The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the African Union Commission (AUC) and Research ICT Africa, are pleased to announce that the 11th annual African School on Internet Governance.  AfriSIG23 is scheduled for 13-18 September 2023 in Abuja, Nigeria, immediately prior to the African Internet Governance Forum, 19 to 21 September.  AfriSIG's convenors are proud to announce that AfriSIG23 is being organised in collaboration with Paradigm Initiative, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Parliamentary Track and the hosts and organisers of the 2023 African IGF, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the AfIGF secretariat and Multistakeholder Advisory Group. The theme of this year's AfriSIG is the African Union's Data Policy Framework.


AfriSIG will take place over the course of five days as an intensive residential, interactive learning and knowledge-sharing event that covers:

  • Digitalisation, sustainable development and digital inclusion and inequality
  • The global internet governance ecosystem and the African institutional context at national and regional level
  • Open internet architecture, infrastructure, standards and protocols and management of internet names and numbers
  • Stakeholder and sector roles and responsibilities (government, intergovernmental forums, UN agencies, regulators, parliaments, civil society, business, academia, the media, the technical community and internet users)
  • Data governance: data as a strategic asset, driver of digital development. Data protection, security, data flows, sovereignty and localisation and the implementation of the African Union Data Policy Framework
  • Human rights and the internet, including freedom of expression, association, gender justice and media diversity and independence
  • Digital economy, including trade, taxation and sustainable development
  • Cybersecurity, trust and safety and responses to harmful use of the internet, hate speech, online gender-based violence, misinformation and disinformation
  • Emerging issues: Artificial Intelligence, climate change, digital sovereignty and the geopolitics of internet governance.
  • Current processes and debates, e.g. WSIS +20, the Global Digital Compact and the Summit of the Future


For the practicum component of the 11th annual AfriSIG fellows will produce a “multistakeholder national implementation and follow-up strategy” for the African Union Data Policy Framework, building on the current process taking place at the level of Regional Economic Commissions and member states, but with emphasis on the involvement of parliamentarians, civil society, business, the media and other non-state actors, including the technical community and academic and research institutions.


AfrISIG is not aimed at beginners. AfriSIG’s goal is to develop a pipeline of leading Africans from diverse sectors, backgrounds and ages with the skills to participate in local and international internet governance structures and shape the future of the internet landscape for Africa's development. Applications were only open to applicants who have relevant work experience and/or are involved in internet governance or information and communications technology (ICT) research, policy and regulation in Africa. An additional qualification for AfriSIG23 is active involvement in data governance at the level of research, oversight or implementation.

We are particularly honored to have a large number of 'honorable' with us this year! AfriSIG 23 will include several members of parliament. Other participants will include people from the following institutions/sectors are encouraged to apply:

  • Information regulators including privacy commissions
  • Data protection/governance professionals
  • Government ministries and departments
  • National and regional communications regulatory authorities
  • Regional Economic Communities of the African Union Commission
  • Members of parliament
  • Service providers and other businesses that form part of the internet industry
  • Civil society organisations including digital rights groups
  • Women's rights and gender justice groups
  • Human rights institutions dealing with internet issues, such as national or regional human rights commissions.
  • The judiciary and other members of the legal community
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Technical organisations and cyber security professionals
  • Academic and research institutions
  • Media organisations and individual bloggers and journalists


AfriSIG cannot cover the cost of the participation in this event of AfriSIG participants, but we strongly encourage everyone to register and join the event in person or remotely.

For more information, visit the AfriSIG website or contact the AfriSIG organisers, Anriette Esterhuysen and Peace Oliver Amuge at

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