WASHINGTON, DC —
A Mandela Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders (YALI) alumni is in Silicon Valley sharing his ideas about the internet and how it affects basic human rights at a three-day technology conference which started Wednesday.
Munyaradzi Dhodho, the founder of TV Yangu and YALI 2015 alumni, is attending the RightsCon technology conference organized by digital rights group, Access Now.
"I am here for RightCon a summit series convened annually that brings together different people from around the world to talk about the future of the internet and how that affects different human rights. Technology is changing rapidly and human rights have to evolve with each new technology that gets invented so we are here to discuss that and we have different speakers from around the world coming together for this,” said Dhodho.
Dhodho told VOA Studio 7 he will be presenting a paper at a YALI-sponsored segment focusing on internet usage in Zimbabwe and Africa in general.
"I am not the only one representing Zimbabwe there is also a lady here who is based in South Africa. We are going to be having a series of panel discussions there is over 250 sessions that are going to be taking place. I am going to be on two of them my session is on AfricaniInnovation and zero rating with other trail blazers from Africa. We will talk about the effects of zero rating what governments, telecommunications companies, people can do, giving recommendations in running start ups in Africa and giving and sharing ideas and experiences generally," said Dhodho.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) is the brain-child of U.S President Barack Obama. It brings 500 dynamic young African leaders annually, ages 25-35, from across the continent to the United States for six weeks of leadership training and mentoring at 20 American universities and colleges in three areas: business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and public administration.
Dhodho participated in last year's YALI programme and runs his own Start Up TV-Yangu in Zimbabwe.