Stakeholders at the 20th annual conference of the Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organizations and International Centre for Nonprofit Law have underscored the importance of Artificial intelligence, AI, in addressing human rights issues and its challenges.

They made the submission at a virtual meeting with the theme Artificial intelligence and the Nigerian nonprofit sector: challenges and opportunities.

 One of the speakers, Emma Amarai said the civil societies had crucial roles to play in protecting artificial intelligence, human rights and emerging technologies as well as protection gender equality and utilizing AI to empower people.

She said it was important to defend civic space online, uphold internet freedom and counter misinformation online.

Amarai maintained that it was important for countries to respect international obligations to human rights issues within the framework of their policies, rules and regulation as authoritarian regimes always sought to clamp down on freedom of information.

Another speaker, Onica Makwakwa harped on how essential internet affordability is as well as meaningful connectivity .

Makwakwa hinted that in Nigeria and other African countries, people have been able to access internet on daily basis with 4G adding that Covid-19 experience had shown that internet was no longer a luxury but a lifeline with everyone participating in digital economy.

In her contribution Chenai Chair said to address problems of data gap government needed to provide more funding to enhance connectivity.

Also speaking, Francessa Fanucci noted that why it was essential for civil societies to be actively involved in the participatory process, government should promote artificial intelligence education.

Adedayo Adelowo/Simeon Ugbodovon


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