Where is virtual Africa? In the heart of some deepest, darkest continent? Where could one go to escape the cyberspaces, the electronic chat rooms and virtual communities in the webs of telecommunications networks? These are now easily available in rickety cyber cafés at the high-tide-mark of the beaches of Third World tourist destinations. Ko Samui; Gold Coast; Los Islas dos Angeles; Ismir? Whatever the tags and stickers on our suitcases, it is difﬁcult to escape the reach of the Earth’s telecommunications girdle. The ‘outside’ is disappearing.