Afghanistan's 'sneakernet' provides offline access to digital contenT

 
 
  Mural in Kandahar City advertising the short-lived "Peace Stories-Kandahar" mobile reporting project

Mural in Kandahar City advertising the short-lived "Peace Stories-Kandahar" mobile reporting project

Nikkei Asian Review (Print/Online) - September 2016

The crowded central market of Kota-e-Sangi, in Kabul, is a place where you can buy anything -- fresh meat, fruit and vegetables; cheap goods from China and Pakistan; even an extra pair of hands from the day laborers who line the streets each morning.

In addition to physical goods, Kota-e-Sangi has become a central node for the "Sneakernet," the offline transfer of digital content -- games, TV shows, movies, music, apps and photographs -- that exists in locales around the world with scant access to the internet.

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