Research plays an important role in the advancement of Information Systems knowledge. The Department is particularly interested in the generation of knowledge in the area of the Internet and Society.
At the heart of the Internet is its ability to support communication, information sharing and data transfer via environments such as email, instant messaging, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), World Wide Web (WWW) and more recently cloud computing. Similarly, the foundations of the Information Systems discipline are concern with the gathering, processing, storing, distributing and use of information, and associated technologies, in society and organizations.
Hence, the focus on the Internet and Society as a research programme for the Department intends to bring together academic endeavors that broaden the understanding of the main factors characterizing the Internet, their dynamics and their impact on society and organizations.
The Department’s focus is naturally on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) aspects (with guidance from other disciplines) and research groups concentrate on the following aspects that share a common goal of enhancing information sharing in their respective fields:
• Consumer Health Informatics (Prof Greg Foster)
• Cyber Security (Prof Stephen Flowerday)
• E-Governance and Digital Citizen Engagement (Prof Caroline Khene)
• ICT for Development (Prof Caroline Khene, Dr Ingrid Siebörger)
• Information Systems Education
• Information Systems in African developing contexts (Prof Caroline Khene, Dr Ingrid Siebörger)
• Internet and Society (Siya Dayisi)
• Information Security (Prof Stephen Flowerday, Karl van der Schyff)
• Information Systems for Education (Chris Upfold, Dr Ingrid Siebörger)
• IT Governance (Prof Stephen Flowerday)
• IT Service Management
• The Socio Economic Impact of Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology (Ed de la Rey)
• Social Networking (Siya Dayisi, Karl van der Schyff)
• User Experience (Prof Greg Foster)