IDIA2020 online!

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

Researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world engaged in issues of technology and sustainable development participated in IDIA2020.

Due to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic the IDIA2020 conference was shifted to a virtual format.

Great discussions and interactions took place over the three days of the conference.

We are grateful to everyone who contributed to making IDIA2020 a successful ICT4D virtual conference.

IDIA2020 Organizing Committee

Keynote speaker

The keynote for IDIA2020 titled Privacy by Design for the Next Billion was delivered by Payal Arora on Thursday 26th March 2020 at 07h30 (UTC).


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.

Continue reading “Keynote speaker”

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

Continue reading