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The Introduction provides a framework for understanding technology change, and the ways in which it has been used by the author. It looks at how different players in the development field have sought to understand: how these changes work; some key terms like the digital divide; and the drawbacks of some of these approaches. It outlines the author’s approach to writing the book, drawing on twenty years of primary research and making extensive use of interviews, many of which were carried out specifically for the book. The book’s methodology is primarily historical, but draws upon materials from fields as diverse as economics, business studies, development studies, history, anthropology, ethnography, sociology, psychology, politics and cultural studies. On this basis, it provides a first draft of the history of thirty-five years of technology use in Africa, commencing from 1986.

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Africa 2.0

Inside a continent’s communications revolution


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