Conference dates: 25-27 May 2022
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Freedom and Social Inclusion in a Connected World

Digital connection has never been more profoundly implicated in the freedom and wellbeing of individuals as societies face the challenge of a severe pandemic. Deep-seated inequalities and tensions have been unveiled and magnified under covid-19 across different social, institutional and cultural contexts. It is imperative to examine the role of digital technology in relation to diverse forms of exclusion, marginalisation and vulnerabilities, and to investigate the intersection between technology and various systems of power in the uneven landscape of development.  New theories, concepts and philosophical perspectives are needed to shed light on the digital challenges in an increasingly complex and precarious world.

The Working Group 9.4 of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP 9.4) gathers scholars and practitioners that deal with the issue on how ICT affects social development. We invite you to submit full research papers and research-in-progress (RIP) papers to the 16th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. The conference will be held in Lima, Peru, 26-28 May 2021 if conditions permit. The theme of the conference is Freedom and Social Inclusion in a Connected World.

Papers are invited to be submitted to the following 13 tracks.  Track 11 and 12 welcome research papers and RIPs in Spanish and Portuguese related to the conference theme in general. RIPs in English should be submitted to track 1-10. Accepted RIPs in English will be presented in Track 13 which will be held as a paper development workshop.

Please find details of the tracks here

  1. Digital Platforms
  2. Government Corruption, ICTs, and the Quest for Inclusion
  3. Human-Computer Interaction for Ethical Value Exchange and Social Inclusion
  4. Digital Entrepreneurship for Development   
  5. Digital Resilience in Adversity
  6. Artificial Intelligence, Inequalities, and Human Rights
  7. Pushing Boundaries – New and Innovative Philosophical, Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Researching ICT4D
  8. Reimagining Digital Technology for the “New Normal”: A Feminist Approach to Freedom and Social Inclusion
  9. Digital Rights and Activism
  10. ICT in Displacement and Conflict Zones: Ideas, Disconnects, & Innovations
  11. Research in Spanish
  12. Research in Portuguese 
  13. Research in Progress

Conference Chairs

  • Martín Santana, Universidad ESAN (Peru)         
  • Antonio Díaz Andrade, Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)

Programme Chairs

  • Yingqin Zheng, Royal Holloway University of London (UK)
  • José Antonio Robles, Universidad ESAN (Peru)

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline  7 January 2022
  • Acceptance notification 8 March 2022
  • Final papers submission 15 April 2022

Conference Committee Members

  • Safa’a AbuJarour, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Luis Fernando Barón Porras, Universidad ICESI, Colombia
  • Carla Bonina, University of Surrey, UK
  • Ana Cardoso, DTU, Denmark
  • Alejano Cataldo, Universidad de Talca, Chile
  • Ioana Chan Mow, National University of Samoa, Samoa
  • Rahul Dé, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
  • Eduardo Diniz, Fundação Getúlio Vargas – Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, Brazil
  • John Dobson, Clark University, USA
  • Becky Faith, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  • Ricardo Gómez, University of Washington, USA
  • Alexandre Graeml, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Brazil
  • Mathias Hatakka, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Richard Heeks, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Andrea Jiménez Cisneros, Sheffield University, UK
  • Muhammadou M. O. Kah, American University of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Stan Karanasios, RMIT University, Australia
  • Renata Lèbre La Rovere, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Arunima Sehgal Mukherjee, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Brian Nicholson, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Petter Nielsen, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Chidi Ononiwu, American University of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Kyung Ryul Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Jaco Renken, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Tony Roberts, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  • Guillermo Rodríguez Abitia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Aurora Sánchez Ortiz, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile
  • Øystein Sæbø, University of Agder, Norway
  • Harminder Singh, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Mira Slavova, University of Warwick, UK
  • Angsana Techatassanasoontorn, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Devendra Thapa, University of Agder, Norway
  • Pitso Tsibolane, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sara Vanini, University of Washington, USA