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Cyber Space Digital Transformation Emerging and Disruptive Technology Global South

Firebreaks, firewalls, and ‘windows of opportunity’ in cyber norms (Moliehi Makumane, ORF)

The norms, rules, and principles of responsible state behaviour are not unlike firewalls and firebreaks. Firewalls and firebreaks are the first line of defence if a fire breaks out; to prevent the spread of the fire, an actual wall is erected to separate buildings or subdivide them to protect the structure of a building even if the structures on either side of the firewall collapse. It buys time, till eventually the fire is put out. Similarly, a firebreak is a gap in vegetation or other combustible material that acts as a barrier to slow or stop the progress of a wildfire. In cyberspace, both firewalls and firebreaks are important; however, a Silicon Review article argued that prevention offered by a firewall sometimes fails so a firebreak is also required: Detection and response.

Firebreaks, firewalls, and ‘windows of opportunity’ in cyber norms | ORF (orfonline.org)

 

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Digital Transformation Emerging and Disruptive Technology Global South

The road to an evenly distributed TechFuture should put the needs of the Global South front and centre (ORF)

The digital transformation has been touted as a game changer for sustainable development, a panacea for improving living standards in low- and middle-income economies and lifting up struggling governments. The rising inequalities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s uneven recovery only underscore the importance and urgency of this matter. Digital technologies have allowed developing countries to implement communications and banking solutions, in some instances, leapfrogging technology generations that would otherwise have required significant traditional infrastructure investments. Mobile phones and biometric IDs have delivered government and banking services to hundreds of millions of India’s citizens and mobile broadband has become the sole access to internet for many African users. A 10 percent increase in mobile internet penetration in Africa is expected to result in a 2.5 percent higher gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.

The road to an evenly distributed TechFuture should put the needs of the Global South front and centre | ORF (orfonline.org)

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Global South

The Growth Engines of the Global South (Yaroslav Lissovolik, Valdai Discussion Club)

A common platform for economic cooperation across the Global South opens the possibility for the world economy to lower global imbalances via creating a “no core – no periphery” mode of cooperation, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Yaroslav Lissovolik.

The Growth Engines of the Global South — Valdai Club