Michuki Mwangi, Kevin Chege, Verengai Mabika
Moderator: Dawit Bekele

Session 2: Presentation of Internet Society’s 2020 Action Plan development process followed by a group discussion based on the 3 pillars (Build, Promote and Defend the Internet) and collection of inputs from participants (via the ongoing survey).

Moderator: Dawit Bekele

Session 3: Internet Restrictions/Shutdowns: Technical impact on the Internet and Users trust: Internet Society’s strategic position and strategic action moving forward

Moderator: Verengai Mabika

Session 4: Internet Society Work on Consolidation in the Internet Economy

Moderator: Verengai Mabika

Session 5: State of Encryption in Africa. Encryption plays a vital role in increasing overall trust in the Internet and should be the norm for all traffic. How the Internet Society can work with chapters to promote and ensure encryption is available for everyone and is deployed as the default

Panelists: Robin Wilton, Ryan Polk
Moderator: Kevin Chege

Day 4: April 11, 2019, 8:30 – 17:30
African Chapters Advocacy Meeting

The main objective of this day will be to train and empower chapters to be effective advocates in their respective countries. This will also discuss and validate post-meeting projects/activities for Chapters’ representatives.

Draft Agenda structure:

Session 0: Opening Session

Moderator: Victor Ndonnang

Session 1 : Training Session on Advocacy (Policy and Community Advocacy)

Moderator: Verengai Mabika

Session 2: Group discussions on ideas and best practices for better advocacy based on the Internet Society 2019 focus areas and strategic orientations (Building, Promoting and Defending the Internet)

Moderator: Evelyn Namara

Session 3: Discussions and finalization of Chapters’ representatives post-meeting projects, activities or actions.

Moderator: Victor Ndonnang

Session 4: Internet Society’s Tools and resources available to chapters and members to successfully implement their activities and projects. The role of the newly created Internet Society Foundation.

Moderator: Victor Ndonnang

Session 5: Chapter Management issues and Better Collaboration between chapters and Internet Society (global and regional bureau).

Moderator: Victor Ndonnang

Session 6: Closing: Recommendations, Chapters’ Declaration, Certificates handover.

Moderator: Victor Ndonnang

Closing Cocktail: All

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