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The Challenges Facing African Governments in Joining the E-Society: Actively Promoting Privatization, Deregulation, the Information Revolution, E-Health, E-Learning, and Universal Inclusion

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The mobile phone revolution currently sweeping Africa is nothing if not exciting. The continent boasts the highest mobile telephony growth rates in the world, and opportunity for investment abounds. There can be no question that Africa is well on its way to experiencing a communications revolution, yet much remains for African governments still to do. While a limited number of governments have liberalized their telecom sectors, the remaining states must follow suit. Those that have liberalized now must shift their focus to regulation and tax reduction. In addition, governments must promote universal access, particularly to rural areas, and e-learning and e-health initiatives: such provisions for the common good are seldom—if ever—provided by an unfettered market. They must also focus on making a second revolution happen for their societies: an information revolution, for across the continent, access to information available over the Internet remains at extremely low levels. Fortunately, Africa’s governments can take advantage of the availability and affordability of new technologies—VoIP, for example—as well as learn from the experiences of other developing countries, to meaningfully enter the e-society.

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ICT, information and communications technology, development, education, Africa, digital divide
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Hosman, Laura. and Fife, Elizabeth. "The Challenges Facing African Governments in Joining the E-Society: Actively Promoting Privatization, Deregulation, the Information Revolution, E-Health, E-Learning, and Universal Inclusion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2016-06-08 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p253255_index.html>

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Hosman, L. and Fife, E. , 2008-03-26 "The Challenges Facing African Governments in Joining the E-Society: Actively Promoting Privatization, Deregulation, the Information Revolution, E-Health, E-Learning, and Universal Inclusion" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA Online <PDF>. 2016-06-08 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p253255_index.html

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Abstract: The mobile phone revolution currently sweeping Africa is nothing if not exciting. The continent boasts the highest mobile telephony growth rates in the world, and opportunity for investment abounds. There can be no question that Africa is well on its way to experiencing a communications revolution, yet much remains for African governments still to do. While a limited number of governments have liberalized their telecom sectors, the remaining states must follow suit. Those that have liberalized now must shift their focus to regulation and tax reduction. In addition, governments must promote universal access, particularly to rural areas, and e-learning and e-health initiatives: such provisions for the common good are seldom—if ever—provided by an unfettered market. They must also focus on making a second revolution happen for their societies: an information revolution, for across the continent, access to information available over the Internet remains at extremely low levels. Fortunately, Africa’s governments can take advantage of the availability and affordability of new technologies—VoIP, for example—as well as learn from the experiences of other developing countries, to meaningfully enter the e-society.


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