ECIS 2021: Digitization of Education, Private Industries, and Society

Track: Digitization of Education, Private Industries, and Society

Call for Papers

1. Track Description

Recent developments in digital technology have reshaped almost all aspects of our lives: our education, our work, and our social life. Despite the benefits afforded by digital technologies, they often produce challenges and barriers that the academic community cannot ignore. This track concentrates not only on the opportunities that digitization creates, but also on deciphering how the information systems community can aid in tackling these challenges and barriers. Moreover, the goal of this track is to raise awareness and generate scholarly debate about the opportunities and challenges for fostering digital inclusion in our increasingly interconnected world. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not only essential to achieve fairness in society and assimilate communities, they also drive the proliferation of skillsets fundamental to the realization of a truly digital society in the foreseeable future. Although the role digital technology plays in society has received attention in the past couple of years, research in this area is still rather fragmented. We do not yet have a coherent body of literature that theorizes about the consequences of digital technology on individuals, communities, and the broader society.

This track closely aligns with the conference theme, Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World, in its aspiration for a more just society, in which digital technologies constitute an integral component. This track also considers topics touching on the intersections between age, culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status, and how they relate to education, industries, and society in general.

We welcome submissions – either as full research papers or research in progress – that analyse the equalizing role digital technologies play in different aspects of contemporary life. Submissions could include theory development, literature reviews, or practical teaching cases from various research traditions, including qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or design science.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Opportunities and challenges of digitizing of education, industries, and society
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion in education, industries, and society
  • Ethics of digitization of education, industries, and society
  • Digital transformation and the future of work
  • Digital and social inclusion in the digital era
  • Online learning platforms for digital inclusion
  • Digital inclusion of marginalized groups
  • Inclusion/exclusion dichotomy of social media
  • Political freedoms in the digital space
  • Humane computing
  • Policy and regulations for promoting inclusiveness
  • Bridging diversity or inclusivity gap through digital technologies

2. Submission

In this track, we welcome submissions – either as full research or research in progress.

Submission instructions and templates are to be found under the link ( submission).

3. Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 18 November 2020
  • Acceptance notification: 03 March 2021
    ECIS conference: June 14–16, 2021

Looking forward to your submission to our track at ECIS 2021.

Thank you and best regards,

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