Not One African Leader Made A Tech Statements At UN Assembly

By Staff Published: September 30, 2017, 8:59 am
tech statementsNigeria's President Buhari (Photo Buzz Nigeria)

None of the about a dozen African leaders at the U.N. General Assembly made a statement about technology and its effects on the continent.

Technology is growing alright, but can we handle its negative effects if we don’t discuss how best to streamline its use.

Recently in Nigeria, Twitter and WhatsApp was used to fuel inter-ethnic violence despite warnings by the president and vice president against hate speech on social media.

From Africa News.

We had a similar event in Kenya during the recently cancelled election when some people were arrested for sending messages on WhatsApp calling for ethnic cleansing.

Boko Haram and Al Shabaab are still posting videos online of their achievements and conquest.

The online scammers in Africa are having a field day while our security forces are waiting for them to be arrested by Western police and handed over to them.

Our leaders need to demand answers from the owners of these technologies because we can’t blame the people all the time.

Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Youtube and the others benefit from user activity. So if the users are causing harm with the tool, they need to devise means to prevent harm, and our leaders need to demand for it.

This demand was made by the leaders of Britain, France and Italy who held a meeting with tech leaders at the General Assembly demanding that they do more to tackle online posts that promote terrorism.

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