WG 9.4: Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in
Theme: "Into the Future: Themes, insights and agendas for ICT4D research
Ocho Rios Jamaica, 19-22 May, 2013
Submission Deadline: 26 November 2012
TRACK 14: Social Media and Development
University of Manchester
University of Manchester
University of Manchester
This stream invites contributions on Social Media and Development with
an emphasis on societal change and poverty alleviation. Social Media
refers to a group of Internet-based applications that build on the
ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the
creation and exchange of User Generated Content (Kaplan and Haenlein
2010). Mobile and fixed line web-based social media offer potential in
developing countries to empower individuals and groups by supporting
such applications as citizen reporting, crowd sourcing and education.
Social media may contribute to poverty alleviation by facilitating
sharing of resources (time, expertise, support); information (job
opportunities, benefits advice, influence) ; opportunities for
capacity-building (to develop skills or start an enterprise); and
enables collective action and influence (improving a local area, social
campaigning, ensuring a voice in local affairs). It can also reduce
corruption and increase institutional transparency, thus improving the
effectiveness of state poverty reduction initiatives (Afridi 2011,
Bertot et al., 2010).
Papers in this stream will contribute to debates on :
* "development 2.0" (Thompson, 2008), "open development" (Smith et al.,
* investigations of the informational, capacity-building and enabling
role of social media for poverty alleviation building on Heeks (2010)
and Madon and Sahay, (2002) for example.
* social media for political activism building on Ameripour et al., (2010).
* The impacts and the broader notion of new ICT-enabled development
models are still debated and this stream will contribute to this discourse.
Papers and panel proposals may include (but are not confined to) :
* Examples and best practices: How are social media being used in
development? How may these applications be analysed and theorised? This
may include empirical cases theorised appropriately and methods for
supporting and studying social media in development. Examples may
include social media and disaster relief, reducing corruption in
developing countries; or use of particular social media (e.g. Twitter,
Blogs, Facebook etc.) in particular countries for political activism
* Social issues of digital development: social practices of online life,
for example dealing with disparate communities, social organising for
pleasure or survival; issues of access and digital divide. Privacy,
intellectual property, protection of young people.
* Development and Empowerment equalities and inequalities, the slowing
down and speeding up of experience and life in the digitised social
media environment. Topics may include how beneficiaries of power are
redistributed, if any, in course of technological exchange. Does the
fall of regimes in the so called Arab Spring for example provide
examples of enlivened radicalism and empowered populations resulting
from social media? or is this explanation reflective of a naive
technological determinism? Studies that support or critique utopian /
dystopian perspectives on social media effects are welcomed.
* Reflexivity between the studies of Social Media and Development:
analysis of how discourses around social media affect use of technology
and how discourses of social media affect the study of development for
example the role of language, ethnicity, technological shortfalls,
ethics; ways in which methodological approaches in each field can inform
each other. Links between social media in the developing world and
development, for example the potential of social media for Open Development.
We welcome panel discussion proposals, work in progress and full
research papers to explore the theme of this stream.
For paper format and submission guidelines please refer to the main
* Afridi, A., (2011). Social networks: their role in addressing poverty.
Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation Programme Paper on Poverty and
Ethnicity. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
* Ameripour, A. Nicholson, B, Newman, M (2010) Conviviality of internet
social networks: an exploratory study of internet campaigns in Iran.
Journal of Information Technology. 25(2): p244-257
* Bertot, J.C., Jaeger, P.T., Grimes, J.M., (2010). Using ICTs to create
a culture of transparency: E-government and social media as openness and
anti-corruption tools for societies. Government Information Quarterly
* Ekine, S (2009) SMS Uprising: mobile phone activism in Africa, Fahamu/
* Garrett, R. K. (2006). Protest in an Information Society: A Review of
Literature on Social Movements and New ICTs. Information, Communication
and Society, 9(2), 202-224
* Greenhill A. & Fletcher, G (2009), Blog/shop: its authentic so don?t
worry Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, 7(1),
* Heeks, R., (2010). Conceptualising ICTs, Enterprise and Poverty
Alleviation. Report. Geneva: UNCTAD.
* Kaplan,A Haenlein,M (2010) Users of the world, unite! The challenges
and opportunities of Social Media, Business Horizons, 53,(1) 59-68,
* Madon, S., Sahay, S., (2002). An information-based model of NGO
mediation for the empowerment of slum dwellers in Bangalore. The
Information Society 18(1), 13-19.
* Morozov, E. (2011) The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World.
Allen Lane, London
* Nugroho, Y. (2011) ?Opening the black box: The adoption of innovations
in the voluntary sector ?The case of Indonesian civil society
organisations?, Research Policy, 40(5):761-777
* Rheingold, H. (2002) Smart Mobs: the Next Social Revolution,
Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.
* Smith, M.L., Elder, L., & Emdon, H. (2011) Open Development: A new
theory for ICT4D. Information Technology and International Development,
* Thompson, M., (2008). ICT and development studies: Towards development
2.0. Journal of International Development 20, 821-835.