The 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and
Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2009) will be held
17-19 April 2009 at Carnegie-Mellon's state-of-the-art campus in Doha,
Qatar (http://www.ictd2009.org). This conference will act as a focal
point for new scholarship in the field of ICT and international
development. Confirmed speakers include a keynote by William H.
Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation.
We invite submission of papers for ICTD2009, the third of an ongoing
series of conferences, which follows successful events at Berkeley in
May 2006 (http://sims.berkeley.edu/ictd2006), and Bangalore in
December 2007 (http://research.microsoft.com/workshops/ictd2007)
September 22, 2008 Submissions due
January 15, 2009 Final decisions sent out to authors
February 20, 2009 Camera-ready papers due
April 17-19, 2009 Conference
The goal of the ICTD conference is to provide a forum for academic
researchers and scholarly practitioners working with ICT applied to
development. The conference will be scientifically rigorous and
multi-disciplinary - papers reporting high-quality original research
are solicited. Submitted papers will be subjected to double-blind
peer review, and a full proceedings will be published at the time of
the conference. The conference will bring together researchers and
reflective practitioners in both the social and technical sciences,
with anticipated representation from anthropology, sociology,
economics, political science, computer science, electrical
engineering, industrial design, and the like, in addition to domain
specialists in various development fields such as healthcare,
agriculture, enterprise, education, governance, etc.
For the purposes of this conference, the term "ICT" will comprise
computing devices (e.g. PCs, PDAs, sensor networks), and technologies
for voice and data connectivity such as mobile telephony, the
Internet, and related technologies. Application domains include, but
are not restricted to, education, agriculture, enterprise, healthcare,
poverty alleviation, general communication, and governance. Papers
considering novel design, new technology, project assessment, policy,
impact, content, social issues around ICT for development, and so
forth will be considered. Well-presented negative results from which
generalizable conclusions can be drawn are also sought.
CONFERENCE SUBMISSIONS AND PUBLICATION
Only original, unpublished papers in English will be considered,
through double-blind review. Word-length limit: 8000 words (this is a
maximum, not a target!). Submission must be through the conference
website (http://www.ictd2009.org), and authors should follow IEEE
formatting, detailed online. Authors will be required to sign a
copyright release for the proceedings.
Papers from the previous conference are now available on IEEE Xplore
(IEEE's digital library), e.g.:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=4085497. We also
plan to develop some papers for a journal special issue; selected
papers from previous conferences were published in special issues of
ITID journal; e.g. see: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/itid/4/1
If authors would like quick feedback on an outline or abstract
(especially to gauge topic appropriateness), they can submit this to
the Program Committee no later than August 22nd, using the designated
email address: [log in to unmask] This is voluntary and is
not part of the formal peer review process.
ICTD2009 will have a separate call for panels and workshops, and an
opportunity to demonstrate ICTD applications. Please refer to the
conference website for details.
Qatar is a rapidly growing economy in the region and the world which
has set its targets of moving beyond a hydrocarbon economy into
becoming a regional and global leader in knowledge and information.
Qatar is a modern, stable nation with a vibrant international
population, and hosted the Asian Games in 2007. Education City brings
leading educational and research institutions to Qatar, including
Cornell, Georgetown, Texas A&M, and Carnegie Mellon, offering degree
programs in Computer Science, Business Administration, and Information
Systems. This provides an ideal venue for hosting ICTD2009, in a
geographic location close to major population centers around the
world, easily accessible by direct flights.
Richard Heeks, Rahul Tongia
Programme Committee Co-Chairs, ICTD2009