Are we driving technology, or are we being driven by it? The scale, complexity and pace of technology create both anxiety and excitement, and a sense that legislation is the best approach to slow down the train and avoid risks. There's another way: countries can also leverage opportunities and manage risks by understanding some key elements of national strategies. The first element consists of acquiring an unbiased knowledge of the most transformative technologies. The next element involves four Digital Building Blocks to get a comprehensive approach to design digital strategies. Finally, the third element requires to measure the digital readiness. For this element, we will look at sub-Saharan African digital connectivity in terms of current stance, drivers, and cost of bridging the current mobile digital divide.