Press Release – Shaping Tomorrow (Abuja 2018)

PRESS RELEASE

Re-Launch Event: SHAPING TOMORROW

The Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria Chapter is hosting a special event to reintroduce the society, inaugurate its new Executive Council and unveil its 2018 plan.

The event themed Shaping Tomorrow will take place at the National Universities Commission (NUC) Main Auditorium at 26, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Shaping Tomorrow.

Not so long ago, the Internet was a technology tool for sending emails between faraway places and researching things on web pages. Today, it is deeply woven into the lives of more than 3 billion people on the planet. From what we have seen in the last three decades, we know the Internet tends to transform life as we know it within a short span of time.

Just as there are positive contributions, there are human rights and privacy concerns, cyberwarfare, fake news, misinformation, denial of service attacks and other issues that we may not even be able to imagine yet. For this reason, it is important for everyone to play more active roles in choosing the pathways that lead to our digital future.

This event will convene a diverse group of Internet citizens (from Government, Academia, Telecoms, Media, Civil Society and other sectors) to underscore the importance of shaping our digital future especially as regards development and safe adoption of Internet infrastructure and technologies. We will touch on issues like access, affordability,  digital rights, cybersecurity and socioeconomic impact with a view to developing a coordinated strategy for Nigerian development.

The Dewole Ajao-led Chapter Executive Council for 2017-2020 will also be formally inaugurated and Working Groups kicked off to begin work towards the Chapter’s goals.

The Internet Society’s goals are for the Internet to be open, globally-connected, secure and trustworthy. The improved Nigeria Chapter plans to bring key stakeholders together to collaborate and cooperate in:

  • Increasing participation in the communities that make the Internet work;
  • Applying Internet infrastructure and technologies;
  • Developing Internet infrastructure, technologies, and open standards; and
  • Stimulating a policy environment that favors increased access, affordability, and equal opportunity to benefit from the Internet

Dignitaries expected to grace the occasion include key officers from the Presidency, Federal and State Ministries and Parastatals, the Private sector, Civil Society, and the Academia.

A panel session during the event will have seasoned professionals from various walks of life putting heads together to tackle key issues around Internet development in Nigeria.

Remote audiovisual participation will be possible via Zoom meeting. Remote participants are to register in advance (no payment required please) at https://isoc.zoom.us/meeting/register/86aa31a6347578d54ac87b605f06faf5 in order to connect to the meeting. Highlights will be carried via our social media handles @isocngchapter

About the Internet Society.

ISOC (pronounced eye-sock) is a global organization dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, secure, transparent and available to all. ISOC supports and promotes the development of the Internet as a force for societal good and a resource to enrich people’s lives.  

Formed in 1992, ISOC supports the development of Internet standards and works with partners to support network development, interconnection, Internet traffic exchange, and training of individuals who can build and maintain the Internet infrastructure in their regions. It has a prominent function in Internet governance discussions, including significant involvement in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

It supports and promotes the work of the standards settings bodies for which it is the organizational home: the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). The Internet Society also seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of the Internet model of open, transparent processes and consensus-based decision making.

Working with governments, national and international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and other parties, ISOC promotes policies about the Internet that conform to its core values and conducts a range of activities related to standards, public policy, access, and education. This includes coordinating and delivering hands-on technical training, seminars and conferences on topical Internet issues; supporting local and regional Internet organisations; issuing briefings and white papers on Internet technologies; and funding participation opportunities for Internet experts in developing countries

Join the Internet Society

As we begin to shape Nigeria’s tomorrow through the Internet ecosystem, ISOC Nigeria Chapter looks forward to welcoming members both old and new. Joining the Society is free and starts with a visit to the website (http://www.isoc.ng).