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Last Call (Deadline - 15 June 2016): The 5th International Conference on M4D

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M4D
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016
Organised by University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University
Conference home page: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

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The International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development provides a forum for M4D enthusiasts to network, innovate, and share experiences of working with Mobile Technologies in Development contexts. The inaugural conference was held in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010, the 3rd Conference was in New Delhi, India in 2012 and the 4th conference was in Dakar Senegal in 2014. M4D2016 will be held in Maputo, Mozambique.

M4D2016 Conference Themes
Mobile Technologies operate in a date rich environment. In light of this, mobile service providers tailor services towards user communication practices and patterns pushing content and material molded to user interests. Millions of mobile users from the global south engage with social media and other communication platforms, all of which require registration processes of personal data. Data for Development is part of the latest development terminology campaigning for the use of digital data to push the development agenda. On the flip side are the growing concerns for privacy, security and surveillance. With large quantities of personal data located in the digital space, should surveillance and security preclude use of mobile technologies in development? M4D2016 will take up these discussions along with topics addressing but not restricted to:

  • mLearning
  • mLivelihood
  • mAgriculture
  • mHealth
  • mInclusion
  • mGovernance
  • mInnovation
  • Mobile app development

Conference Committee
- General Chair: Professor Carlos Lucas (UEM. Mozambique)
- Local Organizing Chair: Avelino Mondlane (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Xavier Muianga (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Constantino Sotomane (Ministry of Science and Technology, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Orlando Zacarias (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe (Örebro University)
- HumanIT Organizing Chair: Caroline Wamala Larsson (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)
 

How to Participate
M4D2016 welcomes participants from the academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations. For the opportunity to present at the conference, delegates have different options:

  1. Research papers - Papers (8-12 pages including references) which will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on theory craftsmanship and analytical rigor. Articles considering critical approaches and theoretical development will be prioritized.
  2. The practitioner’s track - This track is open to practitioners to present their experiences, cases and policies (4-5 pages). These contributions do not have to be guided by academic theory and critical analysis. All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings and allocated a presentation slot.
  3. Workshops - You can also participate by organizing a workshop. Workshop submissions for proceedings (2 pages) must contain: title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives.
  4. Panels Theme driven panels are also welcome. If you would also like to chair and organize a panel, feel free to submit (2 pages) that must contain title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives.
  5. Posters or Demos - You are also welcome to present your work in the form of a poster or a demo. Submit 1page extended abstract for this track.
  6. IPID Graduate Student's Track - This track is open to students (masters and PhD students) to share their research with other M4D researchers and practitioners. Submissions to this track should take paper format (8-12 pages including references) and should address the conference topics. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Students can also submit posters, demos and organise panels and workshops.

Presentation and formats for research papers

  1. Accepted papers with the best reviews will be allocated longer presentation slots in parallel sessions.
  2. Another level of accepted papers will be allocated shorter presentation slots in short track sessions.
  3. Additionally other accepted papers will be presented as posters. Accepted paper presenters should thus be prepared to bring posters with them. Poster size should be 80x120 cm Maximum. Roll-ups are also allowed.

Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceedings will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad.

The submission template is available at: http://m4d2016.com/doc/m4d_template.doc

For questions about IPID Graduate Student's Track send email to: info@ipid.se or edgar.asiimwe@oru.se.
For general information about the conference send email to info@m4d2016.com.

Important Dates
- Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016   
- Acceptance note papers: 10 August 2016   
- Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016   
- Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016   
- Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016   
- Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016   

Conference delegates should submit their papers and contributions here: http://bit.ly/1SWHJ0g


Registration and Fees

Registration will open March 1 2016 at http://m4d2016.com/registration.php

Conference fee will be 200US Dollars with a reduced fee of 150US Dollars for Master and PhD students.

*Participants salaried from a developing country are entitled to a 30% discount (140 US Dollars)

Conference fee includes access to conference venue, presentations, workshops and demonstrations, keynote presentations, one copy of the proceedings, lunches, refreshments and receptions throughout the conference, conference dinner and social events.


Interested in Reviewing?
Please contact us at info@m4d2016.com and make known areas of interest and level of expertise and how many papers/short papers you are interested in reviewing. Due mention will be made in the proceedings.

Travel Grants
M4D2016 hopes to arrange travel grants for participants from developing countries that will cover registration fee and a maximum of 500€ for flight tickets and accommodation.

IPID will provide additional travel grants worth 600€ (each) to students with accepted papers (best 10 selected papers).

More information about grants will be posted here and on the conference website: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

Spider launches OPEN CALL for proposals in ICT for Education - Deadline June 28th 2016

E-mail sent by Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe, Tuesday, 7th June 2016 @ 5:11pm

Spider - The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions, hosted at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm university, announces an open call for project proposals in ICT-based access to education and digital content, accessible education, capacity building and content development.

Creativity is a human right.

Spider is excited to announce an open call in the thematic area of Education. The objective of the present call is to receive project proposals that are ready to be implemented and can deliver concrete results. This call will focus on proposals targeting primary and secondary schools. Spider encourages applications from organisations and institutions of learning that are teaching in refugee camps.

Eligibility of applicants

Spider will accept applications from organisations and institutions of learning from the 13 priority countries for Swedish development cooperation:

Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The projects will contribute to a unified results for Spider's thematic programmes of Education. We are looking for projects that can deliver concrete results to the following short term outcomes in Education:

2.1 Students/Learners have ICT-based access to education and digital content is available
2.3 Institutions of learning and related civil society organisations have strengthened capacity in accessible education, capacity building of teachers and content development.

Financial allocation and project duration

Spider will allocate 1 million SEK per project and will fund projects in education that will start end of 2016 till the end of 2018.

Project Criteria

Criteria for project partners

How to apply

If you consider your organisation to be eligible for support in the open call, fill in the

 Template Open Call Education 2016 (161 Kb)

Send the application by email to education@spidercenter.org no later than midnight Central European Time on Tuesday June 28th, 2016. Specify in the subject head education call and name of the organization.

Rules for the open call - Please note the following

  • Applications that exceed the one page limit will be rejected 
  • The application must be written in English, font Times New Roman size 10
  • We will not accept hand-written applications
  • The deadline for submission of the application is June 28th, 2016 midnight Central European time
  • Applications sent in after the deadline will be rejected

Additional documents

Spider requests applicants to send the one page concept note together with the following documents:

  1. An externally audited annual report
  2. Audit management letter
  3. The organisation's proof of registration
     

Assessment and selection of applications

Qualified applicants should submit a one page note together with other documents as explained in the rules for open call no later than 28 June 2016. Following review by Spider, select applicants will be notified on 10 August 2016. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a project initiation document by 31 August 2016. Spider reserves the right to choose project applications which are best aligned with our programme goals.

More information about the call

If you have questions or need further clarification, please contact Magda Berhe Johnson, Program Manager in Education and Learning, by email:
magda@spidercenter.org

IPID News Updates

E-mail sent by Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe, Tuesday, 31st May 2016 @ 7:30pm

Call for papers

Final call: The 5th International Conference on M4D
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016

Important Dates:
- Paper submission deadline: 15 June 2016 (Extended)  
- Acceptance note papers: 10 August 2016   
- Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016   
- Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016   
- Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016   
- Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016   

Submit papers and contributions here: http://bit.ly/1SWHJ0g
Go to the web page for details: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

CfP: CIRN Prato 2016 Conference on Engaging with Participation, Activism, and Technologies
November 2-4, 2016, Monash Centre, Prato Italy
Submission Deadline: 31 July 2016
URL: http://cirn.wikispaces.com/Conference+2016

CfP: International Journal of Electronic Healthcare Call for Papers for Special Issue on: The Role of Information Systems in Healthcare

Guest Editors:
Madison Ngafeeson, Northern Michigan University, US
Vishal Midha, Illinois State University, USA
Kaushik Ghosh, Lamar University, USA

Subject Coverage:
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Value propositions of IT/IS in healthcare
-IT-enabled mechanisms and models for healthcare delivery
-Factors impacting adoption and use of IT/IS healthcare systems
-Impact of IT adoption and use on healthcare success in terms of efficiency, performance, cost, and quality
-Role of IT/IS in detecting and preventing clinical errors
-Role of IT/IS in fostering improved health and healthier lifestyles
-The impact of emerging technologies in healthcare
-Role of Web 2.0 and social networking technologies in healthcare
-Role of m-health applications in patient care
-Role of analytics in improving patient care and supporting evidence-based approach to patient care

Important Dates:
Submission of manuscripts: July 15, 2016
Notification to authors: August 20, 2016
Final versions due: September 20, 2016

Website:http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijeh

CfP: ICGCTI2016
The Fourth International Conference on Green Computing, Technology and Innovation - Part of The Fifth World Congress on Computing, Engineering and Technology (WCCET)
September 6-8, 2016 at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (A.P.U.), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Submission Deadline: August 6, 2016
Acceptance Notification: August 16, 2016 or 4 weeks from the submission date
URL: http://sdiwc.net/conferences/icgcti2016/

CfP: DICTAP2016
The Sixth International Conference on Digital Information & Communication Technology & its Applications
Mevlana University, Konya, Turkey, July 21 - 23, 2016.
Submission Deadline: June 21, 2016
URL: http://goo.gl/trzkxr

CfP: 8th EAI International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries
December 6–8, 2016, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

 Important Dates:
-1 May 2016 - Submission Deadline (Workshop & Tutorial Proposals)
-26 June 2016 - Submission Deadline (Full Papers)
-24 July 2016 - Notification Deadline (Full Papers)
-7 August 2016 - Submission Deadline (Workshop Papers, Short Papers, Posters/Demos)
-4 September 2016 Notification Deadline (Workshop Papers, Short Papers, Posters/Demos)
-2 October 2016 - Camera-Ready Deadline
URL: http://africommconference.org/2016/show/home

CfP: CAUTHE 2017CAUTHE 2017 Conference Stream on "ICT, Disruptive Technologies & the Future"
February 7-10, 2017, Dunedin, New Zealand

Submission Deadlines:
-Full Papers: 17 October 2016
-Working Papers: 31 October 2016

URL: http://www.otago.ac.nz/cauthe2017/call-for-papers/index.html

CfP: HICSS-50
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 4-7, 2017, Hilton Waikoloa Village

Track on Electronic Government - Minitrack on Social Media and Government
Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2016
URL: http://www.hicss.org/#!social-media-and-government/c21tg

Call for Chapters: IGI Book on Next-Generation Mobile and Pervasive Healthcare Solutions
Editors: José Machado, António Abelha, Manuel Filipe Santos, and Filipe Portela (University of Minho)

Important dates:
-Proposals Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016
-Full Chapters Due: October 15, 2016
-Submission Date: March 30, 2017
URL:http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/2208

CfP: INTECH 2016

Sixth International Conference on Innovating Computing Technology
August 24-26, Dublin, Ireland
Submission of papers: June 13, 2016
URL: www.dirf.org/intech

Call for participation: ICTD Open Session on Writing, Publishing and Careers within ICTD
ICTD Conference
June 3-6, 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
The session is on Friday 3rd June from 4:00-5:30pm in Koessler, 3rd floor

Panallists:
-Ineke Buskens, UNU-CS
-Devinder Thapa, University of Agder, Norway
-Caroline Wamala Larsson, Karlstad University and SPIDER, Sweden

Refer to the poster bellow for more information:

 

IPID News Updates

E-mail sent by Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe, Monday, 2nd May 2016 @ 10:28pm

Call for papers

CfP: The 5th International Conference on M4D (deadline extended)
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016
Organised by University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University
Conference home page: http://m4d2016.com/index.php
New submission deadline: 15 June 2016

Reminder: Call for Workshop Proposals
NordiCHI 2016 - 23-27 October 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden
Deadline for proposals: 5 May 2016
http://www.nordichi2016.org/participate/workshops/

CfP: Information Systems Journal
Special Issue  on 'Critical Perspectives on Information Systems and Openness: Emerging Discourses, Meanings, Models and Implications'

Special Issue Guest Editors:
- Petter Nielsen, University of Oslo, Norway (pnielsen@ifi.uio.no)
- Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo, Norway (sundeeps@ifi.uio.no)

This special issue of the Information Systems Journal (ISJ) is dedicated to openness: the associated meanings around openness, the implications of openness for design, systems development, organization and society and what this means for charting new directions in IS research. We expect these new understandings to be based either on empirical based and critical analysis of projects in which aspects of openness are explicitly in focus, or on contexts where openness has emerged as an important theme. Our goal is to advance a critical debate in Information Systems research on the theme of openness. We welcome submissions on a range of different topics, involving different theories and methods which lead to strengthening of critical perspectives on contemporary debates around openness in Information Systems.

A variety of discourses and practices exist in contemporary society around openness emphasizing aspects of freedom, transparency, access, publishing, participation and democratic and collaborative efforts. These discourses relate to numerous domains, including the economy, healthcare, trade, innovation, business models, architecture, software, government data, social development, governance, knowledge, education and academic publishing.

An early Information Systems discourse in this area related to open source software and open standards. In recent times, we read about "open data", which involves governments placing relevant data in the public domain, and which may or may not be supported by open software. Open development is a more overarching theme which is positioned as a theory of development, focusing on understanding how information-networked activities are carried out, in what circumstances and with what benefit for whom. These openness discourses continue to unfold in a political-cultural-technical environment simultaneously with contrary implications (of openness) which emphasize increasingly centralized (cloud) computing, cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism and rising levels of comprehensive surveillance. There are inherent and fundamental contradictions and tensions around openness, which lend to the development of critical perspectives.

The promises of openness are many, including its economic potential to generate new innovations and industries, transparency, accountability and democratic processes like citizen participation in governance and rising accountability of the State. While there are a variety of practices related to openness (such as open source software development communities and practices), paradigms of openness are in flux, constantly being negotiated and contested, influencing the very meaning of communities and participation. Openness gives rise to many paradoxes. For example, innovation may require openness for collaboration among industrial actors, while the commercialization of the product of the collaboration may require protection. Open international production may weaken local economies and domestic jobs, but at the same time potentially improve the export performance of a country. While open education may significantly empower students at the fringes, it may also reconfigure the playing field of competing educational institutions by introducing significant changes to the educational system. Furthermore, while open government data is critical for transparency and accountability, it may strike back on a failing regime.

Openness has received significant attention from IS researchers, in workshops, conferences and journals, making the Information Systems discipline well positioned to a critical study of openness given its multi-disciplinary perspectives. Further, there are definitely technical implications underlying openness discourses - software, cloud computing, databases etc. - which means that Information Systems researchers are well-placed to critically study a variety of these issues and their implications.

Research on openness in Information Systems is commonly based on assumptions about the nature of technology and the way openness contributes to the development of new opportunities even as it introduces various limitations. More often than not, the potential of openness is taken for granted. This positivistic and often market-driven focus tends to take precedence over the development of interpretive, critical and contextualized social theoretical positions. The aim of this special issue is to move beyond positivist and functionalist approaches, and those which promote rhetoric and hype, to explore, explain and critique the way in which openness in its pursuit for innovations, participation and public goods also may come with negative consequences. The aim of this special issue is thus to offer a venue for the critical study of this domain and its impact on people, organizations and societies.

In this special issue, we will seek to critically discuss different facets of open and openness, whether they represent hype or reality or both, what promises they hold for creating a better world, and what are the challenges and approaches we face in achieving the promised potential. To do this we welcome contributions from a wide range of perspectives, critical in nature, 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, the role of intermediaries in the process, and the tensions they bring from the perspective of the State. This requires debating and contesting the very nature of openness in itself, through bringing out both positive and negative facets and their underlying reasons.

We expect submissions of empirically based papers drawing on social theoretical ideas that explicitly adopt a critical and conceptual focus on openness. Papers must clearly position themselves within the critical stream of Information Systems research, by for example relating to the principles outlined by Myers and Klein (2011). We will strongly encourage papers from both developed and developing country contexts, so as to provide more balanced analysis of notions of openness.

Examples of potential contributions (not exclusive list):
- Key characteristics of openness in informational public goods (for example maps and data on public health and education) and the role of policy guidelines in enabling access and use of public goods, issues of data ownership and identifying data custodians
- Openness allows for participation of private sector, global actors, and civil society; how does it question the role of the state and established business models in domains which were previously controlled by them, such as health, education, agriculture?
- What new forms of accountability are created as a result of openness in both public and private settings?
- The facets of openness in software, data and information and how these are interrelated. For example, does openness in data imply reduced emphasis on openness in software?
- How are traditional market forces redefined through openness and what are new kind of opportunities, innovation and entrepreneurship, such as information intermediaries that come into play?
- Models of collaboration such as open source software projects, crowdsourcing and standardization of architectures and the processes of defining these standards
- Implications for developing countries: what kind of new opportunities comes with open data, big data, open source software etc., including their socio-economic development to address existing and emerging development challenges.
- How openness brings about new structures of power and control in the hands of those who hold the knowledge, expertise and infrastructure.
- What are the roles of emerging technologies, such as social media, cloud infrastructure, Internet of things, mobile devices in enabling different forms of openness for different contexts and domains?
- What are new models of open architecture and approaches and models for their development?
- Who become important advocates in promoting openness and what are mechanisms and forums in which advocacy is enabled?
- What are emerging models of participation in design and development of open systems and architecture, and how can appropriate blends be created between bottom-up grassroots movements and top-down nationally and globally defined agendas?
- How can existing theoretical models of Information Systems be evolved into new paradigms which creates openness as a core object of study?
- How can concepts and theoretical insights of scholars such as Habermas, Foucault, Bourdieu and Nussbaum, Freire or Escobar, or more radical perspectives such as those of Gramsci or Chomsky, support a critical perspective on openness in Information Systems research?
- Does Internet governance have a role to play in defining how openness is constituted and how it will be defined in future?
- Openness in its current form is seemingly an affordance of digital networks, however, open sharing of ideas, and communication of knowledge have existed throughout history. When viewed in conjunction with the historical aspects of openness in different societies, what is the difference in the modern notion of openness; how does the modern notion differ substantively in terms of participation of different actors, the role of the state, the inclusion/exclusion of certain groups, the instruments of openness and the necessary conditions for openness to thrive?

Deadlines:
Submission due date: September 30th 2016
1st round reviews: March 1st 2017
1st round revisions: June 1st 2017
2nd round reviews: November 1st 2017
Final revisions: February 1st 2018
Expected publication: 2018

Special Issue Associated Editors:
Christanthi Avgerou, London School of Economics, UK
Bendik Bygstad, University of Oslo, Norway
Rahul De', Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India
Ben Eaton, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Niall Hayes, University of Lancaster, UK
Eric Monteiro, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Brian Nicholson, University of Manchester, UK
Eivor Oborn, Warwick Business School, Warwick, UK
Leiser Silva, University of Huston, USA
Edgar Whitley, London School of Economics, UK
Yingqin Zheng, Royall Holloway, London, UK

Call for Book Chapters: Information Technology Governance in Public Organizations - Theory and Practice?

Editors:
Lazar Rusu, Stockholm University, Sweden
Gianluigi Viscusi, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Series: Integrated Series in Information Systems.

Important Dates:
May 15, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
August 15, 2016: Review Results to Authors
September 15, 2016: Revised Chapter Submission

The publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Topics of interest:
In particular, contributions will mainly include but are not limited to the followings:

  * IT governance structures, processes and relational mechanisms in public organizations;
  * IT alignment in public organizations;
  * Digital governance in public organizations;
  * Critical success factors in IT governance implementation in public organizations;
  * IT leadership in public organizations;
  * ICT-enabled governance innovation in public organizations;
  * Theoretical models for studying IT governance and IT alignment in public organizations;
  * Practices of IT governance implementation in public organizations.

Submission Procedure:
Full book chapters (15-20 pages) are expected by May 15, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.  Submissions of the book chapters will be done through easy chair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=itgov2017

The manuscripts will be submitted in a word format and the contributors should follow the Springer guidelines for formatting the book chapters. More information about this issue you could find here:
http://resource-cms.springer.com/springer-cms/rest/v1/content/990/data/v7/Manuscript+guidelines+for+English+books

For any questions concerning the book please contact the editors:
Professor Lazar Rusu
Stockholm University
Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV)
Borgarfjordsgatan 12, P.O. Box 7003, 164 07 Kista, Sweden
Email: lrusu@dsv.su.se

Dr. Gianluigi Viscusi
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
College of Management of Technology (CDM) - CSI
ODY 1 16 (Odyseea) Station 5, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Email: gianluigi.viscusi@epfl.ch

Career Opportunities

Post-doctoral research associates in Data Science
The Big Data Institute (www.fox.temple.edu/bigdata) at Temple University invites applications for 2-3 post-doctoral research associates in Data Science. Applications should include a cover letter and (a) full curriculum vitae, (b) a brief statement of research interests, (c) evidence of excellence in research, and (d) the names and contact info of three references.  Please send all materials to: Dr. Paul A. Pavlou at pavlou@temple.edu.  We only review electronic submissions; please do not send paper applications.
More information visit the following web page: http://www.fox.temple.edu/cms_research/research-beta/big-data-beta/news-and-events-2/post-doctoral-fellows/

M4D Conference - Paper submission deadline approaching

E-mail sent by Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe, Monday, 25th April 2016 @ 2:00pm

CfP: The 5th International Conference on M4D
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016
Organised by University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University
Conference home page: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

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The International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development provides a forum for M4D enthusiasts to network, innovate, and share experiences of working with Mobile Technologies in Development contexts. The inaugural conference was held in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010, the 3rd Conference was in New Delhi, India in 2012 and the 4th conference was in Dakar Senegal in 2014. M4D2016 will be held in Maputo, Mozambique.

M4D2016 Conference Themes
Mobile Technologies operate in a date rich environment. In light of this, mobile service providers tailor services towards user communication practices and patterns pushing content and material molded to user interests. Millions of mobile users from the global south engage with social media and other communication platforms, all of which require registration processes of personal data. Data for Development is part of the latest development terminology campaigning for the use of digital data to push the development agenda. On the flip side are the growing concerns for privacy, security and surveillance. With large quantities of personal data located in the digital space, should surveillance and security preclude use of mobile technologies in development? M4D2016 will take up these discussions along with topics addressing but not restricted to:

  • mLearning
  • mLivelihood
  • mAgriculture
  • mHealth
  • mInclusion
  • mGovernance
  • mInnovation
  • Mobile app development

Conference Committee
- General Chair: Professor Carlos Lucas (UEM. Mozambique)
- Local Organizing Chair: Avelino Mondlane (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Xavier Muianga (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Constantino Sotomane (Ministry of Science and Technology, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Orlando Zacarias (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe (Örebro University)
- HumanIT Organizing Chair: Caroline Wamala Larsson (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)
 

How to Participate
M4D2016 welcomes participants from the academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations. For the opportunity to present at the conference, delegates have different options:

  1. Research papers - Papers (8-12 pages including references) which will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on theory craftsmanship and analytical rigor. Articles considering critical approaches and theoretical development will be prioritized.
  2. The practitioner’s track - This track is open to practitioners to present their experiences, cases and policies (4-5 pages). These contributions do not have to be guided by academic theory and critical analysis. All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings and allocated a presentation slot.
  3. Workshops - You can also participate by organizing a workshop. Workshop submissions for proceedings (2 pages) must contain: title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives.
  4. Panels Theme driven panels are also welcome. If you would also like to chair and organize a panel, feel free to submit (2 pages) that must contain title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives.
  5. Posters or Demos - You are also welcome to present your work in the form of a poster or a demo. Submit 1page extended abstract for this track.
  6. IPID Graduate Student's Track - This track is open to students (masters and PhD students) to share their research with other M4D researchers and practitioners. Submissions to this track should take paper format (8-12 pages including references) and should address the conference topics. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Students can also submit posters, demos and organise panels and workshops.

Presentation and formats for research papers

  1. Accepted papers with the best reviews will be allocated longer presentation slots in parallel sessions.
  2. Another level of accepted papers will be allocated shorter presentation slots in short track sessions.
  3. Additionally other accepted papers will be presented as posters. Accepted paper presenters should thus be prepared to bring posters with them. Poster size should be 80x120 cm Maximum. Roll-ups are also allowed.

Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceedings will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad.

The submission template is available at: http://m4d2016.com/doc/m4d_template.doc

For questions about IPID Graduate Student's Track send email to: info@ipid.se or edgar.asiimwe@oru.se.
For general information about the conference send email to info@m4d2016.com.

Important Dates
- Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016   
- Acceptance note papers: 10 August 2016   
- Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016   
- Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016   
- Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016   
- Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016   

Conference delegates should submit their papers and contributions here: http://bit.ly/1SWHJ0g


Registration and Fees

Registration will open March 1 2016 at http://m4d2016.com/registration.php

Conference fee will be 200US Dollars with a reduced fee of 150US Dollars for Master and PhD students.

*Participants salaried from a developing country are entitled to a 30% discount (140 US Dollars)

Conference fee includes access to conference venue, presentations, workshops and demonstrations, keynote presentations, one copy of the proceedings, lunches, refreshments and receptions throughout the conference, conference dinner and social events.


Interested in Reviewing?
Please contact us at info@m4d2016.com and make known areas of interest and level of expertise and how many papers/short papers you are interested in reviewing. Due mention will be made in the proceedings.

Travel Grants
M4D2016 hopes to arrange travel grants for participants from developing countries that will cover registration fee and a maximum of 500€ for flight tickets and accommodation.

IPID will provide additional travel grants worth 600€ (each) to students with accepted papers (best 10 selected papers).

More information about grants will be posted here and on the conference website: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

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Career Opportunities

PhD position in the area of Information Systems/Business Engineering

The School of Industrial Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a vacancy for a PhD student in Information Systems/Business Engineering in the area of business process management in advanced service environments.

The candidate is expected to start in September 2016. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2016. For more information visit the page: http://jobs.tue.nl/nl/vacature/phd-position-in-information-systems-business-engineering-257937.html

Fully Funded PhD Fellowship in Sustainable Smart Cities
Details about the fellowship and how to apply visit the website: http://www.lero.ie/position/TP-4-01 OR
send queries to Dr. Edward Curry at NUI Galway at edward.curry@lero.ie

Call for papers

Call for Abstracts: Power, Politics and Digital Development
UK Development Studies Association conference, 12-14 September 2016, University of Oxford, UK
Submission deadline: 25 April 2016.
Details about the call: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/dsa/dsa2016/panels.php5?PanelID=4461

CfP: Mobile-CH 16: Workshop on Mobile access to Cultural Heritage
September 6th - 9th, 2016, Congress Palace, Florence (Tuscany), Italy
Submission date: May 27th
URL: http://mobilech2016.di.unito.it/

CfP: 9th International Conference on ICT, Society and Human Beings 2016
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 1 - 3 July 2016
Deadline for submissions (2nd call): 15 April 2016
URL: http://www.ict-conf.org/

CfP: HICSS-50 Deep Learning, Ubiquitous and Toy Computing Minitrack
The 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50)
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island, Hawaii, January 4-7, 2017
Deadline for authors to submit papers: June 15, 2016 (11:59 PM, Hawaii time)
URL: http://www.hicss.org/#!deep-learning-ubiquitous-and-toy-comput/cwar

Call for Book Chapters: Big Data in Education
Publisher: Springer - http://ksei.bnu.edu.cn/info/CfP-BigDatainEducation.html

Introduction
Current educational practices are still not very data intensive, so most of the data can still be handled with regular data management systems and statistical tools. However, this is rapidly changing as smart educational devices & services, robots and more in general ?the internet of things? are entering the educational arena in real practice. The availability of large multi-dimensional data sets presents renewed opportunities for research in educational technology and the learning sciences. The power of data to understanding learning can also be amplified by combining heterogeneous data sets, extending beyond, for example, the cognitive to include the emotional, meta-cognitive, and social layers. The use of Big data in Education can also be envisaged at the macro (institutions), meso (programs) and micro (courses) level, at each level for different actors/roles and processes.

Invited chapters should focus on various aspects related to Big data in education. The scope of the book includes but is not limited to:
- Changes in educational paradigm due to Big data
- Data collection techniques for smart devices and other tools
- Role of data analysis and learning analysis
- Effective visualization technologies to support different stakeholders
- Role of cloud computing and artificial intelligence
- Smart Devices/Services in Education, including robots, internet of things
- Application of Machine Learning /Statistical Methods with Educational data
- Educational architectures, infrastructures and tools for Big data
- Privacy and ethical issues with Big data in education
- Example applications of Big data at micro, meso, macro level

Important Dates
June 20, 2016 - Abstracts due (using suggested template)
July 20, 2016 - Feedback on abstract provided
November 20, 2016 - Full chapters due (in Springer's author template)
January 20, 2017 - Review and feedback on chapters
February 20, 2017 - Final camera-ready chapters due

Guidelines for the Extended Abstract:
Please submit 3-page extended abstract (no more than 1500 words) by June 20, 2016 at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bigdataedu16.
Details of 3-page extended abstract requirements are available at: ksei.bnu.edu.cn/info/CfP-BigDatainEducation.html

Editors
Alfred Essa, Vice President, R&D and Analytics, McGraw Hill Education.
Rob Koper, Distinguished Professor, The Open University of the Netherlands.
Victor Mao, Chief Technology Officer, NetDragon Websoft Inc.

Inquiries
Ms. Rui Chi, Editorial Assistant
ruichi@bnu.edu.cn

CfP: HAAPIE2016

The 1st International Workshop on Human Aspects in Adaptive and Personalized Interactive Environments, in conjunction with the 24th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (ACM UMAP 2016) Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 13-17 July 2016
Submission date: 7 May 2016
URL: http://haapie.cs.ucy.ac.cy

Publications

New EJEIS articles of EJIS
Measuring eGovernment success: a public value approach
Murray Scott, William DeLone and William Golden
Full Text: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejis/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejis201511a.html

Why different trust relationships matter for information systems users OPEN
Matthias S, Axel Hoffmann and Jan Marco Leimeister
Full Text: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejis/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejis201511a.html

Achieving dynamic capabilities with cloud computing: an empiricalinvestigation
Douglas A Battleson, Barry C West, Jongwoo Kim, Balasubramaniam Ramesh and Pamela S Robinson
Full Text: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejis/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejis201512a.html

Identity metamorphoses in digital disruption: a relational theory of identity OPEN
Anastasia Utesheva, Jason R Simpson and Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic
Full Text: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejis/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejis201519a.html

An empirical analysis of the factors and measures of Enterprise Architecture Management success
Matthias Lange, Jan Mendling and Jan Recker
Full Text: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejis/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejis201439a.html

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Call for papers

CfP: HICSS-50
ICT4D: ICTs and Sustainable Development Minitrack at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, January 4-7, 2017
Deadline paper submission: June 15 (11:59 PM, Hawaii time)
URL: http://www.hicss.org/#!ict4d/c4gv

CfP: HCist 2016
International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies
Porto, Portugal, October 5-7, 2016

Important deadlines:
Submission deadline: April 4, 2016
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: May 22, 2016
Final Submission due date: June 11, 2016
URL: http://hcist.scika.org

CfP Reminder: The 5th International Conference on M4D  
International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development.
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016   
Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016
URL: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

CfP: ICSLE 2016
International Conference on Smart Learning Environments
Tunis, Tunisia, September 28-30, 2016
Submission deadline: April 10, 2016
URL: http://www.ask4research.info/icsle/2016/

Call For Demos: WITFOR 2016
World Information Technology Forum
San José, Costa Rica, September 12th - 14th, 2016
Submission deadline for demonstrations: March 30, 2016
Conference website: http://www.witfor2016.org
Submission details for demonstrations can be found at http://www.witfor2016.org/submission.html.

Special Issue CfP: Smart Tourism

Special Issue on How Technology-Enhanced Tourism is Transforming Societies, Cultures, and Economies

Special issue topics of interest include:
- Technologies for tourism and social change
- Smart technologies for tour operators and travel agencies
- Smart technologies for tourism destinations
- Electronic brokerage and marketplaces for tourists, agencies, and vendors
- Electronic marketplaces through social network services
- IT architectures and models for smart tourism  (e.g., e-tourism or smart services)
- Developments and barriers regarding interoperability and standards
- Acceptance, adoption, diffusion, and infusion of smart tourism technologies, products, or devices
- Ensuring privacy and security in smart tourism infrastructures
- Creative tourism solution and approaches
- Policy, strategy, and management of tourism
- Online & Computer Reservation Systems
- Business intelligence for smart tourism technologies and services
- Mobile solutions for the tourism industry
- IS theories for tourism-related issues
- Research methods for the analysis of smart tourism related phenomena

Guest Editors:

Chulmo Koo (Managing guest editor)
Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Email: helmetgu@khu.ac.kr

Iis Tussyadiah
Washington State University Vancouver, USA
Email: iis.tussyadiah@vancouver.wsu.edu

William Cannon Hunter
Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Email: primalamerica@yahoo.com

Important Dates:
Submission Open: September 1, 2015
Paper Submission Deadline: 30 March 2016
Initial Review Report:  31 May 2016
Final Revised Manuscript: 31 July 2016
Publication Issue TBA

More informationabout the call: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/technological-forecasting-and-social-change/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-how-technology-enhanced-tourism/

Call for Chapters: Mobile Health- Adoption, Implementation and Use
Title of Book: Mobile Health: Adoption, Implementation and Use of Current and Emerging Technologies

Publisher: The book will be published by Springer.

Editors:
Emre Sezgin, M.Sc. Middle East Technical University, School of Informatics, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail: esezgin@metu.edu.tr

Soner Yildirim, Ph.D.  Professor
Middle East Technical University, Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail: soner@metu.edu.tr

Sevgi Özkan, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor
Middle East Technical University, School of Informatics, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail: sevgiozk@metu.edu.tr

Evren Sumuer, Ph.D. Assist. Professor
Kocaeli University, Faculty of Education, Kocaeli, Turkey. E-mail: evrensumuer@gmail.com

Possible topics are as the followings:

Monitoring and surveillance use
-Adoption, implementation and use of mHealth regarding to monitoring and surveillance for healthcare providers and patients or consumers.

Communication use
-Adoption, implementation and use of mHealth regarding to communicational purpose for healthcare providers and patients or consumers

Information use
-Adoption, implementation and use of mHealth regarding to information gathering and dissemination for healthcare providers and patients or consumers

Instructional use
-Adoption, implementation and use of mHealth regarding to instructional design and development

Health education use
-Adoption, implementation and use of mHealth regarding to education in health domain

Mobile devices, tools and sensors
-Adoption, implementation and use of mHealth regarding to development and implementation of mobile devices, tools and sensors

Common perspective: What are the common issues that patients and professionals encounter?
-Studies that are investigating challenges and opportunities, common adoption and implementation problems, possible solutions and implications for both patients and professionals

Important dates:

June 15, 2016: Submission of abstracts (500 words)
June 30, 2016: Invitation to submit full paper
October 5, 2016: Submission of full chapter
November 15, 2016: Review notification
December 15, 2016: Submission of revised paper
January 15, 2017: Final notification of acceptance
February 5, 2017: Submission of final version

More information about the call: http://users.metu.edu.tr/esezgin/cfc.html

Open Positions

Two open positions at University of Tampere, Finland
The School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tampere invites applications for fixed-term research positions (1 May 2016 to 30 April 2017).

The position is both a part of a Tekes-funded research project "eSports"(UTA/SIS Game Research Lab), as well as Tekes-funded research project "Koukku" which is focused on gamification and the game business. The central focus of the ?eSports? is on how entertainment, game, and media companies can successfully integrate into the fastest growing present-day media field: the video and game streaming culture prevalent on the Internet (e.g. YouTube, Twitch, eSports, eSports betting).

Applications must be submitted through the University's online application system by 3:45 pm (UTC +02:00) on 8 April 2016.

For further information about the positions, please contact: Postdoctoral researcher Juho Hamari: esports(at)sis.uta.fi or follow the links bellow:

Researcher: https://uta.rekrytointi.com/paikat/?o=A_RJ&jgid=3&jid=746
Research Assistant: https://uta.rekrytointi.com/paikat/?o=A_RJ&jgid=3&jid=747


PhD Research Fellowship positions at University of Oslo
The Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo seeks well qualified applicants for 6 PhD research fellowship positions. Two of these are in the field of Information Systems:
- Health Information Systems - Platforms and Ecosystems
- Digital innovation in healthcare

Application deadline: 15 April, 2016

Detailed descriptions of the projects being offered can be found within the full announcement: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1597233/64290?iso=no

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Call for papers

CfP: SE4All - Sustainable Energy for All
September 28-30, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts:  15 March (Extended)

Themes
Participants are invited to submit papers in the areas related to the conference sub-themes outlined below. We expect contributions from a variety of disciplines including design, engineering, economy, policy-making and sociology. The conference is structured around three main themes that include:

  • Research on Sustainable Energy for All (RSE4A): new advancements and knowledge contributions on sustainable energy systems design and implementation.
  • Education on Sustainable Energy for All (ESE4A): experiences on teaching & learning on sustainable energy systems (in higher education and lifelong learning).
  • Practice on Sustainable Energy for All (PSE4A): best practices of sustainable energy systems.

For more information visit the conference website: http://www.lensesconference.polimi.it/call-for-papers/

CfP: Mobile Communication Technology for Development (M4D)
The 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development
October 21-22, 2016, Maputo, Mozambique

The International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development provides a forum for M4D enthusiasts to network, innovate, and share experiences of working with Mobile Technologies in Development contexts. The inaugural conference was held in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010, the 3rd Conference was in New Delhi, India in 2012 and the 4th conference was in Dakar Senegal in 2014. The next M4D conference (M4D 2016) will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and it is organized by University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University

Topics of focus:

  • mLearning
  • mLivelihood
  • mAgriculture
  • mHealth
  • mInclusion
  • mGovernance
  • mInnovation
  • Mobile app development

Conference Committee:
- General Chair: Professor Carlos Lucas (UEM. Mozambique)
- Local Organizing Chair: Avelino Mondlane (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Xavier Muianga (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Constantino Sotomane (Ministry of Science and Technology, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Orlando Zacarias (UEM, Mozambique)
- Co-chair: Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe (Örebro University)
- HumanIT Organizing Chair: Caroline Wamala Larsson (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)

Important Dates:
- Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016   
- Acceptance note papers: 10 August 2016   
- Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016   
- Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016   
- Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016   
- Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016   

Submit your contributions here: http://bit.ly/1SWHJ0g

Conference home page: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

CfP: IPID Graduate Student's Track at M4D
Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016
URL: http://groupspaces.com/ipid/pages/ipid2016

CfP: 14th International Conference of IFIP Working Group 9.4
"ICTs for promoting social harmony: Towards a sustainable information society"
22-24 May 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Paper submission: November 15, 2016
URL:  http://www.ifipwg94.org/

CfP: PACIS 2016 (paper submission deadline extended to March 11, 2016)
Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems
June 27 - July 1, 2016, Chiayi, Taiwan.
Conference website: http://www.pacis2016.org
Email for general enquiry: pacis2016@pacis2016.org

CfP: ICDTSS 2016
The First International Conference on Digital Technologies for Science and Society
May 27-29, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
Papers submission deadline: March 31, 2016
URL: http://dirf.org/icdtss/

CfP: FiCloud 2016
The IEEE 4th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud
22-24 August 2016, Vienna, Austria
Submission deadline: 10 March 2016
URL: http://www.ficloud.org/2016/

13th International Conference on Mobile Web and Intelligent Information Systems

22-24 August 2016, Vienna, Austria
Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.
Submission deadline: 10 March 2016
URL: http://www.mobiwis.org/2016/

CfP: AICCSA 2016
13th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications
November 29- December 2, 2016, Royal Atlas and Spa, Agadir, Morocco
Abstract Submission deadline: May 19, 2016
Full Paper Due: May 26, 2016
URL: http://www.aiccsa.net/AICCSA2016/

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Call for papers

Call for Papers: IPID Graduate Student's Track at M4D
The 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016

Paper submission dealine: 30 April 2016   
Authors should submit their papers here: http://bit.ly/1SWHJ0g
Authors should use the submission template which is available at: http://m4d2016.com/doc/m4d_template.doc

For more information visit the track page: http://groupspaces.com/ipid/pages/ipid2016 and the conference home page: http://m4d2016.com/index.php

For questions about IPID Graduate Student's Track send email to: info@ipid.se or edgar.asiimwe@oru.se.
For general information about the conference send email to info@m4d2016.com.

Call for Papers: IPID and Graduate Student Track (Track 12) at IFIP9.4
The 14th International Conference of IFIP Working Group 9.4 - Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 2017, 22-24

Important dates
Paper submission: November 15, 2016
Acceptance notification: January 31, 2017
Resubmission: February 28 , 2017

Submissions should use the IFIP WG 9.4 paper template:
http://2017.ifipwg94.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IFIPWG94_2017_Paper_template.docx

Submissions should be uploaded electronically to:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ifipwg942017

All the information about the conference and how to participate/attend will be posted at:
http://2017.ifipwg94.net/

For more information about the track, please contact J.Bass@salford.ac.uk or edgar.asiimwe@oru.se OR visit the track pages:
- http://groupspaces.com/ipid/pages/ipid2017
- http://2017.ifipwg94.net/submissions/tracks/track-12-ipid-and-graduate-student-track/

Call for Book Chapters: Health Information Systems and the Advancement of Medical Practice in Developing Countries
This book is about research and implementation of health information systems and their impact on health care and medical practice in developing countries. The purpose of the book is to provide a platform to researchers and practitioners of health information systems to share their research, knowledge and progress. An important guiding factor in developing this book will be emphasis on actual work done in this area, rather than a purely theoretical expose.

Editors
- Kgomotso H. MOahi
- Kelvin J. Bwalya
- Peter Mazebe II Sebina

Important date:
February 28, 2016: Submission of chapter proposals (abstracts)
March 30, 2016: Feedback to authors and notification of acceptance
June 30, 2016: Submission of Full paper
August 30, 2016: Review results to authors
October 30, 2016: Submission of Final Chapters to Editor(s)

Authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

For more information contact the following: Kgomotso Moahi - moahikh@mopipi.ub.bw; Kelvin Bwalya - Kelvin.Bwalya@mopipi.ub.bw; Peter Sebina - sebinapm@mopipi.ub.bw

Refer to the call for more details: http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/2078

CfP: AMCIS 2016 -  Mini-Track on Open e-Government and Big Data
Americas Conference on Information Systems
San Diego, USA, August 11 - 13, 2016

Submissions deadline: March 2, 2016 at 10:00am PST
submitted using the online submission system at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amcis2016

For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the AMCIS 2016 website at: http://amcis2016.aisnet.org

IFIP WITFOR 2016 - World Information Technology Forum
San José, Costa Rica
Submission Deadline: Tuesday March 1, 2016
Conference Dates: September 12 - 14, 2016
Conference Co-Chairs: Ramon Puigjaner, Gabriela Marin
URL: http://www.witfor2016.org/submission.html
 
AMCIS SIG GlobDev Track on ICTs in Global Development
Americas Conference on Information Systems
San Diego, USA, August 11 - 13, 2016
Submission Deadline: Wednesday March 2, 2016, 10:00AM PST
Conference Dates: August 11 - 13, 2016
Track Co-Chairs: Narcyz Roztocki, Piotr Soja
URL: http://amcis2016.aisnet.org/index.php/sessions/track-list#SIGGlobDevanchor
 
ECIS SIG GlobDev Workshop on ICTs in Global Development
Istanbul, Turkey, June 12-15, 2016
Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2016
Conference Dates: June 12, 2016
Workshop Co-Chairs: Arlene Bailey, Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Sajda Qureshi, Edward Stohr
URL: http://www.ecis2016.eu/en/AIS-SIG-on-ICTs-GLOBAL-DEVELOPMENT-GlobDev.html
 
CfP: IFIP 9.4 2017 Conference
The 14th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 22-24, 2017
Submission Deadline: Tuesday November 15, 2016
Conference Dates: May 22 - 24, 2017
Conference Co-Chairs: Fathul Wahid, Julian Bass, Johanes Eka Priyatma
http://2017.ifipwg94.net/

CfP: HCist 2016
International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies
Porto, Portugal, October 5-7, 2016

Important dates:
Submission deadline: April 4, 2016
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: May 22, 2016
Final Submission due date: June 11, 2016

Conference URL: http://hcist.scika.org

IFIP9.4 - Track 12: IPID and Graduate Student Track (IPID2017 Symposium)

  • Monday, 22nd May 2017 at 2:45pm - 11:30am Tuesday, 23rd May
    Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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The 5th International Conference on M4D

  • Friday, 21st October 2016 at TBD
    Location: Maputo, Mozambique

    The 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for…

IPID2016 Symposium (IPID and Graduate Students' Track at M4D)

  • Friday, 21st October 2016 (all day)
    Location: Maputo, Mozambique

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CfP Reminder: IFIP WG 8.6
Ljungskile, Sweden, August 5th-7th 2016
Theme: Diffusion of IS for Learning New Practices)
Paper submission deadline: 4 February 2016
More information about the conference and CfP: http://ifip2016.org/call-for-papers/

CfP: M4D 2016
The 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technologies for Development (M4D)    
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016    

Topics of focus:
- mLearning
- mLivelihood
- mAgriculture
- mHealth
- mInclusion
- mGovernance
- mInnovation
- Mobile app development

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016    
Acceptance note for papers: 10 August 2016    
Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016    
Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016    
Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016    
Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016    

Conference delegates should submit their contributions here: http://bit.ly/1SWHJ0g

For more information about the call and the conference visit the conference website: http://m4d2016.com/call_for_papers.php

Report on "Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives"
URL: https://www.benton.org/sites/default/files/broadbandinclusion.pdf
This report has been published by The Benton Foundation. A summary of the report can be accessed via: https://www.benton.org/inclusion-adoption-report

CfP: PACIS 2016
20th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems
Chiayi, Taiwan, June 27 - July 1, 2016

Paper submissions in all areas of Information Systems research especially those related to the conference theme "IT
Governance for Future Society" are invited. The tacks include:

- Enterprise Systems in the New Era
- Healthcare Systems
- IT IS Governance, Risk Management, Control, and Auditing
- Information Technology and Supply Chain Management
- IS Education and Learning
- IS Security and Privacy
- IT Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Context-Aware Computing - Geographic Information Systems
- The on-demand and sharing economy
- Human Computer Interaction
- Smart Tourism
- IT Project Management and Outsourcing
- Social Media Analytics and Related Issues
- Knowledge Management
- IS in Healthcare Management
- User-Centered Decision Support Systems in the IoT Era
- Societal Implications of ICT Use
- Ethics and Information Systems
- E-Business and E-Government
- Social Computing and Innovative eServices
- Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics
- Digital Business - Strategy and Governance
- Service Design and User Experience
- IT and Work
- Business Process Management and Services Computing
- IT and IS in Media and Entertainment Industry
- Economics of IS
- The Innovative IT Applications in the Emerging Markets
- General Topics
- Doctoral Consortium

Important dates:
Paper Submission Deadline: March 4, 2016
Notification of Paper Acceptance: April 22, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: May 13, 2016
Doctoral Consortium: June 27 - 28, 2016
Conference: June 27 - July 1, 2016

Conference website: http://www.pacis2016.org
General enquiry email: pacis2016@pacis2016.org

CfP: QUATIC 2016

10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology
Lisbon, Portugal, September 6-9, 2016
Deadline for Paper submissions: 10th April, 2016
URL: http://2016.quatic.org

CfP: AMCIS
Americas Conference on Information Systems
San Diego, August 11-13, 2016
Mini-Track "Interface Design, Evaluation and Impact?
Track: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Submission deadline:  March 2, 2016
URL: http://amcis2016.aisnet.org/

CfP (research in progress): 29th Bled eConference
Bled, Slovenia, June 19-22, 2016
Theme: Digital Economy
Paper submission deadline: February 20th, 2016
URL: http://www.bledconference.org

CfP: 3rd International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training
Dublin, Ireland, August 31- September 2, 2016
Full Paper submission deadline: 4 April 2016
URL: http://eleot.org/

CfP Reminder for HCist 2016
International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies (An AIS affiliated conference)
Porto, Portugal, October 5-7, 2016
Submission deadline: April 4, 2016
URL: http://hcist.scika.org

Second CfP: SIM Special issue on Health IT
French Journal of Management Information Systems (SIM)

Guest editors:
Roxana Ologeanu-Taddei, Associate Professor, University of Montpellier, France
Guy Pare, Professor, HEC Montreal, Canada

Areas of focus:
- The barriers to organizational adoption of IT in health care organizations;
- Change management problems related to IT implementations in health facilities;
- IT project management issues in the health care sector;
- Strategic alignment of IT in health facilities;
- The use of big data initiatives and their impacts on clinical decision making;
- The role of information systems in the development and sharing of good clinical practices;
- e-health related to the place of patients in emerging care models, in particular as this can be supported through the use of social networks and mobile applications;
- The challenges and changes associated with the interoperability and interconnection of clinical information systems between facilities;
- Governance models implemented in the industrialized countries to manage IT investments in health;
- The role and contribution of the IT department in health facilities;
- Issues associated with the implementation and deployment of national electronic health record projects;
- The adoption, emerging uses and impacts of connected objects in the health sector;
- The medical and economic impacts of various forms of telehealth and telemedicine.

Important dates:  
- February 15, 2016: Deadline for submitting manuscripts
- May 15, 2016: Responses sent to authors
- June 30, 2016: Deadline for submitting final versions of accepted papers

Any questions concerning this special issue must be emailed to Roxana Ologeanu-Taddei at: roxana.ologeanu-taddei@univ-montp2.fr

New issue of Government Information Quarterly Volume 32, Issue 4
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0740624X/32/4

AIS SIG GlobDev 2016 Pre-ECIS Workshop

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AIS SIG GlobDev 2016 Pre-ECIS Workshop
Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday June 12, 2016

Workshop title: ICTs and Development: Strategies, Synergies and Alliances

Organizers:

Format: The workshop is expected to last a full day from 8am – 5:30pm and will include:
- Keynote Presentation
- Multiple Paper Sessions
- Panel discussion

Description:
The issue of the role of ICTs in the various dimensions of national Development continues to be a significant area of IS research that has attracted the interests of IS researchers at several European universities as well as other universities in developed and developing economies. Globally, several ICT for development initiatives have been developed and deployed by a range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors and non-governmental organizations. Some of these initiatives are undertaken at a national level, while others are undertaken in specific target areas, organizations or communities. Further, some of these initiatives are developed through partnerships, while others are undertaken by individual organizations, several of which may be working in the same area. The ways in which synergies and alliances have been used or can be developed to enhance the role of ICTs in global development will be a focus of this workshop. This workshop can be considered to be a continuation of GlobDev’s Conversations on Development, in which we further explore how ICTs can support the development, promotion and realization of a model of ‘development’ that is holistic, just & sustainable, and that will lead to an appropriate quality of life for each individual on the planet. Our focus includes not only development issues relevant to ‘developing’ countries but also those relevant to migrant and other minority communities or enclaves in Europe and North America.

Relevant topics include: Theoretical lenses and/or empirical studies that enable an understanding of the role of strategies, alliances and partnerships in research and practice in ICT for development, and the potential impact their use or non-use has on sustainability of initiatives; the role of ICTs in socio-economic and community development, development of human capital and supporting infrastructure.


Program committee:
o Annika Andersson, Swedish Business School. Örebro University, Sweden
o David Asamoah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana
o Pamela Abbott, Brunel University, UK.
o Corlane Barclay, University of Technology, Jamaica
o Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo, The University of Texas-Pan American, USA
o Richard Boateng, University of Ghana, Ghana
o Irwin Brown, University of Cape Town, South Africa
o Jyoti Choudrie, Hertfordshire University, UK
o Kirstin Krauss, Rhodes University, South Africa
o Marlene Holmner, University of Pretoria, South Africa
o Mathias Hatakka, Swedish Business School. Örebro University, Sweden
o Gunjan Mansingh, The University of the West Indies, Mona
o Ojelanki Ngwenyama, Ryerson University, CA
o Paulo Rupino da Cunha, Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal
o Piotr Soja, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
o Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
o Shana Ponelis, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
o Sergey Samoilenko, Averett University, USA
o Gamel Wiredu, Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana
o Yingqin Zheng, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Plan for proceedings & journal special issue:
Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Proceedings to be published in the AIS Library with an assigned ISBN number.

Special Issue target journals:
- Journal of Information Technology for Development
- European Journal of Information Systems

Target audience:
IT4D Researchers (professors & doctoral students) & practitioners, particularly those addressing issues relevant to development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Transition Economies in Europe, and migrant and other minority communities or enclaves in the ‘developed’ economies of Europe and North America.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: March 6, 2016
Notification to Authors: April 16, 2016
Deadline for Final Papers: May 8, 2016

Submission Handling: Submissions should be uploaded electronically to: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=globdevecis2016
ECIS 2016 website: http://www.ecis2016.eu/en

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Call for papers

Call for Contributions: Nordic ICT4D Fair (New deadline: January 18, 2016)
Kista, Sweden, February 17-18, 2016
Send your contribution to nordicict4d@spidercenter.org

The Nordic ICT4D Fair is meeting point for everyone working with the application, evaluation and theorising ICT in development. The Fair will consist of two days of plenary, panel and paper sessions, workshops and posters to provide a forum for ICT4D enthusiasts in the Nordic region to network, share experiences and innovate, working with ICT in developing contexts.

More information about Nordic ICT4D fair and how to contribute: http://nordicict4d.org/cfp/

JAIS CfP on ICT4D
Journal of the Association for Information Systems special issue on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D): The Next Grand Challenge for IS Research

Guest editors:
Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo, Norway
Maung Sein, University of Agder, Norway
Cathy Urquhart, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Revised Critical dates:
Submission of full papers: January 30, 2016
Decision on first round of reviews: March 26, 2016
Submission of revised papers: June 25, 2016
Decision on second round of reviews: August 27, 2016
Final decision: October 22, 2016
Submission of final version: December 24, 2016
Planned publication: 2017

For more information and any questions regarding the call, contact the editors of the special issue, Sundeep Sahay (sundeep.sahay@yahoo.com), Maung Sein (maung.k.sein@uia.no) and Cathy Urquhart (c.urquhart@mmu.ac.uk)

Call for Proposals - eLearning Africa
11th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training
Cairo, Egypt, May 24-26 2016
Deadline for submitting proposals: January 18, 2016
URL: http://elearning-africa.com/programme_themes.php

CfP reminder: AfriCHI - African HCI conference
Nairobi, Kenya, 21-25 November 2016

Important dates:
February  2016 Papers, Notes, Gumzo – Round 1
March 2016 Courses, Workshops
April 2016 Doctoral/Masters Consortia
June 2016 Posters, Demonstrations, Panels
April 2016 Eligible Papers and Notes, Gumzo – Round 2 (resubmissions only)

URL: http://africhi.net/

CfP: The 5th International Conference on M4D    
Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016    

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016    
Acceptance note papers: 10 August 2016    
Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016    
Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016    
Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016    
Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016    

For more information about the conference and how to submit papers follow the URL: http://m4d2016.com/

ICTD2016 - Call for Open Sessions
3-6 June 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
To propose an open session, please fill out the proposal form providing a 75-word summary and an additional 2-page explanation with more detail about your goals for the session and how they will be achieved. The proposal form is available at https://ictd2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/ictd2016-opensession-proposalform.docx. Please send the completed proposal to ictd2016.opensessions@gmail.com.
Submission deadline: January 31, 2016
More information about the call is available at: ictd2016.info/call-for-open-sessions

AMCIS 2016 CfP - Social Media in the Public Sector: Challenges and Opportunities
Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
San Diego, August 11-13, 2016
Submission deadlines: March 2, 2016
URL: http://amcis2016.aisnet.org/

CfP: GCIRE2016

The Second International Conference on Green Computing, Intelligent and Renewable Energies
Manila, Philippines, February 24-26, 2016
Submission deadline: January 24, 2016
URL: http://sdiwc.net/conferences/gcire2016/

CfP: Management (KM) 2016
ISEG - University of Lisbon, Portugal, 22 - 25 June 2016
Themes: Knowledge Management, Learning, Information Technology
Submission deadline of complete papers or abstracts: February 1, 2016
URL: http://iiakm.org/conference/

CfP: 17th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Internet Plus Government: New Opportunities to Solve Public Problems
Fudan University Shanghai, China, June 8-10, 2016
Due date for submission of Papers, workshops, tutorials, and panel proposals: January 30, 2016
URL: http://dgo2016.dgsociety.org

CfP: MobiWis 2016
The 13th International Conference on Mobile Web and Intelligent Information Systems
Vienna, Austria, 22-24 August 2016
Submission deadline: 10 March 2016
URL: http://www.mobiwis.org/2016/

CfP: Information Systems Journal
Special Issue on Social Inclusion in the Information Systems Field
Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016
Submissions guidelines: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291365-2575/homepage/ForAuthors.html

CfP: IJHCI Special Issue on Mobile HCI
International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction

Guest Editors
Fiona Nah, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA (nahf@mst.edu)
John Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (krogstie@idi.ntnu.no)
Dongsong Zhang, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA (zhangd@umbc.edu)
Shengdong Zhao, National University of Singapore, Singapore (zhaosd@comp.nus.edu.sg)

Abstract submission due date to indicate intent (optional but recommended): May 1, 2016
Full paper submission due date: June 10, 2016
Refer to the "Instructions for authors" section on the website of IJHCI (http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=hihc20&page=instructions#.VnxZzvkrKUk) for preparation of your manuscript for the special issue

CfP: European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS)
Special Issue on Security and Privacy in 21st Century Organizations

Special Issue Editors:
Paul Benjamin Lowry, City University of Hong Kong, China, Paul.Lowry.PhD@gmail.com
Tamara Dinev, Florida Atlantic University, tdinev@fau.edu
Robert Willison, Newcastle University, UK, robert.willison@newcastle.ac.uk

Submission deadline: January 31, 2016
For the full details on this special issue call, please follow the URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejis/EJIS_SI_security-privacy_CFP.pdf

Participate in the 8th Annual ICT4D conference 2016
Theme: From Innovation to Impact - Using Technology to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
May 16-19, 2016 Nairobi, Kenya
URL: ict4dconference.org

Reports

World Bank Report 2016 - Digital Dividends
URL: http://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/wdr2016

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Call for Participation: Nordic-Kenyan PhD Course
Analysing Media Ethnography - Exploring Ethnographic Inquiry and Analysis in Media and Communication Research
Course Venue: Sego Safari Lodge, Eldoret, Kenya (www.segosafarilodge.co.ke)
Course Date: 15 – 18 March, 2016

Course convenors:
Associate Professor Hilde Arntsen, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway
Senior Lecturer Dr. Abraham Mulwo, Moi University, Kenya
Professor Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University, Denmark

Course Description
The PhD seminar is designed to give a hands-on approach to the analysis of ethnographic field material within media and communication studies. The course will provide an opportunity for PhD scholars to discuss their ethnographic fieldwork and to discuss how to make sense of the overwhelming wealth of material that is the result of ethnographic research. Kenyan and Scandinavian researchers will be lecturing on their fields of ethnographic research.

The course will contain a mix of lectures, paper presentations and group discussions based on the participants’ ethnographic research interests and written contributions.
This PhD seminar is targeted to PhD students who have conducted in-depth qualitative ethnographic fieldwork within media and communication studies, and who are about to begin – or already in the process of – analysing these data.

All PhD students will be expected to present papers on relevant aspects regarding the analysis of their own ethnographic research.

The seminar is co-organized by Moi University and the research project Critical Perspectives on New Media and Processes of Social Change in the Global South, and sponsored by the Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities.

Speakers:
Senior Lecturer HOD Charles Ongondo, Moi University, Kenya
Senior Lecturer Dr. Abraham Mulwo, Moi University, Kenya
Professor Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University, Denmark
Associate Professor Hilde Arntsen, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway
Professor Eunice Karanja Kamaara, Moi University, Kenya (tbc)
Senior Lecturer Ylva Ekström, Uppsala University,
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Jessica Gustafsson, Aarhus University, Denmark
Senior Lecturer Tobias Denskus, Malmö University, Sweden

Costs:
There will be no course fee.
Accommodation and meals at the retreat (Sega Safari Lodge, 1.5 hours drive from Eldoret), local transportation from Eldoret to Sega Safari Lodge will be sponsored by the organizers.
Travel to/from Eldoret will be at participants’ own expense.
There will be a limited number of international travel stipends availability for Nordic PhD scholars, but based exclusively on expressed needs and when own PhD scholarships don’t support PhD seminars.

For more information about the course and the course schedule visit the course page: http://wpmu.mah.se/comdev/2015/12/12/analysing-media-ethnography-nordic-kenyan-phd-seminar-march2016/

CfP: M4D2016
The 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development
University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Maputo, Mozambique, October 21-22, 2016

Welcome to the 5th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development which will be held at University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University. This conference series welcomes researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication technologies for Development. Past M4D conferences have combined two days of plenary parallel paper sessions, panel sessions, short presentations, posters and workshops. M4D2016 will in addition to the above, include pre-conference workshops for practitioners, PhD and Masters students and entrepreneurs as well as start-ups interested in show casing their work.

This conference provides a forum for M4D enthusiasts to network, innovate, and share experiences of working with Mobile Technologies in Development contexts. The inaugural conference was held in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010, the 3rd Conference was in New Delhi, India in 2012 and the 4th conference was in Dakar Senegal in 2014. We welcome you to Maputo for M4D2016!

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: 30 April 2016   
Acceptance note papers: 10 August 2016   
Final papers due and registration deadline for presenting authors: 15 September 2016   
Poster/Demo/ workshop submission deadline: 1 September 2016   
Acceptance note Posters/Demos/ workshops: 15 September 2016   
Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 September 2016   

For more information about the conference, call for papers and how to submit papers, visit the conference website: http://www.m4d2016.com/index.php

CfP: ACM SIGCOMM Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) Workshop

Salvador, Brazil August 22 to 26, 2016 (SIGCOMM)

Workshop Chairs
Arjuna Sathiaseelan, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University, UK
Jörg Ott, Technische Universität München, Germany

Topics of particular interest:

  • Do-it-yourself (DIY) networking (such as community networks) for the developing world
  • Cost-efficient networked systems appropriate for use in underdeveloped areas
  • Fault-tolerant resilient networking technologies for the developing world
  • Rural/remote area wireless solutions (that can work efficiently with resource constraints such as intermittent and unreliable access to power/ networking service)
  • Simplified network management techniques (including support for heterogeneous service delivery through multiple solutions)
  • Using cognitive radio technology and 5G standards (with possible native integration of satellites) for GAIA
  • Techno-economic issues related to development (including development of flexible pricing and incentive structures as well as new spectrum access models for wireless)
  • Techno-political and cultural issues related to using communications for development
  • Using emerging networking architectures and future Internet architectures [e.g., cloud computing, fog computing, network functions virtualization (NFV), information-centric networking (ICN), software-defined networking (SDN), and delay-tolerant networking (DTN)] for development.
  • Using wireless access/ distribution technologies (such as the following) for development: TV white spaces (TVWS); satellite communications using advances in geostationary orbit  (GEO) and low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites; low-cost community networks; cellular technologies (such as CDMA 450, the open-source OpenBTS, etc.); wireless mesh and sensor networks; Wi-Fi-Based Long-distance (WiLD) networks; and wireless based wireless regional access networks (WRANs)
  • Measurements of infrastructures in developing regions
  • Understanding Internet censorship and solutions to circumvent censorship

Important Dates
Paper registration deadline: March 11, 2016
Paper submission deadline: March 18, 2016
Paper acceptance notification: April 29, 2016
Camera-ready deadline: Late May, 2016

To submit your paper to ACM SIGCOMM GAIA Workshop, please visit the submission website.

ICT4D PhD Scholarship Opportunity (September 2016)
The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Humanities has three EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships for UK/EU students wishing to start PhD studies in Sept 2016.  These cover tuition fees, a £14,000 annual stipend for three years, and an annual research training grant.

The University’s Centre for Development Informatics, which operates within the Faculty, is interested to hear from potential applicants wishing to research a development informatics topic that fits within current EPSRC themes: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/ourportfolio/themes/

We are open to discussion of any theme-relevant topic but have identified the topic list below as likely relevant areas: those marked with an asterisk are priorities.

Eligibility criteria and details of application requirements can be found at:
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/research/phd-study/funding/epsrc/

Please note this is for UK/EU students only – citizens of other countries are not eligible; and that, due to the competitive nature of the process, only those with distinction-level grades (or equivalent) in a Masters degree from an internationally-recognised university should apply.

All aspects of PhD application must be completed by mid-February 2016 but, in the initial instance, those interested should contact Richard Heeks (richard.heeks@manchester.ac.uk) with the following

Details:
a) Confirmation of UK/EU citizenship
b) MSc degree details (title, university, overall distinction-level grade (ascertain UK equivalence if necessary prior to writing), individual module titles and grades, dissertation title)
c) c.150-word summary of proposed research topic including research question, potential conceptual frame, means of accessing fieldwork data, and link to EPSRC theme

The deadline for this expression of interest is Friday 8th January 2016.

How can we connect the Global Goals?

  • Thursday, 10th December 2015 at 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Global Reporting Stora Nygatan 26 (2nd floor), Stockholm, Sweden


    Read more and register here: https://vem-kopplar-upp-de-globala-mlen.confetti.events/…

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Nordic ICT4D Fair

  • Wednesday, 17th February 2016 (all day), Thursday, 18th February 2016 (all day)
    Location: Kista, Sweden - NOD building, Borgarfjordsgatan 12


     

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