Ivory Coast techies elect 'web mayor'

2013-05-26 22:22


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Abidjan - A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described internet geeks.

After Ivorians voted in local elections in late April, Abidjan's budding network of bloggers, strategists, designers and web entrepreneurs organised a separate vote for "web mayor".

Amevi Midekor, who helped organise the vote, said they crowned a leader for a group that has dreamed up creative ways to aid the city's population of roughly 4 million people, drawing attention to government shortcomings.

"Mayor" Emmanuel Assoruan also vowed to foster an online community that was "healthy, safe and rich in content".

Ivory Coast has a reputation for cybercrime, which has placed it on blacklists for websites like PayPal.

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