Digital Platforms in the Global South: Foundations and Research Agenda

Kari Koskinen, Carla Bonina*, Ben Eaton

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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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.
TitelInformation and Communication Technologies for Development. Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D : Proceedings of ICT4D 2019. Part I
RedaktørerPetter Nielsen, Honest Christopher Kimaro
Antal sider12
ISBN (Trykt)9783030183998
ISBN (Elektronisk)9783030184001
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa
Begivenhed15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. ICT4D 2019 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Varighed: 1 maj 20193 maj 2019
Konferencens nummer: 15


Konference15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. ICT4D 2019
Land/OmrådeTanzania, United Republic of
ByDar es Salaam


  • Digital platforms
  • Development
  • Global South
  • Research agenda
  • Information systems