It was a beautiful night with the moonlight pouring onto the earth in Arua City away from the usually busy and noisy city of Kampala in late September 2021. That night, I was navigating the internet as usual after a
AfriSIG 2021: The potential of community networks for safely managing and limiting crisis in the internet era
The internet and networks mean a lot to me. I would like to share with you my journey with internet governance, which started in 2019 when I was granted a fellowship to attend the AFRINIC-31 meeting (AFRINIC is the Regional
AfriSIG co-conveners reignite internet access discourse during the COVID-19 pandemic
By Kenneth Matimaire The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have brought into stark relief the implications of digital inequality in Africa, said key partners who helped organise the 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). AfriSIG is co-convened by the
AfriSIG 2021: “You must know everything!”
Unless you are an astronomer, architect or engineer, most of us toy with this question: “When will I use the Pythagorean theorem in real life?” In reality, this question is true for most things that are perceived as complex. Typically,
Afrisig 2021: We can’t do it alone
It was June 2010, the schools were about to go on a long break. The eyes of the world were on South Africa. The first African country to host the FIFA world cup. Huddled in the corner of the small
AfriSIG 2021: “Oh AfriSIG, where art thou AfriSIG?”
In theatre, they say “the world is a stage” and in life, we say that we attract what we think of and what we draw attention to. It was in 2019 when I first heard of the African School on
AfriSIG 2021: You’ll probably make the cut!
I heard of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) when I started participating in internet governance, as the ultimate school on internet governance, so naturally, I wanted to enrol. I kept tabs on the call for applications, only to
AfriSIG 2021: A unique approach to Africa’s internet development
By Kenneth Matimaire What happens when an ardent internet governance activist has to suddenly place themselves in the shoes of the private sector? Or a social tech enthusiast has to play the role of the government during a simulation? Does
Yay! We did it, AfriSIG 2021 happened!
The ninth edition of the African School of Internet Governance (AfriSIG) finally happened – virtually, because, well, COVID-19 couldn’t allow various fellows and facility members to attend an in-person school. I had mentally prepared myself to travel, eat some airplane
AfriSIG 2021: Does Africa really need the internet?
The African School of Internet Governance (AfriSIG) just concluded much-needed learning that successfully exposed us to the multiple layers of the issues surrounding internet governance and the role Africa plays on the global scale. AfriSIG was launched in 2013 as