Author: John Sören Pettersson
Research at HumanIT
At HumanIT there are a number of research project going on. Today the HumanIT research is focused around three main research clusters.
- ICT for Development
Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been identified as strengthening and/or contributing to sustainable development. Much of the theoretical and scientific development of this field is indebted to analyses of the practical applications of ICT in development plans, actions and their impact on the local contexts. ICT-for-Development (ICT4D) is one of the core research areas at the center for HumanIT at Karlstad University. In an effort to diversify the field, HumanIT has been at the forefront in recognizing mobile communications for development (M4D) as a critical area of research within ICT4D owing to the growing popularity of mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The sheer volume of publications and on-going research on M4D, as well as the biennial international conferences organized on the same topic by HumanIT, have propelled the center towards curving a specific research niche in ICT4D.
- Surveillance and Privacy in Information Societies
At the Centre of HumanIT research on Surveillance and Privacy in Information Societies is carried out in Computer Science, Information Systems, Law, Media and Communication Studies and Psychology. The research covers a wide range of social and technological aspects of surveillance, privacy and identity management and its intersections. The strength of the research is on user perspectives and experiences of surveillance and privacy as societies grow more and more dependent on digital technologies. Interdisciplinarity is an explicit goal of HumanIT and a majority of the research projects on surveillance and privacy are interdisciplinary. The research is of high international quality and the researchers are connected to a range of different international networks.
- ICT for Disaster Management and Crisis Communication
Together with the Center for Climate and Safety, we are also currently developing the research area ICT for Disaster Management and Crisis Communication. We bring together the expertise that exists within Climate & Safety on the flood hazards that exist today and in the future and knowledge of how these can be addressed by society, with the expertise that exists in Computer Science, Information Systems and Media and Communication Studies on computer-assisted surveillance, systems for early warning and communication, and knowledge about the relationship between computers and humans. The aim is to give society a better support in terms of monitoring water systems and vulnerable urban areas including support for the preparations to deal with sudden crises. The work will initially focus on Swedish/Nordic conditions, but ultimately the goal is to assist developing countries that are far more threatened by floods and heavy rain. Co-ordinator: Monika.Magnusson@kau.se
Author: John Sören Pettersson
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