Welcome to the Geonet project

The GEONET project at the Oxford Internet Institute investigates the geographies, drivers, and effects of Sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging ‘information economies.’ It asks whether these economies represent a new era of development, and how information and communication technologies impact on older processes of dependence, underdevelopment, and economic extraversion.

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has traditionally been characterised by stark barriers to telecommunication and flows of information. Rates for long distance phone calls throughout Sub-Saharan Africa used to be some of the highest in the world. Internet costs and speeds similarly were out of the reach of all but the most privileged citizens. However, in the last few years, there have been radical changes to SSA’s international connectivity. Fibre-optic cables have been laid throughout the continent and there are now about one hundred million Internet users and over seven hundred million mobile users in the region.

This rapid transformation in the region’s connectivity has encouraged politicians, journalists, academics, and citizens to speak of an ICT-fuelled economic revolution happening on the continent. However, while much research has been conducted into the impacts of ICTs on older economic processes and practices, there remains surprisingly little research into the emergence of a new informationalised economy in Africa. It is now that we need empirical research to understand precisely what impacts are observable, who benefits, and how these changes match up to our expectations for change.

Latest Blog Posts from the Geonet Project

Call for papers: Digital Work in the Planetary Market (AAG 2020)

Call for papers: Digital Work in the Planetary Market (AAG 2020)

Call for papers: Digital Work in the Planetary Market Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers Denver, Colorado April ...
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Coming soon... The Gig Economy A Critical Introduction

Coming soon… The Gig Economy A Critical Introduction

I’m very happy to announce the first sharable details about my new forthcoming book (co-authored with Jamie Woodcock). The book ...
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Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives (second edition) now out!

Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives (second edition) now out!

I’m thrilled to announce that the second edition of Society and the Internet is now out!! The book has been ...
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Join the Fairwork research team. The project is hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher.

Join the Fairwork research team. The project is hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher.

Postdoctoral Researcher Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford Grade 7: £32,236 – £39,609 p.a. Our colleagues over at the ...
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Mapping the Availability of Online Labour in 2019

Mapping the Availability of Online Labour in 2019

In previous blog posts, we’ve mapped the availability of online labour in  [1] and in [2] using the data provided ...
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The Digital Knowledge Economy Index: Mapping Content Production

The Digital Knowledge Economy Index: Mapping Content Production

The Geonet team has a new paper out: Ojanperä, S., Graham, M., and Zook, M. 2019. The Digital Knowledge Economy ...
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Background to the GeoNet Project

Introducing Geonet

Geonet publications

Mapping

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Funding

This is a five-year project, funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.

LOGO-ERC

Horizon2020