Rise of the Digital Citizen
By Zehra Chudry, Research Manager, GSMA
The digital citizen – a person utilizing connected technology to engage in society, economy, politics, Life.
GSMA Intelligence has shown that since 2014 4G has reached an extra 200 million people, 40 million new social media accounts, and 30,000 active mobile applications developed locally. Now, with the demands of highly influential Millennial and Generation Z consumers, the African Union is aiming to bring the continent on par with the rest of the world as an information society. Connectivity is seen to have an overwhelmingly positive impact on life across Sub-Saharan Africa (as visualised on the diagram below).
But, the digital divide is very real; and a battle still ensues in connecting the remaining population.
The digital citizen is empowered, complex and requires the rules to be rewritten. Accordingly, we are examining the theme ‘Rise of the Digital Citizen’ through both Mobile 360 – West Africa (16-17 April, Abidjan) and Mobile 360 – Africa (16-18 July, Kigali) through the lens of a variety of topics, including:
- Digital Access
- Digital Commerce
- Digital Communication
- Digital Literacy
- Digital Law
- Digital Rights & Responsibilities
- Digital Security
Over the next few months, we will be examining each of these event themes in detail, giving you more insight into the topics we see shaping Africa’s conversation over the next 12 months.
As tech and entrepreneurship gathers speed across the region, a new age is fast emerging in Africa: the age of the digital citizen, and with that comes the true era of opportunity.
Stay tuned and join in the conversation with #MOBILE360.
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