By social good we refer to a “good” or a service that benefits the largest number of people in the
largest possible way. Some classic examples of social goods are, of course, healthcare, safety,
environment, education, democracy, and human rights, but we can add to this classic list even
communication, art, entertainment and much more.
In this context, the popularity of portable computing devices, like smartphones, tablets, or smart
watches combined with the emergence of many other small smart objects with computational,
sensing and communication capabilities coupled with the popularity of social networks and new
human-technology interaction paradigms is creating unprecedented opportunities for each of
us to do something useful, ranging from a single person to the whole world. Furthermore, Internet
of Things, Smart-cities, distributed sensing and Fog computing are representative examples of
modern ICT paradigms that aim to describe a dynamic and globally cooperative infrastructure built
upon objects’ intelligence and self-configuring capabilities. These connected objects are finding
their way into our pockets, vehicles, urban areas and infrastructure, thus becoming the very texture
of our society and providing us the possibility, but also the responsibility, to shape it. Clearly, we are
not considering only the so called first world as the scenario for this evolution; we also refer to
those areas where ICT is currently less widespread, hoping that it may represent a societal
development opportunity rather than a source for further divide.
The special issue will feature extended versions of the most outstanding papers submitted to
GOODTECHS 2017 (http://goodtechs.eu/2017), representing the state of the art in experiences with
the design, implementation, deployment, operation and evaluation of smart objects and technologies
for social good.