Internet freedom good for African innovation | The New Times


At the just concluded Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, a father told me a story about his seven-year-old daughter. He asked her what they had learned at school that day and she said: “I learned how to make a baby robot”. It was a largely normal answer from a seven-year-old.

But the individualism about the answer intrigued the father compelling him to probe further: “You mean your class learned how to make a baby robot today”?

Daughter: “Nooo, dad. I don’t know what the others learned. I learned about robots on the internet and I was alone.” The answer gave the father a full plate of food for thought.

A curious seven-year-old meets the internet and sets out to have her questions answered; questions the father may never have taken seriously just like any parent taking their kids…

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