[FoME] Register now for the conference "Digitalisation in Africa" in Tübingen, 26+27 September 2018

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Fr Jul 20 10:36:50 CEST 2018

Dear colleagues,
you can register until August 31 for our upcoming international
conference “Digitalisation in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on
Technology, Development, and Justice”, which will take place on 26 and
27 September 2018 at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences
and Humanities, University of Tübingen, Germany. Please visit
Please kindly forward this information to interested colleagues of
yours. Thank you very much.
Laura Schelenz
Research Associate
International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities
Universität Tübingen
Wilhelmstraße 19
72074 Tübingen
+49 (0)70712977517

 laura.schelenz at uni-tuebingen.de
Digitalisation in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology,
Development and Justice
26 and 27 September 2018, Tübingen, Germany
Corporate actors, civil society and government stakeholders are
increasingly implementing information and communication technologies
(ICT) in the Global South. Especially sub-Saharan Africa has become the
focus of technology-based development initiatives. Examples range from
free access to specific content on the internet (“zero-rating”) to
e-health, e-education, e-government and e-agriculture programmes, as
well as mobile banking applications and ICT infrastructure. With growing
activity in the fields of digitalisation and ICT for development (ICT4D)
in Africa, critical questions have to be raised: What are the
motivations behind ICT export and digitalisation programmes? How are
technologies used, who is excluded from ICT use and why? Bearing in mind
that technologies are not neutral but have certain values inscribed in
them, how are digital technologies designed, and what impact does this
have on individual opportunities for action as well as societal futures?
In which ways do ICT change (moral) norms of action, cultural traditions
and the distribution of power? Does the export of ICT by Western
companies and development programmes have "neo-colonial" effects? Other
relevant topics concern local content, gender dynamics, and the values
of privacy and access to information. 
At the conference, we wish to address the above and related questions.
The conference should foster an interdisciplinary and intercultural
exchange between scholars and practitioners from all continents. We will
have several talks by researchers and practitioners from Africa and
Europe, two keynote lectures, a networking session, a social program and
a conference dinner. 
You can register for participation in the conference until August 31,
2018. Please visit www.da-ethics2018.de/registration. 

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