Privacy Symposium Africa: The Continent’s Fastest-Growing Privacy and Data Protection Platform

NAIROBI 2nd November 2022; Today we kick-start the Privacy Symposium Africa happening at Strathmore University – Nairobi Kenya. The symposium is hybrid – combining both virtual and physical sessions. The event is scheduled to run for three days featuring over 50 speakers, three Master classes, a research paper presentation and the launch of this year’s Privacy scorecard report, among other activities.

The symposium will be officially opened by Ms Immaculate Kassait, Kenya’s first and current Data Protection Commissioner on day one.

We will have three Master Classes covering contemporary topics like Public-Private Partnerships on Surveillance, Gender and Data and commercial exploitation of data and a wide range of panel discussions featuring over 50 experienced speakers including data protection and privacy regulators on the African continent.

On day two, the symposium will among other dignitaries be graced by our keynote speaker, the Hon. Neema Lugangira, a Member of the National Parliament of Tanzania.

We are as well excited to host the Chairperson of Information Regulator- South Africa, Advocate Pansy Tlakila, on a session codenamed “LET’S TALK” moderated by Advocate Mugambi Laibuta.

These among other exciting activities guarantee top-notch discussions and recommendations to shape policy on data governance on the African continent.

“The Privacy Symposium is a climax of a long thread of the regional privacy engagements that we have been holding since the beginning of this year, focusing on emerging technologies and how they are affecting the Data protection and privacy landscape in Africa,” said Ms Mukasa Dorothy ED Unwanted 4Witness.

The symposium is therefore a continental platform that galvanizes all the regional engagements to spur and influence policy in the different sub-themes around data protection and privacy governance and emerging technologies and best practices.

The symposium has attracted the best speakers on and off the continent on data protection and privacy and emerging technologies topics.

We believe that bringing together different actors including data protection and privacy regulators will help to shape the best policies around data protection and privacy and emerging technologies’ good governance without stifling innovations and compromising the respect and protection of data protection and privacy right

As the continent takes robust policies towards breaking boundaries/borders barriers for business and movement around the continent, through the African Continental Free Trade Area and its different protocols, we hold a strong belief that our intentionally selected panelists will deliver stellar presentations and discussions that will shape policies being formulated through the different African Union structures.

The Symposium is organised by Unwanted Witness and hosted by Centre for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology in partnership with Privacy International, GIZ, Mozilla, Civil Rights Defenders Bowmans-Kenya, Data Protection Regulators of Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, KICTANET D4D hub DW Akademie African Union.

About The Unwanted Witness

The Unwanted Witness, Uganda is a civil society organization (CSO) that was established to respond to the gap in effective communication using various online expression platforms.