Ethical Perspectives of Digital Divide: An African Case Study


  • Charles Berebon Rivers State University


Digital divide, Africa, Third world countries, Digital culture, Ethical perspective


Only social sciences-based techniques have been used in the numerous publications on the digital divide. A relatively small number of studies have also exclusively examined the digital gap from a philosophical and ethical perspective. An unequal, undemocratic, and unfair society are all products of the digital divide. In addition to raising significant discussion on digital justice, knowledge, power, democracy, globalisation, and information capitalism in Africa, this work raises ethical and moral issues and seeks to address them. This study's justification is that globalisation and information technology go hand in hand. This essay will also go into great detail about how all of these factors relate to information capitalism and how they influence Third World countries, particularly Africa. This research falls under the purview of digital culture and employs textual and critical analysis as philosophical approaches.




Seules des techniques basées sur les sciences sociales ont été utilisées dans les nombreuses publications sur la fracture numérique. Un nombre relativement restreint d’études ont également examiné exclusivement la fracture numérique d’un point de vue philosophique et éthique. Une société inégale, antidémocratique et injuste est le produit de la fracture numérique. En plus de susciter un débat important sur la justice numérique, la connaissance, le pouvoir, la démocratie, la mondialisation et le capitalisme informationnel en Afrique, ce travail soulève des questions éthiques et morales et cherche à les résoudre. La justification de cette étude est que la mondialisation et les technologies de l'information vont de pair. Cet essai examinera également en détail la manière dont tous ces facteurs sont liés au capitalisme informationnel et comment ils influencent les pays du tiers monde, en particulier l’Afrique. Cette recherche s’inscrit dans le cadre de la culture numérique et utilise l’analyse textuelle et critique comme approches philosophiques.



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Berebon, C. (2023). Ethical Perspectives of Digital Divide: An African Case Study. Multilingual African Digital Semiotics and E-Lit Journal (MADSEJ), 1(1), 67–87. Retrieved from