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South African Journal of Information Management - Volume 7, Issue 4, 2005
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Volume 7, Issue 4, 2005
Author D. AugustynSource: South African Journal of Information Management 7 (2005)More Less
The past five years saw a notable increase in identity theft worldwide. With increased Internet activity, specifically in the different forms of e-commerce and e-business, more people are having their personal details transmitted and stored on networks worldwide. The improved ability to conduct financial transactions (such as obtaining credit) online has also provided a large degree of anonymity to fraudsters and prospective fraudsters. Breaching the security of a corporate network can have devastating effects on the corporation and its clients. The number of incidents where personal information is stolen for the purpose of identity theft is increasing. Fraudsters and crime syndicates use false identities to commit fraud. Knowledge workers are not well informed about potential security risks in general, which may lead to information theft and they may unwittingly follow practices that could present risks to their own information as well as to that of their corporations. In this article, identity theft awareness and the potential risks involved are emphasized by reporting on surveys and media reports on incidents which occur worldwide. It was found that identity theft and fraud occur more frequently globally and that knowledge workers and Internet users as well as non-computer users are at risk whenever their details are stored somewhere on a computer system such as with service providers or retailers. When reviewing literature about the phenomenon, it also became clear that while there is no easy solution to the problem, knowledge workers can exercise caution to protect their privacy. It was further found that knowledge workers are mostly at risk if they are not well informed about the strategies employed by fraudsters. The objective of this article is therefore to raise awareness of the risks of identity theft and fraud.
Author A. SternSource: South African Journal of Information Management 7 (2005)More Less
While contextual embeddedness, creativity and opportunity management should lead to product innovations and product success, sustainable leadership in the knowledge economy demands organizational mechanisms that protect the rights in knowledge and use them to leverage optimum benefit in the public domain. Innovative organizations need to consider knowledge management issues across the product development life cycle, to ensure that intellectual property in products and services is recognized as a strategic lever that is able to optimize knowledge-based benefits, creating sustainable competitive advantages, product leadership and new knowledge creation.
Can models for knowledge management be successfully implemented to manage the diversity of indigenous knowledge?Author J.A. KokSource: South African Journal of Information Management 7 (2005)More Less
Traditional knowledge systems that are closely linked to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity should be conserved by indigenous communities through the establishment of indigenous knowledge programmes. In indigenous knowledge systems, aspects such as values and beliefs, medicine, technology, education, communication, agriculture, food, and arts and crafts should be managed to the benefit of the community. In the new knowledge economy, the knowledge of individuals is the greatest asset. The tacit and explicit components of indigenous knowledge must, therefore, be managed efficiently. The use of communities of practice serve as an example of a means of exchanging knowledge between communities, external parties with an interest in the conservation of indigenous knowledge and facilitators who can help with the creation and maintenance of indigenous knowledge.
e-Research support services: responding to a challenge facing the South African research and information communitiesAuthor M.J. Van DeventerSource: South African Journal of Information Management 7 (2005)More Less
Opportunities for researchers to interact with their global counterparts have improved dramatically since the advent of the knowledge era. To ensure that South Africa continues to meet international standards, the South African national research and development strategy, published in 2002, invited role players to find ways of increasing economic growth and improve the quality of life of all South Africans. Many relatively small, disconnected information projects with various funding streams were initiated to meet this e-Research challenge. However, the authors see a threat to sustainability and the need for a coherent information and knowledge support system and therefore propose a 'Team South Africa' approach, with high-level participation and commitment, to overcome certain current disparities in e-Research support across the system and disciplines, that will be to the benefit of all researchers and research groups.
Author R. ChambersSource: South African Journal of Information Management 7 (2005)More Less