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Stephen Downes

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I'll read this article as hopeful and think that perhaps one day information technology can be the equalizer in Africa that it has proven to be elsewhere in the world, and for more than just the elite. "The potential for Africans trained in Africa to conduct science attuned to the realities of Africa is not limited to computing. 'There’s a growing interest in research, and science generally, in the region,' said Calestous Juma... The rapid spread of cellphones has fueled an appreciation among Africans for the practical uses of science and technology. And the children of the African elite are also seeing career possibilities in computing science and engineering, beyond the traditional disciplines of medicine, law and finance or the more typical scientific callings of crop and soil science."

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