ICT & Society

The importance and fertility of cross -disciplinary synergies between Computer Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities has been widely acknowledged since the last 20 years already, eventually shaping new fields of research such as Science and Technology Studies and changing the methods for designing ICT products as well, increasingly through user and citizen centered participatory methodologies.

Algorithms and software are indeed integrated into complex socio technical systems where societal, policy related, cultural, behavioral factors have a great importance as they shape the ways needs for ICT are assessed and technologies are developed but also possibilities for their usage, uptake or dismissal.

This is even more true in times when ‘pro-sumerism’ and DIY cultures become widespread, as digital skills and coding are and will more and more become part of the basic sets of fundamental abilities every citizen (will) have to possess in the knowledge society.

The Acadia Laboratory embraces these issues by operating on two strands of research and implementation activities, namely: E- Government and Inclusive ICT Innovation