Africa 3.0: Technology and Media in Africa

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In June 2010, I had the pleasure of presenting at Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM)'s first Conversation. My task was to comment on the state of/ future of media, technology, and access to …

In June 2010, I had the pleasure of presenting at Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM)'s first Conversation. My task was to comment on the state of/ future of media, technology, and access to information on the continent. A fairly sizable task to accomplish in a 10-minute presentation.

The best part about the opportunity was that not only was I able to talk about the state of technology on the continent, but I was able to actually demonstrate it. I was fortunate enough to be in Kampala and have access the Appfrica Labs/Hive Colab working spaces. There was adequate bandwidth for me to do the presentation over Skype using screen share.

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  • 1. http://projectdiaspora.org 1 Saturday, July 10, 2010 1
  • 2. The Empowered Billion technology + media in Africa 2 Saturday, July 10, 2010 2
  • 3. 3 Saturday, July 10, 2010 3
  • 4. London England Marseille Vigo France Spain Sesimbra Portugal Asilah Morocco a d s vist slan Altanary I Ca Fujairah ia an United Arab rit Emirates au M on tow ie, iss ia ega tt, o Mumbai ee ak a-B m en ch l Port Sudan India on e a S ak Sudan C uin e G kar, ou N ne n, G au b ia Leo er ea Massiwa Si n me ana e G Th a ui Eritrea ir ib ra D pe Verde ra,G D'Ivo er Cochin r n o ni og India ote ,L Be eria h Djibouti ,T via u, ig n,C no , N eri a n ro Fr to gos rou Nig ija me Acc Lo o a a C L y, Ab M nn ,C Bo ala D ou Mogadishu bon Somalia , Ga e vile Libr Mombasa Kenya Pointe Noir, Congo Dar Es Salaam Tanzania Cacua co,Ang ola Lua nda ,An gola Tamatave Madagascar Baie du Jacobet Mauritius Maputo St Paul Mozambique Reunion Mtunzini South Africa Melkbosstrand South Africa African Undersea Cables (2011) http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables Version 17 - Jul 2009 4 Saturday, July 10, 2010 4
  • 5. London England Marseille Vigo France Sub-Saharan Cables Spain Sesimbra Portugal Gigabits SAT3/SAFE Asilah Morocco 340 a ds vist slan Altanary I a Fujairah ia C TEAMS an United Arab 1280 rit Emirates au M on tow ie, iss ia ega tt, o Mumbai ee ak -B m en ch l Port Sudan India Fr on ea a S ak Sudan C uin e G kar, ou N e on SEACOM via , S uin u b , L ier ea n G a 1280 ria Le Massiwa Lo ,Ghana oire G Th a Eritrea ibe ra D ape Verde v D'I Cochin r in o n og India te Be ria Djibouti ,T ,Co u, ige no , N me a un ra eri ro ijan to gos Nig ero Acc Co La am Lion ny, la, C Ab M Bo n Do ua n Mogadishu 1300 abo Somalia e, G evil Libr Mombasa EASSy 1400 Kenya Pointe Noir, Congo Dar Es Salaam Tanzania Cacua co,Ang ola Lua ACE nda 1920 ,An gola Tamatave Madagascar Baie du Jacobet Mauritius MaIN OnE 1920 Maputo St Paul Mozambique Reunion Mtunzini South Africa Melkbosstrand South Africa African Undersea Cables (2011) GLO-1 2500 http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables Version 17 - Jul 2009 WACS 5120 Total Designed Cap. 17060 5 Saturday, July 10, 2010 5
  • 6. One Billion Strong 6 Saturday, July 10, 2010 6
  • 7. One Billion Strong 1,000,000,000 7 Saturday, July 10, 2010 7
  • 8. One Billion Strong 1,000 1000 750 1,000,000,000 500 450 53 countries 300 250 Total Africa Under 15 US Population 8 Saturday, July 10, 2010 8
  • 9. One Billion Strong 1,000 1000 750 “the cheetah generation” 500 450 George B.N. Ayittey 300 250 Total Africa Under 15 US Population 9 Saturday, July 10, 2010 9
  • 10. Mobile Subscriptions 10 Saturday, July 10, 2010 10
  • 11. Mobile Subscriptions 450,000,000 11 Saturday, July 10, 2010 11
  • 12. Mobile Subscriptions 80 60 450,000,000 40 Mobile Subscribers 20 0 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 12 Saturday, July 10, 2010 12
  • 13. Mobile Subscriptions 80 450,000,000 60 Mobile Subscribers 40 12% growth 20 through 2013 0 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 13 Saturday, July 10, 2010 13
  • 14. 14 Saturday, July 10, 2010 14
  • 15. Online Participation 15 Saturday, July 10, 2010 15
  • 16. Online Participation 67,000,000 16 Saturday, July 10, 2010 16
  • 17. Online Participation Uganda 2.5 Rest Egypt 17.0 13.5 67,000,000 CAR 0.2 Kenya 3.4 Africans on internet SA 5.0 Zim Nigeria 1.4 24.0 SA Zim Nigeria CAR Rest Uganda Egypt Kenya 17 Saturday, July 10, 2010 17
  • 18. Online Participation 67,000,000 Africa 4% Africans on internet 3.9% Rest of World Of global internet traffic 96% 18 Saturday, July 10, 2010 18
  • 19. The Connected Palm 19 Saturday, July 10, 2010 19
  • 20. The Connected Palm Within 5 years, the device in the palm of your hand... 20 Saturday, July 10, 2010 20
  • 21. The Connected Palm Within 5 years, the device in the palm of your hand... is going to be indistinguishable from a laptop by functionality -Brian Herlihy SEACOM CEO 21 Saturday, July 10, 2010 21
  • 22. The Connected Palm 22 Saturday, July 10, 2010 22
  • 23. The Connected Palm Cameroon Guinea Egypt Ivory Coast Niger South Africa Mauritius Kenya Uganda Mali 23 Saturday, July 10, 2010 23
  • 24. Innovation & Incubation Labs 24 Saturday, July 10, 2010 24
  • 25. Innovation & Incubation Labs Appfrica Labs Limbe Labs Banta Labs iHub Uganda Cameroon Senegal Kenya 25 Saturday, July 10, 2010 25
  • 26. Connectivity in action 26 Saturday, July 10, 2010 26
  • 27. Connectivity in action 27 Saturday, July 10, 2010 27
  • 28. Connectivity in action 28 Saturday, July 10, 2010 28
  • 29. Connectivity in action 29 Saturday, July 10, 2010 29
  • 30. Connectivity in action 51% Households in SA without a single leisure book 30 Saturday, July 10, 2010 30
  • 31. Connectivity in action 90% of SA’s urban youth have access to a mobile phone 31 Saturday, July 10, 2010 31
  • 32. Connectivity in action 32 Saturday, July 10, 2010 32
  • 33. Connectivity in action 10,000 reads 300 comments 1,500 ideas submitted 33 Saturday, July 10, 2010 33
  • 34. Connectivity in action photocredit:http://bop.nppa.org 34 Saturday, July 10, 2010 34
  • 35. Connectivity in action Crowdsourcing Journalism Rise of participatory citizen reporting photocredit:http://bop.nppa.org 35 Saturday, July 10, 2010 35
  • 36. Connectivity in action Crowdsourcing Journalism Rise of participatory citizen reporting The Ushahidi Platform allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. photocredit:http://bop.nppa.org 36 Saturday, July 10, 2010 36
  • 37. Connectivity in action Al Jazeera Vote Report India Haiti Kenya Sudan Congo Vote Monitor Atlanta Crime Maps Wildlife Trackers Chile Earthquake Swineflu photocredit:http://bop.nppa.org 37 Saturday, July 10, 2010 37
  • 38. Connectivity in action + = Citizen Journalism 38 Saturday, July 10, 2010 38
  • 39. Connectivity in action Citizen Journalism … the 2009 Kampala Riots 39 Saturday, July 10, 2010 39
  • 40. Connectivity in action Citizen Journalism … the 2009 Kampala Riots Government shuts down traditional media outlets Uganda Witness 40 Saturday, July 10, 2010 40
  • 41. Connectivity in action Citizen Journalism … the 2009 Nairobi Riots 41 Saturday, July 10, 2010 41
  • 42. Steve Jobs February 1996, Wired Magazine 42 Saturday, July 10, 2010 42
  • 43. Steve Jobs February 1996, Wired Magazine “The Web is exciting for two reasons: One, it's ubiquitous. . . And anything that's ubiquitous gets interesting. ...There's going to be a lot more innovation, and that will create a place where there isn't this dark cloud of dominance.” 43 Saturday, July 10, 2010 43
  • 44. TMS Ruge teddy@projectdiaspora.org Twitter: @tmsruge Facebook: TMS Ruge www.projectdiaspora.org www.tmsruge.com 44 Saturday, July 10, 2010 44