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The Shortcomings of Globalised Internet Technology in Southern Africa

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- Outcomes and Impacts
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- Internet Access, Affordability And Use

Author(s): David L. Johnson and Gertjan van Stam

Challenges: Network protocols and applications have mostly been developed in and for a Western context and usually have an embedded set of assumptions about network performance and availability. Impacts/Outcomes: web-browsing, cloud-based services, live voice and video over IP, desktop applications and software updates often fail or perform poorly in (rural) areas of Southern Africa. Solutions: Africa-based engineering research to ensure that future network protocols and applications are context-sensitive, adaptive and truly global.


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