There’s a 2.0 form of colonialism happening under our very eyes.
The old altruism excuse
There’s a 2.0 form of colonialism happening under our very eyes. Facebook, for example, has been setting its foot on developing countries for a while now. Ever heard of Free Basics? It's one of their first projects to offer access to a small selection of data-light websites in countries with connectivity issues. Not a surprise: it was banned in India in 2016 after a lot of protests. It actually determines which websites users can or cannot access and, guess what: Facebook is the homepage.
Zuckerberg’s team has another related project named 2Africa. A “mission”, as they call it. They’re installing undersea fiber optic cables around the whole continent. Dan Rabinovitsj, their vice president of connectivity, thinks that’s “one of the most exciting things” he’s seen in a long-time. Civilians have been quite silent about it this time, but not because they don’t have an opinion. It looks like many civil society groups in the continent are financed by Facebook itself. Ironic, right?
Well, it seems like the missionary-like good guys from up North are going to save the world again.
Starting with some research
Who is buying your software?
The GDP is one interesting way of seeing countries’ data economies and potential opportunities for the tech sector, but how can we measure the exchange of data technology between them?
Let's have a look at imports and exports of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) per country, which translates not only into integration of telecommunications and computers, but also every tech service like company software, cybersecurity and data storage.
In today's research, we’ve found it interesting to highlight the countries that import ICT services the most. Some surprising and relevant conclusions:
- Ireland, Switzerland and Denmark: small countries, but big consumers;
- Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar: low exports rates, significant imports;
- India and China: quite a potential to grow considering population numbers.
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