IADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011 (ICT 2011)

Venue: Rome

Location: Rome, Italy

Event Date/Time: Jul 24, 2011 End Date/Time: Jul 26, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Jan 24, 2011
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ICT can provide tools for promoting sustainability (environmental, economic, and social sustainability) but can also
be a threat for sustainability. Sustainability as a guiding principle involves system perspective, holism, human
aspects, bottom up approach, common good, and equality. A change in focus regarding research and development is
taking place.
Analysis and design increasingly address both the work process and management connected to the sphere of production
life and people’s life environment. Analysis and design of ICT and societal systems both at local level and globally
become important. What research in the field exists or is needed?

Community research in a broad sense comes to the fore - both physical and virtual communities. There is also a
requirement to involve new and additional actors at the deeper and broader integration of ICT in the society
(children, elderly, and consumer organisations). Educational programs on Community Informatics and Social Informatics
are appearing in many academic institutions. Can a new infrastructure of the society be identified?

The effects of ICT on human beings as well as the interaction between ICT, individuals, and society are all within the
focus of this conference. Both analyses of interactions and effects are important. Changes in behaviour, perspectives,
values, competencies, human and psychological aspects and feelings are all of interest. Reflections on past, present,
and future challenges – especially planning for handling the latter - are encouraged.

Today, computer science and ICT-related disciplines are working more and more together with various behavioural and
social sciences including child psychology and developmental psychology. For this reason, the conference pays attention
to societal changes, global and more local organisational and institutional changes, changes in values and in lifestyles,
as well as individual cognitive effects and changes, motivational and emotional changes. It also appeals to
solution-building in terms of desirable goals and actions for reaching a Good Information Society.

In general all types of research strategies are encouraged, and especially cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary
studies. Case studies, broader empirical field studies, theoretical analyses, cross-cultural studies, scenarios,
ethnographic studies, epistemological analyses may all be presented.

Topics for this conference include, but are not limited to:

Track A: Globalization and ICT
- Globalization processes
- Glocalization processes
- Values, norms
- Labour market (outsourcing, integration, mobility)
- Universal access
- Virtual worlds
- Global villages
- Rethinking economic and social theories
- Human capital theory
- Sustainability, Democracy
- Global catastrophes
- Vulnerability
- Peace and war

Track B: Life environment and ICT
- Psychosocial environment
- Work environment/Work place
- Work content – Work tasks
- Organizational structure
- Decision support systems
- Human-human communication
- Power structure-formal and informal
- Leadership
- Career patterns
- Influence/participation
- Working hours and salary/compensation
- Work pace/work load
- Physical and ergonomic conditions
- Changes in the concept of time
- Changes in the way we are (‘being’)
- Learning and knowledge growth
- Home Environment
- Public Environment
- Private Environment
- Virtual Environment
- Virtual (on-line) communities
- Organisational Design and Management
- Psychosocial work environment

Track C: Life role and ICT
- Citizen’s role
- Professional role
- Leadership role
- Private role
- Virtual roles
- Home of the future
- Mobile life
- Role conflicts

Track D: ICT and effects on humans
- Analyses of impact as well as technology contributing to desirable human qualities
- Psychosocial impact
- Life styles
- Human needs (meaningfulness, belonging, autonomy, confidence)
- Happiness and fun
- Wellbeing and health
- Dependency
- Identity
- Integrity
- Trust – security – privacy
- Addictiveness (games)
- Availability
- Motivation
- Human memory
- Cyber sickness
- Stress (over- and understimulation)
- Workload
- Fatigue
- Love and relationships
- Skills and competencies
- Creativity
- Problem solving
- Social competence

Track E: Perspectives on ICT
- Social and psychosocial
- Cross-cultural
- Theoretical
- Gender
- Class
- Rural – urban
- Multimodal
- Economic
- Ethical

Track F: Desirable goals and ICT
- Integration
- Humanization
- Reducing poverty
- Bridging the digital gap
- Freedom of expression
- Democratization
- E-cooperation
- Peace
- Sustainability
- Accountability, responsibility
- Involvement, empowerment
- Wellbeing Health
- Human welfare
- Quality of life
- Human Rights

Track G: Actions for reaching the Good Information Society
- Individual level
- Community (physical and virtual) level
- Governmental level
- International level
- Civil society and social change in communities
- Design of societal systems – rethinking