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The New Vision reported that today 6.4% of Ugandans (2 million people) use the internet a great improvement from 2000 where only 40,000 people were internet users. Currently, even with the expensive internet connectivity available, Uganda ranks high in internet connectivity and usage in Africa and on top of that the ICT sector has grown. Today, Ugandans are able to make orders online and a Luganda browser was launched by Makerere University last year. On the other hand, anecdote evidence shows that, most internet users around Kampala are looking at pornography websites and checking European football results. 

It has been reported that Uganda has the youngest population in world, therefore the majority of Ugandans are young people below the age of 18. We believe if government continues its focus of ensuring our young people are computer literate by improving access to computers, incorporating ICT in curricula etc we should be able to see positive results in the medium term. The arrival of undersea cables to provide alternative internet connectivity to the expensive satellite connections we currently have, we hope shall enhance and greatly improve the use of the internet in Uganda even further.

Finally, The government's efforts in the areas of rural electrification ERT phase II, bonna bagagawale and universal education shall hopefully come together to increase our internet usage.

The question is what opportunities does our growing internet population hold for Uganda's development?
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