"Digital Transformations & Global Society" (DTGS)
is an academic forum for researchers and experts in the interdisciplinary field of the Internet Studies and Social Informatics. Each year the conference brings scholars from different countries and of various backgrounds to discuss how digital technologies transform our lives.
The conference became a successor of another significant international event – the international conference "Internet and Modern Society" (IMS), held annually in St. Petersburg since 1998. Building on this unique and long-lasting legacy, in 2016 IMS acquired a stronger international dimension under the DTGS umbrella – an Information Society Technology Week at ITMO University with the aim of attracting new international researchers and raising the quality of submitted papers.
The first international conference "Digital Transformation & Global Society" (DTGS 2016
) was held on June 22-24, 2016, hosted by the ITMO University and co-organized by the University of Amsterdam, the European University at St. Petersburg, and the e-Development Partnership in the northwest of Russia (PRIOR North-West). Then we received 157 submissions, out of which 61 papers were accepted, with an acceptance rate of 39 per cent. The conference was organized in five tracks: eSociety, eKnowledge, eCity, eHealth and eScience and started from the poster session
Two keynote reports were presented as well. Professor Peter Sloot
(University of Amsterdam) presented an insightful report on "Complexity Science and the Internet of Things," explaining how the latter may help to understand complex systems, "from a biological cell... to millions of computer systems... to our society." Latif Ladid
(University of Luxembourg), Founder and President of IPv6 Forum, shared his view on the future of the Internet and perspectives on the use of IPv6 in innovations, such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and smart cities. DTGS - 2016 Program Keynote Reports Abstracts
Held for the second time in June 21-23, 2017, it brought together more than 80 scholars. From DTGS'17
the co-organizers of the conference are the ITMO University and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg campus), the leading research institutions in Russia. 38 papers were selected out of 134 submissions, making the acceptance rate of 28 per cent.
The conference started with the plenary session and three insightful keynote reports. Daniel Alexandrov
, professor at the Higher School of Economics and DTGS'17 co-chair, gave a talk on the interrelationship between the Internet and the modern social sciences. Dr. Ginaluca Demartini
from the University of Sheffield and the ACM distinguished scholar gave a presentation on the "Power of Big Data" and how data-driven applications transform our everyday life. The keynote lecture by Dr. Sergey Kovalchuk
from the ITMO University was devoted to the innovations that help to enhance public health decision making with computational predictive models. Two more keynote speeches were presented during the conference. Dr. King-wa Fu
from the University of Hong-Kong shared the results of his research on the Internet censorship in China and the ways to reveal its trends with automatic methods of data collection and analysis. Prof. Carlos Gershenson
(National Autonomous University of Mexico) elaborated on the "Future of Urban Mobility" and digital transformations of urban life in the near future.
The conference proceeded with the Poster session and Panel session. The latter comprised the following DTGS'17 tracks: eSociety, ePolity, eCity, eFinance & eEconomy and eHealth.
The organizers of the conference are doing their best to make DTGS a new emerging collaborative platform for interdisciplinary research. The raise of papers quality and conference publicity is a good sign that this goal will be achieved. DTGS'17 program
DTGS'17 keynote reports abstracts