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Africa, the bitrth place of mankind. But it's not the past that brings me here. It's the future. Africa has just been plugged in to broadband. And as the world wide the web grows and spreads across the continent, it's transforming all that it touches.
The small town of * in Ghana is just one of the latest to be hooked up to the globe. I’m traveling with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the web. It's 20 years since he made his breakthrough. And now the divide between the digital haves and have-nots is shrinking fast.

"I think the web is about collecting humanity, now we got the point that 20-25% of the world are using it, and suddenly the question is, what about the other 80%?"

This community center may not look like much, but it's the new frontier of this virtual revolution.

"It was little bit like going back to time when people first came across the web. We wouldn't in the early days, // anything like it's presumptuous as though how can we make sure this gets the  furtherest reaches across Africa. "

But what was is it exactly that created over the last 20 years? What does it mean? Is our wire digital world a blessing or curse?
The web dose take root in Africa as it has done elsewhere. And this would be the next continent to be reshaped by the digital revolution. but how has the web affected us in the 20 years since it was first created? And what does it mean for the future of people here, and the majority of world who aren’t yet connected?

The web is the defining technological revolution of our lifetimes. Almost two billion of us are now online. And in the 10 years that I have been studying the web and writing about it as a journalist, I've seen it take our world and shake it apart. The web has created unimaginable wealth and encouraged millions to work for nothing. It's challanged the authority and allow regimes to spy and sensor as never before. And it's been blamed for creating a generation of web adddits. It opened up new realms of knowledge. In this series, I'll be meeting all the pioneers and key-players, everybody from google to facebook, twitter to amazon, the people who helped bring about this seemingly unstoppable levelling of power, culture and values that’s having such an impact on all of our daily lives.
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