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From video-chatting to working from home, one thing that's keeping us all going during this lockdown is a good internet connection.
The online world became part of our everyday lives, and how transformative it's been. Ordering, banking, educating or building a business, all from our computers and phones.
But in Africa in 2020, only four in every 10 people have access to the web.
And so tech firms are seeing an opportunity, and want to develop internet infrastructure there.
Facebook & Google are teaming up with telecommunication firms to build cables under sea, projects which aim to connect the continent to the Middle East and Europe.
Facebook's is called 2AFRICA, and would connect 23 countries with 37,000 kilometres of cable - equal almost to the circumference of the entire planet.
But what happens when these same companies control the content, and its delivery?

Presenter: Kamahl Santamaria

Guests

Larry Magid, CEO of ConnectSafely.org, an internet safety, privacy and security organization
Thulani Khanyile, founder of the Energy Decarbonisation Company
Meried Bekele, CEO of IE Networks


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