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African Languages and Information and Communication Technologies: Literacy, Access, and the Future

Author: Donald Z. Osborn
Organisation: Bisharat, Ltd.
Publish Date: 2006
Country: Africa
Sector: Technology
Language: English
Tags: African Languages, Information, Communication Technologies

Discussion of the “digital divide” – the uneven distribution of computers and internet in favor of certain regions and groups – has become commonplace in the discourse on global expansion of the “information society.” Quite apart from assumptions regarding the value of internet connections, Africa, by and large, is considered to be on the disfavored side of the divide. Various statistics like low numbers of telephone connections, lack of electrification and high illiteracy have long characterized the continent, and now are joined, unsurprisingly, by low indicators for connectivity and access to internet and computers.
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