The Internet and Digital Economy (I&DE) track
focuses on the ways in which the Internet affects
people, groups, organizations, and societies (e.g.,
markets, social networks), as well as fundamental
issues in the development and operation of the Internet
and Internet applications (e.g., security, open source,
Like many other tracks at HICSS, I&DE has a long
history, dating to 1997 when it became a standalone
minitrack. Over the years there have been over 70
different minitracks held and nearly 1400 research
papers delivered. Among the variety of minitracks
some of the key mainstays have included: Crowd-
Based Platforms, Crowdsourcing and Digital
Workforce, E-Marketing, Human-Computer
Interaction, Cyber Security, Privacy and Economics,
Social Shopping, Digital Supply Chain, Internet of
Everything, and various issues of E-Commerce,
Mobile Commerce and the Digital Economy.
This year the track includes 17 minitracks:
Behavioral Economics in the Digital Economy: Digital
Nudging and Interface Design. This minitrack explores
the design, main applications, and effects of digital
nudging in information systems design, in particular,
research with an emphasis on the effects of interface
design on users’ behavior, judgment, and decision
making in Internet-based systems.
Crowd-Based Platforms. This minitrack examines the
design and effects of a variety of crowd-based
platforms including crowdsourcing context, online
labor, crowdfunding marketplaces and onlinecommunities.
Research in this area originates from
various methodologies such as econometrics, field or
lab experimentation, field surveys, analytic modeling,
or grounded theory approaches.
Crowdsourcing and Digital Workforce. This minitrack
examines theoretical and empirical studies addressing
organizational, managerial, technical, and behavioral
perspectives on digital work and crowd work. Research
that lies at the intersection of multiple disciplines,
namely Information Technology, Organization
Science, Human Resource Management, and
Behavioral Science will inform innovation in digital
work and work re-design.
Distributed Ledger Technology, The Blockchain. This
minitrack deals with fundamental research revolving
around the methods and techniques, issues, and key
challenges, as well as organizational approaches for
understanding the potential of DLTs for business
models, value chains, emerging competitive landscapes
and new start-ups employing this technology.
Electronic Marketing. This minitrack focuses on
understanding effective strategies for attracting
customers, increasing their purchases, satisfaction and
loyalty, as well as the responses and behavior of
customers to various online marketing vehicles and
consumer generated media.
End-User Empowerment. This minitrack aims to attract
research that advances the understanding of user
empowerment in the digital economy. It adopts an
interdisciplinary perspective, which considers user
empowerment across application domains (e.g.
software development, digital commerce, healthcare,
Firm and User Generated Content. This minitrack takes
into account the communication shift from traditional
one-way to two-way communication, with content
being a means to earn trust with consumers. Papers
dealing with the creation, usage, management and
impact of content for digital economy are encouraged.
Human-Computer Interaction. This minitrack explore a
wide range of topics related to human-computer
interaction using a wide spectrum of research
methodologies including, but not limited to, behavioral
methods, neurophysiological tools, and design science
approaches. Accordingly, papers may draw on various
reference disciplines to inform design, such as:
computer science, information systems, consumer
behavior, psychology, organizational sciences, and
Innovative Behavioral IS Security and Privacy
Research. This minitrack provides a venue for
innovative research that rigorously addresses the risks
to information system security and privacy, focusing
on individual behaviors within this nomological net.
Domains include work related to detecting, mitigating,
and preventing both internal and external human
threats to organizational security.
Making Digital Transformation Real. This minitrack
explores tools, methods or strategies helping
companies to deal with digital transformations through
theoretical and applied work. Other focal topics will
include metrics and other indicators for measuring the
success or degree of digital transformation.
Privacy and Economics. This minitrack provides a
platform for academia, industry and government
organizations to discuss ties and differences between
the EU and the USA from a privacy, as well as an
economic angle. This includes discussions on
economic perspectives on the regulation in Europe and
across the US and on user’ right to privacy with
regards to collection, retention, analysis and transfer of
Social Shopping: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.
This minitrack explores insights and develops
theoretical understanding of the topics and issues
related to the influence of OSN on consumption
orientated shopping decisions.
The Diffusion, Impacts, Adoption and Usage of ICTs
upon Society. This minitrack provides a “global”
perspective of how ICTs are being diffused, used and
adopted within society (households and social
The Digital Supply Chain of the Future: Technologies,
Applications and Business Models: Focuses on the rise
and impact of the agile supply chain and the
concomitant rise in smart products and services.
The Internet of Everything: Addresses issues related to
the coming of the: IoE, IoT and IoP including
consumer adoption of wearable and embeddable
The IoT in Networked Defense and Security: Present
and Future. This minitrack seeks manuscripts from
researchers who are investigating emerging scenarios
involving the contributions of the IOT to decisionmaking
in increasingly dynamic environments. We
seek authors who are reflecting on the current and
future applications of IOT, whether your work is
theoretical, exploratory, experimental, or applied
research. Submittals could include, but by no means
would be limited to such domains as military, security,
public safety (fire, police, first responders),
humanitarian assistance or disaster relief.
Transforming Traditional Production Systems into
Smart Production Systems. This minitrack invites
research from across disciplines that addresses various
aspects of how production systems are transformed
into an integrated, digital, and smart production system.
Alan R. Dennis
Joseph S. Valacich
University of Arizona