Beyond Boundaries: Cyberspace in Africa

Beyond Boundaries: Cyberspace in Africa

by Melinda B Robins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325001847

ISBN-13: 9780325001845

Pub. Date: 11/13/2001

Publisher: Heinemann

This volume addresses the economic, social, and political issues surrounding the use and development of the Internet in Africa. A key conclusion of the study is that the use and development of cyberspace in Africa will erode the geographical and social boundaries of contemporary African nation-states. A pathway through which Africans can transcend the political,

Overview

This volume addresses the economic, social, and political issues surrounding the use and development of the Internet in Africa. A key conclusion of the study is that the use and development of cyberspace in Africa will erode the geographical and social boundaries of contemporary African nation-states. A pathway through which Africans can transcend the political, economic, and cultural limitations of the frequently Western-imposed confines of language, religion, geography, and political and ethnic alliances will open.

The significance of the development of Internet access in African countries continues to be debated, particularly in countries whose governments have difficulty providing their citizens with the more basic needs of health care and education. There is the danger, the authors point out, of cyberspace development furthering class and social divisions within African societies as access to computers in Africa is currently restricted to urban elites. They conclude, however, that connecting Africa to cyberspace is essential, for, as cyberspace becomes an increasingly important means of international communication, those nations without Internet access will be placed at a further disadvantageous position in the global economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325001845
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
11/13/2001
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Getting Ready for Cyberspace

Structure of Cyberspace

Linking Africa's Women

Benin and the Internet

Eritrea and the Internet

Ethiopia in Cyberspace

Triumphs and Trials for Kenya's Journalists

The Internet in Namibia

Dynamics of the Internet in Nigeria

Senegal and the Internet

Togo and the Internet

The Internet and Zambia

The Future of Cyberspace in Africa

Index

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