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African development high on IFIP agenda

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Delegates from around the world will attend the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)'s annual Working Group 9.4 (WG 9.4) workshop at the University of Pretoria from 23 to 24 September and the 8th International Conference on Human Choice and Computers (HCC8) from 25 to 26 September.

Themed: "Towards an ICT Research Agenda for African Development", delegates will be discussing and presenting work on improving and promoting development and development initiatives in Africa by means of technology, and the impact it could potentially have on African development.
Following the conclusion of the workshop, participants will participate in the HCC8 conference with the theme: "Social Dimensions of ICT policy". The conference will focus on how ICT policy can be used, and have been used in the past, to promote the social well-being of people. It will also look at the usage of ICT policies as a tool to empower people in their everyday lives.
The workshop and conference will include a rich mix of people from around the globe who all work in areas related to the usage of technology in improving people's everyday lives by working on bridging the digital divide. Delegates from Africa, the UK, the US and Ireland will be participating in the workshop by providing insights into the work that they are involved with.
As part of HCC8, Professor Robin Mansell from the London School of Economic will address the conference on how communication, information and ICT policy can be used to enable research frameworks related to social dimensions. On the second day, Dorothy Gordon, Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT will address the conference on aspects of ICT and the role it plays in society.
IFIP is a non-governmental, non-profit umbrella organization for national societies working in the field of information processing. It was established in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO as a result of the first World Computer Congress held in Paris in 1959.
Locally organised by the University of Pretoria's Department of Informatics, the workshop and conference does not only coincide with the university's centenary celebrations, but also with the Department of Informatics' 20th year of existence.