Folk-IS: Opportunistic Data Services in Least Developed Countries

Nicolas Anciaux 1, 2 Luc Bouganim 1, 2 Thierry Delot 3 Sergio Ilarri 4 Leïla Kloul 1 Nathalie Mitton 5 Philippe Pucheral 1, 2
2 SMIS - Secured and Mobile Information Systems
PRISM - Parallélisme, Réseaux, Systèmes, Modélisation, UVSQ - Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Inria Paris-Rocquencourt, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR8144
Abstract : According to a wide range of studies, IT should become a key facilitator in establishing primary education, reducing mortality and supporting commercial initiatives in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The main barrier to the development of IT services in these regions is not only the lack of communication facilities, but also the lack of consistent information systems, security procedures, economic and legal support, as well as political commitment. In this paper, we propose the vision of an infrastructureless data platform well suited for the development of innovative IT services in LDCs. We propose a participatory approach, where each individual implements a small subset of a complete information system thanks to highly secure, portable and low-cost personal devices as well as opportunistic networking, without the need of any form of infrastructure. We review the technical challenges that are specific to this approach.
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Nicolas Anciaux, Luc Bouganim, Thierry Delot, Sergio Ilarri, Leïla Kloul, et al.. Folk-IS: Opportunistic Data Services in Least Developed Countries. 40th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB), Zhejiang University, Sep 2014, Hangzhou, China. ⟨hal-00906204⟩

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