Why Attend ECIS 2021
The European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) is one of the most prestigious gatherings of information systems academics and research-oriented practitioners in the world.
The aim of ECIS 2021 is to form an inclusive meeting place for people in the IS field to discuss fundamental and innovative issues related to Information Systems in general with zoom on the particularities of the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
The theme of ECIS 2021 is Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World.
ECIS 2021 - 29th European Conference on Information System : Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World
Digital Technologies as part of the solution and sometimes the problem
The current Covid-19 pandemic is highlighting that crisis can affect all countries and all people regardless of their race, origin, or social status. Digital technologies are often presented as at least part of the solution for helping to drive towards a sustainable and inclusive future.
The conflicting realities of the digitizing world
In the Industry 4.0 era, emerging technologies such as big data analytics and blockchain can improve the way we do business by improving data quality and tracking. These technologies could also lead to unethical misuses of the data to gain more customers or cause unnecessary harm to the competition.
Digital technologies have also been identified as a threat to our freedoms (e.g., in relation to our privacy), to fairness (e.g., with the digital divide decreasing the economic opportunities for some, and with robotization causing unemployment levels for others), and to community (e.g., with social media reducing face-to-face relationships between people even while online connections may be increasing).
Questions among others to be addressed at ECIS2021
How can technology help save lives without imprisoning us? How do individuals, organizations, African and European national and local governments among others, respond to such challenges of IT usage and human values? Can we see solutions emerging independently of the FAANGs [Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google]? What role’(s) do IS researchers and community can play? In other words, the consequences (both intended and unintended) of ever-more pervasive digital technologies in our work and personal lives in relation to creating a more inclusive and sustainable world are not straight-forward.