FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS : CCDC/AFRICOM '96
A regional conference on "The Information Highway for Developing
15 - 17 October 1996 in Harare, Zimbabwe
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ)
in conjunction with:
International Council for Computer Communications (ICCC)
International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
The conference takes place at the same time and vanue as the
"ITAFRICA '96 EXHIBITION" being run by Computer Suppliers of
The application of information technology for the benefit of all,
is now recognised as an important component for development. The
spread of this technology in regions such as ours, is only limited
by the ability of the local telecomms authorities to provide
adequate and up-to-date data communications facilities.
Internationally, a global information infrastructure initiative is
taking place, featuring the international data highway within and
between industrialised countries.
ICCC and IFIP, two important international bodies, are concerned
that this initiative should be extended to, and bring benefit to,
developing countries. For this reason they promote the holding of
conferences and workshops such as CCDC / AFRICOM '96, which is the
fifth such event in Africa.
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe also regards computer
communications facilities as a critical resource for future
development. It has therefore offered to organise this conference
with the support of ICCC and IFIP, and has been assured of support
from the Government of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe PTC, the
International Telegraph Union (ITC) and international development
The Society considers the strategy and policy issues surrounding
the development of data communications facilities to be the most
important aspect and thus the conference proper will not be a
technical one. It is however proposed to convene separate
technical workshops before or after the conference.
The timing of CCDC / AFRICOM '96 has been chosen to co-incide with
the annual IT AFRICA Exhibition, which will have a "comms" flavour
in 1996 and presents the opportunity for the demonstration of
latest products and services of interest to the region.
The conference aims to:
* assess the current status of computer communications in the
region and identify common goals in terms of the perceived
requirements for data comms services.
* review existing and likely future international technologies as
well as suggest future directions for the region.
* influence the data comms service providers and facilitators in
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
* non-technical decision-makers
* representatives of the regional telecomms authorities
* providers of computer communication technology, products and
* consumers of information-based services, whose future success
depends on the development of communication structures
* technical personnel responsible for implementation
* policy-makers from government ministries, research council,....
* development agencies such as Zimtrade, Zic, USAID,....
* providers of education and training
* representatives of the health sector and other areas where
computer comms is already playing an important role
The conference will take place over three days where specific
papers will be presented covering the various topics. Working
group sessions will allow group participation and discussion with
final sessions including conference feedback.
They will include :
* representatives from neighbouring countries
(one person for group of countries)
* relevant reps from other developing countries
* a mix of academic and commercial presenters
* regional PTC/PTT reps
* international presenters from ICCC and IFIP TC6.
In addition a prominent key note speaker is being invited.
These will include :
* country reports (successes and setbacks)
* internet experience and plans
* directions, options, impacts
* security issues
* WANs, Email facilities, EFT, ....
* is the future wire less or wire line?
* the role of Internet in Developing Countries?
* are Developing Countries ready to join the Global Village?
* how can the Highway be funded and sustained?
* how critical is de-regulation?
* case studies of an Information Highway: its impact on Society.
* who is responsible for the Highway standards.
* can security of information be guaranteed on a Global Information
There will be 4 working groups and they will be charged with
reviewing and assessing presented papers. It is hoped that each of
these groups will be able to make recommendations.
Proceedings including records of deliberations and resolutions
which hopefully will form the basis, or at least influence national
policies in the region.
CALL FOR PAPERS - DEADLINES
Submission of an approx. 500 word synopsis in English by December
Announcement of acceptance of paper by February 28, 1996.
Submission of full text of the paper in English by May 31, 1996.
Additional information and registration forms will be sent to the
authors of accepted papers and participants by April 30, 1996.
This can be obtained from :
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe
P O Box CY 164
Telephone : +263 - 4 - 795021 / 792431
Fax : +263 - 4 - 708861
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Prof John G Sheppard University of Zimbabwe [log in to unmask]
Director P.O. Box MP 167 Phone: +263 4 303211 xt 1378
Computer Centre Harare, Zimbabwe UZim FAX: +263 4 333407
and +263 4 335249