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Afric@online – empowerment or exploitation?

Hosted by Deutsche Welle
Tuesday, June 23 / Plenary Chamber

As most digital markets become saturated, all eyes are on Africa. In their eagerness to generate the next two billion users, international companies are striving to get all Africans online. Sometimes, however, their initiatives contain only a limited selection of Internet services.

What is the motivation behind that? In which ways do their initiatives constitute a benefit for the population? How is foreign influence shaping Africa’s digital future? Are people being connected or are they being transformed into digital resources? Is this a chance for Africa to take part in a global discussion or is it merely about likes, posts and shares?

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