Our world is dynamic, becoming increasingly complex. Unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, crime, corruption, pollution, climate change, underdevelopment, inequality, refugee crisis, and (im)migration have become global social challenges. For some time now, ICT and especially digital networks have been used to decrease the impact of some of these global social problems. For instance, law enforcement agencies have gained first promising experiences with the application of cloud-based predictive policing software. The new software technology generates predictions on the places and times that future crimes are most likely to occur to better prevent crime in communities. In case of natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes or animal diseases, smartphone-based alerting and management systems can facilitate information flow and improve the efficiency of early warning systems. Today thousands of refugees and migrants make their journey safer and share important information by using (their) smartphones on ubiquitous networks. New technologies for mining social media have been applied to support emergency services by real-time parsing and analyzing public messages. Applications of this technology have helped the early detection of social unrest, allowing a rapid response to rioting and looting.
With the help of digital networks, the impact of global social problems has been mitigated to some extent. Nevertheless, the use of ICT in networks has simultaneously created some other problems, such as loss of privacy, techno stress, systemic risks in financial systems, and digital divide to name but a few. For instance, social networks open opportunities for companies to get access to data and user information, there is, however, only a thin line between mistakes in programming and what is intended to be allowed. Speculations in the financial markets have exacerbated economic crises threatening the future of billions of people. Digital divide indicates a relative inequality between those who have access to, and can use ICT including having the skills to make use of those new technologies (which are those who have more) and those who have less.
The aim of ICTO2016 is to illustrate the research regarding ICT in networks and its relation to social challenges. Thus, the focus of submissions should be on research that can improve people's lifes and establish new trends and practices in the usage of ICT in networks. Research exploring the role of ICT in networks promoting participation, improving welfare, increasing transparency, and implementing shared value are of particular interest, along with the role of ICT in networks in both the creation and maintenance of social problems.
Possible topics of submissions include, but are not limited to:
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Deadline for paper submission is: Dec 15 2015
Since JEM has a special emphasis in networks and electronic markets, the best papers must have a relation to that emphasis too.
The papers that will be published in JEM will be published as extended abstract in the conference proceedings.