Identifying the eleventh IFIP WG9.2 Namur Award winner Professor Stefano Rodotà … identity remains a challenge

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Oct 142012

On Friday 28 September 2012, IFIP WG 9.2’s paid tribute to the lifelong achievements of Professor Stefano Rodotà of Rome’s La Sapienza University, Italy.

Prof. Rodotà was awarded the eleventh IFIP WG9.2 Namur Award. The award is accorded for an outstanding contribution with international impact to the awareness of social implications of information technology. It is to draw attention to the need for a holistic approach to the use of information technology in which the social implications have been taken into account. Ten earlier awards have been given every two years since 1989.

Prof. Rodotà has a longstanding commitment to a humanistic and holistic view of data protection, data privacy and identity. The award recognises the effects that Prof. Rodotà’s studies, teaching, public speaking and writing, and political and policy activities have had in Europe and internationally on legal and ethical approaches to data protection and privacy.

There remain, however, many dilemmas – including identity – that affect human beings in a digital world. Prof. Rodotà’s award speech on “Identity between Web 2.0 and Web 3.0” outlined the challenges of knowing what is an identity in today’s fragmented digital society in such domains as law, philosophy, sociology and technology.

Prof. Stefano Rodota receiving the IFIP WG9.2 Namur Award certificateThe award has mostly been given in the Belgian city of Namur, the birthplace of the concept of the award. However, this year it was decided to integrate it in the HCC10 conference. Greetings from Namur were brought by Ms Laurence Masclet, Namur University, on behalf of Namur Award Committee chair, Prof. Philippe Goujon. Some forty attendees to the ceremony included TC9 chair, Dr Jackie Phahlahomohlaka, CSIR, South Africa and several TC9 national computing society country representatives. The chairs of IFIP WG 9.7 Martin Warnke of Leuphana University, Germany, WG9.9 Magda Hercheui of Westminster Business School, UK and SIG 9.2.2 Penny Duquenoy of Middlesex University, UK, were all present. The award and certificate themselves were given to Prof. Rodotà by WG 9.2 chair, Ms Diane Whitehouse.

Professor Stefano Rodota giving his Namur Award speech

The Italian press has reported on the award, story available here.

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Julie Cameron on Resilient Citizens in the Information Society

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Aug 142012

Julie Cameron has allowed us to publish the discussion framework that came out of the IFIP WG 9.2 and 9.9 Joint Workshop in Milan in June 2011 on the sustainability of the information society and its need for resilience.

You can view the paper here:

Julie has requested feedback, which can be made in the comments portion of the page or sent to us via the Contact Us Form on the right.

Thanks Julie!

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Sustainability and social accountability in the information society

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Jul 292012

Politeia special issue cover

Six workshop papers presented by IFIP working group 9.2 and 9.2 members and friends were published in the fourth 2011 issue of the Politeia journal. Electronic copies of the issue’s introduction are downloadable at Full copies of the issue are available at cost from Politeia at

The workshop that was the source of these papers was held on Saturday June 4, 2011, in Milan. It explored overarching challenges related to social accountability and sustainability in the information society. The workshop highlighted the themes of dematerialisation [1], scarce resources, and societal discourse and collective decision-making about sustainability.

The workshop led to an exploration of societal and ethical approaches, methods and techniques that can facilitate an improved understanding and action of sustainability in relation to information and communication technologies.  It is hoped that the Politeia journal issue can enhance concentration on these activities.

Citizens’ resilience in a world that focuses on ICT: views offered by Australian member, Julie Cameron

Milan keynote speaker, Julie Cameron, Managing Director of Info. T.EC Solutions Pty Ltd. of Australia, offered to write up her position paper as a web presentation that would feature on IFIP WG 9.2’s web site.

Julie presents suggestions for how governments, organisations and citizens can focus on ICT resilience. She has already drawn on suggestions made to her by working group members and friends, Chris Zielinski, Africa, and students of Lorenz Hilty, Switzerland. Our challenge is now twofold.

First, we can use Julie’s piece to start a debate on what more can be done to move the notion of resilience forward. Second, we can encourage WG9.2 members to hold discussion on this, and other, issues in the time-periods between our physical meetings.

Our first opportunity comes between now and our next workshop meeting in February 2013.

We are encouraged to feed back our ideas, impressions and responses to Julie’s web presentation on Resilient Citizens in the Information Society. We assume in each case you will answer as an individual unless you signal that you would wish your organisation’s view to also be borne in mind. See the “Contact us” page to the right-hand side of this screen, or add a comment below. Some questions to get us going are listed below.

Dependence on ICT is growing. This makes the notion of resilience of individuals, organisations and national government important. This discussion paper raises issues associated with vulnerability, and proposes issues for improving resilience at different levels of an information society.

Which ideas for improving resilience could a working group like 9.2 best support? Or an organisation like IFIP support? What other actions and principles capable of enhancing resilience are missing? What next steps need to be taken? What resilience-related topics should be raised again in February 2013 at WG 9.2’s next meeting?

[1] Dematerialisation and substitution are defined in the 2010 OECD Information Technology Outlook as: “Advances in ICTs and other technologies facilitate the replacement of physical products and processes by digital products and processes. For example digital music may replace physical music media and teleconferences may replace business travel.” (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2010), Information Technology Outlook 2010, Paris: OECD Publishing, p.194)

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Workshop: “Creating and applying socially, ethically and professionally acceptable ICT systems: current challenges and what next?”

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May 082012

“Creating and applying socially, ethically and professionally acceptable ICT systems: current challenges and what next?”
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Friday, 8 June 2012-Saturday 9 June 2012

A joint workshop co-organised by IFIP’s
working group 9.2 on social accountability and computers and
special interest group 9.2.2 on the framework for ethics of computing


  • This workshop focuses on working to develop theories, strategies, methods, and tools to be used by designers and users for the creation and application of socially, ethically and professionally acceptable ICT systems. The workshop will consist of short presentations structured around these key issues, and will especially focus on – in the second half of the workshop – what has to be done in the future.
    • What has already been done to fulfil this aim? What is going on? How have such tools been applied? How should they be applied? What is needed? What has to be done in future?
  • Working group and special interest group members and friends are encouraged to join the meeting, as well especially as “Uppsallers” and Swedish people – business executives, supporters of civic society, and researchers/scholars – concerned by creating acceptable ICT systems.
  • One of the working group’s three main aims is about “enabling and encouraging designers and users of computer systems to make a human choice, i.e., a choice which takes into account human needs and wishes”. This workshop fits perfectly in this direction. The ethical element of the workshop’s work also fits with the orientation of IFIP 9.2.2’s special interest group on the framework for ethics of computing.
  • It is anticipated that it will be possible to publish the workshop presentations made in a special issue of a high-quality journal after the event. More information will be available at the workshop itself.
If you are interested in attending, please contact us via the Contact Us form for more information.
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 WG 9.2 News  Comments Off on Welcome
Nov 082011

Welcome to the new IFIP WG 9.2 website!

This site aims to be a new centre for news and information about the IFIP Working Group 9.2 on Social Accountability and Computing.

For more information about this site, the Working Group, and our events, please use the links on the right hand side. There is a lot of news and information about member activities in the “Other News” section, including Calls for Papers, Workshop announcements, and other upcoming and current activities.

If you have any news or information that you think might be of interest to our members, please submit it via our Contact form.

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