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Technology and the Democratic Space in Africa A Re-Examination of the Notion of ‘Digital Divide’

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- Internet Access, Affordability And Use
- Internet for Democracy

Author(s): Muhammed Musa

A mainstream narrative is gradually consolidating that social existence generally, from relationships to work and worship, culture and the arts, construction and investment, and democratic politics are all hinged around digital technology. The narrative goes further to imply that going forward in terms of progress and development for humanity depends on digital access. With statistics readily available from agencies such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and social networks, the notion of digital divide speaks to an emergent asymmetry in which Africa is in the margins of this ‘empowering technology’.


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