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Paradigm Initiative

Paradigm Initiative opened an ICT Policy Office in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja in April 2013, to focus on Internet Freedom and other ICT Policy-related issues. With strong competencies in ICT c

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Access to Information, Citizenship, Governance

ma·go·yi | noun | meaning: Advocate | language: Hausa

Paradigm Initiative opened an ICT Policy Office in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja in April 2013, to focus on Internet Freedom and other ICT Policy-related issues. With strong competencies in ICT capacity building, research and reports, we have trained numerous non-profit organisations and educational institutions in the use of ICTs for digital security, online and social media advocacy, etc. Our work seeks to advance Internet freedom, and monitor the legal and policy framework around ICTs across Africa, to ensure that citizens’ rights are protected online.

Research assignments and reports completed include Research/Analysis on Nigerian Civil Society Involvement in the World Summit on the Information Society; Research on Youth Involvement in the African Information Society Space; Research on eAdvocacy and Technology Use by Civil Society in Nigeria; Research on Internet Activity During Elections for the OpenNet Initiative (Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Toronto Universities); Research on Possible Internet Censorship in Nigeria, for Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Research on Digital Lifestyle of Connected Nigerians; Research on Internet Freedom in Nigeria; Research on Social Media Use in Nigeria’s 2011 Elections and Women Rights Online report for Nigeria.

In May 2016, Paradigm Initiative released a report on the Status of Internet Freedom in Nigeria, which documented the threats to Internet freedom and digital rights with focus on legislative framework and policies in Nigeria, and incidents of these threats.

Paradigm Initiative also released her inaugural report on the status of Internet Freedom in Africa, titled “Chocking the Pipe: How Governments Hurt Internet Freedom on a Continent That Needs More Access” at the 11th Internet Governance Forum, in Mexico, in December 2016.

People Associated With This Organization

Tomiwa Ilori

Paradigm Initiative
Joined August 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Governance
I am Tomiwa Ilori, a lawyer and researcher on Internet freedom issues across the globe with focus on global south. The scope of my work includes providing strategic advocacy advisory, policy recommendations and legal analysis of digital rights challenges across the continent. I have worked on several reports which includes the Digital Rights status report in Nigeria and Africa which highlighted challenges of access, affordability and disruptions of the Internet and other digital rights issues. I am currently the Net Rights Africa Coalition Coordinator which seeks to map digital rights issues across Africa.

I am currently the Program Assistant/General Counsel at Paradigm Initiative in Nigeria and my work involves project management which includes providing strategic litigation recommendations on digital rights issues and Internet governance, organizing the Annual Internet Freedom Forum in Africa and also providing advisory on the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill (HB.490), a draft piec
Tomiwa Ilori is the network champion (main point of contact) for Paradigm Initiative.

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