Africa hungry for homegrown online content

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(CNN) — Things have never been more exciting in Africa than they are now. The continent’s rising economy and burgeoning tech space is all anyone can talk about. At a recent South by Southwest panel, “Africa or Bust! Content, Monetization, Opportunity,” it was made clear that mobile and connectivity is also changing the content game. Reportedly, around 140 million people in Africa have access to the internet, which represents about 13% of the population. That number is set to explode in the next few years. By 2020, internet penetration in…

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Africa is land of opportunity for Microsoft

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When Microsoft announced recently that it was starting a big push to grow its market in Africa, it cited the continent’s big growth opportunities, calling Africa a “game changer in the global economy.” Similarly, IBM, Google, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and other tech companies in recent years also have expanded their presence in Africa. As the growth of tech hardware, software or services flattens or declines in mature markets such as the U.S. and Western Europe, and markets in China, India and Russia grow increasingly competitive, many of the largest tech companies…

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‘We Are Losing the Fight for Internet Freedom’

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By: John Eggerton Continuing to sound the alarm about international efforts to sssert “command and control,” FCC commissioner Robert McDowell plans to tell Congress that aggressive action is needed to stem that tide. “We are losing the fight for Internet freedom,” he plans to tell members of the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday (March 12). “Unless defenders of Internet freedom and prosperity act quickly, boldly and imaginatively, this tragic trajectory will become irreversible,” he says, according to his prepared testimony for an FCC oversight hearing in the committee. source

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