A new campaign; FAST Africa, demanding better , faster, more accessible, and affordable access to Internet facility for all Africans before 2020 was unveiled recently.
The FAST Africa campaign seeks to change the continent’s current position which is observed the slowest and most expensive Internet in the world as it intends bringing popular attention to the issues and highlighting possible solutions.
Campaign events will be held during the first week of May across more than 30 African countries, with results to be presented at the World Economic Forum on Africa and African Union meetings later this year.
The key demands of the campaign which is denoted F.A.S.T – Fast, Affordable, Safe and Transparent internet facility is aimed at achieving some of the continent’s development goals by 2020.
FASTAfrica has been shaped by a planning group of more than 60 representatives of African groups and organizations that work on Internet rights issues in their own countries. The campaign is being coordinated by the World Wide Web Foundation, which was established by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Twenty-nine small grants were made to local organizations hosting events during the action week. These grants will allow youth groups, technology activists, developers and policy experts to host campaign activities in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda,Kenya, Burundi, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and many other countries.