The Internet Outside The West

May 11 2011 @ 8:23am

Catie Bailard did an experiment where Tanzanians were given 75 free hours of internet access a few months before their general election. She uses the findings to defend the political power of internet access in developing countries:

In developed nations, we have long been inundated with information, particularly political information.  So, I can see why we might take for granted the unprecedented opportunity that the Internet provides to access such information.  However, imagine yourself in a nation where the ability to access this sort of information has long been severely constrained, and one could perhaps imagine how this new technology may be embraced as an invaluable tool for seeking out and sharing such information.