Cybersecurity book coverCybersecurity: Public Sector Threats and Responses, edited by Kim Andreasson, DAKA advisory; buy it in book stores around the world or directly through the publisher here.

“Given our increased global reliance on information and communication technologies—and the threats that come with it—the time is ripe for a book that looks specifically at cyber security in the public sector across the world. Having advised the United Nations on e-government since 2003, Kim Andreasson is just the person to do so.”
— Karen S. Evans, Administrator (Retired), E-Government and Information Technology, Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget


This accessible primer focuses on the convergence of globalization, connectivity, and the migration of public sector functions online. It examines emerging trends and strategies from around the world and identifies key challenges for policy makers. Offering practical guidance for addressing contemporary risks, the book considers global trends, national and local policy approaches, and practical considerations. Suitable for classroom use, this book will help readers understand the threats facing today’s organizations and the issues that must be considered when thinking about cybersecurity from a policy perspective.

Key features:

  • Offers a primer on public sector policy approaches to cyber security
  • Explains why the topic is important, why one should care, and describes the challenges at international and local levels
  • Brings the discussion of cyber security to a higher level to inform the reader of key policy issues
  • Provides valuable insight without technical terminology

Digital divides book coverDigital Divides: The New Challenges and Opportunities of e-Inclusion, edited by Kim Andreasson, DAKA advisory; buy it in book stores around the world or directly through the publisher here.

“Twenty-five years after the introduction of the Internet, more people around the world are offline rather than online. Given the opportunities of a digital society, it is time to reassess old challenges to bridge the access gap and analyze emerging concerns towards greater e-inclusion. I’m pleased that Kim Andreasson, as an e-government adviser to the United Nations for more than a decade, helps to raise awareness of these issues and I am confident that the information contained within this volume will help to further bridge digital divides.”
– Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union


The rapid development of the information society has accentuated the importance of digital divides, which refer to economic and social inequalities among populations due to differences in access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT). This book discusses the current state of digital divides, ranging from global challenges in universal access to new opportunities for greater digital inclusiveness (e-inclusion).

The first part of the book illustrates current challenges and provides examples from emerging markets and developed countries alike. It covers digital divides facing a developing country like Ghana and the range of divides in large places like Australia, China, and Russia. It also discusses digital skill divides in Europe and the digital gender divide, which shows that there are more men online than women.

The second part of the book focuses on e-inclusion and describes recent efforts to bridge digital divides through a number of initiatives. It explores the inclusion programs in Singapore, the efforts in India to leverage mobile devices, and how a UK nongovernmental organization attempts to bridge existing gaps there. It also assesses programs in several countries that provide computers to youth.

The book concludes with a view toward the future, including challenges in determining outcomes in ICT for development (ICT4D) and anticipated new divides. It introduces the cyber dependency matrix to illustrate where countries are in their journey toward an information society and what happens as they reach higher levels. Emerging concerns include a global information divide, courtesy of cyber security and data policies.

Key features:

  • Provides new insight on digital divides and discusses the latest policy practices from around the world
  • Offers a primer to public and private sector decision-makers who need non-technical guidance for finding new solutions to seize the economic benefits of closing divides
  • Includes chapters from front-line policy drivers in the area of digital access and its impacts on the economy and on quality of life
  • Presents global perspectives and policy case studies
  • Identifies current practices while forecasting future challenges and opportunities