Digital Transformation: Prioritizing Data Localization

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Dr. Bilal Zaka • 25 September 2020

Article by Dr. Bilal Zaka, Head of IT Services Office at the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) University and Adviser at COMSATS Headquarters in Islamabad, Pakistan.

After years of rather stable and predictable growth of telecommunications and software systems, the last decade has witnessed a tremendous shift towards unpredictable and disruptive innovations in every field of life. Today, we are experiencing the true social, political, financial and cultural effects of what is termed as globalization, deregulation, liberalization, and convergence. Some major factors influencing this change are proliferation of mobile devices, ubiquitous wireless access to internet and increasing interventions of online or internet-driven technologies. While this digital transformation is inevitable, it is imperative that we equip ourselves to handle the negative implications of external influence caused by foreign dependencies and the non-regulatory nature of the new information ecosystem.

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