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Title: Social tech ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Csíkszentmihályi, Christopher 
Rodrigues, Gemma 
Ferreira, Elsa 
Gianolla, Cristiano 
Jardim, Cátia 
Kasprzak, Michelle 
Leclerc, Elise 
Mukundane, Jude 
Mwesigwa, Daniel 
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Madeira Interactive Technology Institute
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/621413/EU/Enhancing the Research and Innovation Potential of M-ITI through Human-Computer Interaction and Design Innovation 
Place of publication or event: Funchal
Abstract: This study presents the findings of a survey commissioned by three UK foundations on the ecosystems of ‘social technology’ (systems designed to promote social good) in sub-Saharan Africa. It paints a ‘broad brush’ picture of the ecosystems for technology innovation across the region, highlighting those ecosystem characteristics present in multiple national contexts. These include the arrival and spread of tech hubs; interactions with Silicon Valley models of innovation on; the outsize influence of telcos; the advent of social media bundles and absence of net neutrality; and implicit bias against Africans and racism in funding. The study draws upon a combination of desk research, participant observation and semi-structured interviews with 116 individuals in 32 countries in English, French or Portuguese.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1244086
Rights: openAccess
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