Developing countries and modern information and communication technologies (ICTs): How do they go together? This often-discussed, but rarely examined in detail topic is dealt with in this book, primarily on the basis of sub-Saharan Africa, a world region with considerable obstacles to development. The focus is on internet use, which is particularly prerequisite-rich. In fact, the hurdles for a development-promoting use of modern ICTs and especially the internet are still very high there. The results of the study, which is rich in material and for which research was also carried out on site, not only point to the potential of ICT for development, but also show that internet use in sub-Saharan Africa is already diverse and is currently developing dynamically. There are considerable opportunities and needs for an expansion of the information society in this region of the world, not only with regard to the fields that are the focus of the study (democratisation, economy, education and research). Proposals on how to react to this politically and promote development through networking form another focus of the volume.