Feb 172015

See what WG9.2 members and friends are during now, with some dates upcoming around February 2015. There are also plenty of activities around the eHealth and the sustainability/environmental fields.

NOTE: While the websites cited have been crosschecked, WG9.2 cannot guarantee 100 per cent accuracy of the sites either now or in the future.

Plans underway!

    • February 2015. Plans are underway to organise an IFIP WG9.2 meeting in the UK in February 2015, possibly on Monday 23rd February 2015 (more details about this a little later in the early new year). The idea is for the content to be similar to that planned for ETHICOMP 2015 (see below).
    • February 2015. A selected number of WG9.2 members – with an interest in education and computing – have been invited to attend and to present at a meeting co-organised with, among others, the International Baccalaureate. It is focused around plans for tomorrow’s digital citizens, thanks to IFIP WG9.2 member, Richard Taylor of the International Baccalaureate. If you would like to know more, please write to the International Baccalaureate-related email address at: DPgroup4and5@ibo.org.

  • 23 February 2015 (deadline for abstracts). ETHICOMP 2015: 20 Years of ETHICOMP: A Celebration, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, Monday to Wednesday, 7-9 September 2015. You are especially invited to submit a paper to the TC9/WG9.2-oriented track called “ICT and Society: social accountability, professional ethics and the challenges of virtuality and the cloud”. Other tracks/themes may also be of interest, e.g., information ethics studies, digital do-it-yourself, responsible research and innovation in industry, robo-ethics, and more. The conference proceedings will be available through an online open access repository. It is also feasible that we shall hold TC9- and a WG9.2-related meetings in the same time-period as the ETHICOMP 2015 conference, given the similarity of the interests of many of WG9.2’s members and friends. See http://www.dmu.ac.uk/ethicomp2015.
  • 17-21 August 2015. This year’s summer school – as always, in collaboration with IFIP’s TC11 on security issues – will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in summer 2015. We are currently waiting for the small programme committee to validate the content of the school’s call for papers. Thus, news is likely to be out within the next couple of weeks. As always, if you have students or early-stage career research staff interested in the topics of privacy and identity management, please encourage their attendance. It is also likely that at least one WG9.2 member will be invited as a plenary session speaker.

Human Choice and Computing

IFIP’s high-level events and meetings

  • 4-7 October 2015. IFIP’s World Computer Congress (WCC) will take place in Daejeon, Korea. IFIP’s technical assembly and general assembly – to which technical committee chairs and country representatives to IFIP are invited – will follow this conference.

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

  • Friend of WG9.2, Christina Herzog from the Toulouse Institute of Computer Science Research (IRIT) sends us this message: “The IRIT represents one of the major potential of the French research in computer science, with a workforce of more than 600 members”. Her team (SEPIA), led by JM. Pierson, and works on clusters, grids and clouds. Christina herself works on multi-agent systems in cross-over research. She is looking for partners interested in answering the call: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/9082-ict-10-2015.html. She can imagine several topics that would fit the call. Please contact Christina at: herzog@irit.fr.
  • Friend of WG9.2, Rowena Rodrigues informs us that Trilateral Research & Consulting, a London-based consultancy, specialising in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice, is seeking to engage one or more individuals for research analyst positions. The candidates will be expected to work on one or more European projects, depending upon their specific areas of expertise and experience. The team is an extremely dynamic one that collaborates well. Please see the job advert at: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AKE441/research-analyst/.
  • Longstanding WG9.2 member, Chris Zielinski informs us that a list of his research-type literature can be found at ResearchGate at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris_Zielinski . He also has a blog on which there are regular “mini-essays” at http://ziggytheblue.wordpress.com. Chris is interested in, e.g., WG9.2. members referencing their own websites more centrally on the WG9.2 website. This is an interesting idea to explore in 2015: more news on it in the next (January 2015) newsletter.
  • WG9.2 member, Carlisle George informed us that, in the UK, car tax discs were abolished in 2014, and replaced by cameras and number plate recognition technology. See: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you http://www.ted.com/talks/catherine_crump_the_small_and_surprisingly_dangerous_detail_the_police_track_about_you/transcript?language=en.

Books, publications, calls, and videos

Seminars, workshops and conferences (and their Calls)

  • 14 January 2015. The Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship of the European Economic and Social Council (Brussels) is holding a hearing on Fostering creativity, entrepreneurship and mobility in education and training. http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-fostering-education-training.
  • 14 January 2015. Submission date for 6th international conference on serious games – http://seriousgames.wix.com/2015.
  • 14-15 January 2015. An international Conference organised by the project BILAT USA 2.0 in Brussels: http://www.euussciencetechnology.eu/content/bilat-usa-20-cordially-invites-you-eu-us-innovation-conference-14-15-january-2015-brussels. A pre-conference workshop, entitled EU-US innovation collaboration through policy measures, will also be held in Brussels on the morning of 14 January 2015. See: http://www.euussciencetechnology.eu/content/towards-enhanced-eu-us-innovation-collaboration-through-policy-measures-pre-conference-0.
  • Starting 21 January 2015. CAMRI Research Seminars Spring 2015, University of Westminster, Communication and Media Research Institute, Wednesdays, 14:00-16:00, University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Room A7.01. Overview: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/camri/research-seminars. Programme: http://fuchs.uti.at/wpcontent/CAMRIspring2015.pdf.
  • 21 January 2015. Europe 2020: Bridging the Digital Divide/Securing Equal Access to High-Speed Internet, Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels. Event details: http://events.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/FA21-PPE2.
  • 21-23 January 2015. CPDP2015 Data Protection on the Move will take place in Brussels. CPDP gathers policy makers, academics, computer scientists, consultants, practitioners and activists from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss emerging issues in information technology, privacy, data protection and law. The conference aims to stage more than 65 panels and workshops (with a stimulating mix of academics, practitioners, regulators and advocates), as well as multiple side events such as open debates, Pecha-Kucha performances and artistic interventions. See http://www.cpdpconferences.org.
  • 1 February 2015. Call for Research Network (RN) 18 Panel “Critical Media Sociology Today” for the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), which will take place 25-28 August 2015 in Prague. ESA RN 18 deals with Sociology of Communications and Media Research. Abstract submission (max. 250 words): http://esa12thconference.eu/abstract-submission.
  • 2 and 3 February 2015. Responsible research and innovation. Two back-to-back events in Brussels, Avenue de Beaulieu, 25. 2 February, 14:00-17:30, an information day to present all the needs for RRI and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) inputs in project proposals for ICT-related Horizon 2020 calls having a deadline in 2015. Registration is open. The event will also be web-streamed. 3 February, 09:30-17:30, a workshop to discuss the RRI-SSH approach in the forthcoming Work Programme 2016-17. Registration is also open. https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/rri-ssh-info-day-ict-related-topics-wp15-horizon-2020.
  • 15 February 2015 (deadline for paper submissions). Critical alternatives 2015, which will take place on 17-21 August 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark. The fifth decennial Aarhus conference, Critical Alternatives, calls for contributions and debates focusing on, proposing, presenting, discussing and building alternatives related to information technologies from a quality-of-life perspective. See: http://aarhus2015.org.
  • 23 February 2015 (abstract submission date). Call for Papers to ETHICOMP 2015: 20 Years of ETHICOMP: A Celebration, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, Monday to Wednesday, 7-9 September 2015: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/ethicomp2015.
  • 26-27 February 2015. 1st International Conference on Cyber Security for Sustainable Society 2015, Coventry, United Kingdom. Authors are invited to submit original research papers addressing theoretical foundations, modelling and empirical approaches, along with more exploratory work, and position papers to raise open questions. To know more, email: shaikh@coventry.ac.uk or c.mulligan@imperial.ac.uk
  • 14-16 March 2015. 13th International Conference e-Society 2015, Madeira – Portugal, http://www.esociety-conf.org/.
  • 15 March 2015 (deadline for call for abstracts). Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) conference to be held in China on 2-6 July 2015 on Technology and innovation. SPT 19th Biennial Meeting. To be held at the International Academic Exchange Center of Northeastern University Shenyang, China. See: spt2015.neu.edu.cn. The call for papers is at: http://www.spt.org/call-for-papers-2/.
  • 1-3 April 2015. WorldCIST’15 – 3rd World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal http://www.aisti.eu/worldcist15/.
  • 15-17 April 2015. BSA Annual Conference 2015 – Societies in Transition: Progression or Regression?
Glasgow Caledonian University. http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/bsa-annual-conference.aspx.
  • 3-7 June 2015. Summit Vienna 2015, The Information Society at the crossroads. Response and responsibility of the sciences of information. Vienna University of Technology. Details on the 2014 conference, and earlier, at: http://summit.is4is.org/about.
  • 17-20 June 2015. EURAM 2015, Uncertainty is a great opportunity, Responsible Innovation is defined as “a transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other with a view to the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products” (von Schomberg 2013: 63). Submissions will be done on-line on the EURAM 2015 website, from 1 December 2014 until 13 January 2015. For more information, please visit the conference website http://www.euram2015.org.
  • 22-25 June 2015. 2ndAnnual International Conference on Technology & Engineering, Athens, Greece. The Engineering and Architecture Research Division of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes a cross discipline conference on Technology and Engineering. See: http://www.atiner.com/technology.htm.
  • 2-6 July 2015. Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) 2015 Conference on Technology and Innovation, Shenyang, China. The conference is hosted by the Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology at Northeastern University. Principal organisers are prof. Chen Fan (president), Ma Huiduan (secretary-general) and Chen Jia (assistant secretary-general). For those interested, there will be a free tour of the Chinese Industrial Museum on July 6. See http://www.spt.org.
  • 9-10 July, 2015. 2nd European Conference on Social Media – ECSM 2015. Social media is present in our everyday life, influencing the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, do business, build relationships and understand society.  As a result of the rapid adoption of social media there is a need to reflect on the practices and identify improvements and seek solutions to overcome barriers. http://academic-conferences.org/ecsm/ecsm2015/ecsm15-call-papers.htm.
  • 28-30 July 2015. IEEE co-sponsored event on several topics including technology trends. Science and Information Conference 2015. America Square Conference Centre, London EC3N 2LB. See: http://www.conference.thesai.org.

Students and young researchers

  • 16 February 2015. The 16th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP2015, is the leading international conference on agile and lean methods in software and information systems development. XP2015 will be located in Helsinki, Finland, 25-29 May 2015. The conference brings together practitioners from industry and researchers in the fields of information systems and software engineering, and aims to stimulate a dialogue between practitioners and academics. The call is now out for submissions to the Doctoral Symposium. PhD students, who are currently working on their dissertation/thesis in agile or lean software or system development or related areas, are eligible. See: http://www.xp2015.org/.
  • 19 January 2015 at 12 noon. Department of Computer Science Research Assistant on Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. Fixed-term for up to 2 years (with the possibility of extension). Full-time Grade 7; salary: £30,434 – £37,394 p.a. https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=116323

Green corner

  • 15 January 2015. Call for Papers: The Materiality of the Immaterial: ICTs and the Digital Commons, Special issue of Triple C. With an escalating environmental crisis and an unprecedented increase of ICT diversity and use, it is more crucial than ever to understand the underlying material aspects of the ICT infrastructure. This special issue therefore asks the question: What are the true material and socio-environmental costs of the global ICT infrastructure? Guest editors: Vasilis Kostakis, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), P2P Lab(Greece); Andreas Roos, Human Ecology Division, Lund University (Sweden). See: http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/announcement/view/23.
  • 23 January 2015 (deadline for submission of papers). 4th International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software. In conjunction with ICSE 2015 (http://2015.icse-conferences.org/), the 37th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, Florence, Italy 31 May-7 June 2015.
  • 30 January 2015 (call for papers). IEEE Access. Special Section in Big Data for Green Communications and Computing Paper submission: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ieee-access.
  • 3-17 April 2015. Software Engineering Aspects of Green Computing, Salamanca, Spain. The 30th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, Salamanca, Spain: http://www.green-se.net/segc/2015/.
  • 26-28 August 2015. EEDAL 2015, 8th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting http://iet.jrc.ec.europa.eu/energyefficiency/conference/eedal2015.
  • 7-9 September 2015 (call for papers). ICT4S. This is ICT4S’s third conference, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark: http://2015.ict4s.org/files/2014/12/ICT4S-2015-call-for-papers.pdf. For more information, see: http://ict4s2015.org.

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