The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will host its second annual "ICTs for Civil Society" Conference and Exhibition from 7-9 March 2006 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg.
SANGONeT, in conjunction with The Information Society Institute (Tisi) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, invites academic, scientific or action-research papers dealing with the theme, "The Information Society as a Response to Poverty and Inequality in Southern Africa", for presentation at the conference.
The areas of interest include, but are not limited to, research on information and community informatics in the new and emerging information societies of Southern Africa.
Specific topics of interest include the following:
- Technology-based interventions by NGOs and other civil society stakeholders in communities: Lessons on successes, failures, and difficulties in Southern Africa;
- The localization of information: local content, local language, local issues;
- ICT for development research; - Innovative and emerging technologies to promote community empowerment and inter-community cooperation;
- ICT legislation, regulation and policy for Southern African information societies;
- e-Government and m-Government;
- ICT for communities of practice;
- e-communication for local communities;
- Issues of e-security and e-privacy in Southern African information societies;
- Suitable framework for e-communication services in Southern African communities;
- Community informatics for poverty alleviation;
- Community informatics and ICT in emergencies and disaster relief operations in Southern Africa.
We are interested in the following types of papers, panel discussions and presentations:
- Full research papers
- Surveys and reports
- Policy and strategy papers
- Case studies
We also welcome workshops relevant to the theme of the track.
1. 30 January 2006: Papers and presentations due.
2. 15 February 2006: Acceptance/rejection notice after blind review.
3. 28 February 2006: Final version of accepted papers and presentations due.
Papers must be submitted in the following format:
1. Name(s) of author(s) (In the case of multiple authors, kindly indicate the contact author)
2. Affiliation/contact details (organisation, address and e-mail of author(s)
3. Title of abstract
4. 250 word abstract in English
5. Body of paper (up to 5000 words)
Papers will be blind-reviewed by at least two referees and only accepted upon the recommendation of referees and the review committee. Practitioners are particularly encouraged to submit research reports. Papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
SUBMISSION INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS:
Please refer to The Information Society Institute (TISI) Website for the procedures and guidelines on the submission of papers.
For any enquiries, please contact:
Vesper Owei at TISI on Tel: (021) 469-1000
or e-mail: OweiV@cput.ac.za
For general information about the conference, please refer to the SANGONeT conference website.