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Wed, 8 Oct 2008 08:56:53 -0400
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Information Technologies and International Development 
Final Call for papers for a special issue on HCI and International Development 

UPDATE: Please note that the submission deadline has been extended to
October 28, 2008

Information Technologies and International Development (ITID) is the leading 
journal focusing on the intersection of information and communication 
technologies (ICT) with international development.  

Published by the MIT Press and edited at the University of Southern California 
and the Georgia Institute of Technology, ITID is a multidisciplinary, quarterly 
open access publication.

The journal is now inviting submissions for a special issue on HCI and 
International Development. The new interdisciplinary field of human&#8208; computer 
interaction for development (HCI4D) focuses on applying HCI principles to the 
design and development of appropriate technologies for marginalized 
communities around the world. HCI4D plays a critical role in ensuring that 
technologies are usable, useful, appropriate, and well adapted to the 
communities and contexts in which they are intended to be used.

Although there have been many successes, the field remains both 
theoretically and methodologically under&#8208;researched. In particular, design 
methodologies have often been developed from a perspective that may not 
reflect developing&#8208;world contexts. Moreover, a lack of idea&amp;#8208; sharing between 
and across disciplines remains a barrier to the field’s further development.

The aim of this special issue is to directly address these significant challenges. 
We are soliciting critical and/or empirical investigations of the following themes:

• HCI challenges in designing for underserved communities 
• How design practice can inform development theory and vice versa 
• Experiences in building the capacity of communities to work with HCI4D 
• How sociotechnical issues and context of use inform design 
• New methodologies in HCI4D 
• The evaluation of design and/or implementation processes 
• Lessons learned: HCI4D failures and success stories

This special issue is primarily concerned with HCI issues and programs 
targeting underserved populations; the editors seek a diverse pool of 
submissions presenting novel research designs that are theoretically or 
empirically grounded and methodologically sound. Contributions are especially 
welcome from researchers based in developing regions and those involved in 
cross&#8208;continental collaborations.

Please visit
for more information about ITID, its author guidelines, and to submit a paper 
for this issue.

Guest editors:
Niall Winters, London Knowledge Lab
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Kentaro Toyama, Microsoft Research India 
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I encourage you to consider submitting to this important issue.

Susan M. Dray, Ph.D., CHFP
Dray & Associates, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN  USA
Phone:  +1 612 377 1980
Fax:  +1 612 377 0363
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