[Humanist] 23.394 events: human choice

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 394.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 16:55:23 +0000
        From: jeremy hunsinger <jhuns at vt.edu>
        Subject: IFIP-HCC9 Human Choice and Computers (WCC)

> 9th IFIP Human Choice and Computers International Conference
> Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
> 20-23 September 2010, Brisbane, Australia www.wcc2010.org
> HCC is the flagship Conference of TC9. A short summary of the eight
> previous conferences and the list of their Proceedings can be found
> on the TC9 website at: http://www.ifiptc9.org/
> HCC9 is divided into 4 main tracks:
> 1. Ethics and ICT Governance
> 2. Virtual Technologies and Social Shaping
> 3. Surveillance and Privacy
> 4. ICT and Sustainable Development
> Each of them is presented with their possible topics to be developed:
> Track 1: Ethics and ICT Governance
> Governance is an old word that goes back to Plato. The concept
> disappeared for a while, and was replaced by ideas like government,
> and government policy. Governance has now returned to the scene.
> Today, it focuses on issues like participative democracy and
> transparency. [White Paper, 2001]
> The state is no longer a unique partner in regulating systems. Other
> actors take part at the local, regional, national, and international
> levels. New means of regulating scientific, technical, and other
> subsystems, and new ways of communicating, are possible among a
> variety of actors and subsystems.
> Internet governance has been a highly debated issue throughout the
> early part of the first decade of the twenty-first century,
> particularly at the World Summit on Information Systems (WSIS), held
> in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis 2005. The proposal of the Working
> Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) was adopted in Tunis. It put
> forward a multistakeholder approach to Internet governance. [WGIG,
> 2005] Stakeholder engagement has since become increasingly strong.
> These debates raised other questions, particularly with regard to
> the role of business as a stakeholder. If the word “government”
> seems familiar, “civil society” and the “private sector” are perhaps
> less well defined. “Civil society” can be defined rather simply in
> the spirit of Habermas, the philosopher. Or, it may be subject to
> more extensive definitions that can open up discussions on precisely
> which kinds of organisations should be among the participants in
> civil society, and the extent to which business, business
> associations, and business systems are or should be involved.
> [Weerts, 2004; Civil Society Centre - LSE, 2007]
> Everyone knows that the private sector indicates primarily the
> business sector. Indeed, the business sector is often represented in
> official circles that make decisions about the Internet. Examples
> include the National and International Chamber of Commerce, the
> Davos Economic Forum, and the GBDe (Global Business dialogue on
> Electronic commerce, http://www.gbd-e.org/).
> Ethics, and particularly the “Ethics of Computing”, are certainly
> fields worth deepening. IFIP’s SIG9.2.2 has been working in this
> domain for almost 20 years. The group has produced various books and
> monographs on the ethics of computing. Yet it recognises that
> current literature and guidelines could be enhanced and expanded.
> The main goal of the HCC9 track on Ethics and ICT Governance is to
> offer a forum to make this new field of the ethics of computing, and
> its research and practice. The track will include papers on these
> and other subjects:
> ICT governance: overviewing the research
> - Concepts of governance: from theory to practice
> - Ethics of computing: concepts and schools
> - Ethics and ICT governance
> - ICT ethics: governance models
> - Research on ICT ethics governance: results of current research
> Ethics and ICT governance: evaluating its practice
> - Ethical governance: specific challenges
> - Ethical governance: new and developing fields of applications
> (eAccessibility, eGovernment, eHealth, eSustainability)
> - Gender and Diversity - an ethical issue
> - Regulation as an ethical democratic issue of governance
> - Evaluation of the effectiveness of current governance policies
> - Application of suitable governance arrangements
> - Evaluation of viability of suggested governance policies
> - Ethical tools for ICT governance
> ICT governance: assessing its institutions and technical components
> - Internet governance and ICANN
> - The Internet Governance Forum (its role, strengths, and limits).
> - Challenges posed by the Internet of Things
> - Cybersecurity for people and nations
> - Technical norms: ipv6, and various protocols
> Track 2: Virtual Technologies and Social Shaping
> Following on the recent (April 2009) International Working
> Conference of IFIP 9.5 Working Group on Virtuality and Society:
> "Images of Virtuality" at Athens University of Economics and
> Business, Greece, this conference is part of the TC9-HCC9) of the
> IFIP World Computer Congress, in Brisbane, Australia, September 2010 http://www.wcc2010.org/
>  .
> This track will focus on the feedback loops between virtual
> technologies and the social groups who use them, how each shape the
> other and are in turn shaped by them.
> Social shaping, the sociology of technology, science studies and
> other approaches of cultural studies to the phenomenon of the
> information society, driven by such classics as those of Bijker and
> Law and Mackenzie and Wajcman from the 1990s, are arguably now ready
> for a fresh look, in the context of virtual environments and global
> social networking and gaming communities. The intervening years have
> additionally seen an explosion of digital and media arts
> interpretations, and explorations of the impact of virtual
> technologies upon society, and the social use of such technologies
> upon their design, and the entrepreneurial trajectories of their
> appearance in the global market.
> Virtual technologies, crucially, have moved very decisively from the
> workplace – whether corporate or home office - and into the domestic
> sphere, into our living rooms, playrooms, our kitchens, and our
> bedrooms. Here the relationship between virtual technologies and
> society, and the mutual shaping processes each undergo, are ripe for
> fresh study, insight, and exploration.
> The Virtuality and Society Working Group sub-track of the Human
> Choice and Computers track of the World Computer Congress therefore
> invites research and work-in-progress papers that address the
> choices faced by an information society permeated by ubiquitous
> virtual technologies.
> Relevant topics and themes include, but are not limited to:
> - Discussing issues of responsive and iterative user-centred design,
> usability, accessibility, and the ‘permanent beta’ of virtual systems
> - Discussing the impact of virtual technologies within the domestic
> sphere and the changes to such technologies developed out of use-cases
> - Exploring new (e-, or v-) research methodologies and techniques on
> inquiring into social action in the context of virtuality
> - Identifying challenging social, ethical, and political issues of
> socialization in virtuality
> - Discussing the role of electronic and digital arts and media in
> the shaping of virtual technologies and their uses
> - Discussing the role of digital gaming and massive multiplayer role-
> playing games in the shaping of virtual technologies and their uses
> - Discussing virtual spaces and the role of place in virtual
> technologies, and how the domestic as well as the work and civic
> spaces of the information society are shaped by, and in turn shape
> such technologies
> - Identifying opportunities and challenges for education,
> governance, and entrepreneurship in virtual worlds
> - Discussing emerging issues of e-policy and e-quality of life
> specifically implicated by virtual technologies
> - Exploring social histories and philosophies that deepen our
> understanding of term virtuality, and of the relationship between
> virtual technologies and society and the mutual shaping processes
> between them.
> Track 3: Surveillance and Privacy
> New technical and legal developments pose greater and greater
> privacy dilemmas. Governments have in the recent years increasingly
> established and legalised surveillance schemes in form of data
> retention, communication interception or CCTVs for the reason of
> fighting terrorism or serious crimes. Surveillance Monitoring of
> individuals is also a threat in the private sector: Private
> organisations are for instance increasingly using profiling and data
> mining techniques for targeted marketing, analysing customer buying
> predictions or social sorting. Work place monitoring practices allow
> surveillance of employees. Emerging pervasive computing
> technologies, where individuals are usually unaware of a constant
> data collection and processing in their surroundings, will even
> heighten the problem that individuals are effectively losing control
> over their personal spheres. At a global scale, Google Earth and
> other corporate virtual globes may have dramatic consequences for
> the tracking and sorting of individuals. With CCTV, the controlling
> power of surveillance is in few hands. With live, high resolution
> imagery feeds from space in the near future, massive surveillance
> may soon be available to everybody, a development whose consequences
> we do not yet grasp. New means of surveillance are also enabled by
> social networks, in which individuals are publishing many intimate
> personal details about themselves and others. Such social networks
> are today already frequently analysed by employers, marketing
> industry, law enforcement or social engineering.
> The aim of this conference track is to discuss and analyse such
> privacy risks of surveillance for humans and society as well as
> countermeasures for protecting the individuals’ rights to
> informational self-determination from multi-disciplinary perspectives.
> We are therefore especially inviting the submissions of papers
> addressing privacy aspects in relation to topics such as (but not
> limited to):
> - Surveillance technologies
> - Corporate virtual globes (Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth)
> - Profiling & data mining
> - Ambient Intelligence, RFID
> - GPS, Location-Based Services
> - Social Network Analysis
> - ID cards
> - Biometrics
> - Data sharing
> - Visual surveillance
> - Workplace monitoring
> - Communication interception
> - Data retention
> - Anonymity & Pseudonymity
> - Privacy-enhancing technologies
> - Privacy-enhancing Identity Management
> Track 4: ICT and Sustainable Development
> Information and Communication Technologies are perceived both as
> enablers of technological and societal change towards sustainable
> development and as drivers of increasing energy and materials
> consumption, thus leading us away from the goal of sustainable
> development.
> This conference will therefore include a track of 20 contributions
> on the relationship between ICT and Sustainable Development,
> entitled "Sustain IT", with the aim of reconciling future
> Information and Communication Technologies with sustainable
> development (SD).
> In order to cover the full range of the complex relationship between
> ICT and SD and to stimulate an interdisciplinary discourse on “ICT
> for SD”, we invite herewith researchers working on various aspects
> of this issue to contribute to this WCC10 track. We will break down
> the issue into the following three topics.
> ICT hardware and SD
> - What are the qualities and quantities of the material and energy
> flows caused by the life cycle of ICT hardware and how can we assess
> their relevance for SD?
> - What are the environmental and social implications of electronic
> waste (e-waste) tracks rising in industrialized countries and
> emerging economies?
> - What are the environmental and social implications of a growing
> demand for scarce chemical elements as they are increasingly used in
> ICT production?
> - What are sound methodologies to assess the energy demand of ICT
> infrastructures and services?
> - What innovations are necessary to reduce the life-cycle wide
> material and energy demand of ICT services, e.g. in the field of
> "Green IT"?
> ICT applications and SD
> - What are the potentials to apply ICT for energy efficiency in
> production and consumption, and what are the conditions for
> realizing these potentials?
> - What are the potentials to apply ICT for materials efficiency or
> resource productivity, and what are the conditions for realizing
> these potentials?
> - What ICT applications have the potential to contribute to the
> reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or to the adaption to climate
> change?
> - Which methodology can be used to assess optimization, substitution
> and induction effects of ICT with regard to resource-intensive
> processes?
> - How can we link organizational, regional, national and global
> perspectives in using ICT to support SD?
> - What is the relationship between “ICT for development” and “ICT
> for sustainable development”?
> ICT-enabled structural change towards SD
> - What is the role of ICT in sustainable production and consumption,
> resource productivity or economic dematerialization (decoupling
> total material consumption from GDP)?
> - How can we better understand rebound effects of ICT-induced
> efficiency gains and under what conditions can they be avoided?
> - What is the relationship between conceptions of the “the
> information society” and SD?
> - Is ICT going to bring about a “third industrial revolution”, and
> how is this perspective related to SD?
> - What economic frameworks and conditions, including trade and tax
> regimes, are needed to enable ICT-supported structural change
> towards SD?
> - What is the relationship between ICT, GDP growth and measures of
> progress beyond GDP (human development indicator, indicators for
> wellbeing, quality of life or happiness)?
> - What are the most relevant research questions in sustainability
> science regarding the role of ICT?
> Programme Committee Chairs
> HCC9 Chairs:
> Jacques Berleur, Namur University, Belgium
> Magda Hercheui, Westminster Business School and London School of
> Economics, United Kingdom
> Track 1: Ethics and ICT Governance
> Jacques Berleur, Namur University, Belgium
> Philippe Goujon, Namur University, Belgium
> Diane Whitehouse, The Castlegate Consultancy, UK
> Track 2: Virtual Technologies and Social Shaping
> David Kreps, Salford Business School, Salford University, UK
> Martin Warnke, Computer Science & Culture, Leuphana University,
> Lueneburg, Deutschland.
> Claus Pias, University of Vienna, Austria
> Track 3: Surveillance and Privacy
> Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University, Yola Georgiadou,
> International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth
> Observation (ITC)
> Track 4: ICT and Sustainable Development
> Lorenz M. Hilty, Empa, Switzerland
> Magda Hercheui, Westminster Business School and London School of
> Economics, United Kingdom

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