This paper will focus on the challenge of growing the Internet in Africa from multiple perspectives. These perspectives include:
- Internet governance;
- access to orbital slots and space-based electromagnetic frequency spectrum;
- language diversity and
- governance structures.
I conclude that a significant overhaul of governance structures and organisational arrangements is needed to ensure effective African participation in the Internet economy and equitable access to scarce global resources.
To adequately address the perspectives mentioned above, I will narrow my scope to focus on two of these issues: first, access to orbital slots and space frequencies, and second, Internet governance.
This paper provides the basis for an African dialogue. The conversation should focus on the areas detailed in this paper and the extended topics listed above. African policy institutions with an understanding of the context, the continent and the topics at hand will need to lead this process.
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