Special Issue "Digital Society Challenges in Developing Countries"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart System Infrastructure and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. José Antonio Álvarez Bermejo
Guest Editor
Department of Information Technology, University of Almeria, Cañada de San Urbano, 04120, Almería, Spain
Interests: supercomputing; cryptography and sensor networks; IoT; cybersecurity; smart systems
Dr. Angel Jesus Varela-Vaca
Guest Editor
University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain
Interests: cybersecurity; risk management; business process management; model-driven engineering; variability; software procuct lines

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Technology, in general terms, is developed, implemented, and applied differently depending on the country in which it is developed. One factor that also affects the evolution of technology and its acceptance is the set of policies and the (digital) society on which they are applied. Of particular interest is the development and application context when involving technology that breaks isolation and promotes interconnectivity.

New communication technologies are opening up new challenges, such as cyber security in developing countries, where there are different levels of protection, risks and response capacities than in developed countries. Therefore, the implementation of technologies and their application cannot be carried out under the same conditions.

Topics of interest include how to apply the technology in developing countries and assume what the new challenges are, for example, when it comes to managing water (Internet of Water), integrating new technologies in schools, caring for the elderly with devices in the home, what challenges society faces, and what infrastructure it would need, or how to develop government policies to protect the country and not depend on other countries (National Security Scheme), cyberterrorism, protection of critical infrastructures, crime detection in the, for example, Latin network, challenges in the deployment of 5G, etc.

This Special Issue aims to identify the challenges for these countries to be considered safe and enjoy IOT, integration of society with ICT, etc. (in the classroom, at work, and at home). We would like to gather researchers from different disciplines and methodological backgrounds to discuss new ideas, research questions, recent results, and future challenges in this emerging area of research and public interest. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced communications network infrastructures
  • Evolution of internet basic services
  • Internet of Things
  • Netted peripheral sensors
  • Industrial internet
  • Big data, open data and analytical tools
  • Cyberphysical systems
  • Artificial and augmented intelligence
  • Augmented reality
  • Smart mission-critical system architectures
  • Smart terminals and applications
  • Cyber security compliance
  • Privacy compliance
  • Trust compliance
  • Technical quality of basic services
  • Smart mobility and transportation systems
  • Smart energy systems
  • Smart living places
  • Smart healthcare systems
  • Smart systems for public security and safety
  • Smart social assistance systems
  • Smart geo-information and environmental monitoring systems
  • Smart information–communications–knowledge delivery social systems
  • Smart learning systems
  • Smart manufacturing lines
  • Smart financial, payments, and insurance systems
  • Smart leisure systems
  • Smart systems for cultural heritage conservation and fruition
  • Smart city
  • Application of new socioeconomic systemic models for net-living
  • Subjective human and social factors for well-being through net-living
  • Social inclusion and cohesion enabling approaches
  • Quality of experience

Prof. Dr. José Antonio Álvarez Bermejo
Guest Editor

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  • Network infraestructures
  • Digital society
  • Security issues in developing countries
  • Agrofood
  • Social implications
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cyberphysical systems
  • National policies
  • Cultural heritage and technology
  • Interconnected industries

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A Survey of Defensive Measures for Digital Persecution in the Global South
Future Internet 2020, 12(10), 166; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12100166 - 29 Sep 2020
This paper examines the phenomenon of digital persecution in the Global South and evaluates tools that defend against it. First, the paper explains the nature of persecution and its digital incarnation. It then provides a contextual overview of real-world instances of digital persecution [...] Read more.
This paper examines the phenomenon of digital persecution in the Global South and evaluates tools that defend against it. First, the paper explains the nature of persecution and its digital incarnation. It then provides a contextual overview of real-world instances of digital persecution in seven Global South countries. The possible defensive technologies against censorship and surveillance are discussed. The article goes on to discuss barriers to technology adoption in the Global South, explains the security implication of these difficulties, and examines the role that human computer interaction (HCI) metrics could play in overcoming these challenges. Finally, the paper surveys the viability of sixteen security tools in a Global South context. The survey results were mixed, with 37.5% of the reviewed tools being deemed to be inviable for use in the Global South to defend against persecution. Prescriptive recommendations are provided for creating security tools that are universal, simple, and effective. Full article
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