Research seminar: Digital natives and Ubiquitous Information Systems
08.02.2012 / 14:00 - 16:00
Professor Michael D. Myers, University of Auckland Business School
Most IS research until now has focused on information systems in organisations and their use by digital immigrants. Digital immigrants are those who were not born into the digital world, they learnt to use information systems at some stage in their adult life.
An underlying assumption of much of this research is that users “resist” technology or at least have some difficulty in accepting it. Digital natives, however, are those who have grown up in a world where the use of information and communications technology is pervasive and ubiquitous. These ubiquitous technologies, networks and associated systems have proliferated and have woven themselves into the very fabric of everyday life.
We suggest that the rise of digital native, along with the growth of Ubiquitous Information
Systems (UIS), potentially represents a fundamental shift in our “paradigm” for IS research. We propose a research agenda that focuses on digital natives and UIS.