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Invisible UsersYouth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana$
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Jenna Burrell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017367

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017367.001.0001

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Ghanaians Online and the Innovation of 419 Scams

Ghanaians Online and the Innovation of 419 Scams

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Invisible Users

Jenna Burrell

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the growing trend among urban Ghanaian youths to interact with foreigners over the Internet and establish extensive contacts. The youth of Accra repeatedly visits Internet cafés of the region with the desire to interact with foreigners and increase their list of contacts. The cross-cultural nature of these online social interactions provides information about available literature on such digital communication and theories of cyberculture, which have been restricted by the limited socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of Internet users. An increased number of youths are also exploiting the technology and interfaces to engage in fraudulent missions over the Internet. These people are exploiting the weaknesses of foreigners and engaging in fraudulent missions, taking undue advantage of the online media.

Keywords:   foreigners, Internet cafes, online interaction, cyberculture, fraudulent mission

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