The Conference on
Technology, Innovation & Society



CyFy 2018, Africa

If 2017 was the year that social media disrupted democracies and humanoid robots learned to do backflips, 2018 will be the year that we begin scripting the rules of behaviour for a new technology-embedded society. As governments increasingly rely on the internet for governance and delivery of social benefits, technology simultaneously holds the promise of transformation and the potential for exclusion. With many nations, especially in Asia and Africa, banking on technology, robotics and artificial intelligence to reshape humanity, we need to discuss and resolve a range of apprehensions around gender, race, ethnicity and equity.

CyFy pillars

  • Connectivity

    This pillar will explore themes such as affordable connectivity and digital empowerment in Africa, discussing policies around which governments, businesses and civil society can coalesce to provide universal digital access.

  • Digital Inclusion

    The challenges and prospects of building Africa’s mobile payments market and fostering greater interoperability have been brought into sharp relief as more and more of the African continent goes digital. With governments leveraging the internet for delivery of social services, what lessons must be internalised to make these initiatives more inclusive and plural?

  • Security

    For the realisation of the true potential of the internet, many apprehensions around the security of networks and ICT systems need to be resolved. From petty cyber-crime to attacks on critical information infrastructure to online extremism, many key issues remain that undermine the trust of cyber systems. This pillar will address this range of apprehensions by engaging with internet communities, businesses and governments to realise next steps in securing an African internet.

  • Innovation

    This pillar will examine how the integration technologies into the existing physical and digital world will affect our lives, be it through the accessible services or the development of skills. As the foundations of the next big digital revolution are being laid, what must investors, both local and international, do to keep this momentum of transformation moving forward? How will innovation-led economies of the future manage the crisis of employment loss, especially for women and marginalised sections of the society?

  • Trade

    As the internet becomes a primary vessel for innovation and commerce what regulatory changes are necessary for the transference of knowledge, goods and services? This pillar will explore options for boosting growth and economic productivity among African states as well as chart a course ahead for the rest of the world to do business with the Continent in a manner that is equitable.

  • Society

    Since the first industrial revolution humanity has been agitating over questions of whether technology shapes societies or is shaped by the needs of society. Today, with pervasive technologies in both personal and professional life these questions have assumed complex ethical dilemmas. This pillar will explore policy debates around technological determinism and its impact on the future of governance.



  • Francisca Ogwueleka

    Professor, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria

  • Ineke Buskens

    Founder, Research for the Future, South Africa

  • Karsten Geier

    Head, Cyber Policy Coordination Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany

  • Yusuph Kileo

    Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics Expert, Tanzania


Just 14 km away from Spain, Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region is Europe's gateway to Africa. Situated in the north-western part of the Moroccan Kingdom, the region has the Atlantic Ocean as its western border, with the Mediterranean Sea and Spain to its north. The population of the region is close to 3.55 million and has Tangier as its capital city.

Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region is considered as a crossing and exchange point, a historical and geographical area, rich in economic potential and human resources, the Region is considered as the perfect spot of economic growth since it offers countless opportunities for investment: Privileged geostrategic position, perfect quality infrastructure, significant human and economic potential, suitable land supply and a pleasant living environment.


CyFy Africa will be co-hosted by the Government of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region, Morocco, The Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy and Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

  • Council of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region, Morocco

  • Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is one of Asia’s preeminent think tanks with is headquarters in New Delhi, India. ORF provides non-partisan, independent analyses and inputs on matters of security, strategy, economy, development, energy, resources and global governance to diverse decision-makers (governments, business communities, academia, civil society).

  • The Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Morocco is responsible for the conception and implementation of government policy in the areas of industry, commerce and new technologies. It provides strategic intelligence, monitoring and evaluation and promotes innovation in the fields of industry and new technologies.

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