Management, Analytics, Decision Making
"People, not just technology"


The focus of our research is to understand the human dimension of community and business computing; the adoption and diffusion of technology within society and the effect of the digital divide. The importance of the "people" component of technology is recognised by many govenments in their funding of information and communications technology (ICT) projects.

In New Zealand the government's Digital Strategy responds to the changes and challenges of a rapidly evolving digital world. The Community Partnership Fund has supported many ICT projects that increase capability and skills of New Zealanders to use ICT. Members of our Social Informatics Group have completed a number of research projects that have as their focus, "People, not technology". They include:

          Evaluation of the Secret Level Youth ICT Project, 2008.
          Evaluation of the e-Rider Project - a mobile, technical computing support service for the not-for-profit sector.
          Examining and evaluating the impact of efforts to narrow the digital divide within a city suburb.
          Evaluating the adoption of ICT by a refugee immigrant community.
          Examining the impact of the computing sub-culture on New Zealand ICT professionals.
          Examining the secondary school and tertiary computing learning environment.
          Cross-cultural studies involving ICT women working in Malaysia and Japan.