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Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The many dimensions of Africa's digital divide
access is essential to unlocking Africa’s future and opening up the economic and
social opportunities that this global network of networks can bring. While there
has been robust growth in internet usage across the continent over the past few
years and adoption continues to climb, Africa still sits on the cusp of the
internet revolution and much work remains to be done.
With Tunis as its backdrop, the future of the internet in Africa is set to
take centre stage at the 2015 Africa Internet
Summit where ministers, policymakers, business participants, civil society
representatives and technology workers will gather to discuss the key
internet-related development issues facing Africa today. They will also look at
how different countries across the continent approach the digital
Rwanda has long recognised the value of the internet in helping to transform
its agrarian, lower-income economy into one that is both knowledge-based and
middle-income. But having implemented the standard measures, with significant
results, the government understands how bridging the digital divide is a truly
multidimensional challenge. It is not enough to focus on developing the
infrastructure to access the internet, it is also important to build the
capacity to promote, develop and host content locally.