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GPD selects Nweke for cyber policy rights defenders programme

The United Kingdom-based Global Partners Digital (GPD) has selected the Lead Strategist cum Group Executive Editor of DigitalSENSE Africa Media group, Mr. Remmy Nweke, to be part of the global strategic movement of cyber policy for human rights defenders, reports ITRealms.

Revealing this nomination in a letter to Mr. Nweke and made available to ITRealms, the Project Coordinator, Global Partners Digital, Ms Daniela Schnidrig, stated “We are delighted to inform you that you have been selected to participate in the programme.”

She also said that the cyber capacity building programme is aimed at building the capacity of civil society actors to increase their knowledge on cyber policy issues and improve their advocacy skills to bring a human rights perspective to policymaking debates.

“It will run from August - September 2016 and will consist of two elements; an online training component and in-person training meeting,” the project coordinator said.

For the online training component, Ms Schnidrig said consists of five training modules, each including training videos and an interactive question and answer session, which allow some 50 participants to ask questions to experts in the field.

On the other hand, she said, the in-person training will take place September in Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom with full scholarship supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Schnidrig also said that this programme focuses on making cyber policymaking processes around the world more inclusive, and will be led by experts, providing practical advocacy and communication skills, tailored to regional needs.

Currently, Remmy Nweke as the Lead Strategist cum Group Executive Editor, coordinates the information analytics at DigitalSENSE Africa Media, the organisers of the Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum Series on Internet Governance for Development (NDSF-IG4D) and Nigeria Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6) Roundtable since 2011 and publishers of international multiple award-winning ITRealms, NaijaAgroNet and DigitalSENSE Business News.

The pioneer secretary, Lagos branch of the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), Nweke, lately, served as Executive Board member of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) where he presided over the Communications and Publicity Committee as well as member of the Local Multi-stakeholders Advisory Group (LMAG) of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF); Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) - the social arm of the Catholic Church; and associate member, Nigeria Red Cross.

Nweke, a former Publicity Secretary, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and outreach sub-committee member of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), holds MA degree in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and is a graduate of Advanced Journalism with over 19-year experience in media practice and online information management certifications from across the world.

A widely travelled professional, Remmy Nweke is the author of ‘A Decade of ICT Reportage in Nigeria … The Award-winning Series” and public speaker on new media, web 2.0+ and cyber information advisory to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interest groups and companies, is also a member of Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) of ICANN and as a member, Civil Society Selection Committee for the High-level meeting on World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) he affiliates with the African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS) serving in various committees, to name a few.

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