By Wayan Vota on August 10, 2020
Over 500 million people have access to the Internet on the African continent – 40% of the population. Over 250 million Africans use smartphones for going online.
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This Internet, smartphone and mobile network usage has created extraordinary new opportunities for economic development. However, Internet access, especially by novice users, comes with safety concerns, including:
- Identify theft
- Bullying and harassment
- Sex trafficking
- Hate crimes
- Terrorist recruitment and promotion
- Mis or disinformation
- Financial scams
$1 Million Africa Online Safety Fund
The Africa Online Safety Fund has a $1 million commitment from Google.org. It will support innovative existing and new solutions to address women and children’s online safety with two categories of funding:
- Catalytic projects will receive $10,000 in grant funding for small, targeted, and locally or culturally specific interventions.
- Transformative projects will receive $100,000 for large-scale interventions reaching multiple geographies
Apply Now! Deadline is August 21, 2020