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The Place to Be for African Web Activism Will Be Dakar, Senegal From November 26-28

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Guinea, Senegal, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Good News, Governance
Poster du lancement officiel de la Ligue des Cyber- Activistes africains pour la Démocratie [1]

Poster of the official launch of the League of African Cyber-Activists for Democracy. With permission.

ABLOGUI [2], the Guinean association of bloggers, have announced [3] the launch of a new project and a conference named Africtivistes [4] on their website GuineeVote.com [5]. This event will mark the formation of a league of African bloggers and cyber-activists.

The project wants to build on local initiatives such as the website GuineeVote.com, which was created to encourage participation during the presidential elections on October 11, 2015, in Guinea and disseminate other election news. This event to launch the Africtivistes [4] project will be held in Senegal’s capital of Dakar:

Trois jours durant — du 26 au 28 novembre 2015 [6] — les cyber-activistes africains se rencontreront à Dakar au Sénégal [4] pour le lancement officiel d’Africtivistes [7] — la ligue des cyber-activistes africains pour la démocratie — ; autour du thème « L’Afrique engagée & déterminée à garantir & à construire la démocratie [8] ». Les participants pourront enfin se rencontrer après s’être côtoyés pendant des années sur les réseaux sociaux. Ce rassemblement de blogueurs et cyber activistes existe grâce aux réseaux sociaux — sur lesquels diverses campagnes ont été initiées ; notamment #CIV2010 [9] en Côte d’Ivoire lors des élections de 2010 et Sunu2012 [10] au Sénégal [11] pour les présidentielles en 2012. Africtivistes [12] a, également, pu accompagner [13] le processus électoral en Guinée [14] lors des dernières élections en formant plus de 400 e-observateurs [15].

Over the next three days — from November 26 until November 28, 2015 — cyber-activists will meet in Dakar, Senegal, to launch Africtivistes [7]. Africtivistes is the league of African cyber-activists for democracy. The topic of the conference is ‘The African continent is engaged and determined to guarantee and construct democracy [8]’. Participants will finally meet after years of interacting online over social networks. Online social networks made this formation of bloggers and cyber-activists possible. These social networks have initiated diverse campaigns, such as #CIV2010 [9] in Cote d’Ivoire during the 2010 elections, and Sunu2012 [10] in Senegal [11] for the 2012 presidential elections. African activists also contributed [13] to monitoring the last election process in Guinea [14], attracting more than 400 e-observers [15].

The following is a video broadcasted on international TV channel TV5 Monde on September 14, which showcased some of the initiatives that will be presented in Dakar: