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Uganda appeals for partnership to combat cyber crime

By , Contributor
Uganda , 03 Jul 2024
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is concerned about the misuse of artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies to commit cyber crime and instigate instability.

The head of state stated that, while technology was important for economic growth, it also had drawbacks, highlighting the necessity for collaboration in regulating AI.

He said this in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Jessica Alupo, at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union's Global Symposium for Regulators in the capital Kampala.

“In recent years, we have witnessed technology being used as a tool for political interference and economic sabotage,” Museveni stated.

“Unlike traditional warfare where you can secure the country by guarding your borders against intrusion, cyber warfare calls for collaborative efforts, especially if emanating outside of your national jurisdiction.”

The president added, “Technology must not be used to undermine peace and sovereignty of nations but rather to support development.”

The president said with its ability to analyse vast amounts of data, identify patterns and provide accurate predictions, AI had the potential of fostering development across several sectors of the economy.

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