AJIC Issue 20, 2017

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The Issue of 20 The African Journal of Information and Communication includes a Focus Section on Cybersecurity featuring three articles: a survey of South African cybersecurity policy, an examination of South African cyber-incidents, and an evaluation of the dynamics of cyber awareness at a private tertiary educational institution.


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    AJIC Issue 20, 2017-Full Issue
    This AJIC Issue 20 provides a three-article Focus Section on Cybersecurity, and articles and thematic reports on: the future of SADC digital economy regulation; development of a first aid smartphone app; development of a communication strategy to address violence against children; the potential use of drones in land-mapping; and uncertainties in the legalities of e-commerce transactions.
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    Regulatory Imperatives for the Future of SADC’s “Digital Complexity Ecosystem”
    (LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, 2017-12-23) Abrahams, Lucienne
    This article uses a “digital complexity ecosystem” framing to delineate the challenges facing regulation of the digital economy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The digital complexity ecosystem approach, grounded in the field of complexity science – and in particular the study of complex adaptive systems (CASs) – is used to illuminate the sources of uncertainty, unpredictability and discontinuity currently present in the SADC digital sphere. Drawing on examples from three regulatory areas, namely mobile financial services, Internet of Things (IoT) network and services markets, and e-health services, the article argues that SADC regulatory bodies will themselves need to adopt highly adaptive, nonlinear approaches if they are to successfully regulate activities in the digital ecosystem moving forward. Based on the findings, recommendations are made on SADC regional regulatory agendas and, at national levels, matters of concurrent jurisdiction.
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    Development of a First Aid Smartphone App for Use by Untrained Healthcare Workers .
    (2017-12-23) Spies, Chel-Marí; Khalaf, Abdelbaset; Hamam, Yskander
    In the sub-Saharan African context, there is an enormous shortage of healthcare workers, causing communities to experience major deficiencies in basic healthcare. The improvement of basic emergency healthcare can alleviate the lack of assistance to people in emergency situations and improve services to rural communities. The study described in this article, which took place in South Africa, was the first phase of development and testing of an automated clinical decision support system (CDSS) tool for first aid. The aim of the tool, a mobile smartphone app, is that it can assist untrained healthcare workers to deliver basic emergency care to patients who do not have access to, or cannot urgently get to, a medical facility. And the tool seeks to provide assistance that does not require the user to have diagnostic knowledge, i.e., the app guides the diagnostic process as well as the treatment options.
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    Development of a Communication Strategy to Reduce Violence against Children in South Africa: A Social-Ecological Approach
    (2017-12-23) Edberg, Mark; Shaikh, Hina; Rimal, Rajiv N.; Rassool, Rayana; Mthembu, Mpumelelo
    Research on violence against children, though extensive, has not been effectively deployed for the development and tailoring of communication efforts aimed at specific national, local and cultural contexts within which such violence occurs. This article presents a staged, multi-sectoral communication strategy to reduce the incidence of violence against children in South Africa. Drawing on formative data collected through a literature review, key informant interviews, focus groups, and a stakeholder review meeting, the research team, in collaboration with UNICEF South Africa, formulated a communication strategy aimed at combatting violence against children. The data analysis and strategy development within a socialecological framework sought to identify factors at multiple levels that contribute to violence against children in the South African context. The communication strategy is designed to achieve positive social and behaviour change outcomes in South Africa with respect to the treatment of children, and also to provide an approach as well as specific elements that are potentially replicable to some extent in other countries.
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    Guest Editor’s Introduction: AJIC Focus Section on Cybersecurity
    (2017-12-23) Pillay, Kiru
    This introduction to the AJIC Focus Section on Cybersecurity provides the context for the section, introduces the three articles, and establishes the importance of ongoing emperical research in support of policy and strategy in the cybersecurity domain.
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