Social Impact, Diversity, and Inclusion Track

Information systems can play an increasingly critical role in solving ongoing societal challenges and building resilience into communities. The social impact, diversity, and inclusion track will explore dimensions of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age and physical abilities and others from the perspective of the role of information systems as an enabler of diversity and inclusion and creator of social impact. Although diversity and inclusion have been identified as vital business tools by the Diversity Council Australia, technology is generally not equitably shared within society. The objective of this track is to develop theoretical insight and understanding on topics and issues that address social impact, diversity and inclusion. Research into technologically appropriate, culturally acceptable, environmentally benign and economically sustainable solutions is welcomed.

The track will address the assumption that impact and implementation are the same in all situations with little regard to the particular social or cultural context.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Social impact
  • Social impact 2.0
  • Mobile, social networks, and crowdsourcing for social impact
  • Social impact measurement
  • Software for good
  • Diversity
  • Inclusive systems
  • Women in ICT
  • Indigenous issues in IS/IT
  • Empowering communities
  • Co-creation of solutions in IS projects
  • Stakeholder ecosystems
  • Human Rights
  • Open systems
  • Imagineering, plussing and proof of concepts of IS for social impact
  • Revisiting the Digital Divide
  • Emerging technology in humanitarian IS e.g. Blockchain
  • Technology for Good, Data for Good
  • ICT4D
  • Land governance and digital rights
  • Technology startups leveraging non-profit models to achieve social impact
  • #UpgradeYourWorld
  • Case studies from industry and academia

Track Chairs

Jason Sargent

Swinburne University of Technology

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Safia Barikzai

London South Bank University

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Katina Michael

University of Wollongong

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