Call For Papers
The ETHICOMP conference series was launched in 1995 by the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). Professor Terry Bynum and Professor Simon Rogerson are the founders and joint directors. The purpose of this series is to provide an inclusive forum for discussing the ethical and social issues associated with the development and application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Conferences are held about every 18 months. There have been nine previous conferences in Europe and beyond. Delegates and speakers from all continents have attended. Over 600 papers have been presented.
ETHICOMP 2008 has the overall theme of "Living, Working and Learning beyond Technology". In 1995, Rogerson and Bynum wrote, "The information revolution has become a tidal wave that threatens to engulf and change all that humans value. Governments, organisations and individual citizens therefore would make a grave mistake if they view the computer revolution as 'merely technological'. It is fundamentally social and ethical." This issue is still prevalent today. Indeed, Professor Virginio Cantoni of the University of Pavia writes, "In the era of globalisation, it is essential to develop qualities like adaptability and ease of social integration; receptivity towards others; the ability to observe carefully and discover the facts; awareness of the importance of interpersonal relations; critical self-evaluation of outcomes; and the ability to respect deadlines and decisions." We need to consider ICT in context and as a facilitator of social interaction, human endeavour and environmental wellbeing. We must not simply live with ICT but live beyond it.
Under the overall theme, papers, with a social/ethical perspective, within the following areas are particularly welcomed.
- Social and ethical impact of Web 2.0
- Virtual communities
- Healthcare and health informatics
- e.government and e.democracy
- Virtual teams
- Monitoring and surveillance
- Agents, workplace and human redundancy
- Skills sets and the nature of work
- Information economy versus manufacturing/agricultural economy
- Virtual learning environments and blended learning
- Electronic publishing
- Continuous professional development
- Byte-sized education
- Teaching agents
- Atrophy of basic skills
- Security and privacy
- Equality and access
- Environmental impact
Papers covering one or several of these perspectives are called for from business, government, computer science, information systems, law, media, anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Interdisciplinary papers and those from new researchers and practitioners are encouraged. A paper might take a conceptual, applied, practical or historical focus. Case studies and reports on lessons learned in practice are welcomed.
How To Submit
As in previous ETHICOMP conferences, papers written in English and not published nor submitted elsewhere will be accepted on the basis of an extended abstract of between 800 and 1000 words after a careful review by Programme Committee members.
The first page of each submission must include the title, all of the authors' names, affiliations, complete mailing addresses including email, telephone numbers, and a statement of commitment that one of the authors will present the paper at ETHICOMP 2008 in Italy.
A submission lacking any of the above information or outside the range of 800-1000 word limit may not be considered by the Programme Committee for inclusion in the conference programme.
Please make submissions in the electronic form via email as embedded plain text or an attachment in RTF format.
Abstracts must be submitted no later than 22 February 2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors will be informed of the decision of the Programme Committee by 11 April 2008.
|6 July 2007||Call for Papers|
|22 Febuary 2008||Latest date to submit abstracts to email@example.com|
|11 April 2008||Authors imformed of programme committee decisions|
|27 June 2008||Last date to receive full papers from authors (electronic versions)|
|24 September to 26 September 2008||ETHICOMP 2008 University of Pavia, Mantua, Italy|
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