Digital platforms in the global south: Foundations and research agenda

Kari Koskinen, Carla Bonina*, Ben Eaton

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Abstract

Digital platforms have become integral to many of the everyday activities that people across the globe encounter in areas like transportation, commerce and social interactions. Research on the topic has largely concentrated on the general functioning of these platforms in terms of platform governance, business strategies and consumer behaviour. Despite their significant presence in the global South, the developmental implications of digital platforms remain largely understudied. In part, this is because digital platforms are a challenging research object due to their lack of conceptual definition, their spread across different regions and industries, and their intertwined nature with institutions, actors and digital technologies. The aim of this paper is therefore twofold: to provide a conceptual definition of digital platforms, and to identify research strands in international development contexts. To do so, we draw from digital platforms literature, differentiate between transaction and innovation platforms and expose their main characteristics. We the present four strands in the form of research questions, illustrated with concrete examples, that can assist to pursue relevant studies on digital platforms and international development in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation and Communication Technologies for Development. Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D
Subtitle of host publication15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1–3, 2019, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsPetter Nielsen, Honest Christopher Kimaro
Pages319-330
Number of pages12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Duration: 1 May 20193 May 2019
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume551
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
Abbreviated titleICT4D
CountryTanzania, United Republic of
CityDar es Salaam
Period01/05/201903/05/2019

Keywords

  • Development
  • Digital platforms
  • Global South
  • Information systems
  • Research agenda

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