President Muhammadu Buhari wants an accessible, inclusive and safe cyberspace where humans will not be manipulated.
He disclosed that world leaders had the responsibility to tackle the address the issue.
The President of Nigeria shared that even if the cyberspace has several benefits, letting it operate without limitation would be counter-productive in the long run.
His words, ‘‘Today, we have a cyber-world that is intangible but real. This borderless world is powerful and it impacts the lives of billions of people, no matter how remote their physical locations are.
‘‘People work in it. People socialise in it. And people invest in it. This presents enormous opportunities. But it also remains a constant threat if left unregulated.
‘‘On the one hand, it has made the human race more productive and more efficient. Today, we have digital banking, virtual currencies and many social platforms that connect peoples and cultures.
‘‘On the other hand, we have seen platforms hijacked and manipulated as evidenced by the steady rise in fake news and cybercrimes.
‘‘More recently, we are also witnessing the use of the cyberspace to manipulate elections, subvert the democratic rights of citizens as well as propagate violence.
‘‘In effect, the digital world has become the new frontier for both good and evil. Therefore, the challenge for world leaders must be to ensure that this space is inclusive, accessible and safe.”
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