Guest Editors’ Introduction

Tomayess Issa, Pedro Isaias, Piet Kommers


It is evident that E-Technology (i.e. The Internet, social media… etc.) play a significant role in maintaining and supporting our digital society in various sectors from business, education, health and government and others. E-Technologies are now available worldwide for numerous numbers of universal users to increase collaboration, communication, interaction, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving in developing and developed countries. It is anticipated, and there is evidence gathering that E-technologies use will increase work performance, productivity, innovation, workers’ satisfaction, reduce cost and maintenance. On the other hand, adopting e-technologies will bring various negative aspects in relation to security, privacy, legal aspects and users’ frustration, as majorities of these e-technologies are still neglecting important aspects, i.e. Human Computer Interaction and usability. It is anticipated that these aspects will assist to improve the system functionality, which can be used efficiently, effectively and satisfactorily by universal users, including people with disability.This special issue aims to investigate and assess the importance of e-technologies implemented in our digital society and deliberate and discuss the weakness and strengths behind their adoption. This special issue resulted from the selection of the best papers from the Internet Technologies and Society 2012 conference (, organized by the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS). These best papers have been extended and reviewed for this special issue. A blind review process has been adopted to review and assess these articles for this special issue.

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