ETHICOMP 2011 Call for Papers



The Social Impact of Social Computing

Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Wednesday 14 September to Friday 16 September 2011

Call for Papers to the 12th ETHICOMP conference

The ETHICOMP conference series was launched in 1995 by the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). Professor Terry Bynum and Professor Simon Rogerson are the founders and joint directors. The purpose of this series is to provide an inclusive forum for discussing the ethical and social issues associated with the development and application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Conferences are held about every 18 months. There have been eleven previous conferences in Europe and beyond. Delegates and speakers from all continents have attended. Around 800 papers have been presented.

ETHICOMP 2011 has the overall theme of “The social impact of social computing”.

Wang et al (2007 p79) explain, “With the advance of Internet and Web technologies, the increasing accessibility of computing resources and mobile devices, the prevalence of rich media contents, and the ensuing social, economic, and cultural changes, computing technology and applications have evolved quickly over the past decade. They now go beyond personal computing, facilitating collaboration and social interactions in general. As such, social computing, a new paradigm of computing and technology development, has become a central theme across a number of information and communication technology (ICT) fields. It has become a hot topic attracting broad interest from not only researchers but also technologists, software and online game vendors, Web entrepreneurs, business strategists, political analysts, and digital government practitioners, to name a few.”

There can be many positive effects of social computing. For example, social computing can be used beyond socialising to seek advice and professional development as well as offering new business uses. It creates a collective intelligence across society through interactive collaboration across fast communication networks. Citizens are empowered and their voice is heard. This helps in establishing positive relationships such as that between the trader and the consumer. It provides an opportunity to break down barriers and interact across cultures and countries. However, there also are potentially harmful effects resulting from social computing. For example, there are potential losses in privacy. There is increasing profiling of consumers and job applicants from information to be found on social media networks. Social computing, particularly when it is unregulated, provides platforms for harming children. Social interaction can become stilted through the use of social computing incapable of supporting all aspects of human communication in a flexible and adaptive manner.

The overall theme of ETHICOMP 2011 is the huge range of impacts on us all of advances in social computing. Under this theme, papers, with a social/ethical perspective, within the following areas are particularly welcomed.


* Online communities – Blogs, wikis, social networks, collaborative bookmarking, social tagging, podcasts, tweeting, augmented reality
* Business and public sector – Recommendation, forecasting, reputation, feedback, decision analysis, e-government, e-commerce
* Interactive entertainment – Edutainment, training, gaming, storytelling


* Web technology
* Database technology
* Multimedia technology
* Wireless technology
* Agent technology
* Software engineering


* Social psychology
* Communication and human-computer interaction theories
* Social network analysis
* Anthropology
* Organisation theory
* Sociology
* Computing theory
* Ethical theory
* Information and computer ethics
* Governance

Papers covering one or several of these perspectives are called for from business, government, computer science, information systems, law, media, anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Interdisciplinary papers and those from new researchers and practitioners are encouraged. A paper might take a conceptual, applied, practical or historical focus. Case studies and reports on lessons learned in practice are welcomed.

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