The Legitimization of Activism in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Activist Forces, Artificial Intelligence and the pursuit of Human Rights in Anglophone Africa.
My doctoral research examines how activist forces are using Artificial Intelligence ("AI") to advance the pursuit and realization of human rights in Anglophone Africa. The purpose of this investigation is to discover if and how AI (as a product of the Fourth Industrial Revolution "4IR") advances the pursuit of human rights within the African continent (or if it does otherwise). Incidental to the central objective of this research, my dissertation will also analyze and theorize the potential for AI to mitigate the “popular legitimization crisis” that activist forces face within the continent or otherwise, and how. It will then propose a “way forward” (by using the data analyzed from my field study and the theoretical contexts) on how AI (and perhaps other technologies of the 4IR), can engage both the legitimization of activist forces and the pursuit of human rights within Anglophone Africa.