Call for Papers: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

Conference theme: Getting ready for the unexpected – IS for Crisis Management in a complex and uncertain world
Conference Dates: May 24-27 2015

TRACK 4: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

Download this call for papers:04-ISCRAM2015_ELSI_CfP

Introduction to the track

This track invites contributions that enhance understanding of Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) arising around information and
communication technology in crisis response and management. The aim should be to inform careful socio-technical innovation.

Emergent technologies such as command and control, risk analysis and decision support systems, geo-spatial information and GIS, mesh
networking, cloud computing, mobile and wearable devices, sensors, drones, robots, crowdsourcing, social media, modelling, simulation,
serious gaming, visual and big data analytics can support societies in dealing with uncertainty in crises. They enable more informed, agile
and coordinated emergency planning, response and recovery, but also introduce new uncertainties, of technological complexity and failure,
disruptive innovation and potentially far-reaching transformations through an ‘informationalization’ of emergency services.

Ethical, legal and social issues pose significant challenges and opportunities. We list some core topics below and invite practitioner
reports, academic papers, and demonstrations of technologies that address ethical, legal and social challenges and opportunities of ICT
supported crisis management across all phases.

Track topics

Track topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital divides and exclusions: citizens, non-citizens, communities, responders
  • The sociality of information management practices and information sharing cultural issues
  • Data protection, transformations of privacy, Privacy by design, design for privacy, privacy preserving technologies
  • Digital humanitarianism and the limits of ICT
  • Cloud computing – availability, resilience, capacity, security
  • IT supported logging and professional integrity
  • Technology dependence, technology failure and liability
  • Proactive law, IT support for reasoning about and negotiation of legitimacy, transparency and accountability
  • ELSI associated with big data, open data, OpenStack, Open Source
  • Opportunities and challenges of ‘service co-creation’, ‘crisis informatics’ and volunteering
  • Societal issues such as surveillance/sousveillance, militarization of everyday life, culture of fear, and opportunities (e.g. around
  • non-military or surveillance inspired uses of UAV)
  • Comparative studies of ELSI in different countries
  • Theories about ethics, law and social practice, from virtues to relational ethics

Track Chair and Co-Chairs

Monika Büscher
Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University

Catherine Easton
Lancaster University

Vitaveska Lanfranchi
Knowledge Now ltd. and University of Sheffield.

Michael Liegl
Lancaster University

Katrina Petersen
Centre for Mobilities research, Lancaster University

Caroline Rizza
Economic and Social Sciences Department of Telecom Paristech

Hayley Watson
Trilateral Research & Consulting, London, UK