CFP: EGAIS project third consortium workshop

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Oct 112011

The EGAIS project ( is a three year, FP7-funded research project aimed at providing analysis and advice for ethics in research in the European Research Area.

As part of this project, a workshop is to be held from January 12th-13th, 2012 in the University of Namur, Belgium. The purpose of the workshop is to present some of the analysis and findings of the research consortium to a varied group of stakeholders in a workshop environment. The intention is to create a dynamic, working session that will involve presentations, questions, discussion and reflection.

By the end of the two day session it is hoped that all will emerge with renewed insight into the vexed field of research ethics by means of mutual learning in a constructive but critical environment. The language of the workshop will be English.

The workshop will be comprised of the various sessions below (with notional presentation themes).

– Evolutions of the contextual method
– Evolutions of the experimental method
– Evolutions of the open coordination method
– Ways of human change : from individuals to organizations
– Deep Storytelling : Representing oneself
– From discussion to narration and experiment
– Organizing the cooperation of actors
– Adaptations of procedures to contexts, local/global scaling andtuning
– Neo-institutionalism
– NGOs in multi-stakeholders’ governance
– Industries in multi-stakeholders’ governance
– Administrations in multi-stakeholders’ governance
– The Internet Governance Forum

These issues are of importance to EGAIS research on governance as such governance involves at least the possibility of changing a set of beliefs and actions among groups of people. In order to understand this phenomenon in a way that does not rely upon ­- at the extreme -­ the use of empirical sanctions, we need to examine how the will is formed and constrained by conditions around us ­ by how we construct and understand the contexts in which we find ourselves. Only by constructing this perspective can we ascertain the idea of possibilities for given individuals and groups. Only by understanding possibility in this indexical way can we begin to think about normative injunctions, i.e. before ethical governance can say what we ought to do, it needs to construe clearly what we can do. “Can do”, moreover, is a thick term, taking in physical, technical, social, cultural and other dimensions of possibility.

Papers are invited from interested researchers on any of these themes.

Please send an abstract or complete paper (suitable for 20 – 30 mins presentation) to stephen.rainey[at] before the end of November.

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Summer School Report

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Oct 052011

The Seventh International IFIP Summer School was held from the 5-9 September in Trento, Italy. This is an annual event organised by the IFIP working groups 9.2, 9.6, 11.7, 11.4, and 11.6. A fantastic range of talks and workshops were held, with a large number of student speakers. Some of the topics included:

  • privacy
  • game theory
  • mobile applications
  • social networks
  • cryptography
  • privacy by design
  • cloud computing
  • location-based applications
  • shared data
  • risk assessment
The best student paper award was won by Philip Schutz for his paper Data Protection Authorities in a Comparative Perspective.
Social activities included a trip to Lake Garda and Castel Toblino, and a fascinating city tour around Trento.
WG 9.2 members hosted a special workshop on Social Impact of Privacy for Life, with contributions by Sarah Spiekermann, Linda Kool, Norberto Patrignani, Aygen Kurt, and Catherine Flick. Participants discussed the reasons for deleting or keeping Facebook posts, perspectives of privacy by design, how computer professionals can contribute to privacy by design, the importance of governance and innovation, and the social impact of Bitcoin.
The next Summer School will occur in 2012 and will be announced later this year or early next year.

Summer School Participants enjoying the city tour.

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2011 Workshop Report

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Oct 052011

In 2011, IFIP’s working group (WG) 9.2 has held two workshops and co-organised a summer school. All have been on topical subjects, and have been well-attended.

IFIP 9.2 Workshop Namur (taken by Klaus Brunnstein)

The first workshop was held in Namur, Belgium alongside IFIP’s special interest group 9.2.2 on the framework on ethics. Its subject was new directions in social accountability and computing. More than thirty persons attended, and speakers came from as far afield as Belgium, Finland, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. The working group took the opportunity to welcome TC9 Chair, Dr Jackie Phahlamohlaka of the CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety And Security, to his new position. It also said goodbye to longstanding member Professor Jacques Berleur. Professor Klaus Brunnstein, past president of IFIP,  and Drs Marc van Lieshout, senior researcher at TNO in the Netherlands, paid tribute to the dedicated work and leadership that Professor Berleur has invested in the working group for over three decades. They highlighted the many publications that have been the result. Jacques’ undoubted friendship will also not be forgotten.

Professor Jacques Berleur (taken by Klaus Brunnstein)

Marc van Lieshout pays tribute to Prof. Jacques Berleur, Namur (taken by Klaus Brunnstein)

The second workshop was co-organised with IFIP’s WG9.9 on ICT and sustainable development. It was held in Milan, Italy in June 2011 at the Politeia, an institute which focuses on the ethics of computing. Its topic was  social accountability and sustainability in the information society: perspectives on long-term responsibility. Speakers came from Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. A special issue of the Politeia’s journal will be published by the end of 2011, and will focus on the workshop’s theme.


WG 9.2 participants in Milan, Italy

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