This article is about the 5000 Kilometre long fiber optic cable known as the East African Marine System and how Kenya compares to other African countries regarding internet connectivity. The article claims that “there is no longer a digital divide in Kenya” due to the abundance of attendance at cyber cafe’s. This is something I noticed very much while I was traveling through Kenya this summer. When one thinks about the digital divide, one assumes that the wealthier people in Nairobi would be the ones with complete access to the internet. On the other hand, one would assume that the farmer living in Kisii who lives in a hut would be the last candidate for using modern technology. In reality, every farmer I met this summer A) had a cell phone that they used frequently and managed funds with, and B) had Facebook accounts. In fact, as the article states, in some parts the Internet is more expensive in Nairobi due to the huge amount of Internet traffic. The digital divide is much less prevalent in Kenya than I expected.
14 September 2012
Digital Divide in Kenya
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