Thursday, June 14, 2007

Is Africa Ready for Google

Read as Al Kags congratulates Google's first employee, and his assessment of IT growth in Africa, and what he sees as an impediment to this growth.
However, we need to accept, Africa, that the largest impediment to our development is our cultural outlook - not the traditions and customs but the way we do business and our openness to new concepts. I recently had a meeting with a government official with regard to accessing some of the records that they have, digitizing it at my own cost and sharing the digital data with them for them to develop its use by wider sharing it. Amazingly, his first reaction was "absolutely not." Why? Because it is not done in government. When we got over that, we found that there is a huge fear with regard to what the information will be used for.
Read more here.