Will China’s Investments Reshape Africa’s Internet? – China Digital Times (CDT)


The following post is republished from the Power3.0 blog, with permission:

The Imitation Game: Will China’s Investments Reshape Africa’s Internet?

by Emeka Umejei

At the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, delegations from fifty-three African countries gathered in Beijing, where the Chinese government pledged to support African countries in building smart cities; enhancing the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) in safeguarding public security, counter-terrorism, and fighting crime; and expanding African countries’ efforts to uphold information security. These activities can sound uncontroversial, even commendable; but what implications do they hold for democratic freedom on the African continent?

A starting point for this question is…

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