I want to note that the meat of this article is from a gentleman named John who sent me an email about the Africa Network. Some amazing thoughts have come from the readers here, those who comment and those who send me emails. Thank you for taking the time to share them.
John’s comments were under the assumption that something like the Africa Network was created, and the remark that got me thinking the most was:
Mostly in the rich world mash-ups are thought of as joining one really high-tech thing with another. But in the developing world it seems that mash-up may join high-tech stuff with low-tech.
Basically, if the Africa Network is created as intended, it would be a platform. One which would allow numerous ways of making money depending upon the situation, economics and geographic region of those it reaches. It is language-, political-, class-, and status-agnostic. The platform doesn’t care how it is used. It is just that, a platform.
John goes on to blow out a whole business idea for Africans in a poor rural area that combines the use of cell phone, radio, strips of paper, and possibly an iPod could be used to create something that I as the person who thought of the Africa Network could never dream of. The truth here is that as ingenious of an idea as John has had, it will pale in comparison with the ingenuity of “the Africa” once they get their hands on it.
Low-tech to high-tech as a mash-up platform. Simply a brilliant way of putting it. Thanks John!
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