The Centre for Development Informatics (CDI) at the University of Manchester is seeking high-quality PhD and DBA candidates to research topics on ICTs/information systems and socio-economic development. Some scholarships are available for those starting in September 2010; deadline dates vary but many require application before end February or end March 2010.
The CDI is seeking candidates typically those with a distinction-level Masters degree from an internationally-recognised university in an appropriate topic (which includes but is not limited to information systems, management, or development); good English skills; and a relevant topic for study backed by a proposal that demonstrates an ability to work with academic theory.
Unpublished, original empirical papers are invited for the forthcoming international workshop on ICTs and Development:
The workshop aims to provide a forum for scholars to share their empirical research with academic experts, policymakers, and activists from the regional and international development community.
Papers should examine how mobile phones, computers, and the Internet influence the empowerment of marginal individuals and communities, including whether ICTs create and enhance livelihood opportunities for people in the developing world.
Papers should be in the range of 5,000-8,000 words (including abstract and bibliography) and should include a clear discussion of the implications of the findings for development policy and/or practice.
No more than twelve papers will be selected by the workshop organizers for presentation. The first author of each paper chosen will be given air fare and lodging/meals.
The topic of the 2009 PhD summer school is Next Generation Mobile Media – the development of new converged text, audio, and video media on mobile and wireless platforms. The summer school is concerned with the new and upcoming mobile and wireless technology platforms and service architectures as well as the content and communications delivered and facilitated.
Technology developments as well as the market and policy aspects of Next Generation Mobile Media are discussed. This includes user requirements, business models, market developments, and the regulatory framework for network development and content delivery. Emphasis is on the newest and upcoming developments in the field including social networking on mobile and wireless platforms.
Registraion Deadline: 1 June 2009
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Lecturers for Summer school:
The 2009 ITU Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition is open to current students and recent graduates in economics, political science, law, literature, telecommunications, computer science, information systems and related fields between the ages of 20 and 30 years old.
The winners of the 2009 Essay Competition will be offered the opportunity of a short-term research contract and internship within the ITU Development Sector’s ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division for three months.
The winners will also be given a contribution towards the cost of an economy class flight from their place of residence. In addition, they will be paid the sum of CHF 6000 towards living expenses for the duration of the internship.
This is a Call for Proposals (Abstracts) for papers for a three day by-invitation Experts Workshop on approaches to developing data-based information policy. The deliverables are expected to be policy recommendations, a book and a new research agenda.
PLACE: The New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
- Abstracts are due by 15 April 2009.
- Decisions will be announced by 29 May 2009
- Accepted papers will be due on 1 Sept 2009
Submissions should be made to expwkshopDBIP2009@psu.edu.
Abstracts are not to exceed 500 words. Abstracts should be accompanied by a brief biographical description of the author(s). Authors are expected to present the accepted submissions.
More information can be found HERE
A research report “Internet Presence as Knowledge Capacity: The Case of Research in Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Reform” by Dr. Sujata Gamage and Prof Rohan Samarajiva has been published in the MIT Press Journal.
The report highlights the importance of knowledge for development and the necessity of internet presence and connectivity as means of disseminating knowledge. The authors have used Google Scholar search engine and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) in their methodology.
The complete report can be downloaded HERE.