NANO: (How) is “Africa” invoked when the author discusses data (as a place with unique demands or responsibilities, for example)?

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Angela Okune's picture
August 15, 2018
  • AO: von Schnitzler notes that engineers were required to demonstrate their awareness of the history of payment practices in a particular area and how they had gone about testing the meters. She mentions that presentations thus often included the results of field trials or pilot projects that could “demonstrate a certain local knowledge. The importance of this mobilization of local knowl- edge became most obvious in the disjuncture between international and local presenters.”

  • AO: She notes that electricity and water pre-pay providers thought that people were not educated, but, quoting one expert “in fact, a lot of innovation happens through them. If it wasn’t for people regularly subverting the meter, we all wouldn’t be here.” (687)

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