Driven by the rapid advancement of global surveillance technology, Bulelani Jili plays an integral role in emphasising the need for adequate checks and balances to strengthen regulatory frameworks and cybersecurity to protect citizens in Africa. “The continued and trained inability to acknowledge the relations that produce precarity in postcolonial societies is shocking,” he says. As a Harvard University PhD Oppenheimer graduate fellow in African Studies, he was recently asked to join a research initiative on the proposed America Leads Act, to counter digital surveillance incursion and help civil society in Africa adequately deal with surveillance. His research interests include Africa-China relations, cybersecurity, ICT development, Africa’s political economy and internet policy. He is a policy member on the Harvard Covid-19 taskforce and he mentors in the Greener Scott Scholars Program. Jili urges young people to consistently advocate for themselves and their work.
Make sacrifices when there is a need to and always believe in the things you cannot see as yet.