You are right that Africa lags in internet connectivity.That situation needs an
urgent attention.But we need to separate presence from use.The issue here is not
whether internet connectivity exists but whether there are mechanisms for
promoting universal participation when and if it is available.
Of course,you do know that there is more to the information soceity than
internet(a new but powerful newcomer) and our soceities must take advantage of
all its forms.You may be putting too much emphasis on 'access' in the title.
Seem to me that you and your colleagues need to refocus your energies spent on
hostility to the contributions I know you can make to this most significant
P/S You must be aware of the several initiatives underway to address the primary
issue of concern to you as well,I hope.