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The Promises and Perils of Africa’s Digital Revolution

– Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Exploring the potential impact of digital technologies on the African continent

This feature considers the possible consequences of rapid technological advancement on the African continent, weighing up both the risks and opportunities offered by Africa’s ongoing technological revolution.

"Across the African continent, the relentless spread of networks, sensors, artificial intelligence, and automation is driving a revolution to an unknown destination."

Noting enormous variation in how different African governments have managed the proliferation of new technologies, the author observes that the tech revolution is having a very different impact in different African countries. It is not the technology itself that is significant, the author concludes, but how it is managed and deployed.

Emerging technology is having a powerful impact on the security and stability of African states. Yet the digital revolution’s ultimate legacy will be determined not by technology, but by how it is used

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