GRIS aims at global impact through Africa innovation fueled by entrepreneurial talent and digital technology. GRIS hopes to strengthen Africa’s position in the digital world by delivering breakthrough digital innovations to the market and breeding entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and improved quality of life. By helping business and entrepreneurs to be at the frontier of digital innovation and Internet governance, we provide the unconnected regions with technology resources, digital skills, and Internet resources for growth.
Currently, GRIS as an African digital repository and educational space organization drives Africa’s digital transformation by creating awareness on internet health. Its way of working embodies the future of innovation through a pan-African ecosystem of top African corporations and research institutes, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers, internet users and entrepreneurs collaborate in an open innovation setting. This pan-African ecosystem is located in Ghana and we hope to spread through Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Togo, Senegal, Morocco, and Ethiopia.
GRIS is a global non-profit and an independent research platform dedicated to fostering debate around issues involving Internet usage and health, connectivity and technology, especially Internet policies while putting you in control of your online experience. We share the future of the web for the public good by bringing together computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address Internet challenges.
As Africa’s largest open-source repository, GRIS strengthens the profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of civil excellence.
GRIS supports the professional growth of its users by providing opportunities for learning, career development, workshops and professional networking.
Founded at the dawn of the Internet Governance, GRIS’ reach extends to every part of Africa, with more than half of its users residing outside Ghana.
By means of fostering networking opportunities through our digital communication platforms, we strengthen ties within and across countries and civil communities. These actions enhance GRIS’ ability to raise awareness of Internet’s important technical, educational, and social issues in Africa.
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What GRIS stands for
GRIS is an acronym for Global Repository for Internet Studies.
We follow an entrepreneurial non-profit model, which embraces our pursuit of producing scholarly research in the manner and spirit of an academic think tank. As a nexus of expertise in technology especially, Internet Governance issues, public policy and community connectivity, our research agenda and platform covers a wide range of topics that is poised to shape the Internet in Africa.
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The Global Repository for Internet Studies Volunteers (GRIS-V) programme is the GRIS organization that promotes volunteerism to support internet health and development through workshops in Africa and the rest of the world. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of the internet and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. GRIS-V contributes to internet’s health by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into internet programming, and mobilizing volunteers. In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, GRIS Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in connecting the unconnected. In all assignments, GRIS Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of how the internet affects everyone, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the users in their community. This will make the time they spend as GRIS Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A NATIONAL GRIS VOLUNTEER?
Would you like to contribute to the health of your own country’s internet and work with others like yourself who have a desire to accelerate your nation’s internet issues and promote a healthy internet space for all? Apply now!