Ecommerce, in the form of online shopping and online banking, is often held up as the key to prosperity in Africa — a way of ‘leapfrogging’ past the obstacles of poor infrastructure. But there is a flipside to this convenience: the ever-present threat of fraud. Wherever money changes hands, you’ll always find someone who wants to take it away illegally, and buyer, seller and banker are all potential targets.
Google Africa has ramped up its skills programme and aims to train 1,000,000 Africans in digital skills over the next year. Luke Mckend, Google SA Country Director, talks about why it is important for Africans to be not just digitally literate, but digitally proficient.