Last updated: 23 december, 2009 - 09:37 GMT


Internet Cafe Hobo

Barth in an internet cafe in Benin

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Nick Baker is embarking on a global journey – an ambitious multi-media project to draw a map round the world, using internet cafes and the stories of the people he finds in them to guide him to his next destination.

Internet cafes are social environments, where the virtual world meets the real world: a representation of the real world wide web.

Relying on simple chance, where will serendipidity take him?

Part Two

Nick travels to Kenya where internet cafes are informal community centres in the "informal settlements" - or slums - of Nairobi.

From there Nick travels to meet a young man called Barth in Benin - for whom a single search on the internet changed his life - he started an educational charity to help orphaned children - like him.

This visit provides him with a link to France, but with connectivity of each social hub is the journey really at an end?

First broadcast on BBC World Service on 23 December, 2009.



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  • Internet cafes are not just for keeping in touch

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