[Book] Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World

Author: Jonathan P. Allen

This book summarizes what we know about technology and inequality across disciplines, and seeks out new ways to analyze this relationship based on technology and business practices, with the objective of restoring digital technology as an engine of opportunity. Besides the unique focus on the role of technology in inequality, the book has a unifying theme of tracing wealth creation and wealth capture in the technology sector, and relating specific practices—what technology companies actually do—to larger shifts in wealth and power. A clear conceptual framework is used to analyze key industry case studies: search engines, social media, and the ‘sharing’ economy.

More Information on the publisher’s website or dedicated book website.

Key points from the book:

  • The main question: Why would digital technology increase inequality? Will more coding skills, or better regulations, reverse this trend?
  • To understand technology and inequality, focus on wealth. Wealth has shifted since the 1980s from real to financial assets, and away from the energy and commodities sectors towards technology and finance. These shifts have tended to increase wealth concentration.
  • Digital technology changes not just products and services, but how markets and the economy operate. Digital markets are different from classical ‘perfect’ or ‘free’ markets.
  • Digital technology offers unique opportunities to profit through taxation and regulatory avoidance. It’s no coincidence that tech companies have some of the largest overseas cash holdings.
  • When we look at new digital industries, like search, social media, and the more recent sharing economy, we see highly profitable, highly concentrated industries making complex technological choices about who receives what information—how reality and relationships are mediated by digital technology.
  • What’s the solution? More education and better regulation can help, but to make a real dent in wealth concentration, the business model for the basic ‘use cases’ of our digital world needs to change. For the three key information relationships we identify (connecting buyers to sellers, people to people, and people to external reality), non-transparent businesses that profit from maximizing ‘engagement’ and ‘conversion’ seem to concentrate wealth.
  • The tech industry may be a little bit too successful at value creation, and especially value capture. While wealth concentration is not an inevitable outcome of digital technology, there are few economic, political, or cultural forces acting as a balance against it.

Allen, Jonathan P. (2017). Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56958-1, eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-56958-1, Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56957-4

[CFP] MIKE 2017: MINING INTELLIGENCE AND KNOWLEDGE EXPLORATION

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  MIKE 2017 – First Call for Papers
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The Fifth International Conference on
MINING INTELLIGENCE AND KNOWLEDGE EXPLORATION (MIKE 2017)
will be organised by IDRBT, Hyderabad, India during December 13 – 15, 2017
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   Full Paper submission deadline: 07 August, 2017
   (Contact us for Late Submissions)
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Deadline is a firm deadline and we would like to invite you to submit your research paper(s) to MIKE 2017.
You could browse MIKE 2017 Call for papers from the following links:
Also kindly encourage your students and researchers in your circle to submit their papers to MIKE 2017.
Springer supports MIKE series and publishes MIKE 2017 as a post-proceeding in their popular LNCS/LNAI series.
The accepted papers will be indexed by various Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases like DBLP, Scopus and ArnetMiner; SCI Compendex; and others.
You could browse through the earlier MIKE editions via its DBLP page at:
Patron
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A.S. Ramasastri, Director, IDRBT, Hyderabad
General Chairs
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B. Yegnanarayana, INSA Senior Scientist, IIIT Hyderabad
Chaman Lal Sabharwal, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA
Program Chairs
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Ashish Ghosh, Indian Statitstical Instititute, Kolkata, India
Byung-Gyu Kim, Sookmyung Womens University, Seoul, Korea
Organizing Chairs
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Rajarshi Pal, IDRBT, Hyderabad, India
Rajendra Prasath, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Track Chairs
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Susmita Ghosh, Jadavpur University, India
Alexander Gelbukh, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico
Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politecnica de Valancia, Spain
V. Ravi, IDRBT, Hyderabad, India
Yannis Stylianou, University of Crete, Crete, Greece
Anil Vuppala, IIIT Hyderabad, India
N. Subba Reddy, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea
Debi Prosad Dogra, Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India
Adrian Groza, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania
Maunendra Sankar Desarkar, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
Manish Shrivastava, IIIT Hyderabad, India
Hrishikesh Venkataraman, IIIT Chittoor, Sricity, India
Amit A Nanavati, IBM India Research Labs, New Delhi, India
Kumaran Raju, Geoscience S&T Consulting, Singapore
Aidan Duane, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland
T.Kathirvalavakumar, VHNSN College (Autonomous), Virudhunagar, India
Odelu Vanga, IIIT Chittoor, Sri City, India
P.V. Rajkumar, Texas Southern University, Houston, USA
Tanmoy Chakraborty, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Advisory Members
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Sudeshna Sarkar, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Agnar Admodt, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Tapio Saramäki, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Vasudeva Verma, IIIT Hyderabad, India
Pinar Ozturk, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Ildar Batyrshin, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico
Grigori Sidorov, NLTP Laboratory, CIC – IPN, Mexico
Genoveva Vargas-Solar, CNRS, France
Philip O’Reilly, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Mandar Mitra, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, IIIA – CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
Bjorn Gamback, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Nirmalie Wiratunga, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland
Niloy Ganguly, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Krishnaiyya Jallu, Bharat Heavy Electronics Limited, Thiruchirappalli, India

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2017): Last Mile

 

*** Last Mile ***

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning

mLearn 2017

Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

30 October – 1 November, 2017

http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/

In Cooperation with ACM SIGAPP (proceedings in ACM ICPS)

*** Submission Deadline: 20th July 2017 (final and firm) ***

 

The International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn)
(www.iamlearn.org) is the custodian of the mLearn conference series.
mLearn is the leading annual international conference for researchers,
policy makers, educators, developers and solutions providers in the fields
of mobile, ubiquitous and contextual learning, as well as learning with
emerging ambient and wearable technologies. mLearn attracts a large
number of participants from more than 60 countries representing all
continents, and is, therefore, the world’s largest international conference
on mLearning and emerging ambient technologies.

 

Conference Themes

The overarching conference theme is ‘mLearning and Design for Social
Change and Innovation’. Higher education institutions are called upon to
provide for the competencies and skills that foster design for social
change and innovation. In addition, knowledge and skills alliances are
encouraged by funding bodies to cultivate, share and disseminate
competencies that foster social entrepreneurship and innovation. However,
little is known on how mlearning can facilitate this process, how it can
contribute towards social change, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The topics of interest can go beyond the conference theme, and can
include any of the following:

  • The development, deployment and implementation of mlearning in the
    context of social entrepreneurship, innovation and social change
  • mLearning as a tool that fosters social change and social entrepreneurship
  • Innovations in mlearning theory and pedagogy
  • From pilot projects to mainstream implementation: strategies for the
    deployment of mLearning
  • Mobile technology to support open and distance learning
  • Mobile technology for teaching and learning support
  • Assessment techniques and practices in mLearning
  • Design and development of learning material for mLearning
  • Learning objects and metadata for mLearning
  • Informal and lifelong learning with the aid of mobile technologies
  • Challenges for mLearning in developing countries
  • Building and implementing mLearning strategies in educational
    institutions, companies and public sector organisations
  • mLearning management systems (mLMSs)
  • Computer tablets
  • Creating interactive and collaborative mLearning environments
  • Future trends in mLearning technology, including the impact of emerging
    technologies
  • Emerging hardware and software for mLearning including wearable
    technologies
  • Location-aware technologies
  • Contextual and situated learning
  • Augmented reality
  • Serious gaming and simulations
  • Ambient intelligence and ubiquitous learning

 

Submission Information

The conference solicits regular papers (no more than 8 pages), short papers
(no more than 4 pages), as well as posters (no more than 2 pages). The
Program Committee may require an accepted paper to be adapted into a
short paper or poster. All papers must be prepared according to the
ACM SIG Proceedings Template format (see the conference web site for
further information). The papers must be original contributions not submitted
or accepted for publication elsewhere. A submitted contribution should
clearly indicate the conference topics it targets. For an accepted contribution
to be included in the proceedings, at least one author must register and
present the paper at the conference. For further information, see the
submission guidelines on the conference web site. The conference
proceedings will be published by ACM ICPS and archived in the ACM
Digital Library.

 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline for Conference Papers: 20 July 2017 (firm)
  • Accept/Reject Notification for Conference Papers: 28 August 2017
  • Camera-Ready Submission of all Papers: 11 September 2017

Information on registration categories and registration fees for the mLearn
2017 is available online at: http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/.

 

Organization

General Chair

  • George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Program Chairs

  • Fernando Loizides, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
  • Nicos Souleles, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Program Committee

http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/committees.php

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2017): Last Call for Papers

*** Last Call for Papers ***

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning

mLearn 2017

Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

30 October – 1 November, 2017

http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/

In Cooperation with ACM SIGAPP (proceedings in ACM ICPS)

*** Submission Deadline: 20th July 2017 (extended and final) ***

The International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn)
(www.iamlearn.org) is the custodian of the mLearn conference series.
mLearn is the leading annual international conference for researchers,
policy makers, educators, developers and solutions providers in the fields
of mobile, ubiquitous and contextual learning, as well as learning with
emerging ambient and wearable technologies. mLearn attracts a large
number of participants from more than 60 countries representing all
continents, and is, therefore, the world’s largest international conference
on mLearning and emerging ambient technologies.

Conference Themes

The overarching conference theme is ‘mLearning and Design for Social
Change and Innovation
‘. Higher education institutions are called upon to
provide for the competencies and skills that foster design for social
change and innovation. In addition, knowledge and skills alliances are
encouraged by funding bodies to cultivate, share and disseminate
competencies that foster social entrepreneurship and innovation. However,
little is known on how mlearning can facilitate this process, how it can
contribute towards social change, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The topics of interest can go beyond the conference theme, and can
include any of the following:

· The development, deployment and implementation of mlearning in the
context of social entrepreneurship, innovation and social change
· mLearning as a tool that fosters social change and social entrepreneurship
· Innovations in mlearning theory and pedagogy
· From pilot projects to mainstream implementation: strategies for the
deployment of mLearning
· Mobile technology to support open and distance learning
· Mobile technology for teaching and learning support
· Assessment techniques and practices in mLearning
· Design and development of learning material for mLearning
· Learning objects and metadata for mLearning
· Informal and lifelong learning with the aid of mobile technologies
· Challenges for mLearning in developing countries
· Building and implementing mLearning strategies in educational
institutions, companies and public sector organisations
· mLearning management systems (mLMSs)
· Computer tablets
· Creating interactive and collaborative mLearning environments
· Future trends in mLearning technology, including the impact of emerging
technologies
· Emerging hardware and software for mLearning including wearable
technologies
· Location-aware technologies
· Contextual and situated learning
· Augmented reality
· Serious gaming and simulations
· Ambient intelligence and ubiquitous learning

Submission Information

The conference solicits regular papers (no more than 8 pages), short papers
(no more than 4 pages), as well as posters (no more than 2 pages). The
Program Committee may require an accepted paper to be adapted into a
short paper or poster. All papers must be prepared according to the
ACM SIG Proceedings Template format (see the conference web site for
further information). The papers must be original contributions not submitted
or accepted for publication elsewhere. A submitted contribution should
clearly indicate the conference topics it targets. For an accepted contribution
to be included in the proceedings, at least one author must register and
present the paper at the conference. For further information, see the
submission guidelines on the conference web site. The conference
proceedings will be published by ACM ICPS and archived in the ACM
Digital Library.

Important Dates

· Submission Deadline for Conference Papers: 20 July 2017 (firm)
· Accept/Reject Notification for Conference Papers: 28 August 2017
· Camera-Ready Submission of all Papers: 11 September 2017

Information on registration categories and registration fees for the mLearn
2017 is available online at: http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/.

Organization

General Chair
· George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Program Chairs
· Fernando Loizides, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
· Nicos Souleles, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Program Committee
http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/committees.php

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2017): Fifth Call for Papers

*** Fifth Call for Papers ***

16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning

mLearn 2017

Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

30 October – 1 November, 2017

http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/

In Cooperation with ACM SIGAPP (proceedings in ACM ICPS)

*** Submission Deadline: 20th July 2017 (extended and final) ***

 

The International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn)
(www.iamlearn.org) is the custodian of the mLearn conference series.
mLearn is the leading annual international conference for researchers,
policy makers, educators, developers and solutions providers in the fields
of mobile, ubiquitous and contextual learning, as well as learning with
emerging ambient and wearable technologies. mLearn attracts a large
number of participants from more than 60 countries representing all
continents, and is, therefore, the world’s largest international conference
on mLearning and emerging ambient technologies.

 

Conference Themes

The overarching conference theme is ‘mLearning and Design for Social
Change and Innovation’. Higher education institutions are called upon to
provide for the competencies and skills that foster design for social
change and innovation. In addition, knowledge and skills alliances are
encouraged by funding bodies to cultivate, share and disseminate
competencies that foster social entrepreneurship and innovation. However,
little is known on how mlearning can facilitate this process, how it can
contribute towards social change, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The topics of interest can go beyond the conference theme, and can
include any of the following:

  • The development, deployment and implementation of mlearning in the context of social entrepreneurship, innovation and social change
  • mLearning as a tool that fosters social change and social entrepreneurship
  • Innovations in mlearning theory and pedagogy
  • From pilot projects to mainstream implementation: strategies for the deployment of mLearning
  • Mobile technology to support open and distance learning
  • Mobile technology for teaching and learning support
  • Assessment techniques and practices in mLearning
  • Design and development of learning material for mLearning
  • Learning objects and metadata for mLearning
  • Informal and lifelong learning with the aid of mobile technologies
  • Challenges for mLearning in developing countries
  • Building and implementing mLearning strategies in educational institutions, companies and public sector organisations
  • mLearning management systems (mLMSs)
  • Computer tablets
  • Creating interactive and collaborative mLearning environments
  • Future trends in mLearning technology, including the impact of emerging technologies
  • Emerging hardware and software for mLearning including wearable technologies
  • Location-aware technologies
  • Contextual and situated learning
  • Augmented reality
  • Serious gaming and simulations
  • Ambient intelligence and ubiquitous learning

Submission Information

The conference solicits regular papers (no more than 8 pages), short papers
(no more than 4 pages), as well as posters (no more than 2 pages). The
Program Committee may require an accepted paper to be adapted into a
short paper or poster. All papers must be prepared according to the
ACM SIG Proceedings Template format (see the conference web site for
further information). The papers must be original contributions not submitted
or accepted for publication elsewhere. A submitted contribution should
clearly indicate the conference topics it targets. For an accepted contribution
to be included in the proceedings, at least one author must register and
present the paper at the conference. For further information, see the
submission guidelines on the conference web site. The conference
proceedings will be published by ACM ICPS and archived in the ACM
Digital Library.

 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline for Conference Papers: 20 July 2017 (firm)
  • Accept/Reject Notification for Conference Papers: 28 August 2017
  • Camera-Ready Submission of all Papers: 11 September 2017

Information on registration categories and registration fees for the mLearn
2017 is available online at: http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/.

 

Organization

General Chair
· George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Program Chairs
· Fernando Loizides, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
· Nicos Souleles, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Program Committee
http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/committees.php

2nd CFP: Collective Intelligence and Crowds [HICSS, Big Island January 3-6; Deadline June 15]

Collective Intelligence and Crowds

Minitrack
January 3-6, 2018
Big Island, Hawaii, USA

We are looking for papers that analyze collective intelligence, knowledge
creation, and crowdsourcing. We also encourage the submission of papers
that design and implement technologies that create new kinds of
collectives. For example, papers that consider how machine learning and
human learning interact in crowds and communities. In sum, we are open to a
wide range of research that addresses relations between people,
collectives, and machines, as well as the artifacts produced as a result.

The deadline is June 15, 2017. Feel free to communicate with any of the
three minitrack chairs, Jeff Nickerson (jnickerson@stevens.edu), Pnina
Fichman (fichman@indiana.edu), or Don Steiny (steiny@steiny.com).

SIGOPEN earned Outstanding SIG Award 2016

The Association for Information Systems announced SIGOPEN as one of 30 AIS Communities that earned the designation of Outstanding SIG, Chapter, or College for 2016.

The Outstanding Community designation celebrates the exceptional work of AIS Communities and their contributions toward supporting the mission of AIS through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems.

“We are very excited to recognize these outstanding communities and their contributions to our field,” said Lakshmi Iyer, AIS Vice President of SIGs and Colleges.

Read the full announcement

CFP: SIGOPEN Mini-Tracks at AMCIS 2017

AIS SIGOPEN is proud to host it’s second AMCIS track on Openness and Research and Practice and invite you to submit your papers, panels, workshops, tutorials, and other proposals.

Track Chairs
Joe Feller, University College Cork, jfeller@afis.ucc.ie
Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha, mgermonprez@unomaha.edu
Matt Levy, San Francisco State University, mlevy@hpu.edu
Lorraine Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway, lorraine.morgan@nuigalway.ie

Track Description
The track seeks research papers in all things related to “openness” and the sharing of information in organizations and society. Papers in this track will be those that share new ideas about theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of phenomena emerging at the intersection of Information Systems on the one hand, and various forms of legal, technological, organizational, and societal openness, on the other.

Relevant topics for papers include: New modes of knowledge creation embedded in open source and open content licensing, radical inclusivity of the crowd to share knowledge, effort and value, the tearing down of traditional organizational boundaries to enable new forms of innovation, or the reinvention of commons or open spaces to share information related to education, science, and democratic participation. Openness continues to be a disruptive and transformative force that demands the rigorous and considered investigation of the Information Systems community. This track provides a forum to further our understanding of these disruptive ideas.

Mini-Track 1: Breakthroughs in Openness in Science, Research, and Pedagogy

Openness has the potential to disrupt and transform academic work in many known and unknown ways. Open approaches to scholarship have taken many new forms, including open data sets, publishing, peer review, evaluation of scholarly research, and the all-encompassing idea of Open Science. However, what we do not know are the effects, positive or negative, of such ideas. For an academic field to advance, there must be a free and open exchange of ideas in order to foster ‘democratic discourse (Mingers and Walsham, 2010), and a ‘deliberative democracy’ which include the characteristics of openness, participation, truthfulness, and non-privilege (Apel, 2001; Habermas, 1996). This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to openness in scientific discovery, the practice and evaluation of research and pedagogical practice. We are interested in the production, use, evaluation and impacts of openness in scholarship in its many forms – quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, literature review, case study, scientometric and other research approaches are welcome.

Lorraine Morgan, NUI Galway, lorraine.morgan@nuigalway.ie
Jim Love, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, james.love@ololcollege.edu
Michael Cuellar, Georgia Southern University, mcuellar@georgiasouthern.edu

Mini-Track 2: Breakthroughs in Openness in Organizations and Society

Contemporary discourse has fostered new forms of openness spanning the technological, legal, socio-cultural, and economic systems in modern organizations and across society. This includes advances in open source software, open source hardware, open content, open data, and open design, and even the ‘industrialization’ of the maker’s movement and how openness has shaped the funding of new innovation. These phenomena have crossed the boundaries of the specialist communities from which they emerged and have expanded into a wide number of communities and sub-cultures (makers, gamers, virtual world builders, social media prosumers, etc.). This mini-track invites conceptual and empirical research that will contribute to our understanding of openness in these contexts as it relates to the systems and technology that the individual, collaborative, and collective production and sharing of complex knowledge goods and creative works.

Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska Omaha, mgermonprez@unomaha.edu
Joe Feller, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, jfeller@ucc.ie

The AMCIS 2017 Conference is accepting the following types of submissions. Please click here for more information.

  • Completed Research, due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Emergent Research Form (ERF), due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Workshops and Tutorials, due 03-April-2017
  • Panels, due 03-April-2017
  • Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) Talk Sessions, due 25-April-2017
  • Professional Development Symposia (PDS), due 25-April-2017

POSTDOC / RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION, Lero (the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre), NUI Galway

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position at the level of Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Fellow, depending on candidate experience, in Software Project Management & Open/Inner Source with Lero at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  This position is available from January 2017 for an initial two years, with the possibility of extension for a further 2 years subject to successful project outcomes.

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