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Software Studies, Rethinking Computing For Development in Africa

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Credit: ICT4Entrepreneurship

The field of computer science builds on the lifetime work of people like Vannevar Bush and the Western industry, military and government interest he represents. Most of what has been developed post 1940 is built to serve these basic interests. Modern day computing has almost wholly emerged out of a western context. The subsequent 'computing age' is thus an artifact of the same culture, embedding its values at different stages of its development.

Recognizing the historical roots of the computing phenomena, and the culture it embodies, helps us to understand its odd shape when placed in other parts of the world. Only by recognizing these points of intersection are we able to see viable alternatives.

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