Abstract - The Information Society 14(4)

Information Access in Africa: Problems with Every Channel

William Wresch

Every information channel within Africa is restricted. Limited budgets cause televison stations to produce few shows of their own and to fill airtime with cheap American imports -- imports that are often at odds with local cultural values. Book production is complicated by high production costs. The computer database industry is miniscule by US standards. The World Wide Web opens a new forum for information access, but is complicated by high phone charges.

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