INFORMATION-BASED CONFLICT IN AFRICA

  • Brett Van Niekerk School of Information Systems and Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Manoj S Maharaj School of Information Systems and Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Abstract

For a long time, the African continent was regarded as the ‘Dark Continent’.The rapid assimilation of information technologies into the African economies hasplaced Africa firmly on a trajectory that will see it compete and integrate with thedeveloped world. As nations and organisations become more information-centric, itis natural that conflicts and competition amongst the various nations or organisationswill become increasingly information-based. In this article, the authors reflect uponinformation-based conflict in Africa. Areas of information conflict that are discussedinclude censorship, communications intercepts, the use of information andcommunications to instigate violence and uprisings, and the possibility of cyberwarfare.The article shows that the use of technology to conduct information conflictin Africa is prevalent, and that it is likely to increase.
Published
2013-11-19
Section
Articles