Welcome to IDIA2020 online!

The 11th International Development Informatics Association conference (IDIA2020) will take place from 25 – 27 March 2020. It is organized by the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society under the theme “The more things change …”

We invite researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world interested in issues of technology and sustainable development, to participate in IDIA2020.

Due to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic the IDIA2020 conference has been moved to a virtual format to limit the health risks to participants.

We are looking forward to fruitful engagements in IDIA2020.

IDIA2020 Organizing Committee

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Keynote speaker

We are happy to announce the keynote for IDIA2020 titled Privacy by Design for the Next Billion by Payal Arora on Thursday 26th March 2020 at 07h30 (UTC). Reserve your place by registering below.

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Payal Arora is a digital anthropologist and author, consultant, founder, editor, and professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She holds the Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures. Her expertise lies in digital media experience and user values among low-income communities worldwide and comes with more than a decade of fieldwork experience in such contexts.

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Virtual Participation Information

All sessions at IDIA2020 will be hosted in a Zoom virtual meeting room.  Participation in all the IDIA2020 virtual sessions is free – use the Zoom link below to register to participate.

While there will be moderators in every session of the conference, we need everybody’s cooperation to ensure a pleasant experience for both the participants and the speakers. Below is a list of good practices and some house rules to guide your participation in the IDIA2020 virtual conference.

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Day 1 : Wednesday – 25 March 2020

12h00 – 13h30 (UTC) | Workshop

Improv is not just for comedy theatre. The concept of using applied improvisation for creative problem-solving (CPS) grew out of the 1990s from those who did human resources and talent development training. Improvisation also makes use of the CPS process in a very informal but explicit manner as performers create a story “out of nothing” to create a work of art that is both entertaining and thought provoking. One of the most common forms of long-form improvisation is called the Harold and it involves both divergent and convergent thinking at multiple stages of the show which allows the performers to create multiple-phase vignettes using just-in-time thinking which is a keystone of CPS as well.

The Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving process was developed in the 1950s. The CPS process involves four stages and explicit process steps within each stage that involves both divergent and convergent thinking. The Creative Education Foundation’s (CEF) Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) conference grew out of this work and has been held for more than 60 years. It is from this work that methodologies such as design thinking arose. In the 1980s, Min Basadur developed the Basadur Simplexity system which is an enhancement of original CPS process and includes the use of an innovation profile and challenge maps.

Activities proposed for this workshop will include an overview of the Basadur Simplexity CPS. This workshop will also teach participants some of the techniques of improvisation and ideas on how it can be used to develop better diverse teams that work together toward a common goal. There is research that supports the use of applied improvisation, including the work done by the Alan Alda Center for the Communication of Science at Stony Brook University which was the site of the Applied Improvisation Network 2019 Conference.

Day 2 : Thursday – 26 March 2020

07h15 – 07h30 (UTC) | Welcome

07h30 – 08h30 (UTC) | Session A.1 : Keynote

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Latest blog contributions

The data revolution
As valuable as data is, the ability to analyse and harness this data for decision-making is still a challenge for many in the global south, hence key research developments around data injustice and inequality.

Caroline Khene
Centering ICT4D on real needs
ICT4D researchers seem to continuously run after the latest trends in ICT to fulfill funding calls, forgetting the real needs of the communities which are supposedly empowered by ICT4D activity.

Alfredo Terzoli

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