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This book is the fifth in a series. It represents a collection of published research articles in several international journals between 2013 and 2014. They cover topics related mainly to one of the most perilous fields of practice; namely: the advances and use of modern identity management systems for contemporary applications.
In principle, the articles provide critical insights of how the UAE government mainly, and GCC countries in broader sense, envisage and use modern identity management infrastructure, to lay down the building blocks of digital economy. Throughout the articles, identity management is contemplated as a source of growth, with the potential to support more productive and stronger national economies, to foster innovation, competitiveness and user participation, and to contribute effectively to the prosperity of societies as whole.
To allow better reading, articles included in this book were grouped into three categories: smart government, digital identity, and identity applications. They bring in various experimented practices and portray UAE government intentions to fabricate trusted and secure cross-border infrastructure to authenticate and validate electronic identities and for different applications.
Once again and as we emphasized in previous series, these articles are distinguished from those available studies in the existing body of knowledge conducted in the Middle East. Research studies in general are normally conducted by researchers who are very much interested in the academic rigor, rather than its practicality. Also very limited information is normally exposed and distributed about government projects which are by and large characterised to be classified, which makes existing research studies lack some fundamental understanding of issues that makes up the bigger picture.
The research work in this book was written by a senior government official and brings forward key critical insights from several strategic government initiatives, management frameworks, imperative thoughts, reflections, and fundamental lessons learned. This should allow management to deepen their understanding of such projects and practices and better manage the associated risks, and fuse their lines of attack in terms of how similar projects are approached, managed and implemented. In short, the intention of this work is to support the advancement of the researched fields and contribute towards global development of knowledge in order to make this world a better place to live in for everybody.