Aims and Scope

Welcome to the IFIP WG 9.5 website

Hi, and thanks for visiting our website. This is the home of the Working Group (WG) on ‘Our Digital Lives’, that is part of Technical Committee 9 (TC9), on ICT and Society, of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP).

Hameed Chughtai (Chair) and Kathrin Bednar (Vice-Chair).

IFIP Mission Statement

The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is the global non-profit umbrella organization of societies of ICT professionals that aims at achieving a worldwide professional and socially responsible development and application of information and communication technologies. This goal is accomplished by enhancing international cooperation amongst individuals, national and international organizations in all aspects of research, development and application of ICT, by disseminating and exchanging information, by educating and enhancing public understanding, by increasing professionalism in the ICT workforce and by promoting global digital equity. IFIP is in a unique position to do so through its membership structure and its lines of activities.

IFIP WG 9.5 ‘Our Digital Lives’


The IFIP WG 9.5 ‘Our Digital Lives’ views digital technologies at large as intertwined with everyday life. With digital technologies playing such a central role in our lives, the group aims to bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers interested in how the ‘digital’ influences our lives and society at large, what opportunities and challenges it presents, and how it can be managed. Through workshopsconferences, edited collections, and digital avenues, the group will provide a space for interdisciplinary dialogue and mutual exchange from a diverse set of disciplines (e.g. computing, information systems, media studies, social theory, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, organizational studies, gender studies, politics and ethics, among others) interested in different aspects of the ‘digital’.


The scope of the working group is around the ‘digital’ as evident in a multiplicity of empirical sites and social phenomena. Given its scope, we welcome contributors from, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Social media and online communities
  • Digital platforms
  • Digital health
  • Connectivity
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Digital labour
  • Digital tourism
  • E-government
  • Augmented reality/ virtual reality
  • Emerging technologies
  • Human enhancement
  • Artificial intelligence

For further information please email:




Dr Hameed Chughtai


Lancaster University Management

Lancaster University

United Kingdom

Kathrin Bednar


Innovation Sciences

Eindhoven University of Technology



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