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Tuesday, July 19 • 9:00am - 10:30am
#WS2 Digital Sovereignty In Africa : How to reach it?

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There is growing concern that the citizens, businesses and Member States of the African Union (AU) ) are gradually losing control over their data, over their capacity for innovation, and over their ability to shape and enforce legislation in the digital environment. Mitigation of these concerns (AU) to update and adapt a number of its current legal, regulatory and financial instruments, and to promote more actively African values and principles in areas such as data protection, cybersecurity and ethically designed artificial intelligence (AI). This workshop tackles the emerging quest for 'digital sovereignty', and discusses and/or proposes mechanisms to enhance African autonomy in the digital field.
Digital Sovereignty is cutting cross issues affecting the cybersecurity and data protection in Africa. It calls for improving the legal framework through defining protection regimes and setting up monitoring mechanisms for data transfer abroad. sovereignty refers to that the state is the supreme and exclusive authority in a territory; it is subject to no internal competitors or no unwanted external influence.
When one adds “digital” to sovereignty the issue becomes more complex. But the reason is not that the meaning of “sovereignty” is unclear; the problem is the huge mismatch between sovereignty and the realities of cyberspace. The territorial control and exclusivity invoked by political sovereignty simply cannot be applied easily to the globally extended virtual space created by the Internet.
The session among other will cover the following points :
1. The concept of Digital Sovereignty (DS)
2. Technical Challenges encounter DS in Africa 3. Legal Challenges and Legal Framework of DS in Africa 4. Data transfer abroad in Africa and other experiences, European for instance 5. Requirements and future plan for DS in Africa

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Professor, Moroccan Telecommunications Graduate Institution
Aziz Hilali is a Professor at the Moroccan Telecommunications Graduate Institution. He graduated from the University of Grenoble, where he earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. He has published a large number of scientific papers and given a substantial number... Read More →


Associate Professor, Aviation School of Borj el Amri, Tunisia (EABA)
Khadija Rammeh is an associate professor in Computer Science at the Aviation School of Borj el Amri, Tunisia (EABA) where she has been teaching embedded systems development, TCP/IP protocols, network administration, Information Security, and Linux Operating Systems. Her main areas... Read More →
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Mohamed Farahat

Legal Practitioner, Trainer, and Political & Legal Researcher
Mohamed Farahat is an Egyptian-based legal practitioner, trainer, and political, and legal researcher. Mr. Farahat is a member of bord of directors - Innovation for Change Middle East and North Africa MENA Hub, Management Advisory Group (MAG) vice chairman and member at North Africa... Read More →
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Telecommunication Senior Engineer
Eng. Tijani is Telecommunication Senior Engineer. He use to be Director at the Tunisian Broadcasting Agency (till 2006). He is an active participant in the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and a Member of the WSIS Civil Society Bureau representing the «Science et technology... Read More →


Founder, Development Reality Institute (DRI)
Verengai Mabika is leader in technology, climate change, and social innovation, with keen interest in youth actions towards a better world. An Ashoka Global Fellow, An Echoing Green Fellow, and a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Forum. In 2009, I founded Development... Read More →

Tuesday July 19, 2022 9:00am - 10:30am CAT
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