Otuonye Anthony I. , Emeka Chinedu (2017). Using ICT Policy Framework as a Panacea for Economic Recession and Instability in Nigeria. Journal of Future Internet, 2(1): 1-9. DOI: 10.18488/journal.102.2017.21.1.9
In this research article, we have developed an ICT-based strategic model for Nigeria as a panacea for her current fight against economic recession. Research has shown that Nigeria is currently in a recession with her GDP growth rate for the first quarter of 2016 at -1.5% and that of the second quarter of 2016 at -0.36%. The reduced economic activities in Nigeria clearly show in lower gross domestic product (GDP), and high inflation rate. The model developed in this work shows the correlation among the various elements of the framework including Integration, Incentives, Challenges, and Direct Positive Effects, to ensure economic benefits to Nigeria as a nation via the following channels: ICT policy, an entrepreneurial roadmap, a broadband policy, and an deployment of ICT component policy in all educational disciplines across the nation. This paper recommends a full implementation of the model for a quick recovery of the Nigerian economy and for her economic growth. The government of Nigeria should encourage the dispersal of ICT into the socio-economic life of the people by an adoption and implementation of ICT policies, including adequate investment in IT infrastructure. We have equally proved that ICT plays a complementary role in industrial development, trade, farming, education, housing, health and financial institutions. We strongly recommend that government should link ICT planning to her national economic and social planning, and the best time to do that is now.
This study contributes in the existing literature having highlighted the important role that Information and Communication Technology will play in addressing the problem of economic recession in Nigeria. This study uses new estimation methodology known as the Decision Process Theory. This study also originates new models for sustainable economic growth. It is one of the very few studies which have investigated the solution to economic recession in Nigeria.
A Common Operational Picture in Support of Situational Awareness for Efficient Emergency Response Operations
Panayiotis Sophronides , Chrysaida-Aliki Papadopoulou , Maria Giaoutzi , Henk J. Scholten (2017). A Common Operational Picture in Support of Situational Awareness for Efficient Emergency Response Operations. Journal of Future Internet, 2(1): 10-35. DOI: 10.18488/journal.102.2017.21.10.35
Efficient emergency response needs a multi-disciplinary approach which in turn calls for a high level of collaboration and coordination among the involved safety agencies. Furthermore, in order to cope with the complexity, uncertainty and dynamic nature of an emergency, flexible information and communication systems are required. Based on experiences from the military domain, strategic concepts which can improve information sharing and collaboration can be derived and adapted towards enhancing emergency response information systems and operational effectiveness. This study purports to review the state of the art in this field providing recommendations for emergency response policy makers, professionals and researchers.
The paper contributes in the existing literature by reviewing the state-of-the-art in the field of emergency response and provides recommendations for policy makers, professionals and researchers towards enhancing emergency response information systems and operational effectiveness.