Youths equipped on internet tech changes

DIGITAL Agenda for Tanzania Initiative (DA4TI) in conjunction with the Centre for Youth Empowerment and Leadership (CYEL) convened in Dar es Salaam School on Internet Governance (DarSIG) to enable youths adapt the pace of internet technological changes as the main driver of digital economy.

The Founder and Executive Director of DA4TI Mr Peter Mmbando said in Dar es Salaam at the weekend that the main strategy for DarSIG is to adapt more ICT contents in local manuals and capacitate youths and women especially those in the rural areas take part in digital economy and internet governance policies.

“The main challenge is lack of enough resources both human and material to reach out to many Tanzanians by using local manual contents which need to be translated in Kiswahili. We work hard for that to ensure economic and digital inclusion is attained,” he said.

The training event which took place physically and virtually was held at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT), and was attended by media practitioners, lawyers, researchers, digital rights activists, undergraduate and graduate students from universities and tertiary educational institutions in Tanzania.

According to him, Tanzania is stimulating its economic growth through economic diplomacy, thus digital diplomacy plays its role in internet governance policies, digital financial penetration and wide ranging opportunities for future generations to adapt and improve digital economic development of Tanzania.

“We project Tanzania in 2030 will be a breakthrough for the digital economy in the region. Localization of contents in Kiswahili and improved digital security system for protection of data shall attract more local and foreign investors and hence, it is the right time to ensure that youths and women are not left behind,” he said.

The event was  supported by AFRINIC, the regional Internet registry for Africa and the Indian Ocean; Tactical Tech, an international nongovernmental Organization (NGO) that specializes in engaging citizens and civil-society organisations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on the society it was also  supported by the Internet Society Foundation which supports the vision of the Internet Society and its work for an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.

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