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Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries

IFIP Working Group 9.4

Pascal Renaud - 13 décembre 2006

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The Working Group 9.4 of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) is dedicated to research and action in the social issues of informatics in the Third World.


1. To collect, exchange and disseminate experiences of developing countries ;

2. To develop a consciousness amongst professionals, policy makers and public on social implications of computers in developing nations ;

3. To develop criteria, methods, and guidelines for design and implementation of culturally adapted information systems ;

4. To create a greater interest in professionals from industrialized countries to focus on issues of special relevance to developing countries through joint activities with other Technical Committees.


1. National computerization policy issues ;

2. Culturally adapted computer technology and information systems ;

3. Role of transnational corporations, regional and international cooperation and self- sufficiency in informatics ;

4. Social awareness of computers and computer literacy.

WG 9.4 invites researchers and practitioners of developing and industrialized countries to join its activities. Most of the voting members are from developing countries, either by residence or by origin, but the WG is open for anyone seriously interested in our topic and willing to contribute in some way. There is no fee. Membership applications are considered once a year by our parent body within the IFIP, Technical Committee 9 Computers and Society.

One of the instruments of our work is the electronic mail discussion list for members and closely involved non-members.

If you wish to receive the printed newsletter, apply for voting membership in the WG, or subscribe to the e-mail discussion list ; please print out and complete the application form.

The IFIP WG 9.4/COMSEC-IT Newsletter is also available on-line.


International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is a multinational federation of organisations concerned with information processing. Currently it has 45 member societies representing 62 countries. One of its main objectives is to bring together computer professionals to stimulate research, development and the application of information processing in science and human activity.

IFIP has eleven technical committees (TCs) to which various member countries nominate the members. The technical committees cover a broad range of computing themes like information systems, education, and communication. Each technical committee has one or more working groups (WGs) affiliated to it.

The objective of a working group is to bring together a group of computing professionals interested in a specific area of work. Each working group is expected to act as a forum of exchange of ideas by organising conferences and publishing monographs. The working group members need not be members of IFIP’s national societies, and they are accepted on personal merit and activity.

TC 9

Technical Committee 9, Computers and Society, currently has eight working groups. History and Publications of WG9.4

The TC 9 working group WG 9.4, Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, was formalized in September 1989.

The starting point for WG 9.4 was a scientific conference in New Delhi, India, in November 1988.

The proceedings of the meeting were published as : S.C. Bhatnagar and N. Bjorn-Andersen (eds) : Information Technology in Developing Countries, Elsevier Science Publishers (1990) ISBN 0-444-88416-5

WG 9.4 has also published :

S.C. Bhatnagar and Mayuri Odedra (eds) : Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Tata McGraw-Hill, India, (1992) ISBN 0-07-462040-1 [Proceedings of the conference held in Nairobi in March 1992]

S.C. Bhatnagar (ed.) : Information Technology Manpower : Key Issues for Developing Countries, Tata McGraw-Hill, (1992) ISBN 0-07-460405-8.

E. M. Roche and M. J. Blaine (eds.) : Information Technology : Development and Policy Ashgate Publishing Co, Hants, England [Proceedings of the conference held in Havana, Cuba, 21-23 February 1994]

M. Odedra-Straub (ed.) : Global IT and Socio-Economic Development : Ivy League Publishers, New Hampshire, (1996) [Proceedings of the conference in Cairo, Egypt, 9-11 January 1995]

C.Avgerou and G.Walsham (eds) : Information Technology in Context : studies from the perspective of developing countries, London, Ashgate (2000) ISBN 0-7546-1480-8 [Proceedings of the conference in Bangkok, Thailand, 18-20 February 1998]

C. Avgerou and S, Sahay (eds) Special issue on Information and Communication Technologies in Developing Countries, The Information Society, vol 18, no 2 (2002).[Selected papers from the conference in Cape Town South Africa, May 2000]

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