[CITASA] CFP: International Digital Divide Conference 21-22 October 2015, Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona, USA

Laura Robinson laura at laurarobinson.org
Mon Jul 27 19:08:38 EDT 2015


PARTNERSHIP FOR PROGRESS ON THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

2015 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Creating Connections, Building Bridges: Advancing the

Digital Divide Research, Policy, and Practice Agenda

21-22 October 2015

Arizona State University SkySong

Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona USA


http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2015/





In 1995, based on U.S. Census data collected in 1994, the newly created
U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
prepared and released the landmark report “Falling Through the Net: A
Survey of the ‘Have Nots’ in Rural and Urban America”. As a result, the
inequalities of online access began to be discussed as the “Digital Divide”
was recognized as a key challenge in countries around the world.



Twenty-one years after that identification of the digital divide through
social scientific research, the gaps persist and in many cases grow.
According to the latest available data from the International
Telecommunication Union, in all but 21 out of 228 countries around the
world, and even in the vast majority of developed countries, at least 20%
of the population does not benefit from even minimal access to the Internet
at home. Even within the top 50 countries in Internet access, 18 countries,
ranging from Bahrain to New Zealand to the United States, have 20-30% of
their households offline and in 11 countries, including Spain, Italy,
Croatia, and Russia, 30-38% of their populations have no Internet access at
home. And, that trend continues with even some developed and wealthy
countries with Very High Human Development according to the United Nations
having around half their households without Internet access (e.g., Greece
with 44%, Saudi Arabia with 46%, and Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, with
51% offline).



While the digital divide has always impacted groups across a wide range of
ages, now, given the number of years the digital divide has already
persisted and its likely continuation into the future, these experiences of
inequality will affect individuals across their entire life course. More
than two decades of research, policy, and practice have taught us that the
digital divide is about gaps in access and connectivity; the skills and
digital literacy needed to interpret, understand, and navigate information
presented online; effective use by individuals and communities; the impact
of socio-economic factors on user behavior; the role of motivation,
attitudes, and interests; differences in patterns of usage; the ways in
which people use the Internet to create content; and the resulting
socio-economic and cultural effects. But, more than that, when fully
assessed and understood, it is evident that the digital divide has now
taken its place alongside other long-standing, persistent issues of social
equity and social justice.



The interdisciplinary Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD)
2015 International Conference brings together researchers, policymakers,
and practitioners to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this
pressing societal concern. PPDD 2015 provides an extended, in-depth
opportunity to consider the current state and future possibilities for
research, policy, and practice that informs issues related to the digital
divide around the world. Further, the Conference works to identify new
areas of necessary, productive research focus to foster greater
understanding and enlighten policy and practice going forward so that all
global citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age. As a
major outcome of PPDD 2015, we plan to produce an edited volume of the top
papers as well as special issues of journals on specific themes within the
digital divide area.



Hosted by the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Public Affairs, PPDD
2015 will be held at ASU’s high-tech SkySong in the Scottsdale area of
Phoenix, Arizona, USA with complimentary transport to/from discounted hotel
room blocks in pleasurable Old Town Scottsdale, a 5-10 minute drive from
SkySong.



Involving scholars, policymakers and practitioners at all stages of their
careers, sessions at PPDD 2015 will include reports of research from any
discipline and any theoretical and methodological approach that contributes
to exploring the issues surrounding the digital divide as well as
discussions of policy and practice work, experiences, ideas, challenges,
and opportunities. In addition, there will be plenaries, including an
opening plenary luncheon on 21 October, and a keynote luncheon on 22
October.



The final session of PPDD 2015 is a highly interactive, lively
brainstorming and collaborative thinking dialogue among all presenters and
other attendees to create partnerships and inspire new ideas for digital
divide research, policy, and practice. All participants in PPDD 2015 will
have the opportunity to provide in advance position papers for this session
that will be made available prior to the Conference and permanently
archived via an e-book on the PPDD website.



If you would like to present and discuss your work during PPDD 2015 and
have it included in the online PPDD 2015 Conference Proceedings and/or if
you would like to provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2015
E-Book, please see the Call for Participation (
http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2015/cfp/) for instructions on how to
submit your work for consideration.



If you would like to just attend PPDD 2015 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 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.





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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

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If you would like to 1) present and discuss your work during PPDD 2015 and
have it included in the online PPDD 2015 Conference Proceedings and/or if
you would like to 2) provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD
2015 E-Book, we look forward with enthusiasm to your contribution and ask
that you please follow the instructions provided at
http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2015/cfp/ to submit your work.





1) Deadline to Submit Your Work for Consideration for Presentation: 20
August 2015 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time

Notification of Acceptance: 27 August 2015

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



Submissions that follow the instructions provided at
http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2015/cfp/ are welcome from researchers,
policymakers, and practitioners at all stages of their careers, from any
theoretical and methodological approach, and across multiple disciplines
engaged in work that informs issues related to the digital divide,
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

- 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

– different forms of capital and power relationships

– the impact of new and evolving technologies

– the mobile divide

– the interplay of influence with mobile technologies

– socioeconomic and cultural effects

– social equity, social and economic justice, and democracy

– the ethics of digital inequality

– community informatics

– social informatics

– social planning

– international development

– indigenous populations

– education

– ICTs and well-being

– health

– disability and accessibility

– politics, digital government, digital citizenship, smart
cities/citizens/government, civic engagement, adoption issues, and
(in)equality

– global citizenship

– policy and its impacts, including information/telecommunications policy,
net neutrality, and open access

– public access initiatives

– practitioner-oriented topics considering aspects of design, management,
implementation, assessment, and collaboration

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





2) Deadline to Submit a Position Paper for the PPDD 2015 Conference E-Book:
7 September 2015 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time

All PPDD 2015 attendees may submit a position paper and all submissions
that follow the guidelines provided at
www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2015/cfp/ will be included in the PPDD 2015
Conference E-Book.





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HOTELS, VENUE, AND POST-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

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On the PPDD 2015 Hotels, Venue, and Post-Conference Activities page (
http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2015/hotelsvenue/), you will find full
details about our hotels, SkySong, and the Scottsdale area as well as
post-conference information if you are also attending AoIR IR16 and/or
would like to take advantage of exciting opportunities to see digital
divide work in action in the Gila River American Indian Community and
experience the natural wonders of the American Southwest on a study tour to
Sedona and the Grand Canyon, both of which require registration by 31
August.



We have secured extremely low room rates at two quality hotels with great
amenities. You are strongly encouraged to make your reservations at these
hotels through the links provided below because other area hotels have much
higher rates with fewer amenities and only guests staying at these two
hotels within the PPDD 2015 room block will be provided with complimentary
daily roundtrip transportation to/from SkySong (i.e., if you do not reserve
your room through the links below, you will be responsible for your own
daily transportation to/from SkySong).



Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Single or Double: $119USD/night (plus tax) including complimentary
continental breakfast, Internet access, parking, and more

Please make your reservation at
http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/S/SCTGIGI-PPDD-20151017/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Reservation Deadline: This special discounted room rate will be available
until 21 September or when the group block is sold-out, whichever comes
first.



Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale Old Town

Single or Double: $109USD/night (plus tax)

Triple: $119USD/night (plus tax)

Quad: $129USD/night (plus tax)

All rates include complimentary hot breakfast buffet, Manager’s Reception
Tuesday-Saturday with beer, wine, soda and light snacks, Internet access,
parking, and more.

Please make your reservation at
http://www.hiexpress.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=ex&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=PHXSR&_PMID=99801505&GPC=PPD

Reservation Deadline: These special discounted room rates will be available
until 14 September or when the group block is sold-out, whichever comes
first.





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REGISTRATION

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The PPDD 2015 Conference registration fee is $99USD and includes full
access to the Conference as well as lunch on 21 and 22 October plus the
Conference reception and banquet dinner after the Conference programming on
21 October.



Please note that all presenters must register by 10 September to ensure
their place in the PPDD 2015 Conference Program.



Please note the deadline to register for the post-Conference Gila River
Telecommunications Field Trip or Gila River Telecommunications and Natural
Wonders of the American Southwest Study Tour to Sedona and the Grand Canyon
is 31 August.



Please register at http://ppdd2015.brownpapertickets.com/





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YOUR PPDD 2015 CONFERENCE LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Conference Organizers

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

Rod Carveth, Morgan State University and Partnership for Progress on the
Digital Divide



Conference Host

Arizona State University School of Public Affairs

Karen Mossberger, Director



Europe Sessions Organizer

Grant Blank, Oxford University and Oxford Internet Institute



Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa Sessions Organizer

Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney



Canada Sessions Organizer

Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University and Centre for Digital Media



United States Sessions Organizer

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



Latin America and the Caribbean Sessions Organizer

Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University



Policymaker and Practitioner Liaison

Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance





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CO-SPONSORS

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



American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics
Section



American Public Health Association Health Informatics Information
Technology Section



Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American
Sociological Association



Community Informatics Research Network



International Association for Media and Communication Research



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



International Association for Media and Communication Research Digital
Divide Working Group



International Communication Association



International Communication Association Communication and Technology
Division



International Communication Association Communication Law and Policy
Division



International Communication Association Mass Communication Division



iSchools



National Communication Association



National Digital Inclusion Alliance





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PUBLISHING PARTNERS

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Information Technologies and International Development



Journal of Community Informatics



Online Journal of Public Health Informatics



Additional journals may be forthcoming





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SPONSORS

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The PPDD 2015 International Conference would not be possible without the
generosity of our Sponsors whose dedication to enriching the dialogue and
connecting research, policy, and practice leads the way in advancing the
agenda on the digital divide. Please join us in thanking them.



**Premier Sponsor and Conference Banquet Host**

Arizona State University School of Public Affairs <http://spa.asu.edu/>



**Premier Sponsor and Opening Plenary Luncheon Host**

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism <
http://annenberg.usc.edu/>



**Platinum Sponsor**

Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society <
https://sfis.asu.edu/

Institute of Cultural Capital <http://iccliverpool.ac.uk/>



**Gold Sponsor**

Arizona State University American Indian Policy Institute






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