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Renata Avila
Written by Renata Avila

Later today we’re sending out the first email to the open planning group for the FASTAfrica campaign for faster, safer and more affordable Internet for everyone in Africa.

In the last few weeks, my colleague Solana and I had the opportunity to discuss the campaign with African participants at the Internet Freedom Festival in Spain and at the Internet Freedom Forum in Nigeria.

We spoke to Internet rights advocates from a dozen countries, and everyone agrees that a regional coalition acting towards the same goals is something that can only help boost local efforts and increase visibility of our struggle for greater access.

Each country has its own challenges and priorities, but sharing good policy suggestions and advocacy is something that will benefit everyone. Working together, we can make the action week (May 1-7) a time that really brings attention to the need for better Internet access.

We need to show governments and policy makers that thousands care about the issue and are urging them to act. We will also try out arguments for why Internet is so important for Africa and see what moves people to take action. That is a common question we need really solid answers for.

We have prepared a timeline of events from now until June (below) and you’ll see we coincide with the endorsement of the African Declaration for Internet Rights and Freedoms at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in April and ends with the World Economic Forum on Africa and the African Union Summit in June. We will evaluate the results of the campaign at the Internet Governance Forum in Mexico in November, and consider a second week of action for 2017.

We will be agreeing with the planning group what we should be asking of African leaders at these meetings. Hurry up and join if you’d like to take part! Everyone thoughtful and committed is welcome.

Key Events Surrounding #FASTAfrica

April 6-20African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, GambiaPromoting African Declaration for Internet Rights and Freedoms
May 1-7ACTION WEEKCalling for more action on Internet rights in Africa.
May 1International Worker's DaySpeaking out on Internet, economy, jobs and rights.
May 3 World Press Freedom DayFree speech and the Internet should go hand in hand.
May 5African World Heritage DayAfrican culture transcends history on the Web.
May 11-13World Economic Forum on Africa
Report on results from action week and campaign goals.
JuneAfrican Union SummitReport on results from action week and campaign goals.

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About the author

Renata Avila

Renata Avila

Renata Avila is a human rights lawyer from Guatemala and the Global Campaign Manager of the Web We Want. She has been involved in Internet and Human Rights research since 2009, and currently serves as a Board Member of Creative Commons. She is also on the Courage Foundation Advisory Board, assisting whistleblowers at risk and on the board of D-Cent, exploring the future of decentralised technologies.

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  • Hello, i wish to be part of this forum.
    This issue affects me too much because I am passionate about the possibilities and opportunities that technology presents for young girls to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).I am the Regional Ambassadorfor Technovation Cameroon The Technovation Challenge is a global technology entrepreneurship programme for young women aged 10 to 23. It teaches middle and high-school girls how to make an app for an Android phone using AppInventor (a program from MIT). This 12-week, online, after-school program is structured so that groups of girls and their mentors and coaches go through the curriculum together and create an application.

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