Workshop on Internet Shutdowns in Ethiopia and the Way Forward

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The “Workshop on Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia and Way Forward” is an essential online webinar session organised to address the pressing issue of internet shutdowns in Ethiopia. This event aims to gather a diverse group of experts, advocates, and stakeholders to discuss the multifaceted impacts of internet disruptions on society, economy, and governance. The workshop will provide a platform for in-depth discussions, knowledge sharing, and strategic planning to mitigate the adverse effects of internet shutdowns and explore sustainable solutions for maintaining uninterrupted access to digital communication.

Date: June 06, 2024

Time: 1:00 EAT  |  10:00 AM UTC  |  7:00 ሰዓት ከሰዓት በኋላ

Platform: Zoom Platform (Virtual)

Our distinguished panel of speakers includes Professor Nicole Stremlau from the University of Oxford, a leading authority on communication and governance; Dr. Dawit from the Internet Society, renowned for his expertise in internet policy and advocacy; Atnaf Berhane from the Centre for the Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD), an advocate for digital rights and freedom; and Mr. Ameha Mekonnen, Executive Director of the Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), who will provide a legal perspective on the implications of internet shutdowns. Each speaker will bring a unique viewpoint, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the issue at hand.

The webinar will feature a series of presentations and panel discussions, covering topics such as the historical context of internet shutdowns in Ethiopia, the legal and human rights implications, and the socio-economic consequences of such disruptions. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers through interactive Q&A sessions, fostering a collaborative environment for exchanging ideas and strategies. The event will also highlight case studies and best practices from other regions, offering valuable insights into potential solutions and preventive measures.

As we navigate the digital age, ensuring continuous and reliable internet access is crucial for the development and democratisation of Ethiopia. This workshop aims to build a collective understanding and propose actionable steps towards achieving this goal. We invite policymakers, civil society organisations, academics, and the general public to join us in this critical discussion, as we work together to safeguard the digital rights of all Ethiopians and pave the way for a more connected and resilient future.

Who Should Attend:

  • Human rights advocates
  • Policy makers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Legal professionals
  • Civil society organisations
  • Anyone interested in the impact of internet shutdowns and potential solutions

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts and contribute to the conversation on ensuring open and accessible internet in Ethiopia and beyond.

Date: June 06, 2024

Time: 1:00 EAT  |  10:00 AM UTC  |  7:00 ሰዓት ከሰዓት በኋላ

Platform: Zoom Platform (Virtual)