Kenya

  • A few great quotes from a piece on technology, Kenyan women and geek culture that all “first world” western people should read in full for its implications on their society: Techies you meet [in Kenya] aren’t trying to come up with the next Facebook or another app to share your photos. They’re solving local problems with, among other things, locally developed apps that: allow farmers to check crop prices with text messaging, skipping the middleman bring math and reading help by cellphone to village schools.
  • More or less consciously, many people still see Africa as one vast totally offline wilderness, half jungle, half desert, but that’s not the whole story. During a discussion about software and hardware costs, Clayton, a software engineer, noted that it would be wrong to think that computer are still off limits for most Africans: _Things are changing rapidly in Africa. Take Kenya for example where 10 years ago, hardly anyone had a personal computer except the expat population, and a few of the ultra-rich.