By Paul Salopek Chicago Tribune
01/27/08 4:00 AM PT

The world's poorest continent is, not surprisingly, also its least wired. However, Web use in Africa has exploded almost ninefold since 2000, experts say. By prying open the stranglehold that repressive regimes once held on the news, it has become, in the hands of ingenious Africans, a powerful tool for democratization and even disaster relief... [more] From: