CFP: 14th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference, Tokyo 2020

Human-Centric Computing in a Data-Driven Society

Tokyo, Japan, 9th-11th September 2020

People First : One Can Hide the Data but Not the Truth

We are now living in a “data-driven society”. Data is seen as the source of value in the new digital age and creates added value for growth. The development of IoT especially enables the collection of enormous amounts of data in a range of ways and a variety of forms which can spread around the world. Data utilization is likely to continue to expand and become more and more important across all sectors of society, as the spread and penetration of automation unfolds in the coming years.

All those engaged with trying to shape the technologies of today are in some sense oriented toward the future.  Is the future bright?  And if so who and what will make it so – and for whom?  As individuals and as team members vision and ingenuity are needed to help us realize a positive future for all.

In a data-driven society, all our choices, actions, locations, emotions, and behaviours are monitored, measured, interpretated, compared, and rated. While data is sometimes called the new oil, also this form of extraction comes with its challenges. In a data-driven society, existing inequalities can be deepened rather than solved (e.g., preventing policing, access to health insurance). While oil was a driver for economic growth, its negative effects on our planet and biosphere remained for long invisible. This time we should do better and investigate not only data as a driver of growth, but also as a driver of change we may not want to see.

The IT Industry is recognizing that a healthy employee work/life balance is essential for long-term enthusiasm and success. It is clear that a strong architectural plan with input from all stakeholders creates a vastly different, participative and delivery-focused working environment. The continued commitment to creating excellence and an atmosphere that embraces change should be the foundational characteristics of the IT Industry in the future. Treating people like they are human beings rather than automata to extract value from, is a concept that should be back in fashion.The digital traces one leaves behind each day reveal more than one knows, and such data is increasingly being used to aid organizations in swaying public opinion (cf. Cambridge Analytica and the Brexit vote / US Elections / India).As the scandals of Surveillance Capitalism (fake news makes more money) come face-to-face with true human development needs, and the ever-sharpening focus on the need for sustainable solutions, change is needed.  It is also paramount to remember, moreover, that our conceptions of being human and hence what we understand within a particular cultural / historical context vary significantly from culture to culture, whilst our notion of what we consider as being human is being increasingly shaped by the technologies that we use.

The coming together of Computing, Control and Communications is resulting in several unforeseen outcomes that are beginning to make “Being Human” more and more of a challenge.   It is no more a trilogy of human–centric, technology–centric and data-centric practices both in Data Management and Software Engineering. Humanizing in this context entails Privacy, Safety, Security, Human Relationships and Personal Growth; it requires new governance models for new data economy ecosystems. This is proving to be both an answer and a challenge to the productivity paradox in IT and the goal of achieving a positive future.

Paper submission

The conference is open to attendees at all stages of career and education, whether you are at the start, middle or peak of your career, either as academics or practitioners. Submitted papers should be approximately 3,000-5,000 words in length.  Please return your paper, using the appropriate format, through or

The Easychair Submission Link:

Please be sure to indicate whether you are submitting to the conference general theme, or to one of three specific workshops.  Papers must be anonymized for blind peer review.


Conference Chair: Taro Komukai
Program Committee Chairs: Taro Komukai, David Kreps, Gopal TV, Kaori Ishii
Organizing Committee Chair: Kaori Ishii
Main Editor: David Kreps
Co-Editors: Taro Komukai, Gopal TV, Kaori Ishii

Workshop Chairs: WG9.1 Jungwo Lee; WG9.2 Jani Koskinen; WG9.5 Petros Chamakiotis and Brad McKenna

Important Dates

January 31, 2020               – Submissions due
March 31, 2020                  – Notification of acceptance/rejection
April 30, 2020                     – Submission of camera-ready papers
July 31, 2020                       – Deadline for early bird registration
September 9 – 11, 2020    – Conference dates.

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