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Information and Communication Technologies for African Development: Proportional Technologies and an Ethics of Uses

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How can the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) be harnessed to reach the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? This has been the key question in academic debates and various international forums. The debate is no longer focused on the issue of access, of bridging the digital divide, as was the case at the turn of the century. Although the technological divide remains in its various forms between developing and developed worlds, between Africa and the West, Western technologies have increasingly found their way into the “black continent”. For instance, whereas Africa counted only 2 million mobile phone subscribers in 1998, the data released by the firm Informa Telecoms & Media indicate that the number reached 695 million in 2012.

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Kamga, O., Cishahayo, F. (2013). Information and Communication Technologies for African Development: Proportional Technologies and an Ethics of Uses. In: Servaes, J. (eds) Sustainable Development and Green Communication. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137329417_6

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