Africa’s place in the digital age

Today’s conversation is about the much touted fibre optic cables that are connecting the last unconnected coastline in the world: The East African Coastline. The crux of the session is summarised as:

In 2009, the completion of several undersea fibre-optic cables connected Africa to cheaper and faster Internet access. The rapid expansion of broadband in Africa offers tremendous new opportunities for economic growth and social innovation. How is access to digital technologies and the Web shaping African business, government, and society? What are the risks and rewards of expanding broadband access?

Will report back on any takeaways from the session. Otherwise, the current speaker (Marc Giget, Professor and Chair of Technology and Innovation, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), France) is doing his thing in French, and I’m French-deficient.

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