[AISWorld] Gentle reminder: Mini-track: The Diffusion, Impacts, Adoption and Usage of ICTs upon Society

Dr. Jyoti Choudrie jyoti.choudrie at btinternet.com
Wed May 30 12:15:18 EDT 2012

Gentle reminder: June 15 deadline for paper submissions approaching. Please
get ready for submitting your papers.

Mini-track: The Diffusion, Impacts, Adoption and Usage of ICTs upon Society

Since the emergence of the 21st century governments around the globe have
been striving to offer Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
infrastructures, namely broadband. During the first 4 to 5 years interest
was focused upon whether the infrastructure was being provided and focus was
on the issue of accessibility. Since then countries and research both from
industry and academe have changed their focus as accessibility has been
examined and now the emphasis is on how households and various segments of
societal settings are diffusing, adopting, and using ICTs with further
consideration of the impacts of the ICTs. 
The aim of this mini-track will be to offer a global perspective of how ICTs
are being diffused, used and adopted within society. This track will focus
on how ICTS such as, Broadband, smartphones, mobile phones, tablets are
being adopted, used, diffused in a multitude of societal settings such as
households and social communities such as, work places, external locations
such as internet cafes, locations and organisations providing knowledge
building and support to social entrepreneurs; for instance, community
centres in local communities that are capacity building, building awareness
and collaboration for non-profit organizations, local government agencies
and private sector organizations.

By undertaking this research academics, industry and government agencies
will learn of how ICTs are being utilised by various societies segments and
what measures are being undertaken to have households and the various social
communities adopt and use the ICTs with a further consideration of the
impacts of the ICTs. 

Academic research has been focusing upon the diffusion, adoption and usage
of broadband since early 2000. From this track, now the focus could offer
innovative ideas and exemplars of diffusing, adopting and using ICTs that
have not been considered before. For this, we seek empirical studies,
theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks, case studies.

Topics of interest to this track include:
.	The adoption and use of ICTs, for example, broadband, mobile phones,
smartphones, online social networks  and other ICTs within societal settings
such as, households, workplaces, internet cafes or knowledge building
.	Evaluating the impacts of ICTs upon households in comparison to
other societal settings 
.	The adoption and usage of ICTs upon various social communities (eg.
Residential neighbourhoods) 
.	Evaluating the impacts of ICTs upon various social communities 
.	Evaluation of the technological and non-technological aspects of the
adoption and usage of ICTs 
.	Evaluating the technological and non-technological aspects of the
impacts of ICTs 
.	The diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs within households,
internet cafes 
.	Comparative case studies examining impacts of ICTS adopted and
diffused within households and compared to other societal settings. 
.	The  diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs within various social
.	Human Computer Interaction issues related to the adoption, usage and
impact factors in the context of ICTs. 
.	Comparative studies of the first generation of broadband versus very
high speed broadband using any of the ICTs stated above.
.	Actor Network theory used to examine the adoption, use and diffusion
of broadband (1st generation and subsequent generations), smartphones,
netbooks and other forms of ICTs that society uses in the household.
.	Stakeholder theory and the adoption, diffusion and usage of ICTs 
.	Policies and diffusion theories that lead to the adoption, diffusion
and usage of ICTs 


Principal Contact. Mini-Track chair: Dr. Jyoti Choudrie, Reader of
information Systems, Business School, University of Hertfordshire,
DeHavilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AE. UK
e-mail:j.choudrie at herts.ac.uk;Jyoti.choudrie at btopenworld.com

Mini-Track chair: Dr. Sherah Kurnia, Computing and Information Systems
Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010,
e-mail: sherahk at unimelb.edu.au

Mini-Track chair: Dr. Mazen Ali, Assistant Professor, Department of
Information Systems College of Information Technology, University of
Bahrain, Sakeer, Kingdom of Bahrain
email: mazen at itc.uob.bh
          ali.mazen at gmail.com

Important Deadlines

June 15: Authors submit full papers by this date, following the Author

All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited
to 10 pages including diagrams and references. HICSS papers undergo a
double-blind review (June 15 - August 15).

August 15: Acceptance notices are sent to Authors. At this time, at least
one author of an accepted paper should begin visa, fiscal & travel
arrangements to attend the conference to present the paper.

September 15: Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission
instructions posted on the HICSS web site. At least one author of each paper
must register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference.

October 2: Papers without at least one registered author will be pulled from
the publication process; authors will be notified.

Please remember: June 15 is a sharp deadline.
For further information, please contact Dr. Jyoti Choudrie
at:j.choudrie at herts.ac.uk;jyotichoudrie at gmail.com

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Best wishes,
Jyoti Choudrie, Sherah Kurnia, Mazen Ali

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