Sorry for the delay on this. I meant to have it done on Tuesday. But here goes:
After a discussion yesterday (ie, Monday) about Internet usage in Africa, I wanted to provide a written overview and some further resources about the topic. Some colleagues and I were discussing international use of social media and we looked at several blogs written in Africa. One of the major questions that came up was why do so many bloggers write in English even if that’s not the primary language of the country?
There are a lot of reasons for this that in my mind include:
- Infrastructure and access to the web
- Levels of education
- Intended audiences
- Major languages on the web
I’ve compiled a list of resources for anyone interested in learning more about this. Rather than describe each link, I’ve placed them into categories so you’ll know what you’ll find there. While some of these links are older, they still provide interesting information about the growth and evolution of Internet use in Africa.
A couple of highlights:
- Africa Internet Map
- Mobile Banking in Africa
- The Digital Gap (from the Economist)
- Opinion Piece on How People Use the Internet in Africa (from 2002)
http://www.africaaction.org/bp/inetall.html (from 1997)
What are They Doing?
Technology in Africa
http://www.africaaction.org/docs00/inet0010.htm (from 2000)
Africa on the Web (lists of resources)
http://home.utah.edu/~jwr9311/MENA.html (from 1998 )
Popular African Portals
Discussion about Internet in Africa