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Africa goes digital: where and how?
The impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Africa’s political culture and civil society development in the recent decade has been profound. The number of people having Internet access has grown tenfold since 2005. Over 63% of Africans have mobile phones and, over the last five years, sub-Saharan Africa has been the world’s fastest growing mobile access region. In the last decade the increase in mobile phone usage has been around 350%, and it is estimated that mobile services will reach 725 million unique subscribers by 2020. Moreover, the number of technology hubs across the continent has reached 300+ and doubled in less than a year.
With such vibrant development in the digital domain, ICT solutions have the potential to generate change in Africa’s public sphere.