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AFRIK-IT  September 1999

AFRIK-IT September 1999

Subject:

IFIP Conference in Cape Town

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Jonathan Miller <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Tue, 7 Sep 1999 07:41:14 +0200

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I hope most of you will have seen the following call for papers
already, but it would be remiss of me not to make sure. There is still
a small window for those of you who might want more details and to
submit an abstract.

Jon

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International Federation for Information Processing

Technical committee 9: Computers and Society
(www.uta.fi/jarjestot/ifip/)
Working Group 9.4: Social Implications of Computers in Developing
Countries (is.lse.ac.uk/ifipwg94/)

Conference 2000
Cape Town, South Africa
May 24-26 2000

CALL FOR PAPERS (Full call via the above websites)

Information Flows, Local Improvisations and Work Practices

The conference will focus on the role of information and
communication, both IT and non-IT mediated, in supporting processes of
socio-economic development. This will be addressed through three major
themes: the nature of information flows; local improvisations; and
work practices.

The information flow between practitioners, researchers and
policy-makers, NGOs and aid agencies in developing countries is of
paramount importance to achieve results when implementing projects
involving ICT.  Too often, this flow is uni-directional or totally
hindered, resulting in one-sided, often top-down attempts at deploying
ICT for development. The literature abounds with stories of such
"failures."  This conference instead, intends to focus on success
stories, or at least guidelines for success, and would welcome
contributions of this nature.

Several authors make it abundantly clear that solutions from the
developed world cannot merely be implemented in the developing world
with the expectation that results similar to those achieved elsewhere
would also accrue in the new context. Local adaptations or
improvisations are necessary. Such improvisations are already taking
place in many contexts, and we should try to understand their nature ,
and what can we learn from them for other situations. Efforts should
be focused on seeing how technology can be adapted to the local
cultural context, for instance, and not the other way around.
Technology should be flexibly implemented and applied, not brought in
as a prescriptive solution for local problems.

In the end, the information flows and information and communication
technologies (ICTs) have to be meaningfully integrated into the work
practices for them to be really useful. We have slowly realized that
transformation of work practices is no trivial matter, and very often
constitutes the final reason why ICT projects do not achieve their
intended developmental results.  Often, little respect is shown for
existing work practices, and instrumental attitudes that guide
implementation arrogantly expect workers to adapt to more "productive"
and "efficient" practices. This view is limited because often in the
process we tend to forget that development is all about people, and
their well-being.Nature of submissions

We are interested in receiving Research Papers, Research in Progress
Reports, Case Studies and proposal for panel discussions.

Deadline for Submissions

An abstract of 500 words to be submitted by 31 August 1999 (with
extensions possible).
Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts by 30 Sept, 1999.
Complete Papers to be submitted by November 30, 1999.
Requests for revisions to be given to the authors by Jan 15 2000.
Final papers to be received by 28 Feb 2000.



Organising Committee

Jonathan Miller Conference Co-Chair
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Dewald Roode Conference Co-Chair
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Sundeep Sahay Programme Chair
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Peter Aspinall Chair, Local Organising Committee
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Programme Committee

 Geoff Walsham
Cambridge, UK

Chrisanthi Avgerou
London, UK

Shirin Madon
London, UK

Eric Monteiro
Draguol, Norway

Jorn Braa
Oslo, Norway

Richard Heeks
Manchester, UK

Mikko Korpela
Kuopio, Finland

Subhash Bhatnagar
Ahemdabad, India

 S. Krishna
Bangalore, India

Victor Prochnik
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Krisana Kitigadisay
Bangkok, Thailand

Cesar Macias-Chapula
Mexico D.F, Mexico

Abiodun O. Bada
Department of Information & Communications
Manchester, UK

Roger Harris
Sarawak, Malaysia

Renata Lebre La Rovere

G. Harindranath
London, UK

LJ Phahlamohlaka
Pretoria, South Africa

Paul S Licker
Cape Town, South Africa

Leiser Silva
Edmonton, Alberta

Natalia Volkow
Mexico

Effat El Shooky
Cairo, Egypt

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