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DCA Digital Digest: Bridging the gender gap in cybersecurity space

1. Bridging the gender gap in cybersecurity space

In 45% of enterprises globally, the proportion of women working in IT security departments is less than that in the rest of the company’s workforce. However, of these organisations only 37% of them have in place, or considered applying, formal programmes that will bring more women into cybersecurity security – a survey of security leaders conducted by 451 Research has revealed.

2. Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?

The fundamentals of urban mobility are changing rapidly. Apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming ubiquitous around the world and new modes like electric and shared bicycles and scooters are on the rise. Just as these changes have transformed the mobility landscape in cities around the world, African cities are also seeing an emergence of new mobility startups. These new startups have the potential to shake up urban mobility as it stands.


3. The future of work in Africa: Opportunities and challenges of digital technologies

Experts come down on both sides of whether technology in Africa will be good for jobs. Critics are concerned that automation is displacing low-skilled industrial jobs, meaning Africa’s manufacturing sector might not be able to absorb workers as Asia’s did. On the other hand, other experts argue that technological disruptions have been a feature of economic transformation since the first industrial revolution.

4. African data are better than you might think

According to the PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor, a real-time dashboard of statistical capacity, five of the 10 countries that have seen the greatest capacity increase in the last two decades are in Africa. Moreover, in a number of cases, access to new data sources has allowed African countries to re-measure the total size of their economy with more precision. This new methodology results in substantial gross domestic product re-estimates, subsequently portrayed by the media as evidence of statistical failures. Actually, they are signals of statistical progress.

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