The number of COVID-19 infections across Africa surpassed half a million on 8 July said the World Health Organization, as it flagged growing concern of countries in the continent experiencing a sharp rise in cases.
Is China exporting authoritarian politics via its technology?
Is China exporting its authoritarian politics via its export of communication technologies?
While the world debates 5G technologies, and the US takes aim at China’s telecoms giant Huawei, this remains a live topic across the continent, too.
From internet blackouts in Ethiopia… to facial recognition software in South Africa… to the recent public embrace by Nigerian politicians of China’s own social media policies.
Its not quite as simple as that says podcast guest, Iginio Gagliardone, a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
He has written a book on the subject: China, Africa, and the future of the internet.
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