News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 44 on 20 October 2000

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RECYCLING UNWANTED COMPUTERS TO NEEDY USERS IN AFRICA

20 October 2000

The dizzying pace of the upgrade cycle for computers in North America and Europe means that millions of computers are thrown away every year. Over a million a year are buried as rubbish in landfill sites in the UK alone. Although some African IT professionals have branded the idea of recycling them to Africa "dumping", this approach must be at least one way to close the digital divide. Tony Roberts of Computer Aid and Timothy Anderson of World Computer Exchange describe how their organisations tackle this task. "Every news bulletin carries yet more stories about information technology and how the…