Abuja, Nigeria. – [October 23, 2023] – Paradigm Initiative, a pan-African social enterprise that advocates for digital rights and inclusion in Africa has released a policy brief titled “Africa’s Absence in Emerging Technologies”.
The rate of diffusion of the new generation Artificial Intelligence (AIs) is unlike anything we have seen, but even more remarkable is the sense of empowerment it has already unlocked in every corner of the world, including Africa. Disruption is still the defining characteristic of these technologies today; they are upending sectors but also creating and reimagining them. AI and similar technologies can simplify and increase productivity, among other benefits.
Africa faces significant challenges in the domestication and regulation of emerging technologies, hindering its ability to harness their full potential. This policy brief addresses these challenges and explores strategies to strengthen Africa’s role in advocating for its interests in global AI governance and regulations discussions.