4 December 2013

South Africa: Free Tshwane Wi-Fi - Unlocking the Internet for Low-Income Communities


Project Isizwe, a new initiative from Alan Knott-Craig Jr, seeks to bridge the great digital gap, bringing the Internet, with its cat memes, Zwelinzima Vavi Twitter rants and yes, the best of Daily Maverick to those South Africans struggling to connect.

An initial stage of the project was unveiled in Pretoria last week. Quite the Dezemba bonus for the Capital.

In a recent column for TechCentral, Nafisa Akabor writes about her addiction to the Internet. Unlike the increasing number of columns and books decrying our over-connectedness to the Internet, Akabor is unrepentant about her compulsive use of the medium.

"I've been accessing the Internet for the past 15 years, which is exactly half of my time on this planet. To me, being online or being connected is part of life. It's part of my daily routine from the moment I wake up - with my phone being the first thing I look at," she writes.

And to back up the way she uses the Internet, she quotes Sir Tim Berners-Lee, British inventor of the World Wide Web: "The Internet has no 'off switch'."

While there could be an argument made for the psychological effects of a constantly...

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