CFP: IFIP WG9.4 Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries



WG 9.4: Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries

12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in 

Developing Countries

Theme: "Into the Future: Themes, insights and agendas for ICT4D research 

and practice"

Ocho Rios Jamaica, 19-22 May, 2013

Submission Deadline: 26 November 2012


TRACK 14: Social Media and Development


Track Chairs

Brian Nicholson

University of Manchester


Anita Greenhill

University of Manchester


Yanuar Nugroho

University of Manchester


Track Description

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 

(eg. Indonesia).

* 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 

conference website.


Indicative Sources:


* 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 

27(2010), 264-271.

* Ekine, S (2009) SMS Uprising: mobile phone activism in Africa, Fahamu/ 

Pambazuka, Oxford.

* 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), 

pp 39-53

* 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, 

7(1), iii-ix.

* Thompson, M., (2008). ICT and development studies: Towards development 

2.0. Journal of International Development 20, 821-835.


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