Call for Papers

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December 20th, 8pm Anywhere on Earth, 2019: Deadline for submitting full papers

February 15th, 2020: Notification of acceptance or rejection

March 20, 2020: Camera-ready papers due

June 17-20, 2020: Presentations at ICTD 2020 

All submissions are due at 8pm, Anywhere on Earth


Contact the papers chairs if you have any questions.




Call for Papers


The 11th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2020) invites you to submit your work. To be held in cooperation with ACM SIGCAS, ICTD 2020 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers to explore the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of social, political, and economic development. The conference will be at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Guayaquil, Ecuador, from June 17-20, 2020.



Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become more pervasive in the lives of people around the world. They are being used in various facets of daily life ranging from economics to health care, education to governance, family life to artistic expression. Diverse groups across the world interact with, are impacted by, and can shape the design of these technologies. The ICTD conference provides a forum for analyzing, critiquing, refining, and inventing new ways in which individuals, communities, and societies interact with and make use of these tools and platforms. There are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the design, engineering, application, and adoption of ICTs in low- and middle-income regions and/or other resource-constrained settings, with implications for design, policy, and practice.



For the purposes of this conference, the term “ICT” comprises electronic technologies for information processing and communication, as well as systems, use of big data, interventions, and platforms built on such technologies. “Development” includes, but is not restricted to, poverty alleviation, education, agriculture, healthcare, communication, gender equality, governance, infrastructure, environment, and sustainability. The conference program will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of ICTD research and publishing traditions, with anticipated contributions from fields including (but not limited to) anthropology, computer science, communication, data science, design, economics, electrical engineering, geography, HCI, information systems, political science, public health, and sociology.



Full Papers


An ICTD Full Paper must make a new and complete research contribution, articulate how it is advancing the field of ICTD, and provide complete and substantial support for its results and conclusions. All submissions must be original work; the submitter must clearly document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers from any of the authors. Failure to point out and explain overlap will be grounds for rejection. Simultaneous submission of the same paper to another venue with proceedings or a journal is not allowed and will be grounds for rejection. Contact the papers chairs ( if there are questions about this policy. Papers will be evaluated via double-blind peer review by a multidisciplinary panel of at least three reviewers, one of whom will come from outside the paper’s disciplinary domain in order to ensure broad readability. 



Anonymous Submission


Papers must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and papers should avoid revealing their identity in the text. When referring to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the (unusual) case that a third-person reference is infeasible. Publication as a technical report or in an online repository does not constitute a violation of this policy. Contact the papers chairs ( if you have any questions. Papers that are not properly anonymized may be rejected without review.



Human Subjects and Ethical Considerations


Authors are strongly encouraged to read and follow the community-defined minimum ethical standards for ICTD research (available online). These standards are the result of a three-year participatory process to co-define ethical standards in ICTD, and were voted on and adopted at the ICTD conference in Ahmedabad in January 2019. For more information about how these standards were created, you can read this article (available online).


In addition, submissions that describe experiments with human subjects, that analyze data derived from human subjects, or that otherwise may put humans at risk should:


  • Disclose whether the research received an approval or waiver from each of the authors’ institutional ethics review boards (IRB) if applicable.
  • Discuss steps taken to ensure that participants and others who might have been affected by an experiment were treated ethically and with respect.


If a paper raises significant ethical concerns, it might be rejected based on these concerns.



Page Limits and Formatting


Submitted papers may include up to 10 pages of text (including figures and tables) and up to 3 additional pages of appendices (if appropriate). References do not count towards these page limits. Reviewers are not required to read appendices. Papers should be submitted in the two-column CHI 2020 proceedings format (templates available for LaTeX, Overleaf or Microsoft Word). Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly in Adobe Reader 9 and when printed in black and white. Submissions will be checked for conformance to these requirements. Failure to adhere to the page limit and formatting requirements are grounds for rejection without review.



Conflicts of Interest


During submission of a research paper, the submission site will request information about conflicts of interest of the paper’s authors with program committee (PC) members. It will be the responsibility of all authors of a paper to identify all and only their potential conflict-of-interest PC members, according to the following definitions. A paper author has a conflict of interest with a PC member when and only when one or more of the following conditions holds:

  • The PC member is a co-author of the paper.
  • The PC member has been a co-worker in the same company or university within the past two years.
  • For student interns, the student is conflicted with their supervisors and with members of the same research group. If the student no longer works for the organization, then they are not conflicted with a PC member from the larger organization.
  • The PC member has been a collaborator within the past two years.
  • The PC member is or was the author’s primary thesis advisor, no matter how long ago.
  • The author is or was the PC member’s primary thesis advisor, no matter how long ago.
  • The PC member is a relative or close personal friend of the author.
  • For any other situation where the authors feel they have a conflict with a PC member, they must explain the nature of the conflict to the PC chairs, who will mark the conflict if appropriate. Papers with incorrect or incomplete conflict of interest information are subject to rejection.


Conference Submission Server


ICTD 2020 is using EasyChair to manage paper submission. Please submit your paper via the submission site:



Publication and Presentation


Papers will be archived by default in the ACM Digital Library (unless otherwise requested by authors). Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate publication clearances. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference. 



Paper Chairs


Nicola Dell (Cornell Tech)

Indrani Medhi Thies (Microsoft Research)


The language in this CFP uses material from prior calls and other conference CFPs.



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