All about expanding internet access in Africa via soon-to-be installed new undersea internet cables. However, in all the optimism, doubts remain. Let’s hope governments can harness this revolution and start providing information and communication technology support to their populations. There is a good chance that this type of international connection will foster grassroots economic development.

Very few Kenyan households even have an internet connection and not many own a personal computer – indeed, there are just three million internet users in the whole country, out of a total population of close on 40 million.

The statistics for the rest of Africa tell a similar story – of the 945 million people living on the continent, just 54 million use the internet.

For all the talk of opening up access to broadband, this could end up being one big white elephant.

About Siena Anstis

Siena holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Civil Laws from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Anthropology from Concordia University. She is a former legal intern in the Appeals Division of the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY and summer litigation associate with Morrison & Foerster in New York. She has worked in human rights law, international development, and freelance journalism in Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda, Syria and Kosovo. In August 2014, Siena will begin a clerkship at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 2015, she will clerk for Justice Cromwell at the Supreme Court of Canada.
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