I'm visiting Nairobi, Kenya for the Internet Governance Forum
, where I gave a speech
on how we should take care of the Internet.
It's the first time ever the IGF has been held in sub-Saharan Africa. And this gave me an opportunity to explore something that's interested me for some time – the role of ICT in the developing world
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I am very passionate about the role that ICT can play in stimulating Europe's economy. I am convinced that it can lift our economies, and provide smart, high-end jobs for the next generation.
But I'm equally convinced that it can do the same in the developing world. Supporting development has always included investing in infrastructure, which has historically meant things like the water supply, roads, electricity networks, or human capital. But in the modern world ICT is essential infrastructure
too, without which our economy cannot function.