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.
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.
said the platform could have been a key tool in giving
out thoughts on how the government should regulate the
sector through views-gathering.
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.
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).
40.08 million mobile phone subscribers last year, down
slightly from 40.17 million a year earlier.