Citizens Dialogue On The Future of Internet, Data Ownership and Artificial Intelligence – Tunisia (2020)

Project leadership

Ahmed X. Medien led, edited and directed the report as the project lead and director and National Strategic Partner of Missions Publiques.

Funding & contributors

The “Citizens Dialogue On The Future of Internet, Data Ownership and Artificial Intelligence”  was a national dialogue initiative led by me and funded by the German Federal Agency of Development (GiZ) in 2020 with a contribution from the French public-interest organization, Missions Publiques.

Sana Ouechatati authored, compiled several portions of this report and provided additional context research.

Nadia Soussi and Aya Chebbi directed and coordinated the project on the ground including outreach activities, communication and overall execution of the project.

About the report:

The We The Internet (Tunisia) project was launched. This national citizen initiative aims to advance digital governance and artificial intelligence through citizen participation. It is part of a non-governmental coordination that makes Tunisia a national relay in a network of citizen debates organized in 78 countries.

The project conducted thematic surveys with a representative sample of 600 Tunisians to understand their digital usage and awareness of technological challenges. The findings reveal that Tunisians have substantial digital usage, with 80% of respondents connecting daily to their preferred platforms, primarily for information. Furthermore, 80% used the internet for work or studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the study also indicated a preference for Internet governance to be handled by civil society (62%) or the private sector (58%), rather than the government.

The report concludes that while digital usage is high in Tunisia, there is a need to increase awareness about technological challenges such as cybersecurity, data privacy, and advancements in artificial intelligence. This awareness will help to inform future initiatives and policies for Internet governance in the country.



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