Thank you. I don’t really belong here, just some people wanted to see me in a suit. The people who do belong here and who aren’t are the people from Africa, and America Latina, and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, who really did the work and under far more difficult circumstances than I. I suggest—well, you seem not to have laptops in this room but when you go back to your laptop do me a favor and Google “white savior industrial complex.” A very good article by an African who has some things to say on the subject.
We mean well, but we also do good and we also do damage. Well-meaning Americans did something called the Leland Initiative, which broke networking in the indigenous networks in ten African countries and empowered the PTT monopolies. And beware of northerners bearing initiatives. It’s the sad truth.
So the approach that I kind of try to take is help people who ask for help. And I don’t have a plan for Africa. I barely have a plan for tomorrow. And there are people in this room and who I hope to have dinner with who’ve done far more than I. You know, the Machukis, the…well, there’s somebody right over there, Nancy Hafkin. But a lot of…Kanchana…I could go on and on. The Southerners who actually built the networks in their countries under exceedingly hard circumstances. I’m just a dumb geek who answered technical questions when asked. But to thank you for the recognition for a dumb geek. And, have a good one.