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Friday, April 1 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Straight Talk with Young African Leaders: Net Neutrality & African Innovation

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IREX has convened young technology experts and social entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa to debate net neutrality, zero ratings, and African innovation. Panelists include Chenai Chair, from South Africa, who is a leading Policy Researcher on inclusive ICT, Raindolf Owusu from Ghana, a tech entrepreneur who launched Africa's first web browser, Munyaradzi Dodo, who developed Zimbabwe's award-winning video-on-demand and content aggregator, and Sherry Tumusiime, an advertising tech executive in Uganda, who provides technical and software solutions for SME's. Together these leading technology experts will draw upon their collective experience to provide the African perspective on whether or not zero ratings stimulate or stifle innovation on the continent.

Three of the four panelists are 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows, serving on the panel with generous support from USAID. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is growing network of 1000 Fellows from 49 sub-Saharan African countries, and the Mandela Washington Fellows participating on the panel will leverage this discussion to foster a larger dialogue around net neutrality with Fellows and partners back home.

Speakers
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chenai chair

Researcher, Research ICT Africa (RIA)
RIA conducts public-interest research on ICT policy and regulation that responds to national, regional and continental needs. We work based on building a repository of African based evidence for policy making. My areas of research include prepaid mobile pricing assessment in 48 African countries; internet governance; and gender and ICT access and use issues. I am currently working on beyond mobile connectivity in South Africa: demand side... Read More →
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Munyaradzi Dodo

CO -FOUNDER, TV YANGU
I am passionate about telling Africa stories on the internet. TV Yangu is the a v Video On Demand platform from Zimbabwe and we are changing the way the world watches African narratives, one story at a time,
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Raindolf Owusu

Founder, Oasis WebSoft and Bisa M-Health


Friday April 1, 2016 10:30am - 11:45am
The Cottage

Attendees (34)