Special Issue "Inequality in the Digital Environment 2017"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2017) | Viewed by 4931

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marco Zennaro
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Telecommunications/ICT4D Laboratory, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Strada Costiera, 11-I-34151 Trieste, Italy
Interests: IoT; wireless networks; network data analysis
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Dr. Arjuna Sathiaseelan
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Co-Guest Editor
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Interests: networked systems for development; autonomous systems; big data analytics; Internet of Things

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Affordable Internet access has the capability of fostering development and growth by enabling access to information, education, and opportunities. The large gap between the
opportunities available to those who can and those who cannot access the Internet, has led to the concept of Digital Inequality. Despite the technological advantages offered by Internet access, such access in worldwide terms is still limited—with an estimated 3 billion people, around half of the world’s population, denied an equal growth opportunity due to the lack of Internet access.

The ICT for development (ICT4D) community, including researchers, the private sector, governments and civil society, is poised to exploit recent advances in communications and networking technologies that can close this gap. These new advances include the ubiquitous and increasingly available and affordable mobile devices that connect to communication networks wirelessly (without the extensive investment in last-mile infrastructure), as well as the development of new network architectures and solutions, such as cloud computing, software defined networking, dynamic spectrum access in TV band white spaces (TVWS), cognitive radio networks, community networking, satellite and drone solutions. In addition, advances driven by Moore’s law are helping to increase the
affordability of ICT solutions, including cheap and less power consuming networking equipment.

Scientific contributions to this Special Issue are expected in order to enrich the above-mentioned solutions, while providing specific original and valuable results of pertaining research.

Dr. Marco Zennaro
Guest Editor

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  • ICT4D
  • low cost networking
  • software defined networking
  • dynamic spectrum access
  • TVWS
  • community networking
  • low power equipment

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A Decision Framework for Choosing Telecommunication Technologies in Limited-Resource Settings
Future Internet 2018, 10(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi10010008 - 12 Jan 2018
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Remote areas with sparse population, disaster areas in the aftermath, and refugee camps all require communication that is not forthcoming from commercial vendors. Numerous communication system options are available, but with widely varying cost and efficacy. The goal of this work is to [...] Read more.
Remote areas with sparse population, disaster areas in the aftermath, and refugee camps all require communication that is not forthcoming from commercial vendors. Numerous communication system options are available, but with widely varying cost and efficacy. The goal of this work is to discuss a framework in which to consider appropriate telecommunications technology. The framework approaches sustainable development as a business, under the assumption that social/technical/environmental sustainability requires economic sustainability. The framework incorporates well known and accepted business canvas as a roadmap. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interventions are then considered in terms of their value proposition, markets, and perhaps most important for the realm of sustainable development, the key partners. To illustrate how the framework applies, we consider three case studies and then apply the resultant principles to the consideration of these ICT projects. The case studies are chosen for their diversity. Furthermore, after verifying the decision framework, recommendations are made for three ongoing intervention projects in limited-resource settings. Full article
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