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2020 IFIP WG 9.4 European Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries 

10th – 11th June 2020
MediaCityUK, Salford Quays  

The University of Salford is delighted to host the European Regional Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries.  

Working Group 9.4 of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) attracts ethnographers, anthropologists, technologists, ethicists, and engineers interested in the issues around Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and international development. The work of the group often targets countries on the OECD DAC list of official development assistance recipients, but we are also interested in other communities or groups that are marginalised or disadvantaged in their relationships with technologies.

We seek contributions disseminating new and unpublished research from across the full range of interests within the working group.

Call for Papers 

  • Submission 29th February 2020
  • Notification to authors 30th April
  • Deadline for Final Papers 30th May 2020\

Programme Committee 


Submitted papers must be original, unpublished, and not submitted to another conference or journal for consideration. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and included in the conference proceedings published in the IFIP AICT series by SpringerNature.

All papers must be written in English. Submissions should be at most 12 pages long in total including references and appendices. We encourage authors to obtain and use a free ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) identifier. ORCID hosts a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities to these identifiers.

Detailed Author Instructions are available, here:

Submissions can be uploaded to the conference management system, here:


Conference registration is now open.

Keynote Speakers

  • Terrance Fernando, University of Salford, UK
  • Ciara Heavin, University College Cork, Ireland


Academic Publishing for Early Career Researchers

  • Robert Davison, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Pamela Abbott, University of Sheffield, UK

Philosophical Approaches to ICT4D: The changing landscape

  • Sandeep Sahay, University of Oslo, Norway
  • David Kreps, University of Salford, UK
  • Silvia Masiero, Loughborough University, UK
  • Dympna O’Sullivan, Technical University Dublin (Chair)

Networking Reception and Registration

Tuesday 9th June 5pm

A change to meet and network with members of the ICT4D North research group.

Conference Dinner

Stadium Tour and Conference Dinner, at Old Trafford football ground.

Wednesday 10th June

The Venue

The conference will be held in the state of the art MediaCityUK Campus. The University of Salford at MediaCityUK is right at the heart of the UK’s media and digital industries.

Getting to MediaCityUK

The MediaCityUK Campus is at the heart of six global BBC departments and a mass of independent creative, digital and media organisations. It is a short walk to the Lowry theatre and gallery, Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester United football ground. There are many shops, bars, and restaurants nearby.

By Metrolink tram

Metrolink trams are a quick and easy way to reach MediaCityUK and The Quays. The area is served by the dedicated MediaCityUK stop and Harbour City, Broadway and other stops on the Eccles line. You can connect from other Metrolink lines at Cornbrook.

Trams run every 12 minutes between Cornbrook and MediaCityUK stops from 7.15am to 8pm, Monday to Fridays, and 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays. The Eccles line service also stops at Broadway and Harbour City during these times. Outside these times, the Eccles line trams call at the MediaCityUK stop, during normal tram operating times. When the shuttle is running, this means that there is a 6 minute service between Cornbrook and Harbour City.

By Bus

Bus services provide links to The Quays, either running near The Quays itself or Trafford Park, within easy reach via the new MediaCityUK footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal. Switching between buses and Metrolink trams is easy in Manchester city centre at Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill transport interchanges.

It’s easy to connect with buses to The Quays at Salford Shopping Centre and there are other convenient bus and tram interchanges at Bury, Altrincham and Eccles.

By train

If you travel to Manchester city centre by train it’s easy to connect with Metrolink trams at either Piccadilly or Victoria train stations. Both stations have Metrolink stops, so you won’t have to go outdoors when you make the connection.

Many trains also call at Salford Crescent station and it’s easy to connect to The Quays by bus from there.

Find out more about our MediaCityUK location by using our interactive campus map or downloading the University of Salford MediaCityUk Campus Map and Guide.

Overnight Accommodation

Conference delegates can book overnight accommodation at the Holiday Inn MediaCityUK (2 min walk from University of Salford MediaCityUK campus) at the negotiated rate of £99 bed and breakfast. 

This accommodation can be booked by e-mail ;or by telephoning Hannah on 0161 813 1046, please quote code SUG to obtain the special negotiated rate.