“Human Choice and Digital by Default: Autonomy vs Digital Determination”
Tokyo, Japan, 9th-11th September 2022
Venue: Faculty of Global Informatics (iTL), Chuo University, Tokyo.
Since the advent of COVID-19, whole sectors of the economy in many countries, or at least those that can, have been working remotely, from home. This has brought a whole new meaning to the maxim ‘digital by default’ and brought home some of the potential pitfalls. Not only are we now missing the paralinguistic benefits of body language and location context in our communication, but the trend towards digital meetings – already strong – has accelerated, meaning fewer and fewer of us have any choice whether or not to embrace the digital alternative to in-person meetings. The encroaching influence, moreover, of machine learning based systems, that can embed the biases inherent in the data they have learnt from, threatens to entrench the societal problems of the past, rather than redress them, in this new online world. Issues of privacy, accountability, fairness and access are all coming more and more to the fore of discussions around the digital, with face-offs between the Tech Giants unfolding over their fundamental business models.
Since 1974, the Human Choice and Computers (HCC) conference series has consistently fostered innovative thinking about the interfaces between society and technology. At this time, HCC15 in 2022 focuses on “Human Choice and Digital by Default: Autonomy vs Digital Determination” and welcomes inputs from members of academia and research, civic society, computing associations, industry, and the IT professions on the following (and related) themes:
- Ethical and Legal Issues for Data Analytics and Big Data
- Social Accountability and Responsibility for Computing and Data Utilization
- Digitalization, embodiment, mobility and repairment in relation to Gender and Diversity, Work, Educational and Daily Life
- How data can support rather than infringe personal liberty
- Harnessing Information with Unconscious Bias
- Legal Systems for Criminal Offences and Abuse
- Ethical governance models for new data economy ecosystems
- How did we get here? Precedents, and lessons from the past
- Personal Autonomy in Information Systems: where is the human in our models?
- How culturally diverse interpretations / understandings of life-work balance can help us shape a more human-centric computing environment
- Personal freedom and informational security
- Can our personal choices add up to an environmental impact?
- ICT for Development: how much choice outside the developed world?
- Global or local? How are the lived experiences of the marginalized and dispossessed citizens of developing countries affected by government reactions and policies?
- Security and privacy for Data Analytics and Big Data
- Using collaborative skills to work with team members in order to ensure reliability, availability and performance of applications
- Working, playing, entertaining and relaxing at home: seamless integration in our working and private digital lives