Africa’s digital gap – Big population, little access

A new nonprofit group aims to help plug Africa into the technology revolution, the Associated Press reported Oct. 30.

The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and several multinational technology companies have established the Africa Technology Forum, which will help African companies exchange ideas, establish an online information clearinghouse and development the continent’s high-tech industry.

Africa is home to more than 10 percent of the world’s population but less than 1 percent of the world’s Internet users.

African Internet users total 2.5 million, compared with 136 million in North America, 679 million in Asia and 83 million in Europe, according to he U.S. Internet Council.

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