Wednesday, March 25th, 2020-
Friday, March 27th, 2020

Conference | IDIA 2020 organized by UNU-CS

The 11th International Development Informatics Association conference (IDIA2020) will take place in Macau from 25 – 27 March 2020. It is organized by the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society under the theme “The more things change …” Change is indeed the one constant in our lives. Over the years there has been major social, economic, political, and technological transformation around the world. How has the ICT4D field changed as a result; and how is it changing both in response to and in order to respond to the transforming technology and sustainable development landscape? What have been the substantial impacts, either positive or negative, of technology and ICT4D on the state of global poverty and inequality? What has worked, what has not worked, and what are the good practices in specific local contexts? And as new frontier technologies “promise” new solutions to old challenges across each of the Sustainable Development Goals, what is the critical evidence on the actual impacts of these technologies on sustainable development in both resource-constrained and wealthy societies? We invite researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world interested in issues of technology and sustainable development, to participate in IDIA2020 and to make full paper or workshop submissions by 16th August 2019. We invite submissions of full papers of between 12 to 15 pages, formatted according to the Springer’s CCIS one-column page format template. Only original, unpublished, research papers in English can be considered. The technical program committee will evaluate papers on the basis of their originality, methodological rigour, significance, clarity, and relevance to the conference theme. We encourage submission of papers that draw out clear implications, and actionable guidance both to practitioners and policy makers within the ICT4D domain. Full papers will undergo a double blind, peer review by at least three reviewers with the possibility that accepted papers will be published in a Springer Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) volume. CCIS is abstracted/indexed in DBLP, Google Scholar, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago, Scopus. CCIS volumes are also submitted for inclusion in ISI Proceedings. Previous years’ conference proceedings have been published in a Springer CCIS volume. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit 2-page policy briefs based on their paper. These will be reviewed by the conference organizers for possible inclusion in a United Nations University published policy brief volume. Website: https://www.idia2020.com/ Download the Call-for-Papers: Important Dates Paper submission: 16 August 2019 Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2019 Camera-ready papers submission: 13 December 2019 Conference: 25 – 27 March 2020
(read more) (read less)
time:

9AM - 6PM

location:
Casa Silva Mendes, Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo No 4,
Macau SAR, China

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Do the next billion users need more innovation? Rethinking automation for the common good

  Abstract: The 21st century is marketed as the age of innovation. Sir John Chisholm, an expert on change management, declares that technology will change “the very future of the human race.” Ryan Allis— the current chairperson of Connect and Hive in San Francisco and an angel investor in twenty- five companies, including SpaceX, Elon Musk’s Mars project— provides a startup guide to ease us into this new era. All we need to do is reimagine “everything,” says Allis. With just “a laptop, a smartphone, and the cloud,” we can access any service anytime. While traditional institutions such as the educational system in low- income countries is regarded as a “stunning market failure” according to the likes of Matt Keller, Senior Director of Global Learning XPRIZE, the market “success” of new technology will step in and take its place. Smart technology will replace not-so-smart people. Humans, it seems, have become obstacles to their own betterment. Technology entrepreneurs today are busy making all-inclusive, self-contained autonomous apps for the next billion users –the majority of whom are outside the West and live in countries with weak institutions. Centralized reform should be discarded for personalized solutionism. Automation of self-help is the foundation of the innovation age. This talk will argue against this popular narrative and bring to question this laboratory approach to social progress – and why we have become more forgiving of technological failure than of human failure. Bio: Payal Arora is the author of several books including the Award-winning ‘The Leisure Commons: Spatial history of web 2.0,’ ‘Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas,’ and the newly released ‘The Next Billion Users: Digital Life beyond the West’ with Harvard University Press. Much of her research focuses on global technology innovation and inequality. She has published over 50 papers in her field and has given 140 presentations across 79 cities in 31 countries, including a TEDx talk on the future of the internet. She has consulted for both the public and private sector including Hewlett Packard, Dutch Brewers, GE, Shell, and UNESCO and sits on several boards including the Facebook Advisory Committee, Columbia University Earth Institute’s Connect to Learn, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She has held Fellow positions at NYU, GE, Rio’s Institute of Technology and Society, and the University of Bremen. She has degrees from Harvard University (Masters in International Development Policy) and Columbia University (Doctorate in Language, Literacy & Technology). She is the Founder and Executive Director of a digital campaigning organization, Catalyst Lab, and is an Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
(read more) (read less)
time:

2PM - 3PM

location:
UNU-CS
Macau SAR China

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Homogenized and Localized: A Comparison of Smartphone Logs from Myanmar, China, and the United States

Abstract: Homogenization and localization are dual concepts describing how media technology is absorbed into the lives of different groups. In this paper, smartphones — as the predominant media technology of our era — are examined for signals of either phenomenon. We compare unique longitudinal records of smartphone activity collected at five-second intervals from Myanmar, China, and the United States. Our results show that both outcomes occur. We find that total hours of smartphone usage, the total frequency of smartphone usage, and the average duration of gaps between smartphone activity are all significantly different across locations, while the average duration of smartphone usage sessions, and the rapidity of smartphone usage sessions, are not significantly different across locations. We interpret these differences as signals of localization based on restraints and affordances, while similarity in session durations is interpreted as the homogenization of temporal usage decisions. Bio: Yingdan Lu (yingdan@stanford.edu) studies social media and political communication in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Her research focuses on social media use, political activity and information inequality in authoritarian regimes. Methodologically, she combines different methods like text analysis, machine learning and deep learning with large datasets collected from social media and mobile phones to examine empirical questions. Screenomics Lab Starting from 2016, the Stanford Screenomics Lab has been building a framework to study moment-by-moment changes in how people use digital media by recording screenshots from personal digital devices every five seconds. To date, we have collected over 25 million screenshots from adults and children in the US, China, and Myanmar. The data are being used to study the role of new media in a breadth of areas including, for example, the influence of social media on politics and democracy, development of precision health diagnostics and interventions, the role of media in the lives of people living in poverty, and the development of intimate social relationships via media. For more information, feel free to check out our website: https://screenomics.stanford.edu. For other research projects, publications and working papers, here is the publication page of our lab: https://screenomics.stanford.edu/publications/.
(read more) (read less)
time:

11:30AM - 12:30AM

location:
T223, Tai Fung building, City University of Macau

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Introducing Good Data: Another Digital World is Possible

Dr. Angela Daly from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Dr. Monique Mann from Queensland University of Technology will visit the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) to share an overview of their Good Data Project. ABSTRACT In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in the collection, aggregation, and automated analysis of information by government and private actors. In response to this, there has been a significant critique regarding what could be termed ‘bad’ data practices in the globalized digital economy. These include the mass gathering of data about individuals-in opaque, unethical, and at times illegal ways-and the increased use of that data in unaccountable and discriminatory forms of algorithmic decision-making. Moving away from the strong body of critique of these pervasive ‘bad data’ practices by both governments and private actors in the globalized digital economy, the Good Data Project is an interdisciplinary academic-activist endeavor which aims to paint an alternative, more optimistic but still pragmatic picture of the data field future(s). This presentation will provide an overview of the Good Data Project, explaining what we mean by ‘Good Data’, giving an overview of our work to date (including the production of the open access ‘Good Data’ edited book with the Institute of Network Cultures) and where our work is now going, looking particularly at the role of law and ethics approaches to addressing bad data practices. SHORT BIOS Dr. Angela Daly is a socio-legal scholar of the regulation of new technologies. She is currently based in the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and holds adjunct positions at Queensland University of Technology and Tilburg University. She is the author of Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution (Palgrave 2016) and Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap (Hart 2016), and co-editor of Good Data (Institute of Network Cultures 2019). Dr. Monique Mann is the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Technology and Regulation at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology. She is an Adjunct Researcher with the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Centre at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Dr. Mann is advancing a program of socio-legal research on the intersecting topics of algorithmic justice, police technology, surveillance, and transnational online policing. She is the author of ‘Politicising and Policing Organised Crime‘ (Routledge, 2019), co-author of ‘Biometrics, Crime, and Security‘ (Routledge, 2018), and co-editor of ‘Good Data‘ (Institute of Network Cultures, 2019).
(read more) (read less)
time:

12PM - 1PM

location:
T233, Tai Fung building, City University of Macau

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Information Sharing Session on Health, Technology, and Data Research

United Nations University institute on Computing and Society(UNU-CS) will host an open information sharing session with University of Macau, City University of Macau, and the UNU International Institute for Global Health(UNU-IIGH), on “Health, Technology, and Data” research on March 27. Researchers from these institutions will share their research work on the confluence of health and technology and on leveraging the data revolution for the realization of the sustainable development imperatives on health and wellbeing (SDG3). The information session is part of an initial interaction between these organizations towards exploring further research engagement and potential collaboration. Agenda 15:00 – 15:45 Presentations • Medshare: A novel hybrid cloud for medical resource sharing among autonomous healthcare providers Yilong Yang, University of Macau – Department of software engineering • Data sharing and social sensemaking in personal health informatics towards SDG3 health and wellbeing Mamello Thinyane, United Nations University institute on Computing and Society • The inevitability of mobile self-management of health and its demanding connection to the community Jacky Ho, City University of Macau – Department of innovative social work / Macau healthy lifestyle research center
(read more) (read less)
time:

3PM - 3:45PM

location:
T233, Tai Fung building, City University of Macau
Share this

Send this to friend