Agenda subject to change
19 July Public Symposium
|9:30||Welcome from our Hosts – Goals for the Day
|10:00||Opening Address – Information, Infrastructure, Participation and Democracy
Dora Akunyili (Nigerian Ministry of Information and Communications)
|10:15||Plenary I – Does ICT Use Equal Better Elections?
Contributors: Kwami Ahiabenu (PenPlusBytes), Ian Schuler (National Democractic Institute – NDI), Chibuike Mgbeahuruike (Transition Montitoring Group – TMG), Emma Ezeazu (Alliance for Credible Elections – ACE)
Moderator: Michael Best (Georgia Institute of Technology)
|11:30||Keynote Addresses – The Makings of Democracy: Transparency, Process, Participation and Accountability
Lessons, developments and national priorities in ICT, media, participation, elections and democracy
Contributors: Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center), Carlo Binda (NDI), Jibrin Ibrahim (Center for Democracy and Development)
|12:15||Spotlight Session I – Projects and Provocations
Series of very brief descriptions of relevant projects to give examples, stimulate discussion and foster collaboration
Projects: WangoNet, Development Seed, LightUpNigeria
|1:45||Plenary II – Citizen Participation: Are Diverse Populations Connecting to Create a Robust Democracy?
Can the Internet improve the information flows between citizens and the state, broadening participation among traditionally excluded groups, and enabling civil society to participate in new and productive ways?
Contributors: Chude Jideonwo (EnoughisEnough), Y.Z. Ya’u (Center for Information Technology and Development – CITAD), Gerald Ilukwe (Galaxy Backbone), Asma’u Joda and Zubaida Mahmoud (Center for Women and Adolescent Empowerment)
Moderator: Colin Maclay (Berkman Center)
|2:45||Spotlight Session II – Projects and Provocations
Series of very brief descriptions of relevant projects to give examples, stimulate discussion, and foster collaboration
Projects: CDD Ghana, RapidSMS, Community Life Project
|3:30||Plenary III – New Power Dynamics: Tensions and Synergies Between Traditional and New Media
How traditional and new media platforms are evolving — from newspapers to blogs, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube — and how they are (or are not) changing our information environment
Contributors: Teddy Sondota (Project Diaspora), ‘Gbenga Sesan (Paradigm Initiative Nigeria), David Nassar (Hotspot Digital), Dele Olojede (Timbuktu Media)
Moderator: Ethan Zuckerman
|4:30||Plenary IV – Do Good Elections Mean Good Democracy?
An exploration of whether an improved electoral process results in the democracy we aspire to have
Contributors: Y.Z. Ya’u (CITAD), Mobolaji Aluko (Howard University), Fredrick Mudhai (Coventry University), Salihu Lukman (Good Governance Group/Movement for a Better Nigeria), Ngozi Iwere (Community Life Project)
Moderator: Kole Shettima (MacArthur Foundation)
Raymond Akwule (Digital Bridge Institute)