News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 49 on 24 November 2000

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DIGITAL GROWTH IN AFRICA - THINGS GOVTS CAN DO FOR FREE OR NEARLY FREE

24 November 2000

The digital divide is almost an unhelpful term. The divide in this area simply reflects the social and economic divides that already exist throughout societies, especially in Africa. The new technologies have the capacity to transform economic and social processes. But do those who are promoting these transforming effects through things like the G8 Dot Force have the courage to say to African politicians that the magic will only work if they play their part? The transformation will only come about if they take a number of steps that will cost nothing or almost nothing. Without the courage to make…