As we build our post-COVID-19 realities, we have an unprecedented opportunity to apply information for a better world. In iConference 2022, we invite scholars to reflect and contribute through their research and engagement.
The global pandemic has profoundly impacted the means by which we work, play, learn, research, and interact. However, the world did not experience this pandemic equally; long standing inequities were exposed and made worse. Even as we have come to rely more on information technologies for maintaining our connections to each other, we have become more keenly aware that the benefits are not equally distributed and that such connection comes with costs. Sadly, more information by itself does not lead to a more just world.
But as we look forward to building our post-COVID-19 realities, we can demand of ourselves and each other information for a better world. How can information help us pay closer attention to justice, equity, sustainability, and empowerment of the most vulnerable members of our societies? What should our institutions – government, the private sector, civil society – look like for the betterment of all? How can our workplaces, schools, universities, research labs, libraries, museums, and other institutions and organizations, physical and virtual, be constituted collectively so that we can build a better world?
iConference 2022 is globally hosted by University College Dublin (Ireland), and Kyushu University (Japan) and University of Texas at Austin (USA). Our principles – commitment to sustainable development; equity, diversity, and inclusion; openness; global reach – are reflected in our hoped-for practices for this conference. Our distributed organizational team spans three continents and multiple ethnicities and genders; our virtual conference minimizes our carbon footprint; our commitment to openness is reflected in all that we do.
iConference 2022 will be entirely virtual, taking place online Feb. 28 – March 4, 2022. See our Call For Participation for more details, and please share the call with friends and colleagues.
Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science; authors may also upload their work to their institutional repository, as well as the IDEALS open repository if they so choose.
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