Call for papers for Special Issue of Interacting with Computers on
"Inclusive Design in the Context of Social Media and Emerging Technologies"

Guest editors:
Jim Ang1, Ania Bobrowicz1, Panayotis Zaphiris2, Ben Shneiderman3

1 School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent
2 Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology
3 Human Computer Interaction Laboratory, University of Maryland


Call Description
Recently we have witnessed an increasing proliferation of new digital
technologies such as online social networking sites, micro-blogging
and virtual worlds which has changed the way we communicate and
interact with each other. Studies are being conducted in order to
investigate these interesting socio-technological phenomena.

To date, little research has been published on inclusive design in the
context of social networking and emerging technologies. These
technologies have the potential to impact positively on the lives of a
wide range of people including older people, disabled people, and
people from different social and cultural backgrounds. For example, it
is claimed that the fastest growing demographic of the social
networking sites is women over 55 years old (Facebook Global Monitor,
2009).

With this special issue, we aim to analyse existing and novel ways in
which these audiences use social networks and emerging technologies.
We ask questions such as: How can these technologies be designed to be
more inclusive? What motivates people to engage with these new
technologies? What are the effects on people’s behaviour, attitudes
and social interactions? What methods can be used to analyse these
interactions?

This special issue of Interacting with Computers invites contributions
from the academic community, industry and design practitioners. We
welcome research papers that trigger discussions based on
investigations, case studies and overviews in this area.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):
-       Inclusive design issues related to social media and emerging
technologies
-       Concepts, methods and frameworks aimed at motivating people to
participate
-       Case studies of various social and cultural contexts
-       The impact of participation on society and culture
-       Different user groups’ engagement with social media
-       New technologies such as virtual worlds and augmented humans
-       The application of these technologies in a variety of settings
(e-democracy, communities, sustainability and environment, etc.)

Submission details
Please submit a 300-500 word abstract to Dr Jim Ang
([log in to unmask]) no later than 28th January 2011. Please include
full contact information and a biographical note (up to 75 words) on
each of the authors.

Important dates
28th January 2011: Deadline for abstract submission
25th February 2011: Announcement of results and full paper invitations
29th April 2011: Submission of full papers
24th June 2011: Response to authors
2nd September 2011: Final submission




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Best regards,
(Jim) Chee Siang Ang

Lecturer in Multimedia and Digital Systems
Jennison Building, Room 117
School of Engineering and Digital Arts
University of Kent
Phone: +44 (0) 1227 827783
Fax: +44 (0)1227 456084

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