Opportunistic Data Services in Least Developed Countries: Benefits, Challenges and Feasibility Issues

Nicolas Anciaux 1, 2 Luc Bouganim 1, 2 Thierry Delot 3, 4 Sergio Ilarri 5 Leïla Kloul 1 Nathalie Mitton 4 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 : facilitator in establishing primary education, reducing mortality or supporting commercial initiatives in Least Developed Countries. 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 infrastructure-less data platform well suited for the development of innovative IT services in Least Developed Countries. We propose a participatory approach, called Folk-IS, 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 for any form of infrastructure. In this paper, we focus on the exploitation and feasibility analysis of the Folk-IS vision. We also 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.. Opportunistic Data Services in Least Developed Countries: Benefits, Challenges and Feasibility Issues. SIGMOD record, ACM, 2014, 43 (1), pp.52-63. 〈10.1145/2627692.2627704〉. 〈hal-00971805〉

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