West African internet conference

इंटरनेट के प्रति उत्साह रखने वाले लोग, वेब डिज़ाइनर और उद्यमी आइवरी कोस्ट में सम्मेलन कर रहे हैं. इंटरनेट के विकास के लिए ये देश का पहला बड़ा सम्मेलन है.

Most of us who use the internet are in contact with internet users in Ivory Coast. In the French-speaking world - and increasingly in the English-speaking world - Ivorians are <b>developing a reputation</b> similar to Nigeria for <b>fraud emails</b>, <b>scams</b> and credit card abuse. Ivorian web developer Jean-Patrick Ehouman, who's organised these discussions, says this makes it even more difficult for West Africans to catch up with the rest of the world:

Jean-Patrick Ehouman:

Oh, it's a great barrier. <b>Cyber-criminality</b> is a big barrier here because most of <b>cyber-criminality</b> action is related with Ivory Coast. So our work now is to do the most that we can to populate the web with good action so that <b>we can erase this image</b> of <b>cyber-criminality</b> in Ivory Coast.

Aside from criminality, <b>the industry faces a number of other obstacles</b>. There's only one undersea cable running down the West African coast connecting it to the rest of <b>cyberspace</b>. That means internet is both more expensive and slower than many other parts of the world.

There was some debate about whether the region should be developing the web for overseas markets or, as local blogger and journalist Theophile Kouamouo <b>argues</b>, developing an African web for Africans.

But others argued it was near impossible to make money from the internal market; very few people have credit cards to buy products and only about 5% of Africans use the internet. But a report by an American technology research company, Forrester Research, suggested internet use in Africa will <b>skyrocket</b> over the next few years, and that should provide new opportunities for West Africa's aspiring web <b>entrepreneurs</b>.

John James, BBC News, Abidjan

developing a reputation

किसी बात के लिए चर्चित होना

fraud emails

फ़र्जी ई-मेल




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we can erase this image

हम इस छवि को मिटा सकते हैं

the industry faces a number of other obstacles

उद्योग के सामने कई सारी बाधाएँ हैं




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