Regulatory Imperatives for the Future of SADC’s “Digital Complexity Ecosystem”

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dc.contributor.author Abrahams, Lucienne
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-23T03:17:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-23T03:17:36Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-23
dc.identifier.citation Abrahams, L. (2017). Regulatory imperatives for the future of SADC’s “digital complexity ecosystem”. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 20, 1-29. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/23578
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7213 (online version) ISSN 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/23578
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/23578
dc.description.abstract 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.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg
dc.subject complexity science, complex adaptive systems (CAS), digital economy, digital complexity ecosystem, Southern African Development Community (SADC), electronic communications regulation, economic regulation, social regulation, concurrent regulatory jurisdiction, mobile financial services, Internet of Things (IoT), e-health
dc.title Regulatory Imperatives for the Future of SADC’s “Digital Complexity Ecosystem” en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC)
dc.description.librarian CA2017 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/23578
dc.citation.issue 20
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5219-8448


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    Articles on SADC digital regulatory imperatives, a first aid smartphone app, and a communication strategy to reduce violence against children, followed by a Focus Section on Cybersecurity.

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