Africa and Mapping the Digital Divide

Sandwiched between YouTube videos of laughing babies and exploding fountains of Mentos and Diet Coke, you can find a 45-second animation of Africa’s “Internet weather.” The continent is bright yellow, and as the video runs, pale red dots flicker across its surface. A voiceover with a sprightly British accent informs the viewer that the dots represent Internet connectivity measured from April 2007 to March 2008. The paler the dot, the slower the connection, and the more the dots flicker, the more unstable the connection is. While the dots flutter dimly, the voice informs us that “Africa’s performance is the worst in the world, and is 10 or more years behind Europe and the US.”

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The world is changing right before my eyes. Sometimes I don't know how I will ever keep up. There are so many ideas floating around on this internet. If only I had the means to collect them....

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