Digital Connectivity and African Knowledge Economies

Graham, et al. (2017) Digital Connectivity and African Knowledge Economies, Questions de Communication, 32, 345-360

23 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2018  

Mark Graham

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Sanna Ojanperä

University of Oxford

Mohammad Amir Anwar

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford; School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Nicolas Friederici

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Connectivity throughout the world is rapidly changing. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Sub-Saharan Africa.The region is quickly moving from a state of digital dis-connectivity, to a state where hundreds of millions of citizens are connected to the digital economy. This rapid change in connectivity has generated a lot of hope and excitement for the potentials of an emergent knowledge economy in the region. Sub- Saharan Africa can, in theory, compete in the production of all manner of digital goods and services with anywhere else in the world. This article surveys the current state of our ongoing multi-year research into the topic, based on empirical research into a range of sectors and domains (including computer code writing, online freelancing, business process outsourcing, and digital entrepreneurship).

Keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa, Knowledge Economy, Connectivity, Economic Geography, Outsourcing, Digital Entrepreneurship

Suggested Citation

Graham, Mark and Ojanperä, Sanna and Anwar, Mohammad Amir and Friederici, Nicolas, Digital Connectivity and African Knowledge Economies (2017). Graham, et al. (2017) Digital Connectivity and African Knowledge Economies, Questions de Communication, 32, 345-360. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3190182

Mark Graham

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
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United Kingdom

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Sanna Ojanperä

University of Oxford ( email )

Oxford Internet Institute
1 St Giles
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Mohammad Amir Anwar (Contact Author)

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

PO Box 524
Auckland Park
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2006
South Africa

Nicolas Friederici

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/nicolas-friederici/

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