- EGAIS project third consortium workshop will take place in Namur on January 12-13 2012. A call for the submission of short papers closes at the end of November 2011. See: http://www.egais-project.eu/
- Around February 2012, the newly relaunched European Group on Ethics will publish an Opinion on the ethics of ICT. The Group is currently in the process of finalising the evidence it received from public hearings and a public consultation. See http://ec.europa.eu/bepa/european-group-ethics/index_en.htm
- In recognition of the Turing Centenary, the society for the study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) will be holding a joint meeting with the International Association of Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) on July 2-6, 2012 in Birmingham, UK. http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb12/
- IADIS ICT Society and Human Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 21-23, 2012. The conference is based on the convergence model of Gunilla Bradley (a former IFIP WG9.2 Namur Award winner for her work on the international aspects of the social accountability of computing). The conference includes several broad concepts that are increasingly interacting with an accelerating speed: ICT; Globalization; Life Environment: Life Role; and Effects on Humans. The first call for papers ends on January 23, 2012. http://www.ict-conf.org/2012
- Second international conference on eco-social informatics (SOTICS) 2012, Venice Italy October 21-26, 2012 Call for Papers deadline June 7, 2012 http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/CfPSOTICS12.html
Some current activities and events of which working group members might like to be aware. Thanks to Philippe Goujon, Aygen Kurt, Ronald Leenes, Stephen Rainey, Bernd Carsten Stahl and other working group friends for having forwarded their news.
- A multidisciplinary privacy and data protection award: Submissions for 2011 are due on or before November 27, 2011 through
- COM(2011)681 final A renewed EU strategy 2011-2014 on Corporate Social Responsibility is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/_getdocument.cfm?doc_id=7010
- A recent publication on Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technologies Fields is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/document_library/pdf_06/mep-rapport-2011_en.pdf
- A UK-based EPSRC funded project Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT (FRRIICT) has been launched: http://www.responsible-innovation.org.uk
- A Future and Emerging Technologies conference with input on Cui Bono? The Role of Civil Society and Ethics in FET Flagships was held in Poland: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/programme/fet/flagship/conf-nov2011_en.html
- News about outcomes from a EU Workshop on integrating ethical reflection in research projects held at the University of Namur on October 27, 2011 is available from Stephen Rainey and Philippe Goujon
- The European Group on Ethics held a workshop on November 15 2011 in preparation for the publication of its 2012 Opinion on ethics of ICT http://ec.europa.eu/bepa/european-group-ethics/index_en.htm;
- Details of a recently completed project on various aspects of stem cells and regenerative medicine is available at: http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/socdep/
The EGAIS project (http://www.egais-project.eu/) is a three year, FP7-funded research project aimed at providing analysis and advice for ethics in research in the European Research Area.
As part of this project, a workshop is to be held from January 12th-13th, 2012 in the University of Namur, Belgium. The purpose of the workshop is to present some of the analysis and findings of the research consortium to a varied group of stakeholders in a workshop environment. The intention is to create a dynamic, working session that will involve presentations, questions, discussion and reflection.
By the end of the two day session it is hoped that all will emerge with renewed insight into the vexed field of research ethics by means of mutual learning in a constructive but critical environment. The language of the workshop will be English.
The workshop will be comprised of the various sessions below (with notional presentation themes).
– Evolutions of the contextual method
– Evolutions of the experimental method
– Evolutions of the open coordination method
– Ways of human change : from individuals to organizations
– Deep Storytelling : Representing oneself
– From discussion to narration and experiment
– Organizing the cooperation of actors
– Adaptations of procedures to contexts, local/global scaling andtuning
– NGOs in multi-stakeholders’ governance
– Industries in multi-stakeholders’ governance
– Administrations in multi-stakeholders’ governance
– The Internet Governance Forum
These issues are of importance to EGAIS research on governance as such governance involves at least the possibility of changing a set of beliefs and actions among groups of people. In order to understand this phenomenon in a way that does not rely upon - at the extreme - the use of empirical sanctions, we need to examine how the will is formed and constrained by conditions around us by how we construct and understand the contexts in which we find ourselves. Only by constructing this perspective can we ascertain the idea of possibilities for given individuals and groups. Only by understanding possibility in this indexical way can we begin to think about normative injunctions, i.e. before ethical governance can say what we ought to do, it needs to construe clearly what we can do. “Can do”, moreover, is a thick term, taking in physical, technical, social, cultural and other dimensions of possibility.
Papers are invited from interested researchers on any of these themes.
Please send an abstract or complete paper (suitable for 20 – 30 mins presentation) to stephen.rainey[at]fundp.ac.be before the end of November.