The digital divide has a significant impact on the ways in which information across Africa is developed, shared, and perceived. This opening chapter seeks to analyse the problems and opportunities associated with the ubiquitous digital revolution, providing a cross-disciplinary examination of digital disparities inhibiting social, political, and economic progress across Africa. It also attempts to conceptualise the digital divide in an African setting. It will introduce some of the main concepts associated with the digital divide and analyse them from an African perspective. The chapter also provides specific examples of how various countries in Africa are dealing with problems associated with the digital exclusion of their citizens. This contribution also provides the justification, aims, and objectives of the book before ending with chapter summaries of the collection.
|Title of host publication||Mapping the Digital Divide in Africa|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Mediated Analysis|
|Editors||Bruce Mutsvairo, Massimo Ragnedda|
|Publisher||Amsterdam University Press|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 20 May 2019|