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The Asian Conference on Technology, Information & Society 2015

Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Thursday, November 5 - Saturday, November 7, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 1, 2015

Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 15, 2015


Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Japan. Join a global academic community.

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in the social sciences. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACTIS2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

The Second Asian Conference on Technology, Information & Society 2015 will again be held alongside the Sixth Asian Conference on Business and Public Policy 2015. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.




ACTIS 2015 Conference Theme: “Power”


Power as a commodity has challenged the minds of social scientists and philosophers while its exercise has always fascinated historians. From classical thinkers’ works such as Aristotle’s Politka or Machiavelli’s Il Principe through modern figures who manipulate power in the media, like Silvio Berlusconi or Rupert Murdoch, to the vast networks that support major heads of state, power has been a necessity to some or like an aphrodisiac to others. The dynamics of power and its associations with wealth and status now shape the contemporary world more visibly than ever. It is a research challenge to all fields in the academy to offer some explanation of its magnetism and its mechanisms.

The era of Big Data has created great change and opportunity. It has allowed us to make more and more information accessible, and to catalogue and archive, as well as communicate more freely. However, the era of Big Data has ushered in an era of Big Brother. New technologies have facilitated such resistance movements as those in Hong Kong, but have also empowered governments to unparalleled levels of surveillance and breaches of privacy. In the context of this conference, the ambiguous concept of power will encourage reflections on questions of rights, responsibilities, and trust, as well as hegemony, ownership, and resistance; control, transparency and censorship. Similarly we expect to see explorations of the relationships of power between individuals, corporations and governments, as issues of privacy, surveillance, and freedom of information test these.

As a conference theme, power in its many aspects is a hub concept that researchers, analysts, and practitioners alike can reflect on and speak about both in the abstract and from experience. Power and its perception can therefore be an invaluable concept in the exploration of the globalization of corporations, and we expect this theme to excite a number of stimulating research paths.

We look forward to their outcomes as we gather in Kobe in 2015.

More information on our conference theme and sub-themes.




ACTIS2015 Conference Chairs and Speakers



Dr Bill Totten

ACTIS2015 Keynote Speaker

President, Ashisuto KK

Bill Totten is founder and CEO of K.K. Ashisuto, Japan’s leading independent distributor of packaged computer software for large organizations. He was born, raised and educated in Southern California. His education includes a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in economics from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Totten worked on the Apollo program at Rockwell Corporation from 1963 to 1967 and on various projects at System Development Corporation from 1967 to 1971. SDC sent him to Tokyo in August 1969 to research the Japanese computer market, and he has lived here continuously since then. His market research convinced him of the great potential for packaged computer software in Japan. When SDC decided not to enter the software package business in Japan, Dr. Totten resigned and established K.K. Ashisuto in March 1972 to distribute computer software packages to corporations and other large organizations. Dr. Totten has been CEO of K.K. Ashisuto ever since. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a small staff in Tokyo providing a few localized software packages, to a highly-regarded nationwide enterprise employing 830 persons (as of January 2012) who produce 20 billion yen in annual revenue by distributing, supporting and providing consultative services for dozens of software packages to 5,300 leading Japanese corporations. Read more.



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Nobuo Sato

ACTIS2015 Featured Speaker

Executive Director of Harvard Business School Japan Research Center

Nobuo Sato is the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center in Tokyo. Nobuo joined HBS in August 2009 and previously was a Partner at Egon Zehnder International for ten years, mainly covering the financial services sector in Tokyo. Before joining Egon Zehnder International in 1993, he worked at a leading Japanese bank, The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), for 15 years including six years in London and two years at HBS undertaking his MBA (class of 1982). He obtained his BA in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo in 1978. Read more.



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The Reverend Professor Stuart D.B. Picken

ACTIS2014 Conference Co-Chair and Featured Speaker

Chairman of the IAFOR IAB

Professor Stuart D. B. Picken is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board, and in this role is Chairman of the Organization. As Chairman of IAFOR, Professor Picken helps guide the academic and political strategy of the organization, and assists in the forging of global institutional partnerships. He is also responsible for the development of the IAFOR Research Institutes.

Although now resident in Scotland, Professor Picken divides his time between the UK and Japan. He is also Chair of the Japan Society of Scotland, the Chairman of the Academic Board of New College, Birmingham. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and two children. Read more.



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Dr James McNally

ACTIS2014 Conference Co-Chair and Featured Speaker

Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, University of Michigan
James McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. Read more.

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IAFOR University & Institutional Partners


The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance allows our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.

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