ETAP Forum in Namibia, Africa

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30 May 2017
Safari Hotel Conference Centre
Corner of Auas and Aviation Streets
Windhoek 9000, Namibia

Combatting cyber crime while advancing internet inclusion for all



IEEE in cooperation with IST-Africa will host the IEEE Experts in Technology and Policy (ETAP) Forum focused on internet governance, cybersecurity, privacy and internet inclusion issues and opportunities across the African continent. The 30 May event in Windhoek, Namibia, will be IEEE’s first ETAP Forum in Africa and will take place as the pre-conference event to the IST-Africa 2017 Conference.

The IST-Africa 2017 Conference takes place 31 May - 02 June 2017 as part of IST-Africa Week 2017. An activity of IST-Africa, which is supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and co-funded under the EU Framework Programme, IST-Africa 2017 is the twelfth in an annual conference series bringing together senior representatives from leading public, private, education and research organizations, to discuss ICT policy, showcase research results and share knowledge.

As well as sharing experiences and good practices, IEEE ETAP Forum participants will discuss issues, barriers and opportunities associated with achieving a safe, secure, trusted, affordable internet for all. This objective is a key enabler of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more in the event backgrounder about the conference theme, Cybersecurity: Combatting cybercrime while advancing internet inclusion for all.


The ETAP Forum is an invitation-only event bringing together technology developers and policy makers, and capacity is limited. Those interested in actively contributing to the discussion, please contact the IST-Africa Conference Secretariat at

For Namibia travel requirements, please see IST-Africa Visa Information.

For location details, please see IST-Africa venue information.


10:00 a.m. – Registration and coffee

11:00 a.m.-18:00 p.m. – Program, with cocktail reception following

Presentations include:

Cybersecurity Awareness (CSA) in Africa

Prof Basie von Solms, Centre for Cyber Security, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Cybersecurity and Multi- stakeholder Internet Governance - the case of the AU Convention on Cybersecurity

Dr. Towela Nyirenda–Jere, Principal Programme Officer, NEPAD Agency, South Africa

Implementation of a Framework to support Cybersecurity and Internet Governance in Cameroon

Njei Check, Agence Nationale des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication, Cameroon

Followed by active group work around specific topics and feedback to the full group.

Topics addressed in keynote remarks, panel and working-group discussions during the IEEE ETAP Forum include:

  • Combating cybercrime while maximizing internet inclusion for all
  • Balancing privacy concerns while combating cybercrime
  • Multi-stakeholder internet governance
  • Public awareness and education on internet safety and cybercrime
  • Developing/operationalizing legal frameworks and strategies related to national cybersecurity, cybercrime and internet governance
  • Trends in cyberattacks and cybercrime
  • Data protection and privacy in the era of internet of things (IoT)
  • National computer incident response team (CIRT) development
  • Developing critical information infrastructure protection frameworks
  • Security audits of information systems in public administration
  • National public key infrastructure (PKI) development




  • Dr. Towela Nyirenda–Jere, Principal Programme Officer, Regional Integration Infrastructure and Trade, NEPAD Agency, South Africa
  • Prof Basie von Solms, Centre for Cyber Security, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Njei Check, Agence Nationale des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication, Cameroon