Sixteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society Illinois Conference Center at University of Illinois Research Park Champaign, USA 26–27 March 2020

Over the past quarter century, digital technologies have become signature change agents in all aspects of our domestic, working and public lives. Whether it is our awareness of the world through the media, formal or informal learning, shopping, banking, travelling or communicating, digital technologies are everywhere. The hardware is getting less expensive relative to the power of the technology. Meanwhile, a battle is being fought in the domain of intellectual property between software that is proprietary and sometimes closed, and software that is open and sometimes free.

How do we understand and evaluate the workings of these technologies? To answer this question we need to recruit the disciplines of computer science, software engineering, communications systems and applied linguistics. We need to develop and apply the conceptual tools of cybernetics, informatics, systemics and the theory of distributed networks. And how do we understand their effects? Here we may consider the impact of the new media, intelligent systems or human-machine interfaces.How do we understand and evaluate the workings of these technologies? To answer this question we need to recruit the disciplines of computer science, software engineering, communications systems and applied linguistics. We need to develop and apply the conceptual tools of cybernetics, informatics, systemics and the theory of distributed networks. And how do we understand their effects? Here we may consider the impact of the new media, intelligent systems or human-machine interfaces.

This conference, journal, book imprint and online media provide a forum for discussion of the connections between technology and society. The perspectives presented range from big picture analyses which address global and universal concerns, to detailed case studies which speak of localized applications of technology. Conference presentations and publications traverse a broad terrain, sometimes technically and other times socially oriented, sometimes theoretical and other times practical in their perspective, and sometimes reflecting dispassionate analysis while at other times suggesting interested strategies for action.

Conference themes are listed as follows:

  • Theme 1: Technologies and Human Usability
  • Theme 2: Technologies in Knowledge Sharing
  • Theme 3: Ubiquitous Learning
  • Theme 4: Technologies in Society