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7th IDIA Conference

IDIA2013 Conference
Bangkok, Thailand
1-3 November 2013

Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions

We invite you to submit an abstract for a proposed paper in the area of Developing Informatics / ICT4D for IDIA 2013 (the 7th International Development Informatics Association Conference) to be held on
1-3 November 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme of the conference is:

Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions

Conference venue

Chulalongkorn University
254 Phyathai Road
Pathumwan / 254
See the Campus Map (*.jpg) Central Bangkok (*.png), photos of venue.

The venue is in the greater Silom and Phatum Wan areas, near the Rama IV highway. See a list of possible hotels.

Keynote speakers

ICT Roles on Education

Prof Chailerd Pichitpornchai
President: Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University

1. Call for Papers

The conference is aimed at researchers, policy-makers and reflective practitioners.

Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Only papers of participants who have paid the full conference fee will be included -- see deadlines.

Conference proceedings will be distributed at the conference.

Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions

Proponents of the advantages mobile devices argue that private access (defined as the user owning a device, and rents connectivity) to global communication networks is the way forward to enable people in developing regions to participate in the activities of the global village. Is one attraction that mobiles replicate oral culture so successfully? Does networked orality help to overcome language differences? Other differences? Sometimes the argument is that access is democratising of itself. Often this point is made with regard to political liberation from dictators.

With few exceptions, public access points (such as telecentres, internet cafés and government sponsored libraries, as well as multi-purpose community centres) do not seem to work as well as envisioned by their founders. They are location dependent, and not as common as mobile phones. Is it possible that attempts to merely rename and rebrand these as Smart Centres will really resolve endemic problems? Why is it that there are regions, such as Thailand, where telecentres are highly successful?

The notion of access requires critical scrutiny. What does access mean? Access implies communicational, structural, economic and knowledge access, and proponents often argue for its moral imperative. Is it only one-directional plugging in, or does it involve actively participating (two-way)? If it is also participating -- implying creating economies and knowledge -- is the developing world ready for such participation? If it is not only about offering access, how can local actors benefit from participation? Do they want access? To what? For what? Why?

IDIA2013, in its 7th year, invites papers analysing the status of public versus private ICT access critically, and for debates surrounding all the related issues - such as what the benefits of ICT really are for developing communities.

2. Themes

Any theme related to the benefits, problems, opportunities, disadvantages, etc. related to the debate about public and private access will be accepted.

We especially invite academics, practitioners, policymakers and activists from the Asia and Pacific regions to participate.

3. Panels and Workshop


You are welcome to submit proposals for a panel discussion. A summary article of the panel discussion is expected to be submitted after the conference, for publication on the IDIA website, and perhaps a journal too.

Kindly submit possible themes, names of panelists and their affiliations.


A workshop will be held on the Sunday, covering the following themes:

4. Research Exchange

A Research Exchange session is proposed for either Sunday 3 November 2013. The purpose of this session is for sharing current non-published work in progress research (i.e. working papers, Ph.D, M.S. or academic non-degree-oriented research).

If interested, please indicate which date suits you best. Arrangements will be made in time, and there is no extra fee if you are already registered for the main conference.

5. Submission of Papers and Proposals

Papers must be submitted to the email address

IDIA2013 AT developmentinformatics.org

Revised dates:    
15 June 2013   Abstract submission
31 July 2013   Full papers due for blind peer review
Panel proposal submissions
31 August 2013   Peer review results
20 September 2013   Final print-ready version of papers due

Dates have been extended due to several requests.


Criteria for accepting/rejecting Abstracts include the following. Abstracts will be reviewed by three reviewers to gauge:

For prompt feedback, please maximize your Abstract to 500 words.

5.1. Conference proceedings

Steyn, J., Van der Vyver, A.G. (eds.). (2013). Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions. Proceedings of the 7th International Development Informatics Association Conference, held in Bangkok, Thailand.

ISBN: 978-0-620-58040-3

5.2 Format for papers

Papers (including abstracts) should be submitted in one of these formats. Please adhere to this. In the past we have received too many papers in the wrong formats or not using the template, which delayed finalizing the Proceedings. This year, if you do not heed our request, your paper might not be published.

If your browser does not comply with common web standards, and you get an error message, use Right Click and save the file to your local client. Sorry about this inconvenience - the web has not been totally open for quite some time... Particularly guilty are Apple and Google Chrome!

No other formats are accepted
No PDFs are accepted

Formatting requirements

Once the paper is accepted for the conference proceedings, it is assumed that the author(s) give(s) consent for the paper to be published in the proceedings by the conference organisers.

No other formats are accepted
No PDFs are accepted

Before a paper is reviewed:

Before a paper is reviewed
a declaration to be signed and submitted with the words:
I have funding to attend the conference

For publishing purposes

Papers accepted after the double-blind peer review process must comply with the following requirements, otherwise they will not be included in the Conference Proceedings. Also meet the deadlines for submissions to have the paper included in the Proceedings.

For papers to be included in the conference proceedings, conference fees need to be paid in full when the final print-ready paper is submitted.

Papers included in Proceedings only after full conference payment has been received.
This means if payments have not been received by the deadline date, the paper will not be included.

6. Registration

Please use the online form to register for the conference registration: http://developmentinformatics.wufoo.com/forms/idia2013-registration/

6.1 Registration fees

Please note to meet the strict deadline for paper inclusion in the Proceedings:

20 September 2013

Conference fees
Full package*
Single author   USD 200  
Multiple authors   USD 150 (per attending participant)
* Includes:
- Paper published in Proceedings
- Copy of Proceedings
- Opening function
- Refreshments
- Lunch
- Conference Dinner
Non-reviewed papers
Single author   USD 120  
Multiple authors   USD 120  
These papers will not be published in the Proceedings
Non-presenting Delegates   USD 120  
Associated Delegates   USD 100 Proof of membership (eg. ASEAAN) required.
Students   USD 75 Proof of current registration at a higher education institution required
Bare basics   USD 80 Attendance and refreshments. No lunch vouchers, opening function, Proceedings.
Early bird   10%
Deadline: 1 September 2013

6.2 Visa letters

Visa letters will only be offered to participants whose papers have been accepted. If you wish to attend without delivering a paper, and require a visa letter, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit before the letter will be issued.

Thai Visa requirements

See http://www.mfa.go.th/main/contents/files/services-20130503-153844-612966.pdf

Note: South African citizens do not require Visa for visits less than 30 days. Passports need to be valid for 6 months after departure date.

6.3 Gala Dinner

The gala dinner.... details to follow

7. Accommodation

See the list of hotels within easy reach of the conference venue.

8. Transport / Airport

Nearest Public Transport:

Skytrain routes and stations: http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/02-route-current.aspx

9. Info and Tips

9.1 Currency Exchange

Thai Baht is the currency of Thailand. Here is one public tool to determine the exchange rate: http://bankexchangerates.daytodaydata.net/default.aspx

10. Programme Committee

See the Programme Committee page.

Organizing Committee

Prof Kamolrat Intaratat
Sukothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand
Conference Co-Chair
Ana Clarissa C. Navarro
Sukothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand
Conference Liaison Officer
Jacques Steyn
Monash University
Conference Co-Chair
Braam van der Vyver
Monash University
Conference Co-Chair

About IDIA

IDIA, the International Development Informatics Association, is an association serving as a forum for international cooperation between individuals and organisations focusing on research into the use of ICTs by developing economies and societies (ICT4D). IDIA was founded in 2006 and has held national workshops on Development Informatics, as well as five international conferences.

IDIA2013 is the 7th International IDIA Conference.