ICT best paper award to “e-commerce for the unreached community”

July 28, 2011

Congratulation to Ashir Ahmed and colleagues for being awarded the best paper award with the paper “E-commerce for the unreached community”. Ashir’s work is focusing on e-commerce for the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP): good luck for continuing with this relevant work for our society!

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Live from ICT Society and Human Beings

July 25, 2011

IADIS international conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011 stated Sunday July 24th with a beautiful opening session by the conference co-chairs Diane Whitehouse and Professor Emerita Gunilla Bradley, of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

I noticed with pleasure that Prof. Bradley’s presentation made use of visuals and visual metaphors, like the sunflower to symbolize ICT applications that can grow “to beautiful flowers”:

This is a good connection with my research topic, which is concerned with the use of visual representations for better communicating and engaging the audience. However Gunilla doesn’t need any additional aid for connecting with the audience: she is an explosion of energy, color, positiveness and a role model for all women in academia, especially in IT!

Then the presentation session started with a couple of papers on facebook use (a hot topic!) and a brilliant study on “e-commerce trust beliefs & national culture” by Regina Conolly.

In the afternoon Ashir Ahmed presented an interesting study of BoP, with a model of e-commerce for the unreached community, focusing on Bangladesh. Ana Gonzales provided insights on gender and mobility of ICT professional in Spain. Jorge Franco showed applications of ICT educational tools in primary education in Brazil, including the use of VRML virtual worlds created by the kids, and programming!

In the evening Mauricio Velasquez gave a very informative talk on ICT4D (Information Communication Technology for Development), starting with the definition of development itself, which is not only concerned with economic development but more holistically on human development. He pointed out that the advancement of ICT allows for student-centered learning, however obstacles to the deployment of ICT are not limited to material resources as infrastructure and bandwidth, but also to immaterial obstacles, such as teacher training, the need of defining how to use technology for education (children access to the computers in not enough for appropriate learning).

Finally we had a panel on ICT and Diversity, with insights from every corner of the world, including the role of Social media in the Arab Spring by Alice Robbin and Osama, Puerto Rico Digital Preservation by Sarai Lastra, the difference between digital divide and digital inequality by Margaret Tan, and Moral Landscaping through ICT by Sangeeta Sharma:

Today, Monday July 25th I had the pleasure to chair the first session. Steve Walker of the Open University presented his research on infinite bandwidth, for which he conducted workshops using the “imagine methodology” and rich pictures, which was developed by Bell and Muse in the context of sustainable development:

We concluded the morning with a panel on ICT & human rights, chaired by Olga Werby, who gave a very informative, energetic and visual overview of the topic:


IADIS – ICT, Society, and Human Beings 2011

July 23, 2011

I just arrived at the IADIS Multi ConferenceĀ on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, taking place in Rome. Tomorrow morning I’ll be presenting my paper “Augmenting Communication with Visualization: Effects on Emotional and Cognitive Response” at 11:00. If you’re interested, here’s the prezi presentation.


Corporate communication, strategic communication and communication management

July 20, 2011

The most important disciplines in communication management in 2014 will be:

1) Corporate Communication (Institutional/ Organizational)
2) Internal Communication and change management
3) Marketing/Branding
4) CSR and sustainability
5) Crisis communication

These are the results of a survey conducted in 43 countries on Strategic communication in Europe, the European Communication Monitor 2011.

The same study also found that companies prefer the label “corporate communication”, while non-for-profit and governmental organizations prefer the label “strategic communication”:


Visual Representation Overview

July 20, 2011

A beautiful and useful overview on visual representation is given by Alan Blakwell, with whom I had the pleasure to work at the University of Cambridge in 2007. You can read it online at the interaction design website, or find it in the Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction 2011.

The article illustrates “the most important principles of visual representation for screen design, introduced with examples from the early history of graphical user interface”.


The Anti PowerPoint Party

July 15, 2011

PowerPoint is a standard for corporate meetings and educational presentations. Yet many people feel constrained by the medium. So constrained that now there is an ” anti PowerPoint party “, a movement against the use of presentation software.
I don’t think it’s all PowerPoint’s fault, tough. The problem are the people who don’t use it properly. I am not so sure their presentations would be any better without a support! And – of course- visual representations would help in making any presentation more lively and engaging šŸ˜‰

Thank you Alice and Alex for the link.


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