With his background in strategic information systems and global technology, Texas Woman’s School of Management professor Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., knows the importance of privacy and trust in e-commerce. This expertise has earned Raisinghani a Fulbright specialist grant to lead a Digital Trust Index project in Malaysia in December.
The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission selected Raisinghani to develop the Digital Trust Index to measure the level of trust citizens have in the digital services offered in their country.
“In developing countries in Asia, Africa and much of Latin America, many people lack credit and debit cards, bank accounts, driver licenses, passports and other collateral that those living in developed countries use to identify themselves and conduct transactions,” Raisinghani stated in a press release. “Yet, these same people own mobile phones and SIM cards.
“Because of this, telephone companies in countries such as Malaysia increasingly act as intermediaries between consumers and service providers.”
According to Raisinghani, this issue is becoming more important with the rise in e-commerce, as these telecommunication companies collect, store and use the digital information of their customers who may not have other resources. If they provide services similar to that of trusted internet providers, these companies might be used to improve e-commerce in developing nations, which could positively affect the national economy.
With the project, Raisinghani will create a framework that includes measurement parameters, focus areas and stakeholder identification. This will help the Malaysian government evaluate consumer trust in specific digital technologies and infrastructures.
“Trust and privacy are key in e-commerce,” Raisinghani stated. “Digital network breaches make consumers wary of what personal information is stored online.”
While the index is being developed specifically for Malaysia, Raisinghani believes it could be used by other countries.
After completing his project in Malaysia, Raisinghani plans to publish his study and share the lessons learned and next steps with his TWU School of Management graduate students.
“Reviewing the Digital Trust Index framework will give our master’s students greater insight into the criticality of trust, privacy and security in a global digital economy,” he said. “In class, I try to provide real world examples as much as possible. What better way to help my students understand how digital trust works than to have them follow this project.”
Texans worship all that is fried-foodie fabulousness during State Fair time. In honor, Dugg Burger is dedicating its Lucky 13 toppings – an often-rotating option – this week to the fair
Burgers served at the Dallas and Plano locations will be laden with:
- Today: Fried cheese
- Wednesday: Fried green tomatoes
- Thursday: Fried eggplant
- Friday: Fried corn dogs
- Saturday: Fried jalapenos
- Sunday: Fried pickles
In addition to burgers, the restaurant also offers fries and drinks, including wine and a selection of local craft beers, as well as hand-crafted milkshakes.
The Virgin Olive Oiler, which uses the freshest certified extra virgin olive oils from around the world, will move to Sundance Square in Fort Worth soon. Owner Charles Flach will open the 900-square-foot store this winter at 416 Commerce between 3rd and 4th Streets.
“The olive oil industry is a multibillion-dollar business around the world, and having a trusted source such as The Virgin Olive Oiler here in Sundance Square provides our shoppers with a trendy, fashionable way to enjoy a culinary experience,” stated Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square, in a press release. “The store will offer fresh and flavorful selections for gifts and souvenirs in addition to stocking your own pantry.”
Flach stated he intends to stock 60 different oils and vinegars for consumers and will regularly add new flavors of oils and vinegars. The store will feature its best sellers, including Tuscan herb, organic butter and organic basil olive oils, along with its traditional 18-year balsamic, Sicilian lemon and cinnamon-pear.
“I wanted a location with numerous choices for restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment with a great presence in the community and Sundance Square offers all of it,” Flach stated.
Gabby Brown, the librarian at Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School in Rowlett, recently started a Buddy Reading program. Sixth-grade students are paired with kindergarten students for the school year. The older students will read with their younger buddies and serve as mentors.
Film buffs will love THE ART OF DIRECTING: FRANK CAPRA at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Angelika Film Center in Dallas. The documentary feature, screened as part of Dallas VideoFest, uses old interview footage from the 1970s and clips from Capra’s movies such as IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON to delve into his art of directing and reveal insights into his methodology of storytelling, working with actors, writers and studio chiefs.
It’s directed and edited by two-time Emmy winner Allan Holzman, who will attend the screening.
Tickets to all VideoFest offerings are available at videofest.org. The six-day event ends Sunday.