Nemo Semret wrote:
> it's surprising some would fail to see the obvious parallel, and argue
> that connectivity is a luxury we can't afford.
Richard Heeks responded:
> A nice analogy, but not one that one can easily sustain. Roads
> provide essential goods and services to African villages; computer
> networks don't. That's why it's important to build roads to African
> villages and not important to link villages up to the Internet.
I have cautioned, let the *AFRICANS* tell you whether it is important for
them to have connectivity or not! Do not draw this broad conclusion.
Suppose you think it is important and they don't think so? Suppose you think
it is not important and they think it is extremely important?
A Nigerian town (Now a state capital) did not allow the Colonial Government
build a Railway yard in that town in the 20's. Their reason? Anything that
will ferry their few girls away should be resisted! They got the Federal
Government to build an International Airport in the 80's (Not that they had
girls for export).
We may be sending wrong signals by these types of comments. Very soon, the
Internet may replace conventional Telephone; The engineers are already
working on this. Will we because we lack the foresight in the 90's, deprive
the coming generation?
Sunday A. Folayan
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