Programme of the African Infromation Ethics Conference

Pretoria, 5-7 February 2007


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5 February 2007

Welcome address:

  • Prof. Robin Crewe (Vice - Principal, University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Discussion of the Objectives and Agenda:

  • Ms. Lyndall Shope-Mafole (Director General, Dept. of Communications, South Africa)

Keynote address:

  • Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri (Minister of Communications, South Africa)

Opening addresses:

  • Dr. Henry Chasia (NEPAD e-Africa Commission)
  • Dr. Boyan Radoykov (UNESCO, Information Society Division)

Theme keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Rafael Capurro (International Center for Information Ethics, Germany): Information Ethics for and from Africa
  • Prof. Andrew Kaniki (NRF, South Africa): The foundations of Africa Information Ethics - from an African perspective
  • Prof. Itumeleng Mosala (Director-General Dept of Arts and Culture, South Africa): Ethics and Information Exchange between diverse cultures
  • Prof. Johannes Britz (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA; University of Pretoria, South Africa): The challenges of African Information Ethics

Panel discussion:

Panel members:

  • Henry Chasia
  • Boyan Radoykov
  • Rafael Capurro
  • Andrew Kaniki
  • Itumeleng Mosala
  • Johannes Britz

Discussion, Questions and Remarks from the floor.

- Evening -

Gala dinner

Guest speaker: Minister Dr Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts and Culture

6 February 2007

- Morning Session -

Theme Group Discussions:

  • Discussion of 12 principal themes in smaller groups each facilitated by an appointed theme facilitator.
  • Brief introduction of UNESCO's proposal for a code of ethics (B. Radoykov, Information Society Division, UNESCO)

All groups will focus their discussion on the following issues:

  • UNESCO's proposal for a Code of Ethics - an African perspective
  • Possible implications for minority groups, different age groups (for example, youth), gender, and socio-cultural and economic implications

TOPIC 1: Foundations of African Information Ethics

Topic facilitator: D. Ocholla (South Africa)

TOPIC 2: Cultural diversity and globalization

Topic facilitator: P. Kanyandago (Uganda)

TOPIC 3: Development, poverty and ICT

Topic facilitator: K. Mchombu (Namibia)

- Afternoon session -

Topic Group Meetings:

  • Separate meetings of the three topic groups.
  • Theme synthesisers will report their group's summary to their topic facilitator.

7 February 2007

Report back to conference participants by three topic facilitators:

  • Dennis Ocholla, Topic 1 Facilitator
  • Peter Kanyandago, Topice 2 Facilitator
  • Kingo Mchombu, Topic 3 Facilitator

General discussion

Discussion on the declaration

Outcomes and plan of action

Vote of thanks

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