During the three and a half decades since the IRIS seminar was initiated, our societies, organizations and personal lives have been profoundly affected by information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs are ubiquitous in our lives – embedded into everyday appliances, constituting core tools for organizational work, and acting as central mediators for our social life, both in the small, personal scale and on a political and societal scale. We now live "digital lives”.
We want to question what digital living implies, both on a personal, group, organizational and societal level. What are the struggles, tensions and results that has emerged as we have gone from "digitizing” our organizations and societies to "living with the digital”? We seek to discuss experiences of "digital living” within a multitude of empirical settings. Just to mention a few such settings, this could include studies of how ICTs are intimately intertwined into daily practices of care for elderly and frail people, of how organizations deal with their increasingly complex systems’ portfolios, or how people relate to each other when interaction is mediated through social networks. What are the societal effects of ICT becoming ubiquitous in everyday situations, such as travel, shopping, everyday logistics and community work? How do gaming, virtual worlds, social media, and free downloading affect society – education, economy, work life and culture? Which strategies do persons, groups and organizations adopt in order to deal with ICTs? Through which means are digital lives being regulated, standardized and governed?
With the theme "digital living” we also seek to provoke. Everything in our lives is not digital; we still have a significant "analogue” component. How can the border between the physical and digital aspects of our lives be designed and dealt with? How can basic human capacities be utilized in interaction and collaboration with digital devices? Moreover, the resource distribution in our world is disturbingly uneven, and everyone on our planet does not live digital lives. However, the impact of ICT in low GDP countries is dramatic, so we also welcome a global perspective on "digital living”.
The conference is open not only to researchers from the Nordic countries, we particularly welcome people from other parts of the world, bringing along and sharing their views.