Thursday, 14 January 2010

Africa Needs Strong ICT Policies

Thanks to a Denise Nicholson (aca2k) tip-off, Afro Leo has come across this article (Africa Needs Strong ICT Policies) which strikes a chord with this blog. The author, Joseph Musakali who teaches at the school of information sciences at Moi University in Kenya, describes how the open access movement has significant part to play in encouraging debate and fostering innovation. He cites the arrival of this first of four new fibre optic cables in Africa (see adjacent pic) last year (which touch ground in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa) as a key development in facilitating Africa's knowledge sharing environment. He urges researchers and scientists to petition their governments to put ICT (Information and Communications Technology) policies in place. Blogging is of course a direct beneficiary of such technology. (photo source:

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