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The year 2018 saw a major controversy surrounding the use, rather the abuse of digital technology. It was how social media giant Facebook exposed about 87 million users’ private data to Cambridge Analytica, a London-based elections consultancy data firm linked to American President Donald Trump. This incident triggered renewed debate on the perils and the devils that piggyback on the rewards of ‘Digital Technology’ or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution.’ But isn’t every invention born with its set of pros and cons? Whether the innovation becomes a demon or an angel depends upon how we make use of it. If security-breach is a major threat of the Internet, we also have heart-warming stories from all over the globe – especially the African continent – of how digital technology is not only improving lives but also saving them. In Kenya, for example, the Toto Health app is helping expecting women and parents of young children by sending text and voice messages tailored to stages of pregnancy or a child’s age. International establishments such as the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are building platforms to scale digital health at the national level in respective countries, build a capable workforce to effectively use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as well as address the need of multi-stakeholders partnerships for sustainable adoption of digital health. Our Cover Story, ‘Transform Africa Summit: Bigger, Better, Smarter,’ thus, extensively elaborates the experience and innovations shared by industry leaders as well as young aspiring techpreneurs. In Focus is the Indian President H.E. Ram Nath Kovind’s third visit to Africa. The events covered include the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance and the International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting. In addition, read on to find how the power to co-operate can change the world!
THE TIMES OF AFRICA, bi-monthly reading is well known in diplomatic and corporate circles of India and Africa. The synergy of acclaim, recognition and appreciation has infused in us a gala spirit and made us feel proud since it has won accolades and established itself by virtue of meaningful presentation of credible rich content on Africa-India partnerships, socio-economic issues, business and investment opportunities, political developments, features on travel and tourism and cultural extravaganzas. Personality rendezvous, interviews with Ambassadors/High Commissioners and country specific spotlights are other special attractions. It has succeeded in making successful in-roads to the reading desks of diplomatic and corporate houses in India as well as the African continent. It is indeed blessed with the good genes of its clients and its new fusion look has become an International business statement. We have a very robust distribution network covering metro cities, diplomatic missions, national organizations, foreign agencies, corporate and export houses, business class hotels and airlines, both within the country and offshore. A fair sprinkling of top professionals from the fraternity, former senior government officials, public servants, journalists and renowned educationalists contribute to the team of THE TIMES OF AFRICA.