IGF 2019 WS #407 Social Media and Political Transition in The Gambia

Organizer 1: Demba Kandeh, University of The Gambia
Organizer 2: Sukai B. Cham, Give1 Project Gambia
Organizer 3: Amadou SOWE, Gambia National Youth Council

Speaker 1: Amadou SOWE, Government, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 2: Lamin Sanneh, Government, African Group
Speaker 3: ALIEU SOWE, Civil Society, African Group

Policy Question(s): 

How Social Media is strengthening Democracy in The Gambia

Relevance to Theme: Social Media and Democratic Process in The Gambia

Relevance to Internet Governance: The Gambia is going through a transition process after 22 years of dictatorship. There is currently a new constitution being written. Social Media was a deciding factor in uprooting a dictatorship in The Gambia. The new government promised reforms but time and time again high profile officials make proclaimations calling social media as a threat to national security. There is less conversation from the authorities that is assuring about internet freedom in the new constitution . The New government came into power with a promise to stay in power only for 3 years and now the narratives towards that has dractivally changed. People are actually going to court for internet related crimes that the laws of the land do not cater for.

Format: 

Break-out Group Discussions - Flexible Seating - 90 Min

Description: We will have speakers from various stakeholders groups in The Gambia to have an open discussions with contributions from the participants.

Expected Outcomes: Sharing and learning best practice with the audience
Rally international support to promote press and internet freedom in The Gambia and countries in democratic transition

Onsite Moderator: 

ALIEU SOWE, Civil Society, African Group

Online Moderator: 

David Jeng, Technical Community, African Group

Rapporteur: 

Bafoday Sarjo, Private Sector, African Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

It will be an open discussion where participants will have the chance to share best practices.

Online Participation: 

Usage of IGF Tool

SDGs: 

GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals