This May, the Web Foundation team will attend events around the world to discuss inclusive access, data privacy, digital rights and more. If you’re going to any of these events, come say hi!
Where we’ll be
Consumers International Summit
Estoril, Portugal | Wednesday 1 May | 13:45 WEST
Senior Policy Manager Nanjira Sambuli (@NiNanjira) will join her fellow panellists to explore current obstacles to internet access in the Global South. The panel will also examine data privacy and the role governments can play in closing the digital divide.
World Press Freedom Day
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Thursday 2 May | 13:30 EAT
Artificial Intelligence, Journalism and Press Freedom in Times of Elections
Friday 3 May | 16:00 EAT
Keeping It On at Election Times: Navigating the Dilemma, Mapping Good Practices
Interim Policy Director Nnenna Nwakanma (@nnenna) will participate in two panels to mark the 26th global celebration of World Press Freedom Day. The conversation will centre on the role the media plays in elections and democracy.
15th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago | Thursday 2 May | 13:30 AST
Yacine Khelladi, Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator for Alliance for Affordable Internet (@YacineWF), will speak on promoting affordable internet access at a forum organised by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union and Caribbean Community Secretariat.
International Book Fair Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Saturday 4 May | 18:00 AST
Yacine Khelladi (@YacineWF) will discuss the challenges the Dominican Republic faces in achieving digital inclusion at the Republica Digital stand at the International Book Fair.
Berlin, Germany | Wednesday 6 May | 11:35 CEST
The poli-tricks of tl;dr: the technical is political
Nanjira Sambuli (@NiNanjira) will give the opening keynote at the re:publica19 conference. She will explore the privacy tradeoffs associated with the culture of tl;dr which finds users often blindly accepting terms and conditions of online platforms.
The African Development Bank Civil Society Forum
Abidjan, Ivory Coast | Tuesday 7 May | 12:30 GMT
Bloggers and Digital Advocates’ Engagement
Nnenna Nwakanma (@nnenna) will moderate a conversation on digital advocacy and the role of bloggers at the CSO Forum.
Transform Africa Summit
Kigali, Rwanda | Wednesday 15 May | 14:00 CAT
Policy Harmonization as a tool for bridging the digital gap in Africa
A4AI’s Deputy Director and Policy Lead Eleanor Sarpong (@Ellasarpong) will moderate a session exploring the policies that can lead to the reduction of broadband prices and thereby promote digital inclusion in Africa.
Stockholm Internet Forum
Stockholm, Sweden | Wednesday 15 May | 15:15 CEST
A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge (@SoniaA4AI), Strategic Partnerships and Development Manager Maiko Nakagaki (@mn1207), and Nnenna Nwakanma (@nnenna) will moderate a pre-SIF panel on meaningful access.
Thursday 16 May | 11:30 CEST
Sonia Jorge (@SoniaA4AI) will moderate a panel organised by A4AI to examine pathways to inclusive access.
Thursday 16 May | 14:00 CEST
Nanjira Sambuli (@NiNanjira) will speak on the barriers to inclusive access as well as ways to ensure internet connectivity empowers individual users.
Tech & Society: Un Nuevo Contrato Social Para Internet
Madrid, Spain | Monday 20 May | 19:00 CEST
Director of Strategy and Partnerships José M. Alonso will speak on the origins of the web and our work to fight for its future as part of the Espacio Fundación Telefónica Tech & Society series.
2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index – U.S. Launch
Washington, D.C. | Tuesday 21 May | 9:30 EDT
Research Director Dhanaraj Thakur (@thakurdhanaraj) will speak on a panel as the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Corporate Accountability Index launches. The index ranks 24 telecommunications, internet and mobile companies on their commitments and policies affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy.
Beyond Technology: The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Developing World
Washington, D.C. | Tuesday 21 May | 10:00 EDT
Sonia Jorge (@SoniaA4AI) and Maiko Nakagaki (@mn1207) contributed a chapter on the gender digital divide for an upcoming Center for Strategic & International Studies anthology on the fourth industrial revolution. Maiko will speak at the book launch.
Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2019 International Conference
Washington, D.C. | Wednesday 22 May – Friday 24 May
Dhanaraj Thakur (@thakurdhanaraj) will speak on advancing affordability to connect the next 50% (date and time TBD).
DW Global Media Forum
Bonn, Germany | Monday 27 May | 17:15 CEST
Opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence
How will developments in artificial intelligence technology affect the media industry? Nanjira Sambuli (@NiNanjira) will join a panel to answer this question as the 2019 Global Media Forum explores the impact of shifting power structures.
Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2019
Ottawa, Canada | Wednesday 29 May
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