Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global
Digital inclusion is the idea that all stakeholders should have equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from digitization initiatives and related innovations. Grassroots digital innovations can potentially lead to the development of global solutions, and mass global technology solutions can be creatively localized. Digital inclusion is fundamental in a world in which only 56% of its inhabitants have access to the Internet.
Dear Members of the IS Community,
ICIS 2020 is quickly approaching, and we are pleased to offer many distinctive experiences to take advantage of the virtual nature of the conference. In particular, ICIS 2020 will be using a unique scheduling model that meets the needs of all attendees regardless of physical location.
The conference schedule will rotate timing each day to provide convenient session times for each of the three AIS Regions. Day one timing will be focused toward Region 3 attendees, day two toward Region 2 attendees, and day three toward Region 1 attendees. While each day will be more suitable for one particular region, there are times throughout the schedule that are inclusive of other regions as well.
Of course, all attendees are encouraged to attend sessions throughout all three days of the conference and a tentative schedule can be found at https://icis2020.aisconferences.org/schedule-program/. Make sure to check the website on a regular basis as it will be continually updated with more information on the virtual conference platforms, registration fees and when registration. Additionally, the ICIS 2020 Conference App will provide timing listed in either Indian Standard Time (IST) or the attendee’s device time, based on preference.
ICIS 2020 committee members also understand the unique challenges researchers face with the inability to meet face-to-face and have impromptu conversations. Dedicated networking times will be held throughout the conference to allow for attendees to interact with each other and engage in an informal setting via the ICIS Café.
Finally, while we all will miss experiencing India in person, we hope to engage attendees with the lively culture of the country throughout the conference during networking breaks and social hours. We hope experiencing India in a virtual setting will build excitement to return in person in 2023.
Thank you to all members of the IS community as we plan to gather for ICIS 2020! We look forward to seeing you online.
Joey George, ICIS 2020 Conference Co-Chair
Souren Paul, ICIS 2020 Conference Co-Chair