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Forum in Tanzania on proper use of internet 

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- A new forum aimed at sensitizing and facilitating debates on the proper use of the internet, including advising on policy formulation, was launched in Tanzania on Sunday.

The Tanzania Internet Governance Forum (TIGF), a multi-stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet, was launched in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“This is a forum that will help internet users to bear in mind that besides using it, they have the responsibility to gain, learn and transform the internet into something positive to their everyday life but also think of the aspects of policies and connectivity,” said Rebecca Lyakitimbo, Tanzania country director for the forum.

Lyakitimbo said the platform could have been a key tool in giving out thoughts on how the government should regulate the sector through views-gathering.

Abdallah Lugome from Arusha, who participated in the launch of the TIGF, said the newly formed forum should act as a wake-up call to both users and policy makers that if the public can be well informed on the best use of the internet, there can be much to benefit both from individual to institutional levels.

Joy Wathangi, a participant from Kenya, said the forum was set up in her country some years ago and has been a key tool in influencing policy change, urging Tanzania to embrace the same and make the internet a safe place for all.

At the end of 2017, the number of internet users in Tanzania stood at 23 million; around 19 million of them accessed the internet through their mobile phones, up from 18 million in 2016, according to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

Tanzania had 40.08 million mobile phone subscribers last year, down slightly from 40.17 million a year earlier. 

           

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