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6th IDIA Conference

IDIA2012 Conference
Istanbul, Turkey
6-8 September 2012

Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies.
Will ICT Rights make a difference?

A conference about ICTs, poverty (digital and other) and rights (digital and other).

We invite you to submit an abstract for a proposed paper in the area of Developing Informatics / ICT4D for IDIA 2012 (the 6th International Development Informatics Association Conference) to be held on 6-8 September 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey. The theme of the conference is:

"Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies.
Will ICT Rights make a difference?"
A conference about ICTs, poverty (digital and other) and rights (digital and other).

Submit and register here:
Online conference system: https://www.conftool.net/idia2012/

Conference venue

Beykent University
Faculty of Law
Siraselviler Caddesi
Istanbul, Turkey


Keynote speakers

A critical assessment of M4D and Development 2.0

Professor Chrisanthi Avgerou
Information Systems and Innovation Group
London School of Economics
See abstract.


Turkish Internet : A look back for governance and developmental Informatics

Mustafa Akgül
Bilkent University/Internet Techologies Association
Ankara, Turkey
See abstract.

1. Call for Papers

The conference is aimed at researchers, policy-makers and reflective practitioners. It will be managed and hosted by the School of IT at the South African campus of Monash University, North-West University (South Africa), and the Department of Computer Engineering at Marmara University (Turkey).

Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Selected papers will be submitted for publication in an accredited journal in DI (Development Informatics) / ICT4D.

Conference proceedings will be distributed at the conference.

The DI / ICT4D space is a dynamic, complex, morally challenging and altruistic area for intervention or for undertaking research. The 5th IDIA conference, held in October 2011 in Lima, Perú, identified these realities. One of the key themes emerging from that conference was the need to understand the connections between access and usage of ICT and poverty, connecting both issues under the concept of digital poverty. Also, in the context of the recent social uprising around the Mediterranean Sea, the importance of ICT and new media are growing. The voices of citizens through the use of social media are becoming a part of the political scene. ICT tools for communication as well as for organizing and structuring political responses under both autoritarian and democratic regimes are gaining ground. The need to go beyond the technical aspects of ID / ICT4D demands serious attention. The 6th annual IDIA conference hopes to progress in this direction.

Development Informatics covers a broad range of fields relevant to developing countries and marginalised communities, and includes disciplines such as Health Informatics, e-Governance, and e-Learning. The 6th IDIA2012 Conference hopes to progress in exploring improving the field of Development Informatics, and calls for papers in any of the following themes.

2. Themes

2.1 Digital poverty alleviation

2.2 ICT Rights

2.3 The field of DI / ICT4D

Papers may be relevant to one or more of these topics and the above themes.

We especially invite academics, practitioners, policymakers and activistsfrom the Mediterranean and Middle East regions to participate.

3. Panels

Candidates may also put in proposals for a panel discussion.

Kindly submit possible themes and names of panelists.

4. Research Exchange

A Research Exchange session is proposed for either 5 September or 9 September. The purpose of this session is for sharing current non-published work in progress research (i.e. working papers, Ph.D, M.S. or academic non-degree-oriented research).

If interested, please indicate which date suits you best. Arrangements will be made in time, and there is no extra fee if you are already registered for the main conference.

5. Submission of Papers and Proposals

Papers must be submitted through the electronic submission system: http://www.conftool.net/idia2012/

For relevant themes see the Call for Papers above.

Deadlines - revised on 24 Feb 2012

1 May 2012   Full papers due for blind peer review
1 July 2012   Peer review results
1 August 2012   Final print-ready version of papers due

5.1. Conference proceedings

Steyn, J., Kirlidog, M. (eds.) 2012. Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies. Will ICT Rights make a difference? IDIA2012 Conference Proceedings. Beykent University Publishing Number 89 (Istanbul).
ISBN 978-975-6319-17-8

The following content of the Proceedings is available online:

5.2 Format for papers

For reviewing purposes

Papers should be submitted in one of these formats:

Formatting requirements review process

Once the paper is accepted for the conference proceedings, it is assumed that the author(s) give(s) consent for the paper to be published in the proceedings by the conference organisers.

For publishing purposes

Papers accepted after the double-blind peer review process must comply with the following requirements, otherwise they will not be included in the Conference Proceedings. Also meet the deadlines for submissions to have the paper included in the Proceedings.

6. Registration

To register, please use the online conference system at


6.1 Registration fees

Conference fee   €220
Early bird   €200
Student Specials
Conference fee   €170
Early bird   €150

Students have to present proof of current registration at a higher education institution.

Early bird ends: 20 June 2012

6.2 Visa letters

6.3 Gala Dinner

The gala dinner will be organised in a boat in Bosphorus which can be windy and cool in September.

7. Accommodation

See the list of hotels within easy reach of the conference venue.

8. Transport / Airports

There are two airports in Istanbul:

Getting to Taksim from both the airports is easy and cheap by bus.

For timetables, fares and other information: http://www.havatas.com.tr/en/

9. Info and Tips

9.1 Currency Exchange

There are many currency exchange shops in the city and they have quite fair rates. The rates can be higher in the airport.

10. Programme Committee

See the Programme Committee page.

Organizing Committee

Melih Kirlidog Conference Co-Chair
Jacques Steyn Conference Co-Chair
Erdal Balaban  
  Fuat Ince  
Sevinc Gulsecen  
Meric Aykol  
Ediz Saykol  
Imelda Smit  
Charles van der Vyver  

About IDIA

IDIA, the International Development Informatics Association, is an association serving as a forum for international cooperation between individuals and organisations focusing on research into the use of ICTs by developing economies and societies (ICT4D). IDIA was founded in 2006 and has held national workshops on Development Informatics, as well as five international conferences.

IDIA2012 is the 6th International IDIA Conference.