8th Annual Freedom Online Conference in Accra

On 6-7 February, the 8th Annual Freedom Online Conference took place at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, under the theme “Achieving a Common Vision for Internet Freedom”. The Conference gathered over 300 participants from civil society, private sector and academia from 60 countries all over the world.

The focus of the FO Conference 2020, ​Achieving a Common Vision for Internet Freedom​, recognised the significance of convening key actors to renew commitments and pathways towards a rights-respecting framework for Internet freedom through achieving certain key goals. The Conference provided a unique forum to re-examine the state of play of current and arising challenges to freedom online, exchange perspectives and identify possible solutions. With Ghana at the helm, the Conference placed particular emphasis on reviewing the current state of digital rights across Africa, outlining strategies for improving digital rights on the continent, and globally.

The Conference consisted of two plenary sessions and 16 parallel workshops, developed jointly by FOC Governments and the FOC Advisory Network. The Conference program built on FOC priorities identified i
the Program of Action for 2019-2020, including digital inclusion, the promotion and protection of human rights online in the context of cybersecurity, challenges to human rights caused by misinformation/disinformation, and potential human rights implications of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. Other issues that were addressed in the parallel workshops included safeguarding elections, social media and offline violence and child online protection.

You can read the Chair Summary here.