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Issue 4 • Date July-Aug. 2012

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Table of Contents

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  • IT in Emerging Markets

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • An Award for Sticking your Neck Out

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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  • What's Special about Cloud Security?

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 6 - 8
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    Although cloud security concerns have consistently ranked as one of the top challenges to cloud adoption, it's not clear what security issues are particular to cloud computing. To approach this question, the author attempts to derive cloud security issues from various cloud definitions and a reference architecture. View full abstract»

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  • Mobile Payments in Emerging Markets

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 9 - 13
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    Mobile payments- payment services conducted via a mobile device-have been a key driver of socioeconomic development in emerging markets. Factors such as advancements in technology, socioeconomic conditions, and the high penetration rate of mobile devices are driving m-payment development in certain emerging markets. As Tom Standage noted in his “Virgin Territory” Economist article (17 Nov. 2011), it's “easier to use your mobile phone to pay for a taxi in Nairobi [Kenya's capital] than in New York.” A well-developed m-payment ecosystem has evolved in Kenya that, as of February 2012, had over 18 million m-payment users. In the Asia Pacific, m-payment is expected to grow by 15 percent annually, reaching US$3.8 billion by 2015.2 Likewise, mobile banking in Africa is expected to reach US$22 billion by 2015.3 Table 1 presents some examples of m-payment systems in the emerging economies of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. View full abstract»

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  • IT in India

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 14 - 17
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    IT in India has seen amazing growth, thanks to the liberalization of economic policies, conducive government policies, growth in higher education, and the uptake in entrepreneurship. However, unless Indian education and research (on the supply side), IT companies (on the demand side), and the government and media (enablers) continue to innovate, India might not be able to sustain its current leadership position. This article is part of a special issue on IT in Emerging Markets. View full abstract»

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  • How ICTs Affect Democracy and Corruption in Emerging Societies

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    In the wake of the Arab Spring, there's been speculation about the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to contribute to political transformation in emerging societies. Does adoption of these technologies really affect the political destinies of emerging nations? View full abstract»

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  • Group-Buying E-Commerce in China

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    Group-buying is growing rapidly in emerging economies, where Web sites have rudimentary functions and cluttered interfaces. The authors review 11 major Chinese group-buying Web sites, using case studies to provide timely guidance to e-commerce practitioners and researchers. View full abstract»

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  • ICT Trends in Brazil

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 31 - 38
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    Brazil is the prototypical emerging country, poised for economic and social growth. However, much of its economy is still tied to low-technology products and services. To improve its global competitiveness, Brazil must further develop its information and communication technologies. View full abstract»

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  • Dreamcatcher: IT to Support Indigenous People

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 39 - 47
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    The Dreamcatcher Web-based information system contains interactive mapping tools, mediated social networks, geospatial consultation services, and a security model to help indigenous people retain their traditional knowledge and negotiate with governments and development proponents about resources and infrastructure developments on their lands. View full abstract»

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  • Sustainable ICT in Agricultural Value Chains

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    For long-term sustainability, information and communication technologies for development (ICTD) must focus on reusability and scalability from the ground up. The Sustainable Bottom Billion Architecture is a technical ICTD architecture with successful sustainable replications in two ICTD projects in Africa's cashew and shea-nut farming value chains. View full abstract»

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  • Argentine IT Market

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 56 - 58
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    The growing tendency toward outsourcing IT offshore has created new opportunities in Argentina, which has experienced significant growth in IT use and development. Academic research has increased in this area as well, leading to an interesting convergence of academic activity and the IT industry. Furthermore, the government has developed policies to promote growth in the IT industry. This department is part of a special issue on IT in Emerging Markets. View full abstract»

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  • Ginga Middleware and Digital TV in Latin America

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 59 - 61
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    In 2005, Brazil launched its digital TV (DTV) agenda. The main premise was to reduce the digital divide present in the country, giving the lower social classes the right to access, produce, and distribute information. As a natural consequence, a second premise stressed the generation of local IT jobs and companies in support of this effort. It was under these requirements that Ginga, the ITU-T DTV middleware system, was conceived. This department presents Ginga and its role in the socioeconomic development of Latin-America. It is part of a special issue on IT in Emerging Markets. View full abstract»

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  • Who Owns Applications?

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  • Masthead

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