Despite issues associated with the digital divide, mobile telephony is growing on the continent and the rise of smartphones has given citizens easy access to social networking sites. But the digital divide, which mostly reflects on one's race, gender, socioeconomic status or geographical location, stands in the way of digital progress. What opportunities are available to tame digital disparities? How are different societies in Africa handling digital problems? What innovative methods are being used to provide citizens with access to critical information that can help improve their lives? Experiences from various locations in several sub-Saharan African countries have been carefully selected in this collection with the aim of providing an updated account on the digital divide and its impact in Africa.
Bruce Mutsvairo is a Professor of Journalism at Auburn University, AL, USA. He has authored or edited 8 scholarly books including in 2019 alone: Mutsvairo B, Bebawi S and Borges-Rey, E (2019). Data Journalism in the Global South (Eds). Prefaced by Oscar Westlund, Ester Appelgren and Carl-Gustav Linden. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-25177-2 Mutsvairo, B and Muneri C. (2019). Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe. Prefaced by Tawana Kupe. Lenham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4985-9976-4 Mutsvairo B and Ragnedda M. (2019). Mapping the Digital Divide in Africa: A Mediated Analysis. Eds. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. ISBN 9789462986855.
Massimo Ragnedda is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Northumbria. Prior to joining the University of Northumbria, he worked at the University of Sassari from 2006 to 2012. During this time, he worked as a lecturer and supervisor of research, published widely and delivered presentations in several countries. He holds a PhD from the University of Sassari in Italy.