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By James T. Murphy, P?draig Carmody

Africa’s info Revolution was lately introduced as the 2016 prizewinner of the Royal Academy for in another country Sciences - congratulations to the authors James T. Murphy and Padraig Carmody!

Africa’s details Revolution offers an in-depth exam of the improvement and monetary geographies accompanying the speedy diffusion of recent ICTs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Represents the 1st book-length comparative case examine ICT diffusion in Africa of its kind
  • Confronts present details and conversation applied sciences for improvement (ICT4D) discourse through supplying a counter to mostly positive mainstream views on Africa’s customers for m- and e-development
  • Features comparative examine according to greater than two hundred interviews with companies from a producing and repair in Tanzania and South Africa
  • Raises key insights concerning the structural demanding situations dealing with Africa even within the context of the continent’s contemporary monetary development spurt
  • Combines views from financial and improvement geography and technological know-how and know-how stories to illustrate the ability of built-in conceptual-theoretical frameworks
  • Include maps, pictures, diagrams and tables to focus on the innovations, box learn settings, and key findings

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Through our focus on e-business and immanent forms of development, this book seeks to move the debate over the “power” of ICTs beyond the scope of the imminent and into deeper questions regarding the long-term implications for Africa’s development and its positionality in the world system. Before delving into the specific links between ICTs, business, and development in Africa, we first situate our analysis within the meta-discourse and governance strategies that have accompanied the rise of the global information economy that we describe below.

Furthermore, according to one small to medium-sized enterprise in Tanzania, “transactive or fully integrated webbased e-commerce … won’t work here because we are already doing e-commerce using M-Pesa” (quoted in Kabanda, 2011: 7). Consequently, services like M-Pesa may impede the emergence of a more developed “digital economy”. The point here is not to be excessively pessimistic about initiatives like M-Pesa, but instead to demonstrate that the discourse of the “digital divide” has a political economy undergirding it, even if objective facts can be brought to bear in its support.

Ya’u (2004: 20–21) further claimed that ICTs have prompted a new age of imperialism in Africa: This new imperialism is characterised by the attempted creation of knowledge dependence in the newly re-colonised countries. It is a “soft” type that does not involve physical occupation of countries, and whose paths are mediated by the vast networks of ICTs. It is signposted by a control mechanism exerted through the WTO [World Trade Organization], which acts on behalf of western powers and their transnational corporations.

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