Web security, a topic which is becoming more and more relevant in these years.
Every February 7 is well known in over 100 countries around the globe as “Safer Internet Day” (SID). What are Facebook Africa’s main initiatives for this 2017?
Facebook can not avoid to ignore this year’s commemoration under the theme “Be the change”. This means being unite for a better Internet, safer and more useful for everybody.
The most common social media has launched a series of initiatives to help make the information super highway safer particularly for African children and the youth.
Public Policy chief for Facebook Africa, Akua Gyekye, empahsized their focus on safety for young users.
A global conversation and Facebook’s African partners
Facebook as part of SID is connecting over 100 countries to participate in conversations aimed at ensuring online safety. ‘‘The initiative is coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe and beyond,’‘ a statement read.
To ensure the safety and education of their communities and address the needs of vulnerable people in Africa,
- Facebook is working with local partners such as:
- The International Center for Leadership Development and the Women’s Technology
- Empowerment Centre in Nigeria
- South Africa’s Film and Publication Board
- JOXAfrica Association in Senegal
- J Initiative and Ghana Internet Safety Foundation from Ghana
They are providing financial and marketing support for them to use to raise awareness about online safety. Facebook is also hosting an event in Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya to promote the importance of online safety to students, teachers, parents and policymakers.