ERIC Number: ED441419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Global Information Infrastructure and the Question of African Content.
This paper looks at the question of African information and cultural content on the global information infrastructure (GII) and indicates how the continent can make a meaningful contribution to the development of African local content on the GII. It presents a general picture regarding development and access to the Internet on the continent and indicates that the basic infrastructure for Africa to contribute to the development of global information exists on the continent. It further examines the various ways and methods through which information with a strong African cultural content can be made available on the GII. Major problems and constraints hindering the development and use of the Internet on the continent are highlighted, and activities that are required to be implemented in order to ensure a meaningful contribution by Africa to the global information content are discussed. The paper concludes by indicating that, unless conscious steps are taken to contribute to global information, millions of people on the African continent will never access information with their own content and, even in the electronic age, will forever remain consumers of electronic information and cultural products produced outside the continent. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Information Needs, Information Services, World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/118-116e.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa