Cathy Urquhart, Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland Business School
The Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society is an international, refereed journal that aims to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on the social and ethical impacts of new media and information and communication technologies on society, organisations, the environment and individuals.
While information and communication technologies (ICTs) may appear ubiquitous in the 21st century, access to those ICTs is far from universal. The term ‘social inclusion’ has been suggested as a more positive way of approaching this digital divide (Warschauer 2003). Social inclusion is defined as ‘participation in the determination of both individual and collective life chances’ (Stewart 2000). Thus there is more to social inclusion than equal access to resources, and it should be recognised that even wealthy individuals may be excluded because of discrimination based on gender, race, sexual preference or disability, or political persecution (Warschauer 2003). For instance, there is evidence that African Americans are socially excluded from participation in ICTs despite the US being a so-called developed country, and this is true of many poorer communities in developed countries. In developing countries, there is evidence that ICT initiatives tend to favour those who already have access to ICTs through a superior education (Warschauer 2003). It is inceasingly important to locate ICTs within the particular social conditions because as with all technologies, they are an integral aspect of socio-political, economic and cultural development (Hufkin and Huyer 2006).
If the position of social inclusion implies equal access to technology for all, then the sustainability of ICTs in terms of how they are designed, used and disposed of is also of relevance. E-waste is a problem in some developing countries, and can be seen to be contrary to the social inclusion ideal as some countries end up processing other countries -waste. Such actions are likely to have generational effects, socially and ecologically. Social inclusion by implication has a concern with equity and social justice – and environmental problems like global warming do not respect political boundaries. For these reasons, we also invite papers that look at novel perspectives on ICTs and environmental issues.
Please feel free to contact Cathy Urquhart on firstname.lastname@example.org or Yvonne Underhill-Sem on email@example.com with any queries on submission. See author guidelines for submission requirements. The normal length requirement is 7000 words but we are also inviting shorter submissions on cutting edge research that is in an earlier stage of development. The papers should be emailed to both guest editors. The submission should also include a structured abstract (http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/guides/abstracts.htm) and a signed JAR form (http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/writing/jarforms_index.htm).