Workshop Report: Acceptable ICT systems: making a human choice

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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

[2] Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University  – Ethics in IT

[4] Guardian Angels

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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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