[Air-l] Extended deadline 31 Jan 2007 for CfP COST 298 THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNEXPECTED. Moscow 23 - 25 May 2007

Frank Thomas news.ftr at free.fr
Wed Jan 10 13:58:51 PST 2007

COST 298 is happy to facilitate the access to our research conference on 
the user and the future of information and communication technologies.

The new deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2007.

> - Apologies for eventual cross postings -
> The European network COST 298 Participation in the Broadband Society 
> invites you to actively participate in our research conference in 
> Moscow, 23-25 May 2007.
> The main objective of the conference is to create new knowledge about 
> users’ creativity and facilitate their empowerment in a broadband 
> information society. This knowledge requires an examination of the 
> factors that can both constrain and enhance users’ abilities to shape 
> and use ICTs.
> >From our perspective, the ‘broadband society’ refers to a possible, but 
> not inevitable, substantial transformation of our experience of 
> telecommunications based on these technologies allowing information and 
> communication technologies to be used everywhere, all the time and by 
> everybody. Given the widespread aspirations of Governments and companies 
> to achieve this goal, the extent to which any such transformation has 
> occurred needs, of course, to be evaluated in a balanced manner.
> Broadband technologies have resulted mainly from technological and 
> institutional imperatives.
> To what extent have potential users managed to find ways in which such 
> technologies can be useful, worthwhile and attractive?
> We certainly know from previous research this can require those users to 
> be creative in terms of fitting ICTs into their activities or using them 
> to find solutions to the everyday problems that they already encounter. 
> But how much is being demanded of those users, what considerations have 
> a bearing upon whether these technologies actually find a place in their 
> lives and what new issues, of indeed problems, can these ICTs themselves 
> create, especially if they really are ‘disruptive technologies’?
> Ultimately, we also need to acknowledge that users may well decide that 
> their existing solutions suffice, in which case these new technological 
> options may find only a modest place in their lives. Indeed, they may 
> even be resisted or ignored.
> Whatever strategies users employ for assessing and dealing with such 
> innovations, we need to learn more about these social processes, 
> including strategies for dealing with the up and coming generation of 
> new information and communication products and services. Only by so 
> doing can we hope to empower them further in their relationships to 
> technology and through this hope to increase the quality of their lives.
> In this conference, the organisers - COST Action 298 
> <http://coference.cost298.org> - invite technology and product 
> developers, designers, social scientists, policy makers, community 
> representatives and others who are interested in the conference topics, 
> to join our attempt to develop this discussion on a common, shared and 
> transdisciplinary ground. We ask participants to
> 1) strive to present their topic from a human-centric point of view as 
> opposed to a technology-, product- or business-centric one, and to
> 2) present their topic in a language that attempts to transcend 
> disciplinary boundaries, a language that non-experts can also 
> understand, and to
> 3) not only report on their work, but also to engage in the conference 
> debate which aims to develop ways to understand the interests of people 
> and society, to evaluate developments against such an evolving 
> understanding, and to chart interesting and desirable future directions.
> The emphasis of this event will be on networking and promoting a 
> dialogue with colleagues from around Europe and the rest of the world.
> We look forward to seeing you in Moscow for a conference designed to be 
> exciting, thought-provoking and challenging.
> *Dates:*
> Deadline for submission: *10 January* *2007
> *Notification of acceptance : 28 February 2007
> For further details please visit http://conference.cost298.org/
> Cheers
> F. Thomas

Dr. Frank Thomas
FTR Internet Research
93110 Rosny-sous-Bois

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