had barely begun when the question of follow-up was raised. In order
to ensure the continuation of the projects, it is necessary to have
access to computers and an Internet connection, two major obstacles
in Senegal. Computer tools are still categorized along with "luxury
items" and it is quite rare that an individual owns a computer.
scarceness is echoed in Dakar. For instance, there is but one Internet Cafe
worth its name, the Metissacana. And the Internet has not been taken up
in different kinds of activities (art, music, etc). That is to say, cyber
culture has had a hard time being integrated into our universe.
this, is the very high cost of telephone communication, which does not
favour the widespread use of the Internet. The Societe national des
communications du Senegal (Sonatel) still holds a monopoly in the sector,
despite the timid "privatization" of cellulaire phones. It is therefore
difficult to imagine that, in the short-term, telephone rates will significantly
decrease -that is, if the State, which has a large investment in this
company, shows no political will to move in this direction.
be necessary, then, for the State to feel an obligation to act. Pressure
must therefore come from everyone for whom the Internet is a tool, such
as the artists who are participating in this workshop, and all their