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Video of Emeagwali: Storytelling vs. History Making
October 15, 2010 ♦ Video
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Video excerpt from Nigeria’s 50th anniversary lecture at the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris. Mr. Eemeagwali had some excellent quotes including:

“I see the internet enabling citizens to become reporters, decentralizing the media. I see technology enabling freedom of the press and democracy in Africa.”
“Democracy without technology is void.”
“My journey …

For how long can Africa’s 17 year ‘digital lag’ remain constant?
October 14, 2010 ♦ Statistics
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The 2010 Information Economy Report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently found that:
Even with current high growth rates, our calculations show that it will be 2019 before the poorest countries achieve the internet usage rates reached by the richest countries in 2002. That’s a ‘digital …

OA News: October 13-14, 2010
October 13, 2010 ♦ News
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South Africa: broadband myths, social media usage, top mobile websites. Internet vs. newspapers and writers

OA News: October 11, 2010
October 11, 2010 ♦ News
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General points on wireless in Africa, Libya’s investment in Zamtel, green energy projects still under the radar

How ADSL works in South Africa
October 9, 2010 ♦ Video
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MWEB, a South African Internet service provider, has created two short YouTube videos to explain how 1) ADSL works in South Africa and 2) how the Internet works. The animated and voiced-over videos are simple but effectively explain how international data arrives at a computer via the World Wide Web. …

East Africa and Namibia have the proper mindset
October 9, 2010 ♦ ICT Policy
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Although the red of Namibia’s flag represents heroism and the people’s desire for equal opportunity, it can also be interpreted as a fiber optic cable traversing the nation. Recent news stories out of East Africa and Namibia suggest that connectivity is on the rise. More importantly, however, leaders of these …