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|[Nettime-nl] Twente: conferentie over ICT in ontwikkelingslanden (15 juni)|
From: merlyna lim <email@example.com> Subject: Call for Participation: Conference on SOCIO-TECHNICAL CHANGE: LESSONS FROM ICT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 19:40:03 +0700 Dear colleagues, Hereby I invite you to attend the conference announced below. I try to provide you a general information on the conference here, but if you need more detailed information you can email me directly in firstname.lastname@example.org, or email the conference organizer in email@example.com (Alexander Smeitz) or look at our website: http://wwwhome.cs.utwente.nl/~smeitz/scotconference/ Hope to meet you all there. best regards, Merlyna Lim Call for Participation in a Conference on: SOCIO-TECHNICAL CHANGE: LESSONS FROM ICT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Vrijhof Building (Amphi-theater), University of Twente, The Netherlands, June 15, 2001 The conference will provide a forum for the exposure of the preliminary results of the project's research and the comparison of these results with those of similar research elsewhere. There are two main types of comparisons that we would like to draw out. The first is a comparison between processes of societal construction in different technological regimes. In this respect, the comparison of the satellite and the Internet is central. Whereas the satellite is a technology that follows a pattern of laboratory innovation and top-down diffusion, the Internet is a 'configurational' technology in which innovation takes place throughout the diffusion stage and involves a wide range of social actors. In a developing country like Indonesia, this difference is particularly important since it can determine whether local actors can be innovators rather than just mere consumers. It may also determine the relative level of control that the government can exert over information flows. The second type of comparison focuses on the differences between processes of societal construction of technology in developed countries and those in developing countries. Such differences are evident in expectations about the prospects for shaping technological change, in agenda-building strategies, in processes of decision-making, as well as in the broader set of political and economic constraints that directly shape technological aggregation and change. By drawing out these comparisons and discussing them in detail we aim to enrich theories of socio-technical change. Factors shaping socio-technical change that have been overlooked or under-analysed in case studies of technologies in developed countries will receive particular attention. This because such factors often appear with greater impact and clarity in the context of developing countries, making their analysis more revealing. In addition to this broad goal, we also have a more limited topical goal which is to add a much needed chapter to stories that describe socio-technical developments in the telecommunications and informatics sectors. While statements abound about the 'information gap' and about 'globablization' very little empirical research has been conducted on the biographies of globalizing information and communication technologies outside the developed world. This conference will provide an occasion to discuss some of the research in this domain. SOME TOPICS for DISCUSSIONS: § How do 'ideographs' (Van Lente, 1993) or ideologies relating to technology and social change (e.g. nationalism, development, modernization, backwardness, etc.) differ in developing and developed countries? What are the mechanisms whereby these overarching ideas and ambitions come to shape socio-technical change? § Given that technologies are shaped by actor-networks (Latour, 1987), what types of actor-networks are important in different countries (e.g. firm-based, university-based, family-based, etc.)? What are the mechanisms whereby the different actor-networks shape socio-technical change? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these different actor-networks in acting as agents of socio-technial change? § How do technologists' agenda-building strategies differ in developing and developed countries? How do they differ between technological regimes (e.g. satellite vs. Internet)? Which strategies are effective in the respective contexts? § To what extent are developments in information and communications technologies 'global' and to what extent are they 'local'? How does the relative localism or globalism differ between such 'old' technologies as telegraphy, telephone, and the satellite, and such 'new' technologies as the Internet? § What can SCoT theories contribute to discussions conventionally concerned only with the 'impact' of technology on society? For example, what can SCoT say about the roles that the media and information technology play in the development of a country's national identity and in the process of democratisation? STRUCTURE OF CONFERENCE The conference will be held at the Vrijhof, Campus of University of Twente. Please arrive between 9.00 am and 10.00 am (the opening will start at 10.00 am). Program: 10.00 a.m. Opening Representative of the board of the rector 10.30 a.m. Presentation of research project Dr. Joshua Barker 11.30 a.m. Break 11.45 a.m. Case: Internet Indonesia: Merlyna Lim Venezuela: Dr. Hebe Vessuri Trinidad: Prof. Don Slater China: Prof. Eric Harwit 01.15 p.m. Lunch 02.30 p.m. Case: Satellite Canada: Prof. Bart Simon Indonesia: Dr. Sonny Yuliar 04.00 p.m. New agenda for research Dr. Joshua Barker Presentation of postion paper Prof. Arie Rip Comments on position paper Prof. Wiebe Bijker & Prof. Emanuel de Kadt 05.45 p.m. Closing ceremonies and drinks Location and Accomodation (look at our website) ______________________________________________________ * Verspreid via nettime-nl. 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