(Background Paper 006 )
by Africa Policy Information Center
Washington, DC, United States
July 1996
16 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The pamphlet says electronic networks-and particularly the new tools of e-mail and the World Wide Web-have great potential for enhancing global democratic access to policy-making processes; the "Internet" is best understood as a generic term, like postal system or the telephone system; the continuing growth of the Global Information Society will have profound implications for African countries; rapidly dropping costs offer the potential for leapfrogging some development obstacles; the broader issue of universal access within countries is also on the agenda, highlighted particularly by South Africa's stress on this issue at the global Information Society and Development Conference. The pamphlet discusses e-mail, mailing lists, bulletin boards and the World Wide Web. The document includes E-mail Tips and Netiquette, A Supplement to Africa on the Internet, undated; Starting Points: Africa Trade and Investment Resources on the Web, undated; and Starting Points: General Africa Resources on the Web, undated. Contents of AFRICA ON THE INTERNET: STARTING POINTS FOR POLICY INFORMATION: What in the "Internet"? • Keeping Up with Africa's Connections • Africa and the Internet • Africa Policy Information on the Web • INTERNET COMMUNICATION TOOLS • INTERNET GLOSSARY • Africa Policy Information in your Mailbox • The Web by E-mail • How to Retrieve Web Files by E-mail [Note: The three documents in this PDF besides AFRICA ON THE INTERNET: STARTING POINTS FOR POLICY INFORMATION are undated and at least one was produced later than July 1996.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the Africa Policy Information Center).
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers