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                        WG 9.4: Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries

13th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries

              Conference Theme - Openness in ICT4D: Critical Reflections on Future Directions

 

                                              Jetwing Blue, Negombo - Sri Lanka,  20-22 May, 2015

 

Various discourses around “openness” are present in the domain of ICT and development studies. An initial discourse in this area related to open source software and open standards, and how these can strengthen public information systems in developing countries. In recent times, we read about “open data” which involve governments placing relevant data in the public domain, and which may or may not require to be supported by open software. Open development is a more overarching theme being positioned as a theory of development, focusing on understanding how information-networked activities are carried out, in what circumstances and to what benefit. This openness discourse continues to unfold in a political-technical environment of increasingly centralized computing (cloud), cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism and increasingly comprehensive surveillance.

 

The conference theme of “Openness in ICT4D: Critical reflections on future directions” will seek to critically discuss different facets of open and openness, whether they represent a hype or reality, what promises they hold for creating a better world, and what are the challenges we face in achieving the promised potential. To do this we welcome contributions from a wide range of perspectives, discussing for example potential tensions between open source and open data, the role of actors like the open society initiative in promoting openness as a value, and positive and negative freedoms.

 

 

Conference Chairs   Programme Chairs
 

Sundeep Sahay1

Chamli Pushpakumara2

   

Petter Nielsen1

Gamini Wijayarathna2

1 Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway

2 Department of Industrial Management, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

 

Conference Programme can be downloaded here.

 

 

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CFPs from IFIP 9.4 Community PDF Print E-mail

Conference and CFPs

Africa HCI Conference 2016 - Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers
Nairobi, Kenya
Submission Deadline: Monday October 5, 2015
Conference Dates: July 3 - 8, 2016
Conference Co-Chairs: Chris Chepken, Anicia Peters
 
 

International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Africa Development - ICT4AD

Yaounde, Cameroon
Submission Deadline: Friday August 28, 2015
Conference Dates: January 4 - 6, 2016
Conference Co-Chairs: Atsa Etoundi Roger, Robert Davison
More details, here.

 

 

 

Journal CFPs

EJISDC IFIP 9.4 2015 Conference PhD/Graduate Student Special Issue
 
Special Issue Editors
Julian M. Bass, Senior Editor
Robert Davison, Editor-in-Chief
Devinder Thapa
Chris Westrup
Submissions due by Oct 30th, 2015
 

 

Call for Papers for EJISDC Special Issue: Making Openness Work for ICT4D: Experiences and Approaches
 
Guest Editors:
Petter Nielsen and Sundeep Sahay
Submission deadline:                     November 1st 2015
First round of reviews:                    March 1st 2016
Submission of revised papers         May 1st 2016
Second round of reviews                August 1st 2016
Submission of revised papers         October 1st 2016
Final decision                                January 1st 2017
Submission of final version             February 1st 2017
 
 

 

 
Call for Papers for EJISDC Special Issue PDF Print E-mail

Call for Papers for EJISDC Special Issue: Making Openness Work for ICT4D: Experiences and Approaches

 
Guest Editors: Petter Nielsen and Sundeep Sahay
 
Background and Topic:
The promise of openness, reflected in for example open source software, open data and open information, is attractive for ICT4D initiatives. Openness is an outcome of sharing and collaborative efforts that reduce costs and produce public goods. Thus, openness should be of relevance in developing countries, and in particular where resources are constrained and where silo thinking and isolated initiatives prevail. Unfortunately, we note that this potential is often not realized.
 
This special issue on “Making Openness Work for ICT4D” will seek to shed light on how the promise of openness can be realized in our field. Our aim is to explore experiences from a broad range of ICT4D initiatives working towards openness in its different facets. This entails improving our understanding of these different facets of openness for ICT4D, the challenges associated with realizing its potential and successful approaches.
 
The contributions to this special issue will leverage on experiences from developing countries, and we encourage empirical papers that work towards conceptualizing openness for ICT4D, and building learning from them. We also expect the contributions to critically discuss the foundations, the potential of and the role of openness, and whether it represents hype or reality or both, and why.
 
We call for a range of topics related to openness for ICT4D, including, but not limited to:
  • Open Source Software and Open Data
  • Open Information
  • Openness and public goods
  • Human capacity and openness
  • The role of intermediaries in making openness work
  • Policy implications of openness from a government perspective
  • Design approaches to openness
  • The role of communities of practice in openness
  • Infrastructure for openness
  • Potential and impacts of openness
 
Submission Process and Important Dates
Papers must be submitted to the journal online as per the requirements of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. In the process, make sure to indicate that your submission is for this special issue.
 
Submission deadline:                     November 1st 2015
First round of reviews:                    March 1st 2016
Submission of revised papers         May 1st 2016
Second round of reviews                August 1st 2016
Submission of revised papers         October 1st 2016
Final decision                                January 1st 2017
Submission of final version             February 1st 2017
 
 
 
 
 
EJISDC IFIP 9.4 2015 Conference PhD/Graduate Student Special Issue PDF Print E-mail

EJISDC IFIP 9.4 2015 Conference PhD/Graduate Student Special Issue - Call for Submissions

 

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC) strives to become the foremost international forum for practitioners, teachers, researchers and policy makers to share their knowledge and experience in the design, development, implementation, management and evaluation of information systems and technologies in developing countries.
 
We are pleased to announce this special Issue of papers for graduate students either from the PhD Track or from other conference tracks at the IFIP Working Group 9.4 13th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Negombo, Sri Lanka. This special issue is only for PhD or other graduate students who presented a full paper at the conference. The special issue will accept 
submissions from any of the subject areas in the scope of the conference.
 
Papers should be expanded to the normal EJISDC article length of around 8,000-10,000 words. This provides authors an opportunity to present findings and analysis in more detail than is possible in the conference paper format. Authors are to be cautious when combining separate studies into the paper to meet the expanded length requirements. The editors would prefer to see an expanded treatment of the accepted paper. 
Submissions should follow the EJISDC submission guidelines. Submissions will be subject to full (though expedited) review by the EJISDC editorial team. In your cover letter, please specify that the paper is an 'Extended Version of a IFIP 9.4 Conference Paper'.
 
Submissions due by Oct 30th, 2015
 
Special Issue Editors
Julian M. Bass, Senior Editor
Robert Davison, Editor-in-Chief
Devinder Thapa
Chris Westrup
 
Call for Hosting the 2017 Conference PDF Print E-mail
Call for Hosting the 2017 IFIP W.G. 9.4 Conference
The IFIP Working Group 9.4 is seeking proposals for hosting the 14th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries to be held in May 2017. Discussion with previous conference chairs has led to the following criteria which will be considered by the committee in selecting the hosts.
 
Proposed Venue and Logistics
  • Conference venue should be within (or related to) an academic institution (desirable).  Typically, the venue is a hotel.  Given the nature of the conference, the hotel room rates should be reasonable.  A range of accommodation options should be available within walking distance of conference venue.  It is also desirable to have available student accommodation at a lower cost than hotel accommodation (e.g. dormitories).
  • Conference venue should be accessible by public transport (or hotel transfer from the arrival international airport should be arranged at a reasonable cost).
  • Issue of general security of attendees is naturally a consideration.
 
General Conference Organization
Typically, the conference has the following officers:
  • Conference Chair – the norm is to have co-chairs with one of the co-chairs being from the “global south” (typically the host country).  The conference chair (or co-chairs) have overall responsibility for the conference including financial responsibility.  One of the conference co-chairs can be the program or academic chair (more below).
  • Program (or academic chair) – the norm once again is to have co-chairs with one of the co-chairs being from the “global south”.  The program chair(s) have the responsibility for the academic part of the conference including issuing Call for Papers, soliciting submissions, forming the Program Committee, managing the review process, deciding on acceptance of submissions and developing and coordinating the program.  Program chair(s) should have a track record of contribution within the Working Group and enough experience to draw on the resources of those in the area to review and assist in the academic side of the conference.
 
Conference Financial Issues
Conference organisers do not have an assigned conference budget to work with as IFIP 9.4 works on a very low budget (for developmental reasons).  This means that conference organisers have to be prepared to take the financial risk of running the conference and also be prepared to pay advance booking costs.  The ability to facilitate electronic registration and conference fee payments would be preferable. In practice, WG 9.4 has considerable experience in running these conferences which organisers can draw on, but there remain financial responsibilities to be considered.
 
Expression of Interest
If interested in hosting the IFIP WG 9.4 2017 Conference, please send a 1 page proposal, including a proposed venue and names of Conference Officers, to the IFIP WG 9.4 Officers: Chair, Maung Sein  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Secretary, Arlene Bailey ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by Friday April 24, 2015.  Shortlisted proposals will be invited to give a presentation at the IFIP WG 9.4 Conference in Negombo, Sri Lanka in May 2015.
 
 
 
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