Ivory Coast city elects 22-year-old 'Web Mayor' who promises 'healthy, safe' online community
Ivory Coast plagued by cybercrime
Last Updated: 198 days ago
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - The largest city in the Ivory Coast has elected a 22-year-old as its new "Web Mayor."
New Web Mayor Emmanuel Assoruan lives with his parents, 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 organized a separate vote for "Web Mayor."
Amevi Midekor, who helped organize 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.
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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