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Opportunities and Challenges for the Digitized Society: Are We Ready?
(Theme Track)
Track Co-chairs:

Jungwoo Lee, Yonsei University, jlee@yonsei.ac.kr

Hirotoshi Takeda, Universite Laval, hirotoshi.takeda@fsa.ulaval.ca

Cheng Zhang, Fudan University, zhangche@fudan.edu.cn


Description and Topics of Interest:

Information technologies have reached a new level of maturity since the advent of smart devices and related Internet-based platforms. Technologies such as Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Social Media, Mobile Technology, and Internet of Things are now infiltrating as well as transforming every aspect of modern life. Socio-economic progress of our society is now depending largely upon the emerging information technologies. With these new platform-based technologies, many opportunities are opening up. For example, we are seeing an explosive growth of new businesses and markets with access to easy-to-use programming facilities across domains on cloud platforms. Affordable mobile phones and mobile internet connections which has brought our society into the digital economy, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and governments to develop new services, henceforth, smart work, smart society, smart cities, and smart factories giving birth to newly coined term of 4th industrial revolution. These newly emerging paradigms of Digitized Society may work as a double-edged sword, however, as negative side effects of digitalization may prevent positive endeavors of creating a better society using information technologies.

 

Moreover, new technological innovations such as the Autonomous Systems, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, and Virtual Reality are creating new opportunities in how people, businesses, and governments interact, transact, communicate, and work with each other. On the other hand new markets and new technological innovations, in their endeavor to create a ‘better society’, face pertinent challenges of adoption and implementation as they inherently disrupt extant power structures; introduce complications to regulation, governance, privacy, and security; and change accountability relationships.

 

So the question remains: ‘Are we ready?’ We, the community of IS scholars with balanced training on social and technical aspects of these transformation, are well positioned to address these issues of the technological and societal changes and impacts. This track welcomes innovative and relevant studies on societal impacts of technologies. Empirical (qualitative and quantitative) studies as well as design-oriented research and conceptual papers on theory development will be considered. Societal impacts can be actual or potential, intended or unintended, and positive, negative, or diverse in effect. Due to the broad and inclusive nature of the topic, we encourage the submission of studies that address a variety of different units of analysis, including individual, group, process, organization, government, and society at large. The research questions may derive from a broad spectrum of related disciplines. We encourage papers to address the theme of ‘Opportunities and Challenges for the Digitized Society’.

 


Potential topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  Societal consequences of technologies and solutions
  Societal consequences of global sourcing and development
  Societal innovations using technologies
  Smart cities with ubiquitous technologies
  Empowering marginalized groups in society with IS
  New and emerging markets in IS/IT
  Green IS
  Societal impacts of robotics
  Responsible and/or sustainable IT Innovation
  Changing nature of work and life in information society
  Working smarter with ICT
  New forms of work in digital platforms (e.g., crowdwork; e-lancing)
  Emerging patterns and dynamics of work: organizational and individual perspective
  Work fragmentation and nomadic work practices
  The new skills and roles
  Digital transformation of the labor market: end of capitalism; surveillance capitalism
  Future professions and the unbundling of expertise
  IS-related unemployment and deskilling, especially in knowledge work
  Dark side of technology including stress, addiction, victimization, surveillance, etc.
  Impact of IT/IS on the transformation of the workplace

Associate Editors (in alphabetical order)

Ayoung Suh, City University of Hong Kong, China
Brett Young, Georgia Gwinnett College, United States
Gyoo Gun Lim, Hanyang University, South Korea
Hyejung Lee, Kyunghee University, South Korea
Jae Yun Moon, Korea University, South Korea
Jifeng Luo, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Jin Chen, East China University, China
Jinyoung Min, Chosun University, South Korea
Jun-Gi Park, Institute of Convergence Science, Yonsei University, South Korea
Lionel Robert, University of Michigan, United States
Mike Gallivan, Kennessaw State University, United States
Myung Gil Choi, Choongang University, South Korea
Nianxin Wang, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China
Peijian Song, Nanjing University, China
Qiang Wei, Tsinghua University, China
Seung Ik Baek, Hanyang University, South Korea
Seyoon Lee, Yonsei University, South Korea
Wenbo Chen, Wuhan University, China
Wooju Kim, Yonsei University, South Korea
Xiaolun Wang, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
Xixi Li, Tsinghua University, China
Xunhua Guo, Tsinghua University, China
Youwei Wang, Fudan University, China
Zhuolan Bao, University of Hong Kong, China