Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
13th International Conference of IFIP working group 9.4 PDF Print E-mail


                        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 Sahay

Chamli Pushpakumara


Petter Nielsen

Gamini Wijayarathna


Conference Programme can be downloaded here.



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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.
EJISDC Special Issue from IFIP 9.4 2013 Conference PDF Print E-mail

The EJISDC Special Issue of papers from the PhD Track of the IFIP 9.4 2013 Conference, guest edited by Julian Bass, co-edited with Devinder Thapa and Robert Davison, is now available at,

EJISDC, Vol 62 (2014).


CFPs from IFIP 9.4 Community PDF Print E-mail

Conference and CFPs

IFIP 9.4 Latin American Worrkshop on South-North-South dialogues on Science, Technology and Development

Workshop Dates: Thursday 18th and Friday 19th August 2014

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 June 2014

For more information, please click here.

Programme Committee: Raoni Rajão, Rick Duque, Rodrigo Ribeiro | it4dstsworkshop[at]gmail.com


IDIA2014 - 8th International Development Informatics Association Conference: ICTs for inclusive communities in developing societies
Submission Date: Sunday June 1, 2014

Conference Dates: November 3 - 4, 2014
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Conference Co-Chairs
Darelle van Greunen, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Jacques Steyn, IDIA, Monash University -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


4th Design, Development & Research Conference (DDR 2014)

Theme: Design for Participation, Connecting Disciplines, People and Ideas

Submission Date: Monday July 7, 2014

Conference Dates: September 8 – 10, 2014

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Cape Town, South Africa


Contacts: Retha de la Harpe, Izak van Zyl


HICSS 2015 Mini-Track: Information and Communication Technologies for Development: Contributing to Human Development and Social Justice

Submission Date: Sunday June 15, 2014

Conference Dates: January 5 - 8, 2015

Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii


Mini-Track Co-Chairs

Ricardo Gomez -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Øystein Sæbø -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Luis Fernando Baron -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Centre for Development Informatics: IT Sourcing and Development: New Drivers, Models and Impacts

Submission Date: Friday July 11, 2014

Conference Dates: October 20 - 21, 2014

University of Manchester Centre for Development Informatics


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Workshop Chairs:

Richard Heeks, Sharon Morgan and Brian Nicholson


IFIP 9.4 13th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries

Submission Date: Friday October 3, 2014

Conference Dates: May 20 - 22, 2015

Negombo, Sri Lanka


Conference Co-chairs:

Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo, Norway

Chamli Pushpakumara, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Programme Co-chairs:

Petter Nielsen, University of Oslo

Gamini Wijayarathna, University of Kelaniya


IFIP TC9 HCC11 - 11th Human Choice and Computers International Conference
Turku, Finland, July 30 - August 1, 2014




Journal CFPs

Journal of Information Technology

Special Issue Editors: Chrisanthi Avgerou, Niall Hayes and Renata Lèbre La Rovere

Growth in ICT uptake in developing countries: new users, new uses, new challenges


Papers due: June 30, 2014


Information Technology for Development

Special Issue on ICTs in Small States

Special Issue Editors: Arlene Bailey, Ojelanki Ngwenyama, Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson

Submissions due: Sunday August 31, 2014


Information Technology and People

Special Issue on ICTs in a Changing Society

Special Issue Editors: Kai Kimppa, David Kreps

Submissions due: Tuesday September 30, 2014

JIT Special Issue - ICT4D PDF Print E-mail
Call for Papers - Journal of Information Technology
Growth in ICT uptake in developing countries: new users, new uses, new challenges
  • Call for papers – September 2013
  • Early stage papers (1000 words) may be submitted to the Special Issue Pre-ICIS 2013 development workshop any time before November 15, 2013
  • Papers may be submitted to the Special Issue journal any time before June 30, 2014

Download more details here.



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