The idea that big data from mobile phones could have helped predict how Ebola spreads and so saved lives in West Africa, if only telecom companies had released it, seemed both powerful and out of sync at a gathering of Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff last week.
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MasterCard Inc (MA.N) has doubled the number of its cards to about 100 million in the Middle East and Africa in the past three years, where it has begun setting up partnerships with governments to provide access to its payments system. "This is the fastest growing region," Michael Miebach, president, Middle East and Africa for MasterCard worldwide, told Reuters. In March, the world's second biggest debit and credit card company signed an agreement with the Egyptian government to issue digital identification cards with built-in payment devices to 54 million Egyptians, enabling them to pay for government fees, mobile phone bills, shop purchases and other goods and services. "We see in the Middle East as well as Africa a fairly high cash dominance.
Imagine that no one in the US, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Japan had a bank account. Actually, there is no need to imagine. The World Bank recently announced that 2 billion people around the world – more than US, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Japan combined – still lack access to formal financial services. …
Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and IT users for 2015 and beyond. Gartner's top predictions for 2015 begin to examine a shift in the age old relationships between man and machine due to the emergence of digital business.
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