Internet Access and Usage in the African World: Articulating a Progressive African Centered Digital Ecosystem.

AuthorZulu, Itibari M.

This special edition was organized around a widely-distributed "Call for Papers" titled 'Internet Access and Usage in the African World' focused on Internet access and usage via people of African heritage around the world concerning issues and challenges presented by digital content development and growth. And secondly, the Call for Papers solicited papers that focus on the idea of providing a solution-focused platform for discussion particular to an African centered digital ecosystem.

After some organizing and re-organizing, we proudly present this important theme packaged in nine articles and a review of women in information technology innovation in Africa. We begin with a selective African look at the 2016 Internet Society report as it related the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

Next Tonderayi Mukeredzi presents a guest editorial titled "Uproar Over Internet Shutdowns: Governments Cite Incitements to Violence, Exam Cheating and Hate Speech" which concerns the Cameroonian government suspended services after Anglophone teachers, lawyers and students went on strike over alleged historical biases in favor of its Francophone population (the suspension started in January this year and ended in March, the longest period of Internet disruption by an African government). Third, A:JPAS editorial board member Badmus Bidemi G. in "Internet Diffusion and Government Intervention: The Parody of Sustainable Development in Africa" argues that the current attacks on Internet access in terms of legal constraints, political intimation, Internet shutdown, unlawful arrest of Internet users, and the purposeful disruption of Internet services by government agents will become more pronounced unless African nations technologically develop public institutions to compete favorably with private Internet service providers, in terms of information communication.

Moving into national politics, Oluwabunmi O. Oyebode and Adeyemi Adegoju in "Appraisal Resources in Select WhatsApp Political Broadcast Messages in the 2015 Presidential Election Campaign in Nigeria" examine appraisal resources deployed by the Nigerian online community to air their views, construe attitudinal meanings and steer public perception about the representations of presidential candidates during the 2015 election.

Then moving across the continent to Ethiopia, Habtamu Dugo in "The Powers and Limits of New Media Appropriation in...

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