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Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

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This report explores the current use and potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in tackling global development challenges, highlighting a number of specific instances where IoT interventions are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. It presents summary conclusions on what is required for the IoT to reach billions of people living in the developing world, and also to accelerate income growth and social development as a result.

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Challenges to the deployment, scale and impact of the IoT in developing countries

Despite all the exciting possibilities brought about by the IoT and Big Data, significant challenges persist The same infrastructure that enables people to create, store and share information may also jeopardize their privacy and security These same techniques can be used for large-scale and targeted surveillance Abuse of these techniques could turn the ‘Information Society’ into the ‘Surveillance Society’ , as identity management systems improve without parallel emphasis on anonymity and ownership of personal data.

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