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Afro@Digital [electronic resource]

This program looks at the impact of digital technology across a broad swath of contemporary African life, examining the ways in which it affects traditional culture and considering how it can best be used to overcome poverty without falling into the trap of neocolonialism. The film also raises the intriguing possibility that computing technology is indigenous to Africa due to the discovery of the Ishango Bone, which may be the oldest calculating tool in the world; and filmmaker John Akomfrah encourages viewers to look at digital technology not just as a tool but as a mindset.
Online
2003
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Connecting People [electronic resource]: The Human Cost of Mobile Phones

From miners scrabbling for raw metals...to factory workers facing inhumane conditions...to scavengers who subsist on illegally discarded products...today's cell phones extract a social, economic, and ecological cost that extends far beyond the price tag. This program spans the globe as it shows how the manufacture of mobile phones affects both human beings and the environment. It takes aim at child labor and brutal working conditions in the mines of the Congo Republic; organized crime at collecting points for electronic waste in Norway; and the smuggling of such waste via Hong Kong to mainland China, where high-volume manufacturing turns employment into near-slavery, and where children and pregnant women pick through refuse dumps that violate international law.
Online
2010
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Kenya Races Toward Goal of Electrifying Every Household

Kenya has made rapid gains in connecting households across the country to the electrical grid, as part of a goal to achieve universal access to power by 2020. Over the past three years the East African country has connected 12.4 million people, becoming a model on a continent where half of the population lives without electricity. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
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2018; 2017