From the fact that mtandao is a newly minted word in Kiswahili that means network – from the verb tanda which means to spread – to the signboard’s assertion that its no longer simply a matter of getting access to the internet but instead a consideration of what’s next – our early survey of cyber cafes is pointing to a far more complex scenario than initially imagined. We’ll be refining our approach over the next day or so before plunging into fieldwork proper.

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