NiRA, in its capacity as the chairperson of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), played a pivotal role in hosting the 2023 NIGF event. This gathering took place in the city of Abuja from the 13th to the 14th of September 2023.
The NIGF event was a multifaceted affair, encompassing various key discussions and forums. On September 13th 2023, it commenced with the Women Internet Governance Forum (WIGF) and concurrently, the Nigerian Youth Internet Governance Forum (NYIGF). Both of these forums set the stage for insightful conversations and the exchange of ideas.
However, the main event, which occurred on September 14th 2023, took centre stage with a theme that resonates deeply in our digital age: “Fostering a Secure and Inclusive Digital Future for Nigeria.” This theme encapsulated the essence of the discussions that unfolded during the event.
One of the focal points of the event was the critical role that infrastructure plays in bolstering the growth of our nation’s digital ecosystem. The digital landscape’s evolution is intrinsically tied to the availability and effectiveness of the infrastructure that supports it.
The discussions at the event ventured into several critical areas. There was a resounding emphasis on the imperative need to prioritize cybersecurity and child online protection. These are not just peripheral concerns but integral components of ensuring a secure and inclusive digital environment for all Nigerians.
Moreover, the conversations delved into the intriguing potential of emerging technologies. These technologies hold the power to reshape the entire internet landscape, and understanding their impact is paramount. Equally vital was the dialogue on how the Nigerian internet community can adeptly navigate the intricate realms of data governance and privacy within the context of Nigeria’s burgeoning digital economy.
The insights and discussions that transpired during the NIGF 2023 serve as a beaming pathway as we collectively navigate the complexities of the digital age.