On Friday, 16.08.2019, it was a pleasure to have a panel discussion at the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2019) held in Cancun-Mexico on the topic “Turning the Dark Side of Social Media Bright! The Case of Immigration in the USA and Germany”.
Safa’a AbuJaorur, how has initially submitted the panel proposal to the conference, moderated the panel discussion. Honorable panelists related to the topic joined the panel discussion, including Jane Fedorowicz from Bentley University, Antonia Köster from the Weizenbaum Institute, and Haya Ajjan from Elon University.
The panel discussion tackles the challenges of integration and social inclusion that have been on top of the agenda for many political leaders in Europe and the USA. The Information Systems community has invested significant effort in researching immigrants and especially refugees, seeking to better understand how to facilitate social inclusion processes. This panel looks at multiple viewpoints on the topic of immigration, specifically showing how technology can both support and prevent immigrants from succeeding in their quest. It further aims to stimulate a thoughtful and dynamic discussion on best practices and recommendations to enhance the discipline’s impact on alleviating the challenges that occur for immigrants in their host countries.