Privacy and identity continue to pose dilemmas

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Sep 192013

Diane Whitehouse, Marit Hansen, Jaap-Henk Hoepman, and Ronald Leenes

Some questions around emerging technologies may be technological and organisational, but the longstanding bugbears of privacy and identity management continue to raise their challenging heads. The week of Monday-Friday 17-21 June, 2013, saw an eighth IFIP summer school debate these issues intensively. Its formal title was the International IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management for Emerging Services and Technologies: Several working groups from both TC9 and TC11 contributed to the programme and organisation of the school: they included working groups 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, and 11.6.

Thought-provoking, and challenging talks were given by over ten keynote visitors. On the social science and economics side, Alessandro Acquisti, Colin Bennett, and David Lyon all paid visits from North America. On the more technical side, talks were given by Jan Camenisch, Simone Fischer-Huebner, Yannis Stamatiou, and Rodica Tirtea. Full details of all these inputs, and more, is at:

Some seventy persons were present – most of them young researchers. While the youngest had recently graduated from a bachelor’s degree, there was also one person present who had just received his PhD last month! Thirty student presentations were given. Student best prize winner was Paulan Korenhof of Tilburg University’s law school, the Netherlands. She explored the controversial notions of erasure and “the right to be forgotten” in her paper entitled Forgetting bits and pieces. All contributors – and especially the young researchers – are being encouraged to submit their work to the school’s outcome publication, a book to be published by Springer-Verlag in 2014.

Several European Union (and other) co-financed projects contributed with presentations and people. Among them, ABC4Trust, the Cloud Accountability project (A4Cloud), DigIDeas, Future ID, and PRISMS. Several sidebar workshops organised by these projects took place at the school.

The school took place at the Hotel Erica, in the “hills and dales” of Berg en Dal in the Netherlands, thanks to the kind hosting of Radboud University and Tilburg University‘s Privacy &Identity (P&I) Lab.

Since play as well as study is always important in such learning settings, evenings were spent at Holland’s national bicycle Velorama Museum and on a local pancake boat trip, sailing along the River Waal



Summer school attendees queue up to enjoy a pancake boat trip

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Why good people do wrong and what to do about it

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Sep 192013

Diane Whitehouse, Chair IFIP WG9.2 and Penny Duquenoy, Chair IFIP SIG9.2.2

On Friday 14 June, 2013, IFIP’s special interest group on the framework of ethics of computing and its working group 9.2 on social accountability and computing met in a joint meeting. The venue was the University of Southern Denmark in Kolding, Denmark as a follow-up to the well-known ETHICOMP (2013) conference. Nine attendees and guests from Europe and North America discussed pressing issues. A further joint meeting is to be held in London, England in October 2013 in conjunction with the BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group.

A welcome guest at the session was Professor Don Gotterbarn of East Tennessee University, USA, Chair of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) and ACM representative to IFIP TC9. Don spoke on “Professional Responsibility and Ethical Reframing: Why good people do wrong 
and what to do about it.” His basic message was: “We train computer practitioners to dividecomplex problems in order to solve them. Yet it is human nature to focus only on these narrow frames. As a result, practitioners either miss or overlook broader ethical issues. Ethics education is required to help people focus on a broader framework and address the socio-technical issues of their work. ICT ethics education is really not optional.”

This talk acted as a fundamental step for considering the content of IFIP TC9’s next international Human Choice and Computers (HCC) 11 (HCC11) which will be held in Turku, Finland from 30 July-1 August, 2014. The conference’s content was further considered in an IFIP TC9 meeting held on the following day.




IFIP WG9.2 and SIG9.2.2 members and friends meet over supper in Kolding, Denmark

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Sustainability, social accountability, and computing: a workshop

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Jun 232013

With the support of IFIP Working Group 9.9 on ICT and sustainable development, Working Group 9.2 held a well-attended workshop on Saturday 16 February, 2013 at ETH’s Main Building in Zurich, Switzerland. It followed the very successful ICT4S conference

Among the 20 people attending the workshop, attendees came from Australia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden, the USA, and the host country, Switzerland.

Among the speakers were Don Gotterbarn, De Montfort University (UK); Iordanis Kavathatzoupoulos and Ryoko Asai, Uppsala University (Sweden); Patricia Lago, VU (Netherlands); Giovanna Sissa, Universita degli Studi di Milano (Italy); and Diane Whitehouse, Chair IFIP WG9.2 social accountability and computing.

Important messages from the workshop were the need to bring sustainability and environmental topics together with a critical framework for assessing sustainability in a more societal or social way. The diversity of the different disciplines represented, and the potential for cross-disciplinarity research and action was also striking.

On summarising, the attendees emphasised three core topics of future interest to them: change and transformation; philosophy and ethics; and technology.

Change and transformation

  • How can we change products, solutions, and legislation?
  • Openness, engagement, and potential for transformation.
  • ICT products, rebound effects and Jevons’ paradox.

Philosophy, ethics, and the work of designers and engineers

  • Engineers, ethics, and sustainability.
  • Framing awareness, concerns, and ethics.
  • Long-term issues.
  • Reflecting on how society is speeding up; “sometimes we need to slow down”.


  • ICT and its unexpected consequences and outcomes; the value of the unexpected.
  • Tools for stakeholders to use to further sustainability in terms of ICT.
  • The web and its complexity.

Talk Downloads

Patrignani_It’s not your father’s computing

Lago_An Online Library

Kavathatzopoulos_IT security and sustainability

Whitehouse_European Group on Ethics

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Digital Futures: what future for ICT in 2050?

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Jun 142013

Do you think about the future? What do you visualise? How do you see technologies developing in the future? What kind of society will we live in?

These were the kinds of questions posed on Friday 28 September 2012, at a short envisioning exercise was held at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fifteen people attended the session. All came from IT backgrounds. Yet they all also had a deep concern for ICT, society, and ethical challenges. Their origins were continents and countries as widespread as Africa, Australia, the USA, and Europe (Belgium, Finland, Sweden, the UK).

Participants at Digital Futures workshop_4

People’s concerns were both utopian and dystopian. While there was hope, there was also a lot of anxiety about the near future and the further future of humankind. Oftentimes, the good was counterbalanced by the threatening. Briefly, concerns included: “Will being part of an artificial intelligence-based global network in an era of instant communications, ‘growing up Google’ from birth, drive what it is to be human?” “What will it mean to have smart cities, pod cars, and renewable energy if we entirely lose sight of what it is to be human?” On the other hand, it was feasible to see the option of: “Having choice! And anticipating a big ‘anti-digital movement’.”

After a first round of priority-setting, the attendees self-selected to join three discussion groups. The three foci were: control (Group 1); education, research, and the planet (Group 2); and the loss of human contact (Group 3).

Participants at Digital Futures workshop_3

Led by Kai Kimppa of Turku University, Finland, the first group was interested in the challenges of control, both technological and societal. The discussants covered circumstances pertinent to information security and privacy, as wide-ranging as cities, food, energy, sustainability, and values. Many of their concerns were serious and profound. Yet, among the more creative ideas, was the notion, 30 years from now, of being able – à la fictional hero, Harry Potter – to have a “personal cloaking device”, to wear like a chador, so as not to be visible at all times.

Based on the inputs from this group, a draft vision snapshot was written later which began: “In 2050 we are all born digital, RFID chips and body implants were placed under our skin after birth in the hospitals. Identity cards will not be needed as information is stored ‘inside’ us. At a global level, we are concerned about better security and the right to ‘opt in’ and ‘opt out’ anytime from the digital world. […]”

Participants at Digital Futures workshop

Facilitated by Magda Hercheui of Westminster University, UK, Group 2 focused on education, research, and the planet. In this group, there was a real sense of a desire for people to align themselves better as individuals and collectively, and with the planet. The group desired to remain open to dreams and desires, particularly for human well-being and for planetary well-being.

The third group, which worked on the loss of human contact, was animated by Renier van Heerden of  CSIR, South Africa. Here, group members spoke of the potential for the loss of human contact between cliques, groups, and generations. They also explored the differences between the real and the virtual: “Who we are as human beings, what is human warmth, and what might it be like to lose contact with ourselves in a more virtual world?” Notions such as dangerisation were also raised.

These discussions encourage ways of looking towards a vision of 2050, as well as to consider the policies and trends of the more immediate years until 2020 and 2030. Like the Long Now Foundation,[1] they create ideas for living not in the year 2013 but in 02013 (i.e., starting to count out time using five digits, not four)!

Participants at Digital Futures workshop_2

The final feedback on the session was positive. The attendees enjoyed discussing and working together, forming a sense of civic intelligence.[2] They found the interactivity exciting and stimulating. It was fun to fantasise with people, knowing that humankind has already been on a 50,000 or 60,000-year or more journey together. Interesting, technology was far from being the main focus of the discussions: humanity, social relations, and ethics really came to the fore.

This workshop took place at the end of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee’s 9’s (IT and Society) Human Choice and Computers 10 (HCC10). It was facilitated by Ms Bernadett Koteles-Degrendele of the European Commission’s DG Connect and Ms Diane Whitehouse, Chair, IFIP working group 9.2 social accountability and computing. These Digital Futures workshops continue regularly, organised by the European Commission in conjunction with many other organisations. All those interested are absolutely invited to join in, and to build the future together! Much can already be done directly online. More information is available at: and its Futurium

[1] Long Now Foundation (accessed 10 June 2013).

[2] See the work of Doug Schuler, Evergreen State college, US; online presentation made from Seattle, Washington, US, as a part of the Human Choice and Computers 10 (HCC10) conference (accessed 10 June 2013).

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June 2013: News from IFIP, IFIP WG9.2 and members/friends

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Jun 102013


News from IFIP’s working group 9.2 (and members)

  • 12 June 2013. (1) Drinks/supper for 9.2 people around on Tuesday 12 June 2013, 19 00 CET at Hotel Saxildhus, Kolding, Denmark (self- paying) (2) Get- together workshop on Friday 14 June 16-18 00 CET in combination with SIG 9.2.2. followed by dinner at a local restaurant (self-paying). ETHICOMP 2013. The possibilities of ethical ICT. Details to be circulated to those who have signalled their attendance.
  • 17-21 June 2013. IFIP summer school – identity management, privacy, emerging technologies: summerschool-2013/registration.html.
    WG9.2 members – and others – are very welcome to attend in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, during the week of 17-21 June 2013.
  • The next Human Choice and Computers conference (HCC11) will be held July 30 – August 1, 2014, in Turku, Finland. Provisionally, to include one track per working group/special interest group topic in the conference. Volunteers who would be willing to do reviews for the conference, please send your names to diane.whitehouse[a]

    The review period is provisionally 6 January to 15 February, 2014, one to three papers to review, using the EasyChair system.

General news

  • COST Action IS2102. The launch of the website for this major new network, funded by the European Science Foundation and led by the University of Hertfordshire, has been announced. With 28 European countries and two non-European ones already signed up, this COST Action is already marking out and consolidating an important new field of research on the dynamics of virtual work, bringing together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Survey entitled Incorporating Sustainability while Taking Software Product Management Decisions. Dr. Mahvish Khurum from Blekinge Institute of Technology Sweden, Dr. Birgit Penzenstadler from Technische Universität München Germany, Dr. Kai Petersen from Blekinge Institute of Technology Sweden and Dr. Krzysz Wnuk from Lund University Sweden, are conducting a survey to elicit state-of-practice in incorporating sustainability while taking software product management and development decisions.


Books, journal issues, other publications, and projects

  • A special issue of Rafael Capurro’s international review of information ethics: is about the relation of ICTs and real-world social change.
  • 25 June 2013. Deadline for submissions. IEEE Software is seeking papers for the following theme issue: Special issue on Green Software IEEE Software is a peer-reviewed professional magazine with a broad coverage of topics pertaining to software development. Important Dates: Submission deadline: 25 June 2013; Publication: January/February 2014. To submit an article:

Seminars, workshops and conferences (and their Calls)

  • 17-18 June 2013. The European Commission, FP7-funded support action CROSSOVER, together with UNDP-CIS, the Democratic Society and Euractiv, is organising the International Conference on Policy-Making 2.0 that will take place at the Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland on 17-18 June 2013. The draft programme is available at: http://www.crossover-, and you can register at The conference is organised just before the European Digital Agenda Assembly that will take place in Dublin on 19-20 June 2013.
  • 19-20 June 2013. CISTI Symposium 2013. Lisboa, Portugal. icle&id=64&Itemid=68&lang=en CISTI 2013’s Doctoral Symposium is to provide graduate students a setting where they can, informally, expose and discuss their work, collecting valuable expert opinions and sharing new ideas, methods and applications.
  • 20-21 June 2013. Workshop, National University of Ireland Galway, Thursday 20 June – Friday 21 June 2013. Keynote Speaker: Professor Bradley C. Karkkainen, University of Minnesota School of Law. The aim of this workshop is to build a network of researchers dealing with sustainability issues in order to prepare joint projects, funding applications and work towards an international conference dealing with this topic.
  • 1-3 July, 2013. CEPE 2013- Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues, Practical Solutions, Human Nature Autónoma University of Lisbon in 2013, in Lisbon (Portugal) (Note: the Society for Philosophy of Technology (SPT) will hold its 2013 conference – on the theme “Technology in the Age of Information” in conjunction with and immediately following CEPE’13, i.e., July 4-6 in the same venue: Discounted fees are available to those attend both conferences. Please see the conference websites for additional details.)
  • 4-6 July 2013. SPT 2013 – Lisbon (Portugal). The SPT 2013 theme is Technology in the Age of Information. A main aim of the conference is to encourage debate on the cultural, social, economic, political and ethical implications of advances in information and media technology. Digital networks and computerized technological systems have enlarged the domain of human technological action and responsibility, which raises new questions about the impacts of globalization and of the expanding information economy on the public and cultural spheres. A challenge facing the philosophy of technology and STS disciplines is to reflect upon our changed human condition and propose new ways to think through the quandaries technologies generate.
  • 24-26 July 2013. ICT, Society and Human Beings. Prague, Czech Republic The effects of ICT on human beings as well as the interaction between ICT, individuals, and society are all within the focus of this conference. Both analyses of interactions and effects are important. Changes in behaviour, perspectives, values, competencies, human and psychological aspects and feelings are all of interest. Reflections on past, present, and future challenges – especially planning for handling the latter – are encouraged.
  • 25-28 July 2013 Gatherings on the politics of technology. Celebrating the bi-centenary of the Luddite uprising 1811-1817. Yorkshire, England.
  • 17-18 August 2013. International Conference on Engineering for Humanity. Hyderabad, India. The theme of the conference is use of technology for social upliftment. The conference is technically sponsored by IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) and IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT). See
  • 2-3 September 2013. Call for Papers. Social Media. The fourth international transforming audiences conference making connections/creative cultures/open everything. Venue: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS. Call for papers and submission details here:
  • 10 September 2013: Call for Papers. CFP – BCS HCI 2013 Workshop on HCI Innovation in Sustainable and Scalable Design (ISSD 2013)
  • 19-20 October 2013. The Marx2013-conference at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. The Center for Marxist Social Studies in Luleå, Sweden will organize a session on Technology and Critique.
  • 13-14 September 2013. 6th annual Popular Culture and World Politics conference is Pirating the Popular. It will be hosted at JMK, Stockholm University. Here is the website
  • 24-28 March, 2014. Gyeongju, South Korea. The 29th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. Call for Papers and Student Research Abstracts. Software Engineering Aspects of Green Computing.
  • 23-24 May 2014. 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) and 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics 2014. Chicago Marriott O’Hare, Chicago, IL, USA. The theme is Ethics? A Challenge to the Scientific and Engineering Community. ISTAS ’14 and the IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium aim to respond to the needs and aspirations of a rising global professional community and to promote highest standards of ethical conduct among its members. For the latest information, first Announcement and Call for Papers please visit the site at:
  • 24-27 August 2014 (provisional date). ICT4S (ICT for Sustainability) conference. Stockholm, Sweden. ICT and Transformational Change. Abstract deadline: 21 February 2014.

For students

  • Student research abstracts. Graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community on their research ideas are invited to submit abstracts (minimum of 2-pages and maximum of 4-pages) of their original un-published and in-progress research work in the area of Software Engineering Aspects of Green Computing. For more details, see
  • 10 June 2013. Extended deadline for application. Call for participation. Forum on Empowering Civil Society in the Black Sea region: a tool for Innovative Social Change. Athens, Greece

Health, well-being, and accessibility (and ICT) and associated information

  • 15 June 2013. Deadline for submissions the Health Policy and Technology journal. 1) Adopting Health Technology. National and international perspectives welcome on the following and other topics relevant to adoption of health technology. For more information regarding author guidelines and online submission, see All manuscripts can be submitted electronically using the online submission system: . For any further queries, please contact the Managing Editor at managingeditor at .
  • 20-23 August 2013, MedInfo 2013 Conducting medical informatics by Converging technologies, Conveying Sciences and Connecting People
  • 28-30 August 2013. CLMS-organised Information Governance Workshop at the Scottish Health Informatics Programme (SHIP) conference on 28- 30 August 2013 at St. Andrews in Scotland. For information about the workshop, please see


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8th International IFIP Summer School on Privacy & Identity Management

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May 122013

The 8th International IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management for Emerging Services and Technologies will take place on 17-21 June, 2013 in Berg en Dal, close to Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The summer school is hosted by the Privacy & Identity Lab and the Radboud University Nijmegen.

This summer school is the 8th of a series of summer schools organised over the last few years by the IFIP Working Groups 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, & 11.6.

For more information, see the website:

The program is available here:


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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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Mid-September 2012: News from IFIP, IFIP WG9.2 and members/friends

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Sep 252012


News from IFIP’s working group 9.2

  • Start the debate on resilient citizens! What are the issues at stake around resilience and sustainability in the information society? What does resilience mean for us as citizens? What does it mean for a group like working group 9.2? Julie Cameron presents suggestions for how governments, organisations and citizens can focus on ICT resilience. You can view, and comment on, Julie’s paper at: We encourage you to make visible your comments on the paper at the bottom of the same page. We’ve always wanted to get an active, virtual debate going, and this is a definite opportunity to do so!
  • Thursday-Friday 27-28 September 2012. Our working group is contributing to IFIP’s Human Choice and Computers (HCC10) conference by having at least 12 members co-present and have submitted papers/chapters to the conference proceedings/book. See you at HCC10!
  • Friday 28 September 2012. The working group’s bi-annual (2012) Namur Award will be given this year to Professor Stefano Rodotà of Italy in the frame of the HCC10 conference.

Next workshop – Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 February, 2013

Sustainability, social accountability and computing: Our next workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 February 2013 in Zurich. To be held in conjunction with working group 9.9 on sustainability. To be held partly alongside the ICT4S conference, headed by Lorenz Hilty, former chair of WG9.9, with likely contribution to be panel within it on Friday 15 February 2013.
A call for contributions to be out in October 2012 and suitable info will be on the conference website.

News from IFIP technical committee 9 on computers and society

  • Thursday-Friday 27-28 September 2012. Human Choice and Computers (HCC10) conference on Thursday and Friday 27-28 September 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on “ICT Infrastructures and Society”.
  • All official representatives of national computing societies or chairs of Technical Committee 9 working groups/special interest groups will meet in Amsterdam on Saturday 29 September 2012 at the VU university. See:

Other news

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


  • eHealth: what does it mean in terms of its legal, ethical and governance challenges? Three members of the working group, Carlisle George, Penny Duquenoy and Diane Whitehouse have co-edited a book of papers published by Springer-Verlag and launched in August 2012, eHealth: legal, ethical and governance challenges. The book captures the current state of play in Europe and in north America with regard to these three sets of challenges.



Calls for submissions

  • Call for extended abstracts for an edited collection to be entitled Social Media, Politics and the State: Protest, Revolutions, Riots, Crime, and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Edited by Daniel Trottier and Christian Fuchs

eHealth corner

A couple of working group members asked to have an “eHealth corner” to this newsletter, particularly around issues relating to social accountability:

  • 5-6 November 2012. eHealth acceptance conference 2012. Has a focus on the Baltic region. Brussels
  • February 1, 2013. Submit a paper to a special issue of Information Technology and People on “Personal Health Records: Empowering patients through information systems?”. Deadline for papers submission: February 1st 2013

Seminars, workshops and conferences

  • 1 October 2012, Oxford, UK: The aim is to provide an opportunity for reflection upon how research outputs may involve societal risks and uncertainties and to consider ways of identifying, reflecting on and potentially resolving them.
  • 18-20 October 2012 Communication, Crisis and Critique in Contemporary Capitalism, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, Conference of the European Sociological Association – RN 18: Sociology of Communications and Media Research
  • 18-20 October 2012, Turin, Italy: Internet Governance Forum Italia
  • 23 October 2012: Field Methods: Interviewing, Focus Groups and Questionnaires. A one day seminar at Blackhorse House, University of Reading (there are fees)!/AcademicConf
  • 7-9 November 2012: CIRN 2012 Community Informatics Conference: Ideals meet Reality Monash Centre, Prato Italy
  • 16 November 2012: Joining up art, creativity and business. Milan, Italy.
  • 27-28 November 2012: Privacy and Emerging Technologies International Conference of the PRESCIENT Project – Call for abstracts. Fraunhofer Forum Berlin, Germany. Deadline for abstracts is 10 October 2012.
  • 14-16 February 2013: ICT4S to be held in Zurich at ETH on Contact: (Lorenz Hilty). One of the conference’s three themes will focus on the “economic and political dimensions” and, in particular, rebound effects and how to avoid them.
  • 29-30 April 2013 (Cotonou) and 2-3 May 2013 (Lomé). Colloque internationale. Localisation et réinvention de la téléphonie mobile: approches méthodologiques et theoriques. Réception des propositions de communication (4000 caractères, espace non compris, plan et bibliographie non compris + nom et adresses électronique et postale) :
20 Septembre 2012 à l’adresse suivante : Notification d’acceptation : 15 octobre 2013 Remise des textes complets (30 000 signes espaces compris) : 15 janvier 2012. Prix: 75 euros pour les enseignants-chercheurs et de 50 euros pour les doctorants.

  • 12-14 June 2013. ETHICOMP 2013. The possibilities of ethical ICT. University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark, 12-14 June 2013. ETHICOMP 2013 will be hosted by the Institute of Business Communication and Information Science at University of Southern Denmark on the Kolding Campus. Abstracts must be submitted no later than 8 October 2012 to this website: You will have to create an EasyChair account if you do not already have one to submit your abstract.
  • 1-3 July 2013. CEPE 2013- Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues, Practical Solutions, Human Nature, Autónoma University of Lisbon in 2013, in Lisbon (Portugal), July 1st-3rd 2013.

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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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Mid-July Newsletter

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Jul 292012

News from IFIP

IFIP Board meeting minutes. Anyone interested can access these on the IFIP website at

IFIP June 2012 newsletter (including a report on IFIP WG’s June 2012 Uppsala workshop): _jun_2012.pdf

24-26 September 2012. IFIP’s 22nd World Computer Congress has the theme of “Towards an innovative, secure and sustainable information society” and takes place in Amsterdam. See

News from IFIP technical committee 9 on computers and society

Thursday-Friday 27-28 September 2012. Human Choice and Computers (HCC10) conference on Thursday and Friday 27-28 September 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on “ICT Infrastructures and Society”. Numerous papers of interest to WG9.2 members that fit with the theme of our February 2012 (Middlesex) workshop on infrastructures; the IFIP WG9.2 Namur Award 2012 ceremony to be presented to Professor Stefano Rodotà of Italy; a WG9.2 supper that will be focused (if possible) around an invitation to many of our original Dutch WG9.2 members; and, last but not least, we anticipate a meeting dedicated to Digital Futures 2050. Members and friends are most welcome, even if you have not been able to present a paper! But please see the associated conference fee.

All official representatives of national computing societies or chairs of Technical Committee 9 working groups/special interest groups will meet in Amsterdam on Saturday 29 September 2012 at the VU university. The minutes of the last meeting which took place in Rome in July 2011 (and all previous minutes) are available at:

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