Published online by Cambridge University Press: 19 July 2021
Chapter 6 discusses how past paths play a role in present-day questions related to the digital economy. This chapter examines how past legal and other institutions have influenced the diffusion of digital economy technologies and the tension between such technologies and existing institutions. This is an issue of global concern. African countries, however, have significant issues related to colonial legal and institutional overhang that cast a shadow over digital economy laws and policies.