> Given that only about 30% of the South African population has home
> electricty, then the dream of using the Internet to "leap-frog" over things
> like the "book famine" etc. must obviously be cautionary.
Don't take as precondition that an area must be wired for electricity
before any inhabitant can go online to the Net. As example, there
is a homeless gentleman in Los Angeles or thereabouts who has a laptop,
a modem, a cell-phone and an Internet account. It's a matter of priorities.
If some villagers could swear off cigarettes, they might save up enough
for a useful connection.