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Mobile Money (03:06)


Mobile money is an African innovation that is catching on around the world. Mobile money shops exist on almost every corner in downtown Kampala, Uganda. Money is taken out, deposited, or transferred by phone. Banks are not part of the system.

Inconvenient Banking Practices (02:03)

Taking care of banking and bill paying used to take most of a day to complete in Kampala. Today's mobile money has changed all that. Because banks ignored small transaction amounts, most Ugandans could not open an account.

Mobile Money in Kenya (01:03)

In 2006, Safaricom introduced M-Pesa or Mobile Money in Kenya because the mobile phone provider recognized the potential. Business is booming with over 200 million euros is transferred every month. Now the banks are chasing after virtual money.

Africa's Lead in Mobile Phone Market (02:42)

East Africa's economy is fueled by the IT sector. Africa has the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world. Africa is becoming an exporter of technology and innovations.

Rwanda: High-Tech State (02:31)

Rwanda's government wants Rwanda to be a high-tech state. Broadband cable will connect the small state to the global high-speed data highway. A total of 6,000 km of cable is being laid by hand.

Broadband for the Masses (02:08)

Off the coast of East Africa, 15,000 km of submarine cable have been laid. There is a push on the last few km. This system will connect East Africa with Europe and SE Asia. African governments fear free access to information.

Rwanda's Strategy for IT Success (02:52)

Rwanda's President Kagame has pushed the country towards progress. His strategy is called Vision 2020. He wants Rwanda to change from a state of small farmers into a pioneer of IT development.

IT and AIDS Prevention (04:45)

Rwanda's TRACnet system allows AIDS patients' data quickly and easily via mobile phone to the center in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. Fifty AIDS facilities are connected in the network. Pregnant women are monitored via the system to prevent the spread of AIDS during birth.

Who Gains and Who Loses (03:32)

Though large companies profit from the mobile phone boom in Africa, many small businesses that offer a variety of cell phone services can to make good money. Farmers are left with nothing.

Computer Distribution (03:24)

Through Daniel Stern's UConnect. he oversaw the distribution of thousands of refurbished computers to hundreds of schools. Now, all computers run on Linux.

Open Source Software (02:28)

From Ethiopia to South Africa a new generation of globally networked African players are using and developing free software. Open source and open data will create an explosion in economic growth in Africa.

One Laptop Per Child Initiative (03:57)

The One Laptop Per Child Initiative (OLPC) is designed to allow children in the developing world to share in the digital age. The programs are highly intuitive, making it easy to operate the computers. Corruption and cronyism are interfering with the free distribution of laptops.

African War Survivors (03:28)

Daniel Stern is a welcome visitor in a remote Ugandan village that endured years of murder, kidnapping, and rape by rebel soldiers. Stern begins his IT school project here because he believes we can all learn from these strong, unified people.

IT in Border Villages (04:17)

Because many border villages have no electricity or power, Stern equipped one village with solar power to run computers and printers. Without proper Internet connection, Stern has set up a server that simulates the Web.

IT University (04:03)

Kampala, Uganda: Makerere University contains Uganda's largest computer lab where nearly every graduate will find jobs and careers all over the world.

SMSMedia: Digital Pioneer (01:58)

Kampala's "Silicon Valley" is the center of a lively start-up culture. SMSMedia specializes in text message information services from marketing campaigns, news, and economic information, to emergency networking.

Nairobi: Blogger Hub (03:13)

A critically and politically motivated and very active blogger scene has grown in Nairobi. A network allows people from all over Kenya and worldwide to report vital firsthand information about crises and conflicts as well as natural disasters.

Credits: Linking Africa: The Future Is Digital (00:20)

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Africa has the fastest-growing cell phone market in the world, fueling the continent’s IT boom and making Nokia and Google sit up and take notice. This program examines East Africa’s burgeoning and innovative use of information technology in small businesses, health care, education, and social activism. Viewers meet the software developers and digital pioneers who are increasing Africa’s connectivity with programs such as One Laptop per Child—an initiative that brings hope to an area ravaged by civil strife. The video also looks at the mixed feelings of uneasy governments that see the Internet as both potential spark for an Arab Spring–style uprising and a lucrative way to bring their countries into the 21st century.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL48291

ISBN: 978-1-62102-947-2

Copyright date: ©2011

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