Our main assignment for the term was to create a research proposal that combined rural and urban populations. My group’s research proposal focused on how agriculture workers— including vendors, farmers and intermediaries — use their mobile phones. Other groups researched collaboration tools for students, mobile libraries, and intergenerational perceptions of mobile technologies.
The process of creating a research proposal and submitting it for final approval is a very time consuming process as any proposal may require multiple parties to review and authorize it and every step. There may even be complications that arise during the process such as absenteeism or delegation of authority. Issues of delegation of authority in the absences of a person in the work-flow process, such as who can be authorized to sign for what and for how long they may have that authority may also arise. Digital solutions exist for this work flow but lack the agility to meet changing needs in access control.Thus, there is a need for flexibility in changing security policies. We propose a separation of code and policy by utilizing the Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) and making use of Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) policies we can separate our workflow program from our access control thus allowing for a more fine-grained control of those policies This can help avoid the costly work of recoding when security policies change, it will also allow for a more flexible control of security policies demanded by an organization making use of this program.
refining research ideas by creating a research proposal
Our time in Ghana was an amalgam of experiencing culture, conducting research, creating a research proposal, and learning about information and communication technologies. The academics, lectures, and speakers were heavily populated in the first ten days of our visit. An average day for me would start at about five a.m. when the cacophony of bird and human sounds would wake me up. Next came a quick breakfast followed by language and culture courses at eight a.m., a seminar discussion, then a speaker, lunch, and often another speaker. Because so many organizations are located in Accra and because most things take just a little longer in Ghana, our first days were packed with formal learning.