The New Wave: Who Connects to the Internet, How They Connect and What They Do When They Connect

by Indra de Lanerolle
South African Network Society Project, University of Witwatersrand, 2012

28 pp. 5.6 MB:
http://www.networksociety.co.za/Read+the+Report

The New Wave report describes Internet use in South Africa based on nationally representative survey of 1,589 adults. One of the most exciting findings of the survey is that the profile of Internet users has changed. In spite of the poor fixed-line infrastructure in South Africa, people are managing to connect using their mobile phones. But the research shows they are also utilising increased opportunities to connect in schools and colleges, and in Internet Cafes. The author is calling this the New Wave because this change in who uses the Internet and how they connect offers the prospect of changing what happens on it – changing its content and even its purpose.

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