Nigeria: NITDA Director General Emphasizes Importance of Safe Digital Space in Collaboration with TikTok

NITDA Director General Emphasizes Importance of Safe Digital Space in Collaboration with TikTok
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Kashifu Inuwa, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has emphasized the necessity of creating a safe and inclusive online environment conducive to both human and Artificial Intelligence (AI) practices in Nigeria. He stressed the importance of forging strategic partnerships and collaborations to advance the country’s digital transformation agenda.

Inuwa made these remarks during a visit by a team from TikTok to NITDA’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja. The visit aimed to explore opportunities for collaboration in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s priority of enhancing national security for peace and prosperity.

The DG highlighted the significance of content moderation strategies in addressing online challenges such as hate speech, misinformation, and cyberbullying, especially in safeguarding minors across the country. He emphasized the role of the Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries in ensuring digital safety and enhancing security through global best practices.

Inuwa underscored the interconnected nature of organizations and institutions in achieving common goals towards service delivery and national advancement. He outlined critical areas for leveraging the TikTok platform, including Digital Literacy, Capacity Building, knowledge sharing, and curbing misinformation to create a safer cyber space and empower Nigerian users.

Moreover, Inuwa elaborated on NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2.0 (SRAP 2024-2027), which encompasses fostering digital literacy, strengthening cybersecurity, promoting inclusive access to digital infrastructure, and forging strategic partnerships.

Mrs. Tokunbo Ibrahim, Head of Government Regulation and Public Policy at TikTok Nigeria and West Africa, praised NITDA as a key stakeholder in Nigeria’s digital economy sector. She commended NITDA’s initiatives and policies aligned with TikTok’s objectives, facilitating opportunities for Nigerians to market, sell, and export products and talents globally.

Ibrahim highlighted TikTok’s collaboration with projects like the Africa creator hub, aimed at supporting and empowering tech creators to explore the platform’s features and enhance their narrative. She emphasized TikTok’s commitment to online safety and initiatives such as the African mall to showcase African products and attract investments from around the world.

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