13 Jun 2012
TA42 – Internet Cafes in Ghana
Jenna Burrell is Assistant Profesor at the School of Information in Berkley and recently wrote a book about Internet Cafes in Ghana. During her seven year on-and-off fieldwork, she focused on the interesting topic of spamming and internet scams from youth groups in these african internet cafesy.
In this interview we take a look at the klischees against african internet users and how they acted as a self full filling prophecies that lead to the widespread of internet scams in Ghana. The internet is not so global and egalitarian after all, if live in the wrong place.
- Jenna Burrell. 2012. Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Caf’s of Urban Ghana (Acting with Technology). MIT Press.
this book on amazon
- Audio Recording from Jenna about her book
- Video from Jenna about her book
- Jenna’s blog
- Jenna on twitter @jennaburrell
- Jenna’s CV
- the blog All Africa
- undersea cable map
- homepage for the book
- WP: Network Neutrality
- WP: Internet Fraud
- Ethnography Matters
- blogpost about Ethnography Matters on the school of information blog
- TA19 – African Hackerspaces interview with programmer from Ushahidi
UPDATE: a good explanation of the global distribution of internet access can one find in this comprehensive ARTE Video (german):