Looking at demographic trends, if it continues to rise with 40% of all those under the age of 18 been born and raised in Africa, this inevitably raises the African continent to over half of the population.
As the percentage of people with access to the internet rises, more people will be proficient technology users, and some of them may even be part of a new wave of top-tier innovators in Africa.
The majority of this population will develop in urban regions, frequently in ones that have grown by a factor of two since they were young. No matter where they reside, many people may be severely impacted by the effects of climate change.
Additionally, as these young Africans mature, they will make up a large portion of the global labor force and an immense consumer market. They might have a collective impact on the development of emerging markets and the expansion of global trade.
One of six global factors that are already beginning to have an impact on the continent is the growing baby boom in Africa. The rapid development of megacities in the area’s urban areas, the rise of internet use, and the escalating effects of climate change are a few more.
The increase of indigenous innovation, which includes numerous developments spearheaded by women and young entrepreneurs, and a growing trend toward international cooperation within the continent are two more aspects that will influence Africa’s future.
The African Youth will determine the success or fail of the Continent
The continent’s population, which includes North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, will double to 2.5 billion people by 2050. Up to 60% of Africans will be under the age of 25.
If there aren’t enough employment, a large population of people who are working age might be a disruptive factor, causing instability and migration.
However, given enough chance, the young population can spur economic growth, especially in industries like manufacturing, energy (especially the switch to green sources), and digital technology that demand trained and motivated workers.
Africa is anticipated to have a combined GDP of $2.96 trillion in 2022 and a young population, making it the region with the biggest growth potential for consumer products and services globally. Additionally, it can act as a major talent exporter, sending qualified workers and digital natives to other countries.
But these promising future can only materialize if the region’s educational institutions, backed by public and private investment, are able to deliver the necessary education, skill development, and related services which in itself is a challenge that may call for as many as 17 million new professional educators.
Judging from present day, we can see how urban areas has seen mass exodus of people into the region as basically everyone from rural regions want the taste of a city life.
By 2050, urban areas in Africa will welcome an additional 1 billion people. According to experts, there would be 14 “megacities”—densely populated locations with 10 million or more residents—instead of the existing three (Cairo, Kinshasa, and Lagos).
The development of African cities will make the economic and culture of the continent more vibrant, bringing in major foreign investment and fostering cross-border commerce and business relations.
It might be difficult to supply essential amenities like electricity and education, along with transportation linkages, when urbanization emerges this suddenly.
Nevertheless, urbanization tends to speed up GDP and consumer spending, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, open up new markets, and boost worker productivity provided infrastructure investment can happen quickly enough.
Additionally, it may result in more communication between the public, private, and employee populations.
35 of the 50 nations most at risk from the effects of climate change are found in Africa, although making up less than 4% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The continent can anticipate temperature increases that happen 1.5 times faster than the increase in the global average.
By 2050, the mountainous regions of Africa will have completely lost their glaciers, and there will also be an increase in the frequency of extreme weather conditions such droughts, storms, floods, and extremes of heat and cold.
Because 25% of the world’s remaining rainforests are found in Africa, these changes would have disastrous effects on biodiversity and animal habitats.
Some African livelihoods that are susceptible to weather-related conditions, such farming and energy-related occupations, will suffer as a result of climate change.
Additionally, it can make viruses and other health hazards more dangerous.
The continent’s leaders will need to solve current gaps in the availability of climate-related data and instruct people on how to act on the data in order to lessen these effects.
Most experts agree that Africa might become a hub of innovation and take the lead in developing solutions as a result of climate-related concerns.
The possibilities include carbon sequestration (making use of Africa’s lands, forests, and coastlines), renewable energy (building on the region’s abundance of solar, wind, and geothermal resources and its experience with off-the-grid solar solutions), and new methods for sustainable land use and agriculture.
These possibilities could total a $320 billion industrial sector in Africa. These are all potential means of producing green jobs.
The Inevitable Move to a Digital Economy with Technology
This will happen faster than most people currently anticipate. Since 2010, the software, cloud, and internet services industries in Africa have grown significantly.
Its five-year growth rate is at 47%. In the last 12 years, there has been a tenfold increase in internet penetration, and by 2050, the internet economy will be worth $712 billion.
Across the continent, there are more than 600 active digital and technology hubs that are all promoting innovation and making significant strides. Both domestic and international businesses participate in these hubs.
Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa have the biggest concentrations of digital activity, with Ghana, Morocco, and Tunisia following closely behind.
Its interest in Committing to Intercontinental Cooperation
African decision-makers in the public and corporate sectors now see the necessity for the continent to increase its level of independence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing food crisis.
Its businesses and nations must work together more and rely less on outside assistance. Africa is starting to progress in this direction thanks to a few efforts.
For instance, the African Continental Free Trading Area (AfCFTA), which established the world’s largest such trade bloc in terms of population and land area, covering 1.3 billion people, was agreed in 2018 by 44 of the 55 African countries.
It has been ratified by 54 member states as of 2021 and is progressively moving toward operationalization.
If the agreement can get through difficult obstacles from the past, such logistics, visa requirements, and trade restrictions already in place, it might have a significant beneficial economic impact.
Another sign of support for intra-continental collaboration was the adoption of Agenda 2063 by the African Union in 2015, which served as a guide for future initiatives like high-speed rail lines.
It’s not a bed of roses neither a Crown of thorns
These global factors may aid in the advancement of Africa’s social and economic development if they are successfully managed. Many rising economies throughout the world have used their youthful populations and entrepreneurial energy to fuel innovative growth.
Africa might experience the same outcome with focused investment and deliberate action.
UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm
In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.
According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.
The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.
The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.
In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.
Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.
The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.
The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.
The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.
Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.
Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.
The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”
Donelan stated in a statement:
“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.
“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.
“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”
Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.
Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.
Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.
The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.
On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.
Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next
Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.
Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.
The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.
The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”
Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.
Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.
Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.
These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”
Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.
Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts
Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.
Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.
When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).
Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.
Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.
It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.
Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.
Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.
Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.
There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.
Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.
Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.
The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.
Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.
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