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Geographies of Information Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa (new publication)

A new publication of ours in now out in  The African Technopolitan. Graham, M., and Foster, C. 2016.  Geographies of Information Inequality in Sub-Saharan AfricaThe African Technopolitan. 5. 78-85.

The piece draws on some of our previous empirical research to reflect on what connectivity means to inclusion in the ‘network society.’ Connectivity certainly isn’t a sufficient condition for inclusion and equity, and we need to ask whether it is a necessary one.

Connectivity, rather, tends to be an amplifier: one that often reinforces rather than reduces inequality. We therefore need to move towards deeper critical socio-economic interrogations of the barriers or structures that limit activity and reproduce digital inequality.  The categorisations developed in the paper offer an empirically-driven and systematic way to understand these barriers in more detail.