Digital platforms in the global south: Foundations and research agenda

Kari Koskinen, Carla Bonina*, Ben Eaton

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Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference article in proceedingsScientificvertaisarvioitu

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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.

OtsikkoInformation and Communication Technologies for Development. Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D
Alaotsikko15th 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
ToimittajatPetter Nielsen, Honest Christopher Kimaro
ISBN (painettu)9783030183998
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2019
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaInternational Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries - Dar es Salaam, Tansania
Kesto: 1 toukok. 20193 toukok. 2019
Konferenssinumero: 15


NimiIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (painettu)1868-4238


ConferenceInternational Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
KaupunkiDar es Salaam


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