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/Extended deadline/: *July 24, 2017*

Focus section on
*"ICT and the UN Sustainable Development Goals"*

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*Guest Editors:*

/• Daniel Pargman (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
• Neha Kumar (Georgia Tech, USA)
• Mikael Anneroth (Ericsson Research, Sweden)
• Elina Eriksson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)/
*Important dates:*
• Deadline: *June**30*, 2017 -> *July 24*, 2017 (extended)
• Notification to the authors: September 30, 2017
• Camera ready paper: October 31, 2017
• Publication of the special issue: end of November, 2017

Sustainability is the most important global challenge for the 21st
century. While interest in sustainability is increasing within
computing, it is not particularly difficult to claim that we currently
do too little, and perhaps at times also the wrong things. It can be
daunting for researchers to tackle global problems such as climate
change, famine and biodiversity loss, to name just a few of the large
issues the world is and will continue to grapple with during the
remainder of this century. Still, developing a sustainable society does
not refer only to “other” (non-computing) areas such as transportation,
heating and food, but also to Information and Communication Technologies
(ICT) since ICT has become an integral part of all areas in society. But
how does ICT contribute to a sustainable society, and, what are we
aiming for?
In September 2015, the UN formally adopted a set of global goals the
succeeded the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015). The new
Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs, see further consist of 17 overarching
goals, aiming at accomplishing sustainable development for people and
the planet by 2030. The SDGs thus address ecological as well as social
and economic sustainability and they are to a higher extent also
applicable to the whole world rather than just to the developing
countries in the global south. Since the Sustainable Development Goals
are more ambitious and broader than the Millennium Development Goals it
however also becomes more difficult to measure and track progress.
In this IxD&A focus session, we want to engage everyone who is
interested in working towards a sustainable future in terms and using
the UN SDGs as a starting point. How can ICT be inspired by, and
contribute to these goals? What should we do more of, and, are we doing
the right things ? In what areas should we form partnerships in order to
reach the Sustainable Development Goals and with whom should we form
these partnerships?
This IxD&A focus session builds upon a workshop that was held at the
NordiCHI 2016 conference.

*Topics of Interest*
We particularly welcome contributions that not only describe a
particular study and relates it to the SDGs but that also critically
engages with the relationship between ICT and the SDGs. We welcome
contributions from (but not limited to) HCI, interaction design, design,
STS and ICTD. For further questions, please contact the editors.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
• ICT solutions that engages one or more SDGs
• Work that critically discusses important topics not covered by the SDGs
• The Interconnectedness of the SDGs in relation to ICT
• Bridging global goals (SDGs) in terms of scaling and operationalizing
them to make them possible/easier to address
• The challenge of working with long-term goal in the context of ICT
which emphasizes speed and results
• On possible tension and contradiction between different SDGs
• The connection between socio-technical systems and the SDGs
• Methods for monitoring progress in reaching the SDGs (for example
utilising Big Data)

Submission guidelines and procedure
All submitted manuscripts must be original and should not be under
review by another publication.
The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .rtf
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Perspective participants are invited to submit one file where page one
is a cover page (with title, list of authors and contact information)
and page two has the title of the paper but no other identifying
information. The lenght of the fully anonymized paper should be between
8 and 20 pages paper all included (e.g. title, abstract, all tables,
figures, references, etc.).

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For scientific advice and queries, please contact any of the
guest-editors below and mark the subject as:
/IxD&A focus section on: ICT and the UN Sustainable Development Goals/

• pargman [at] kth [dot] se
• neha [dot] kumar [at] cc [dot] gatech [dot] edu
• mikael [dot] anneroth [at] ericsson [dot] com
• elina [at] kth [dot] se

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Forthcoming issues:*

• Autumn 2017
/includes also a special issue on/
'Emerging Design: Transforming the STEAM Learning Landscape with the
Support of Digital Technologies'
Guest Editors: Daniel Spikol, Jalal Nouri, Teresa Cerratto Pargman,
Marcelo Milrad

• Winter 2017
'Citizen, Territory and Technologies: Smart Learning Contexts and Practices'
Guest Editors: Óscar Mealha, Monica Divitini, Matthias Rehm
/with a focus section on:/
'Pervasive participation - New Horizons for Citizen Involvement and User
Guest Editors: Sarah-Kristin Thiel, Peter Fröhlich, Glenda Caldwell,
Matthias Baldauf
• Spring 2018
'Making old age inviting and worth living through ICTs in the 21st century'
Guest Editors: Sergio Sayago, Josep Blat, Margarida Romero, Kim Sawchuk
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