Arusha Women School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) is a premier programme whose overarching aim is to mentor girls and women in Arusha(Tanzania) and its environs, through professional digital rights outreach symposiums and hackathons on the topic of Internet Governance.

AruWSIG is co-convened by Kuza Steam Generation Tanzania (KsGen Tz) and Centre for Youth Empowerment & Leadership (CYEL). This year’s AruWSIG is the third edition, with the second edition having taken place in September 2019, and the first in April 2018.

The primary objective is capacity building of aspiring Internet Governance/policy women leaders (organizers, speakers, and local content curators), who will then lead Internet Policy related activism, content localization, as well as discussions at national, regional level and international levels.

Workshop Theme: Internet as a Frontier for democracy and rights in Elections

AruWSIG 20 is brought to you by the support of our partners ICANN,Facebook,Afrinic and Localization lab.



Sarah Kiden

Sarah Kiden is a technologist and researcher, working at the intersection of technology and society. As an Early Stage Researcher on Open Design of Trusted Things (OpenDoTT), a joint programme between Northumbria University and Mozilla, her research focuses on the impact of technology and the Internet for grassroots communities and neighbourhoods.

Adeboye Adegoke

Adeboye is the Program Manager (Anglophone West Africa), Digital Rights for Paradigm Initiative.

Adeboye manages Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights program, in Anglophone West Africa, where he focuses on research and strategic advocacy implementation. Adeboye has educational background in Politics, Economics and Philosophy, as well as professional certification in Public Relations and Communications.

Dr.Tupokigwe Isagah

Tupokigwe Isagah (Ph.D.) is a Lecturer at Mzumbe University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science Studies in Tanzania. She is currently teaching information systems design and implementation courses offered by the department.

Maria Xynou

Maria Xynou works with the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) where she manages censorship measurement research and community engagement around the world. Previously, Maria worked with the Tactical
Technology Collective where she investigated the data industry, created privacy and digital security resources, and facilitated digital security workshops for human rights defenders.

Esther Lugoe Mengi

Mrs. Esther Lugoe Mengi is the Co-Founder and Cybersecurity Specialist of Serensic Africa a company that specializes in cyber security and digital forensics. Forbes named her one of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa 2017. She has worked for the United Nations Headquarters in Africa (UNON) and UNDP Somalia before starting her company.

Bob Ochieng

Bob is the ICANN, East Africa Stakeholder Engagement Manager based in Kenya.He is a telecommunications Eng. with 10+ years’ experience in the multi-disciplinary Telecoms/ICT industry and Project Management.

Nashilongo Gervasius

Nashilongo Gervasius is lecturer in Media, Information and Communication studies and she is the founder of the Internet Society Namibia. She is a founding member of the Namibia National Working Group on Internet Governance Forum.

Peace Oliver Amuge

Peace is the Coordinator of Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET).Peace is a communications Specialist, Gender digital rights activist and a writer. She’s been at the helm of advocating for gender responsive ICT policies, implementing projects that ensure the protection of women’s digital human rights and undertaking research on gender and internet governance topics.

Joan Katambi

Joan Katambi is an Enterprising professional with passion in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Education, Internet governance, Digital Inclusion and Access, Information Security, Cyber Security and Digital Human Rights.

Peter Mmbando

Peter Mmbando is a community development expert , digital rights activist and internet governance young leader from Tanzania.
He is an incredibly enthusiastic who takes real actions to solve, at his local level, some challenges concerning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Tanzania.

Catherine Kimambo

Ms. Catherine is the Founder and Creative Director of African Child Projects, an NGO that works with communities in rural Tanzania on projects ranging from TECHNOLOGY by building digital societies in rural communities and bridge the digital divide by installing Internet infrastructure in schools and village dispensaries., Culture and Advocacy for quality education.

Erin McConnell

Erin is the Program Manager at Localization Lab.Erin McConnell has been working at the intersection of human rights, technology and localization since 2013 when she joined the Benetech Human Rights Program to manage localization of the Martus suite of secure information management tools.

Dragana Kaurin

Dragana Kaurin is the founder of Localization Lab, and has worked at the intersection of technology and human rights for over a decade. Before starting the organization in 2013, she was a program officer at the Open Technology Institute, and worked as a data analyst at Ushahidi. She advocates for equal access to information, diversity and representation online, and increased local content on the Internet.

Mariam David Mchaina

Mariam is a Freelance Digital Marketing Expert With 3years experience of working with businesses on different fields.Miriam is an alumni of AruWSIG19.

Maryanne Muriuki

Ms. Maryanne Muriuki is a young professional with a strong focus in international cooperation
policy. Her main areas of work are in technology, space science and digital disruption risk

Louis Lloyd

Louis Lloyd he is Public Relationship Officer at (TTCL) Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation Limited also he is the representative for Localization Lab in East Africa and he has become Executive Member Internet Society Tanzania.

Madeline Kimei

Madeline is the Founder of iResolve Limited, a boutique corporate, arbitration and dispute resolution firm coupled with offering of alternative legal support services. She is a practicing commercial and corporate lawyer and has acted as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, commercial mediator and arbitral secretary in both domestic & international arbitrations.

Josephine Miliza

Josephine Miliza is a network engineer passionate about enabling communities in Africa to leverage digital technologies for socio-economic empowerment. She is currently the Africa regional coordinator for the APC-LOCNET project working under KICTANET.

Lillian Achom

Fourteen years with community outreach programs, Lillian Achom is experienced in establishing women-led community networks (CNs) to bring Internet services to rural and remote communities in different regions of Africa. Ugandan by nationality, Lillian believes an Information Communications Technology (ICT)-empowered society is an opportunity for employment, economic growth, and better livelihoods.

Felicia Anthonio

Felicia Anthonio, Campaigner, #KeepItOn Lead at Access Now.
Felicia Anthonio works with Access Now as Campaigner for the #KeepItOn Campaign, a global campaign that fights against internet shutdowns.

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