There is a need for well-defined policy guidelines and framework for the use of AI systems across Africa in order to protect citizen data.

During a session on artificial intelligence and humans at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Igube Veronica Pana, the Associate Counsel at Technology Advisors ICT Lawyers – Consultants, and also an African Presidential Leadership Program graduate, said nations must be proactive.

“The African continent should also look for a way to ensure that we start developing those guidelines to ensure that we have transparency, fairness and that we protect our citizens’ data, to ensure that there is cybersecurity. If we don’t have AI guidelines, there is a tendency for misuse, and also for discrimination and bias. This is not to restrict AI, but rather to ensure fairness,” said Pana.

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