Jun 292012

Watch for the upcoming June 2012 IFIP newsletter at: http://www.ifip.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=134&Itemid=450

24-26 September 2012. IFIP’s 22nd World Computer Congress on “Towards an innovative, secure and sustainable information society” takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands. See http://www.wcc-2012.org/

News from IFIP technical committee 9 on computers and society

27-28 September 2012. Human Choice and Computers (HCC10) meets in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on “ICT Infrastructures and Society”. This is a regular international conference organised by technical committee 9. It makes a good counterpart to the World Computer Congress, and to it. See http://ifiptc9.csir.co.za/conference.html

29 September 2012. TC9 representatives of national computing societies and working group/special interest group chairs will meet in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The minutes of the last meeting which took place in Rome in July 2011 (and all previous minutes) are available on: http://ifiptc9.csir.co.za/

News with regard to IFIP working group 9.2 on social accountability and computing, and its members

SAVE THESE DATES! 15-17 February 2013

Provisionally, please save Friday-Sunday 15-17 February 2013 for IFIP WG9.2’s next workshop and business meeting, with a theme that focuses on sustainability, social accountability and ICT. See http://ifipwg92.org/

8-9 June 2012: Our last workshop

A review of our last workshop will soon be up on our website. See http://ifipwg92.org/

June 2011 workshop – Politeia journal issue of December 2011

Sustainability and ICT are one of the themes on which IFIP working groups 9.2 and 9.9 work together. Their co-edited 2011 Politeia journal issue is available, at a small fee, but with the introduction and abstract downloadable. See http://www.politeia-centrostudi.org/arretrati/104.html

TIES 2012, February 1-3 2012

All conclusions and presentations from this conference, coordinated by Juana Sancho Gil, IFIP WG9.2 member. See http://ties2012.eu/en/index.html

Co-edited book due out end July 2012

Carlisle George, Diane Whitehouse and Penny Duquenoy have co-edited a volume on eHealth: legal, ethical and governance challenges. Due out in late July 2012. See http://www.springer.com/law/book/978-3-642-22473-7

Other news

Among the news that IFIP members and friends have wanted to make known to us since mid-April 2012 are:

Seminars, workshops, conferences and initiatives

Putting the ‘last mile’ first. First Nations communities in Canada. See http://firstmile.ca/

28 June-1 July, 2012. OpenHere Data, Dublin, Ireland OpenHere. Where: Science Gallery and CTVR headquarters, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Admission: Events are free, but booking is recommended, & essential for workshops with limited capacity. See openhere.data.ie

18-20 July 2012. European Sociological Association (ESA): Research Network 18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research Conference “Communication, Crisis, and Critique in Contemporary Capitalism” University of the Basque Country, Bilbao Abstract submission deadline: Now past (May 31st 2012). See http://fuchs.uti.at/wp-content/uploads/ESA_RN18_CfP2012.pdf

21-23 July 2012. IADIS ICT, Society and Human Beings conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 21-23 July 2012, http://www.ict-conf.org/2012/

12-14 September 2012. Submissions are invited for the workshop HCI Research in Sensitive Contexts: Ethical Considerations, which will be run in conjunction with BCS HCI 2012 (http://hci2012.bcs.org/index.html) in Birmingham, UK in September 2012.

7-9 November 2012. CIRN 2012 Community Informatics Conference: “Ideals meet Reality” http://cirn.wikispaces.com/prato2012

18-23 November 2012. CENTRIC 2012, The Fifth International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services, Lisbon, Portugal. Submission of papers until 7 July 2012. See http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/CENTRIC12.html and http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/CfPCENTRIC12.html

11-13 December 2012. GIGS 2012. Governance in Malaysia. http://seminar.utmspace.utm.my/gigs2012/ind-gigs2012/Theme.html

14-16 February, 2013. ICT4S to be held in Zurich at ETH on http://www.ict4s.org/. Contact: ict4s@ifi.uzh.ch

12-14 June 2013. ETHICOMP 2013: University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark. See http://ethics.ccsr.cse.dmu.ac.uk/ccsr/gateway/ethicomp/ethicomp-2013


The European Commission DG Information Society and Media (now DG Connect) has started a Digital Futures exercise – a participative visioning project aiming to devise scenarios for the year 2050 and policy options in the shorter term. More information can be found at these URLs: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital_futures/index_en.htm

A first pilot online engagement was held on 29 May 2012. See: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital_futures/workshops/core-foresight/29May2012/index_en.htm

17 July 2012, Reading, UK. Case study research seminar. http://academic-publishing.org/pdfs/Case-Study-Research-Outline-May_15_2012.pdf

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Jun 252012

“Enabling and encouraging designers and users of computer systems to make a human choice” is crucial. An IFIP working group and special interest group jointly organised a workshop in Uppsala, Sweden on 8-10 June 2012 to focus on this challenge.[1]


Members and friends of IFIP WG9.2 and SIG9.2.2 participate in the workshop.

Turning ethical design into a collaborative, social process was a major concern[2]. Means of taking positive action covered laws, codes of practice, education, ethical research and development, and ethical design methods. Participants considered pressing questions such as: patients’ access to electronic health records[3], and close-to-body and in-body sensors[4].

The meeting started with insights into ICT use in social care, healthcare and well-being in Sweden. Also covered were information security; social media use; cloud computing; speed in technology development; and data privacy by design. Presenters came from Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. They covered academic, industry, and local authority perspectives.

Young researchers, Ryoko Asai and Miranda Kajtazi from Uppsala University and Linnaeus University, reflected on their experience:

The workshop was “vital and fruitful for innovative research to tackle comprehensively the future of human endeavours in relation to technology.” … “[It] contributed to participants’ research motivation, driving and supporting younger researchers.” … “I’m sure we will share knowledge through collaborating with each other.”

Members and friends of IFIP WG9.2 and SIG 9.2.2 gather outside Uppsala University’s main building.

This workshop and all IFIP’s latest news are reported in the IFIP June newsletter.[5]


[1] IFIP TC9 working group 9.2 on social accountability and computing and special interest group 9.2.2 on the framework of ethics of computing http://ifiptc9.csir.co.za/index.html

[2] Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University  – Ethics in IT http://www.it.uu.se/research/project/itethics

[4] Guardian Angels http://www.ga-project.eu/

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