I've had an epiphany. I know what you're all thinking: yes, Heather, you have epiphanies all the time - and they last approximately 5 hours - but friends, this time its different.
It's called community blogging and it's a way for community Internet access points (telecentres, Internet cafes etc) to deliver relevant local content. I've been thinking a great deal about the concept of open content but keep coming up against the stumbling block that, in Africa, we could have access to all the content in the world, but it wouldn't be useful unless it was converted into a format that was locally relevant. Blogging offers a really simple way for Internet-savvy individuals to filter through all that content to find stuff that is really applicable to the life of the community.
If we built a platform like the grand Typepad service that I use to update Hblog, but with more community-oriented features - such as enhanced hyperlinking to other people with similar interests, and services like community meetup alerts - you could get ISPs to charge a small fee for hosting the blogs and then get community access centres to incorporate these costs into the Internet users' charge. This is a lot more like the early Internet's vision of a place where users are authors as well as readers.
I'd love to hear ideas or thoughts on epiphany no. 56. Fire away!