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Bridging Global Divides with Tracking and Tracing Technology
April-June 2010 (vol. 9 no. 2)
pp. 28-36
Ann Light, Sheffield Hallam University
Product-tracking technology is increasingly available to big players in the value chain connecting producers to consumers, giving them new competitive advantages. Such shifts in technology don't benefit small producers, especially those in developing regions, to the same degree. This article examines the practicalities of leveling the playing field by creating a generic form of tracing technology that any producer, large or small, can use. It goes beyond considering engineering solutions to look at what happens in the context of use, reporting on work with partners in Chile and India and reflecting on the potential for impact on business and community well-being.

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Index Terms:
international development, sociotechnical, networks, trade, production, consumption
Citation:
Ann Light, "Bridging Global Divides with Tracking and Tracing Technology," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 28-36, April-June 2010, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2010.27
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