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[liberationtech] International Digital Divide Conference 22-24 May 2019, Washington, DC USA

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Tue Feb 26 11:09:21 PST 2019

From: Jeremy Schulz <jmschulz at>



22-24 May 2019

Washington, DC USA

Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) is the only academic
professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide
and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to strategize
actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern.  The
academic research, policymaker, and practitioner community represented by
PPDD stands ready to advance the agenda on broadband and the digital
divide, to address the many challenges and opportunities presented by the
digital world, and to further evidence-based policymaking and practice so
that all citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age.

The interdisciplinary Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2019
International Conference brings together researchers, policymakers, and
practitioners for an extended, in-depth dialogue about key issues that
inform information and communication technologies and the digital divide
around the world. The Conference works to identify new areas of necessary,
productive focus, foster greater understanding, advance research, and
enlighten policy and practice going forward. An optional 21 May afternoon
Field Trip to digital inclusion program sites offers the opportunity to
learn firsthand about innovative initiatives to bridge the digital divide
in Washington, DC.

PPDD 2019 is particularly significant as it marks the 25th anniversary of
the recognition of the digital divide through social scientific research.
And, within PPDD 2019, we plan to have the largest worldwide gathering of
disability digital divide experts ever.

As a major outcome of PPDD 2019, in addition to the PPDD 2019 Proceedings
and E-Book, we plan to produce an edited volume of the top papers as well
as special issues of our Publishing Partners’ journals on specific themes
within the digital divide area.

If you would like to present and discuss your work during PPDD 2019 and
have it included in the online PPDD 2019 International Conference
Proceedings and/or if you would like to provide a Position Paper for
inclusion in the PPDD 2019 E-Book, please see the Call for Participation
section below.

If you would like to just attend PPDD 2019 to explore the issues and grow
your knowledge and network of connections, please know that you are very
welcome and valued in the PPDD Conference Community.

Please join PPDD and an unprecedented broad multi-disciplinary coalition of
co-sponsoring organizations from academic, policymaking, and practitioner
communities to share your insights and expertise. Together, we will enrich
the dialogue, connect research, policy and practice, and advance the agenda
on the digital divide.

Please contact conference [at] ppdd [dot] org with any questions.




If you would like to 1) present and discuss your work during PPDD 2019 and
have it included in the online PPDD 2019 International Conference
Proceedings, and/or if you would like to 2) provide a Position Paper for
inclusion in the PPDD 2019 E-Book, we look forward with enthusiasm to your
contribution and ask that you please follow the instructions provided at to submit your work.  .
Submissions are welcome from researchers, policymakers, and practitioners
at all stages of their careers, from any theoretical and methodological
approach, and across multiple disciplines.

1) Deadline to Submit Your Presentation Title and Short Summary for
Consideration for Presentation: 18 March 2019 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time

Notification of Acceptance: 25 March 2019

If you have visa or other time-sensitive concerns, please submit your work
as quickly as possible and email conference [at] ppdd [dot] org to request
an expedited review so you can receive notification shortly after

Before we can address the digital divide, we must first understand the
nature of life in the digital age, the many challenges and opportunities it
presents, and the interplay of influence between technological and social
change. Then, in turn, we can fully understand digital inequality; its
place alongside other long-standing, persistent issues of social equity,
social justice, and media justice; and what it means to be disconnected
from the most important technological advancement in communication in a
generation and the myriad possibilities it facilitates. Thus, PPDD 2019
invites work that informs issues related to information and communication
technologies (ICTs) and the digital divide broadly defined, including but
not limited to:

- gaps in access and connectivity

- digital inclusion

- digital exclusion

- digital (dis)engagement

- challenges and opportunities

- social and cultural aspects of the divide

- the skills and digital/information literacy needed to interpret,
understand, and navigate information presented online and the requisite

- effective use by individuals and communities

- the impact of socioeconomic factors on user behavior

- the role of motivation, attitudes, and interests

- differences in patterns of usage

- characteristics and conceptualizations of non-users

- the ways in which people use the Internet to create content

- content creation and inequality

- different forms of capital and power relationships, including in terms of
content creation, labor, and ownership

- the role of theory in understanding ICTs and digital inequality

- the impact of new and evolving technologies

- the mobile divide

- the interplay of influence with mobile technologies

- human-computer interaction, human factors, and usability

- social media

- digital games

- apps

- socioeconomic and cultural effects

- social equity, social and economic justice, and democracy

- media justice and ICTs

- the ethics of digital inequality

- community informatics

- social informatics

- urban and regional planning

- social planning

- international development

- indigenous populations

- children and childhood

- education

- ICTs and well-being

- health

- disability and accessibility

- politics, digital government, digital citizenship, smart
cities/citizens/government, civic engagement, adoption issues, and

- global citizenship

- policy discourse

- law and policy and its impacts, including information/telecommunications
policy, net neutrality, open access, open source, copyright, Internet
filtering software, and censorship

- the digital security divide

- the digital privacy divide

- big data and inequality

- organizations and ICTs

- public access initiatives

- anchor institutions

- practitioner-oriented topics considering aspects of design, management,
implementation, assessment, collaboration, challenges, problem solution,
and opportunities

- architectural challenges and deployment experiences

- Internet access cost analyses

- the application of research to communities, practice, and public and
private sector initiatives

2) Deadline to Submit a Position Paper for the PPDD 2019 International
Conference E-Book: 6 May 2019 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time

All PPDD 2019 attendees may submit a position paper and all submissions
that follow the guidelines provided at will be included in the PPDD
2019 E-Book.




Conference Organizer

Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

Editorial Organizer

Tomasz Drabowicz, University of Lodz

Partnership Organizer

Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University

Europe Organizer

Grant Blank, Oxford University and Oxford Internet Institute

Africa Organizer

Bill Tucker, University of the Western Cape and Bridging Application and
Network Gaps

Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East Organizer

Ellie Rennie, RMIT University

Canada Organizer

Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University and Centre for Digital Media

United States Organizer

Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

Latin America and the Caribbean Organizers

Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University

Hopeton S. Dunn, University of the West Indies, Jamaica and Caribbean
Institute of Media and Communication

Policymaker, Practitioner, and Stakeholder Liaisons

Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance




American Anthropological Association Committee on the Anthropology of
Science, Technology, and Computing

American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy

American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics

American Public Health Association Health Informatics Information
Technology Section

American Sociological Association Communication, Information Technologies,
and Media Sociology Section

Community Informatics Research Network

Government of France Ministry for the Economy and Finance French Digital

International Association for Media and Communication Research
Communication Policy and Technology Section

International Association for Media and Communication Research Digital
Divide Working Group

International Association for Media and Communication Research Global Media
Policy Working Group

International Communication Association

International Communication Association Communication and Technology

International Communication Association Communication Law and Policy

International Communication Association Mass Communication Division


National Digital Inclusion Alliance

NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

Public Library Association

Urban Libraries Council, Edge Initiative




Information Technologies and International Development

Journal of Community Informatics

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

Journal of Information Policy

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
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