Internet Society advocates for increased access
From ODIRILE TOTENG in Gaborone, Botswana
GABORONE, (CAJ News) -THE Internet Society (IS) has called for the adoption of policies and frameworks that expand access and create greater demand for the internet in Africa.
The organization, at the ongoing fourth annual Africa Internet Summit (AIS) in Gaborone, Botswana, IS urged policymakers to grasp the opportunity offered by the expansion and growth of the internet across the continent.
IS is thus advocating for greater collaboration by all internet decision-makers in creating an accessible and trusted internet that benefits all Africans.
“Africa sits at a tipping point for Internet expansion and the continent is poised to help drive growth of the global Internet. But to make the opportunities for social and economic gains a reality, it is paramount that the right policies are in place,” explains Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the IS.
“Policymakers have a critical role to play in creating an environment that enables investment in Internet infrastructure and ensures that the Internet is used to address Africa’s development challenges,” he added.
AIS started on Sunday and is set to run until June 10.
Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the IS is leading a delegation from the organisation.
She said increased connectivity brought with it a new generation of digital entrepreneurs.
“We want to encourage and inspire others by highlighting women who have overcome barriers and paved the way forward for the Internet in Africa,” said Brown.
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