Refers to the growing popularity of “Fidonet” in Africa and compares it with the Internet. Acknowledges that developing countries may miss the information revolution because they lack national information infrastructures and the knowledge and skills required to provide the relevant content for them. Argues that global information should promote human development in areas such as education, health, social services and commercial activity. The Conference of African Ministers recently declared support for the building of Africa’s information highway, recognizing the need for African countries to develop information networks for full Internet connectivity, enabling access to the same information systems for Africa’s economic recovery and sustainable development.
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