Paradigm Initiative is set to hold the 9th edition of the Pan-African Hybrid Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF22) from April 12 – 14, 2022.
This was disclosed in a press release issued to announce the event, where the virtual version will hold between April 12 – 14, 2022, and in-person will hold between April 20 – May 20, 2022.
The theme for this year’s edition is “Towards a Digitally Inclusive and Rights Respecting Africa,” which will gather together organisations, activists, academia, legislature, and policymakers within the digital ecosystem from 17 African Countries.
BONews Service is partnering with DRIF and would be facilitating a session titled ‘Closing the Digital Divide for Persons with Disabilitiess’.
Speaking about the session, Blessing Oladunjoye, Publisher of BONews Service shared that “the session will engage tech-savvy experts to share insights on how the digital environment can be inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities (PWDs).
“The experts will share knowledge on website and content accessibility and propose modification or establishment of policy frameworks that can enhance access to digital inclusion for PWDs in Africa,” Oladunjoye added.
Also, discussions and debates at the DRIF ’22 will focus on issues plaguing the digital sphere in Africa including data privacy, affordable internet, gender and ICTs, disability rights and ICT and, health surveillance during COVID-19 times and, internet shutdowns.
During the three-day virtual sessions, attendees will discuss key issues develop action plans to enhance digital rights and inclusion in Africa, and collaborate on digital rights and inclusion.
Paradigm Initiative works to ensure digital empowerment and promote a positive rights environment, supporting the public toward Internet Freedom in Africa through a diverse team of 29, working out of sub-regional offices in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.