Gagliardone, Iginio. The Politics of Technology in Africa: Communication, Development, and Nation-Building in Ethiopia.

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This book argues that as more people in Africa get online, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly hailed for their transformative potential. Yet, the fascination for the possibilities of promoting more inclusive forms of development in the information age have obfuscated the reality of the complex negotiations among political and economic actors who are seeking to use technology in their competition for power. Hence, the author investigates the relationship between politics, development, and technological adoption in Africa's second most populous country and its largest recipient of development aid. The book places a focus on the 'technopolitics' of ICTs...

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