IGF 2023 Youth Track: Workshop IV at African IGF

Event Calendar Date
Monday, 18th September, 2023 (13:00 UTC) - Monday, 18th September, 2023 (14:30 UTC)
Hosted by IGF Secretariat
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IGF 2023 Youth Track
Workshop IV
Hosted at the African IGF i Abuja, Nigeria
18 September 2023, 14:00-15:30 WAT (13:00-14:30 UTC)


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a transformative technology that uses languages as an interface to understand and shape culture and society. However, AI also poses significant challenges and risks, such as bias, opacity, misinformation, and exclusion.
These challenges are especially relevant for Africa, where data and language diversity are crucial for ensuring inclusion and empowerment. Therefore, there is a need to develop effective and ethical AI regulations and institutions that can address these challenges and harness the potential of AI for social and economic development in Africa. This dynamic session will delve beyond clichés to explore the critical intersection of ethics, inclusivity, and innovation in AI technology. With a focus on empowering African youth, the session will engage stakeholders in thought-provoking discussions, shedding light on tangible strategies for harnessing AI's potential responsibly.


FORMAT: Interactive 60-min roundtable exchange between youth from around the world and senior experts


  • Welcome & Introductions 
  • Setting the scene by expert speaker around the following policy questions:
    • How can we balance promoting innovation and safeguarding the privacy and personal data of young people in the context of AI technologies?
    • What are the potential risks and challenges associated with the use of AI in the digital landscape for youth, and how can ethical guidelines and policies help mitigate these risks?
    • What are the potential economic and societal implications of advancing ethical AI for youth in terms of job opportunities, education, and social inclusion, and how can policy frameworks address these implications?
    • How can we ensure the transparency, accountability, and ethical standards of AI systems in Africa, while respecting the diversity, autonomy, and sovereignty of local communities and stakeholders?
    • How can we balance the need for transparency and accountability of AI systems with the protection of trade secrets and intellectual property rights of AI developers and providers in Africa, especially in the context of regulatory sandboxes?
  • Open Discussion 
  • Closing Remarks


  • Introduction: Anja Gengo, UN IGF Secretariat 
  • Diana Nyakundi- AI Policy Researcher
  • Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola- Cybersecurity Expert
  • Sabelo Archibald Zimu - South Africa Youth IGF


  • Saba Tiku Beyene
  • Afi EDOH


  • Akinremi Peter Taiwo
  • Gabriel Karsan
  • Athanase Bahizire

Register to participate: https://ti.to/afyigf/2023

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