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When Africans uprise against ‘Africa Rising’, what role for IT? 3 November

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
3-4 November 2014

Patrick Bond
Univ of Kwazulu-Natal
South Africa

The conditions created in Africa by the combination of long-term austerity, dictatorial regimes, socio-political injustice and ecological stresses have generated a new wave of protests across the continent since 2010. These protests relate to various dispossessions: wages and working conditions, state capture by elites, service delivery, civil liberties, land grabs, pollution and the like. In a 2013 measurement by the African Development Bank, major public protests rose from an index level of 100 in 2000 to nearly 450 in 2011 and 520 in 2012, with unrest especially important in Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Gabon, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda. In 2013, the index rose higher, to 550. In September 2014, the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report recorded South Africa as having the world’s angriest working class (for the third year in a row), followed closely by Angola, Burundi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Algeria, Cameroon, Chad and Guinea (all within the world’s top 20 sites of class struggle). And yet this is the era of ‘Africa Rising’, high commodity prices, and enormous hope invested in the potential for Information Technology’s spread, including innovative relationships between IT and opportunities to create prosperity in Africa. Is there a connection between the claims of Africa Rising in economic, infrastructural and technological respects, and Africans uprising? If so, what are some of the antidotes suggested by critical political economic theory?

IDIA2014 Conference
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
3-4 November 2014
ICTs for inclusive communities in developing societies
Monday 3 November 2014

08:00 - 08:30 Registration

08:30 - 08:45 Opening and Welcome
Chair: Darelle van Greunen

08:45 - 09:30 Keynote address: When Africans up rise against Africa Rising, what role for IT?
Patrick Bond

Session 1
09:30 - 09:50 The needs of rural women for social support services delivered through ICT: A field study in Limpopo Province
Manti Grobler and Carina de Villiers

09:50 - 10:10 ICT Skills Training in Marginalised Communities: A Gendered Journey with Lessons or Not?
Mathe Ntšekhe, Alfredo Terzoli, Sibukele Gumbo, Mamello Thinyane

10:10 - 10:30 Women, participation and design in ICT4D: addressing barriers using a co-creation approach
Ronel Smith

10:30 - 10:50 Refreshment break

10:50 - 11:10 Analysis of ICT Governance Initiatives as a Mechanism to Enhance Corporate Governance, with particular reference to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
Chris Adendorff, Brink Botha, Sindiswa Tolom, Gillian Adendorff

11:10 - 11:30 An experimental methodology to promote and evaluate the use of community networks for civic engagement
Mònica Garriga, Esunly Medina, Narcis Vives

11:30 - 11:50 Designing, developing and testing a mobile phone voting system in the South African context
Noluntu Mpekoa

11:50 - 12:10 Towards self-sustaining community networks in rural areas of developing countries: Understanding local ownership
Carlos Rey-Moreno, Amalia G. Sabiescu and Masbulele Jay Siya

12:10 - 12:30 ICTs for Inclusive Communities: A Critical Discourse Analysis
Maria Rosa Lorini, Izak van Zyl, Wallace Chigona

12:30 - 12:50 The internet of things for a smart South African grid architecture
Nomusa Dlodlo, John Mduduzi Mudumbe, Thembalethu Jama Ndwe

12:50 - 13:30 Lunch break

Session 2
Chair: Laurie Butgereit

13:30 - 13:50 Claims of mobile phone use by Kerala fishermen not supported by fieldwork
Mohan Das and Jacques Steyn

13:50 - 14:10 Evolution of ICT4D for Illiteracy Eradication and Knowledge Dissemination for Rural Community Development
Shadreck Mudziwepasi, Phumzile Nomnga, Mphenduli Ntsizi, Mfundo Shakes Scott

14:10 - 14:30 Enabling Intra-Community and Inter-Community Support in Lean Societies
Laurie Butgereit

14:30 - 14:50 Understanding Best Practices for ICTD Projects: towards a Maturity Model
Aaron Ciaghi, Adolfo Villafiorita, Lorenzo Dalvit

14:50 - 15:10 Investigating Ways to Assess ICT4D’s Impact on the Larger Community
Marita Turpin and Joan Mwenda

15:10 - 15:30 Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) research: the quest for a shared conceptual framework continues
Judy van Biljon and Trish Alexander

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break

Workshop 1

15:45 - 17:15 Living Labs and ICT4D – IFIP 9.4
Judy van Biljon and Marita Turpin

19:00 – 22:00 Conference dinner and Best paper award
Boardwalk Conference Center
Dress: Smart casual

Tuesday 4 November 2014

08:00 - 08:30 Registration

08:30 - 09:15 Keynote address: Challenges ahead for mobile technology in education
Laurie Butgereit
Chair: Judy van Biljon

Session 3
Chair: Judy van Biljon

09:15 - 09:35 One year on: A longitudinal case study of computer and mobile phone use among rural South African youth
Lorenzo Dalvit and Fortunate Gunzo

09:35 - 09:55 The provision of mobile centric services in Higher Educational Institutions: A case of lecturer readiness
Baldreck Chipangura, Judy van Biljon, Adele Botha

09:55 - 10:15 ICT4D HCI Guidelines: A study for Developing Countries
Tiago Devezas, Job Mashapa, Loic Ndame, Darelle van Greunen, Carlos Carreira, Bruno Giesteira

10:15 - 10:30 Refreshment break

10:50 - 11:10 Self-recorded audio feedback as a means to allow young, vulnerable children to participate in design
Helene Gelderblom, Jason Yip, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Bester Chimbo

11:10 - 11:30 The Impact of Mobile Phones on Quality of Life of the Elderly Brett Mealor, Jean-Paul Van Belle

11:30 - 11:50 The integration of ICTs in marginalized schools in South Africa: Considerations for understanding the perceptions of in-service teachers and the role of training
Kanya Nkula and Kirsten Krauss

11:50 - 12:10 Migrants, Mobile Finance and Marginalization: Exploring Remittance Processes and "Ghettoization" in Singapore
Arul Chib, Narendiran Sundararajan, Mohamed Sirajudin, Mohamed Jinnah

12:10 - 12:30 Designing user security metrics for a security awareness at Higher and Tertiary Institutions
Fungai Bhunu Shava, Darelle van Greunen

12:30 - 12:50 A Gap Model for Environmental Information Management in an African Higher Education Institution
Brenda Scholtz, Blessing Jonamu, Andre Calitz

12:50 - 13:30 Lunch break

Session 4
Chair: Darelle van Greunen

13:30 - 13:50 Personal Health Records in the South African Healthcare Landscape: A Socio-Technical Analysis
Avuya Mxoli, Nicky Mostert-Phipps, Mariana Gerber

13:50 - 14:10 The Mediating Effect of Task-Technology Fit on mHealth Tool Use and Community Health Worker Performance in the Kenyan Context
Maradona Gattara

14:10 - 14:30 Rapid and Collaborative Development of Socially Relevant Computing Solutions for Developing Communities
Jabu Mtsweni, Hanifa Abdullah

14:30 - 14:50 Case Study of Dabi Rural Community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja
Abubakar Musa

14:50 - 15:00 Coffee break

Workshop 2

15:00 - 17:00 The Comprehensive Nature of Evaluating ICT in Development: Trends in Current Practice
Caroline Khene
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17:00 - 17:15 Closure
Jacques Steyn

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