Conference report

The IFIP Working Group 9.4 14th International Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on May 22–24, 2017.  The venue was the delightful Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel with its wonderful manicured gardens and pool. The conference was attended by 147 participants from 31 countries. The theme of the conference was “ICTs for Promoting Social Harmony: Towards a Sustainable Information Society.” Where a harmonious society a peaceful and balanced connected whole, as part of a transformed social dynamic. A harmonious society is where there is a sustainable exchange of resources and development taking place through mutual agreement.

A call for tracks was distributed in 2016, with 17 track proposals received, of which 13 were finally selected for inclusion in the conference. There were 118 submissions from which 68 papers were accepted for publication. For the first time, the papers were published in the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology series (IFIP AICT Vol. 504, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7). We thank Springer for their support in publishing the proceedings of this conference.

The conference benefited from three outstanding keynote speakers: Robert M. Davison, City University of Hong Kong, Chrisanthi Avgerou, London School of Economics and Kentaro Toyama, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The blue flashing-light police car escort ensured prompt arrival for coaches carrying participants at the gala dinner and spectacular performance of the Ramayana Ballet with the Prambanan 9th Century Hindu temple complex as a backdrop.

Special thanks go to the hosts of this conference, Universitas Islam Indonesia and Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta. Every conference has an organisational leader whose outstanding achievements contribute to the overall success of the event. For this conference Fathul Wahid, who led the local organisation team and also pulled together the final proceedings, is to be congratulated for his exceptional effort.

Thanks also to my fellow conference co-chairs: Jyoti Choudrie, University of Hertfordshire, UK, M. Sirajul Islam, Örebro University, Sweden, Fathul Wahid, Universitas Islam Indonesia, and Johanes Eka Priyatma, Sanata Dharma University, Indonesia.

The event has resulted in a special issue for the Information Technology for Development Journal (Taylor and Francis) which could include extended versions of papers published at the conference (deadline, January 2018). We are also pleased to announce that Prof Robert M. Davison, City University of Hong Kong has been elected chair of IFIP Working Group 9.4. We are delighted that, Arlene Bailey, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica will continue as Working Group Secretary.

 

Julian M. Bass,

University of Salford,

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