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Open Source Software Use for Law Enforcement in the UAE

List of Members (starting from Principal Investigator):

  • Dr. Manar Abu Talib
  • Dr. Qassim Nasir
  • Dr. Sohail Abbas
  • Amany Abu Safia
  • Dr. Olga Ormandjieva (Canada)
  • Dr. Reem Alnanih (KSA)

Grant Source: UoS

Amount: 80,000 AED

Target Customer : UAE Governmental offices

Duration (start and end date): 2016-present

A brief description of the project (abstract):

The UAE is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the Gulf region and the Middle East. IDC expects total IT spending in the UAE to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 6.0% over the five-year forecast period, reaching $8.06 billion in 2017. According to the latest survey by the World Economic Forum: The Global Information Technology Report 2014, the UAE now ranks 24th in the world in terms of IT spending. In this research project, we look closely at Open Source Software Quality-in-Use in law enforcement in the UAE. This is the first study of its kind in this part of the world and is expected to contribute significantly to the global direction for Open Source Software (OSS). Moreover, we will be also working with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecommunications Regularity Authority (TRA) to support the governments in the Arab region in formulating and implementing national strategies vis-à-vis Open Source Software usage in law enforcement by developing guidelines for this purpose and build the capacities of top policy makers in the ministries in the Arab region i.e. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).