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2015-11-29 | Vacancy: University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Philosophy : Media and Technology, Prof. Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh
Vacancy: University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Philosophy : Media and Technology, Prof. Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
At the University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of
study, approx. 9.700 members of staff, more than 92.000 students) the
position of a
University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Philosophy
Identification number of advertisement: 6184
The advertised position is situated in the Department of Philosophy in
the Faculty of Philosophy and Education. The Department is large (by
international comparison) and its members have a considerable variety of
areas of competence. This motivates both the duty to offer a teaching
programme that spans the full breadth of the discipline, and the
intention to satisfy high standards of research performance. The
Department attaches great value to the core areas of philosophy, but it
also has the aim to contribute to the philosophical discussion of current
problems in philosophy. The intention to acknowledge new philosophical
developments and tasks is reflected in the number of co-operations and
research fields of the department.
Duration of contract: 6 years.
Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48
VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)
On top of this relevant chargeable work experience determines the
assessment to a particular salary grade.
Areas of work:
The successful candidate will actively participate in research, teaching
and administration at the Department of Philosophy in the field of
Philosophy of Media and Technology (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh).
Working closely with Univ.-Prof. Coeckelbergh, she or he will pursue
research in philosophy of technology and ethics of technology, philosophy
of artificial intelligence and robot ethics, and in the fields of digital
media, technology and enhancement, developped by Mark Coeckelbergh.
The main outcome is to produce a publishable "Habilitation" in the field
of philosophy of technology. It is also expected, that the university
assistant postdoc will
(1) publish articles in international journals in the area of philosophy
of technology and related areas - alone or in collaboration with Prof.
(2) participate in acquisition of third party funding,
(3) participate in organization of workshops, conferences etc. related to
Teaching load to the extent regulated by the collective bargaining
To be successful, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
- PhD in philosophy,
- high command of written and oral English, good international network,
- publication activity should be shown by having many excellent
publications in international peer-reviewed journals in the area of
philosophy of technology and / or related areas,
- preferably experience with acquisition of third party funding,
- appropriate teaching experience,
- ability to work as a member of a team,
- the willingness to acquire, within three years from the point of
appointment, a command of the German language that is sufficient to teach
at the Bachelor- and Master-level and to participate in university
Your application should have the following components:
- academic CV (including certified copies of academic degrees),
- list of publications,
- a Habilitation project outline of about 3,000 words,
- the PhD thesis,
- two published papers and
- two letters of recommendation.
Main research field:
Special research fields: Philosophy of technology; Ethics; Philosophy
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should
be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna
(http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 29.11.2015, mentioning
reference number 6184.
For further information please contact Coeckelbergh, Mark.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values
equal opportunities, as well as diversity
(http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on
increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given
equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.
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2015-11-16 | Uppsala University, Sweden has opened a PhD position in IT ethics (Human-Computer Interaction)
Uppsala University, Sweden has opened a PhD position in IT ethics (Human-Computer Interaction). A PhD position is an education program leading to a PhD title after four years of full time studies. The student receives a full salary during the whole education period.
If you are interested and wish to apply for this position, see below:
7th International Conference on Information Law (ICIL) 2016
Broadening the Horizons of Information Law and Ethics - Α Time for Inclusion
February 22-23, 2016, Pretoria, South Africa
The 7th ICIL is co-organized by the African Center of Excellence on Information Ethics, University of Pretoria, the Ionian University and the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). It is morally sponsored by the NEXA Center for Internet and Society, the Institute for Legal Informatics (IRI) and the International Center for Information Ethics.
The 7th ICIL aims at the presentation of papers on a variety of subjects within information law and also, information ethics. The conference will host invited presentations and refereed paper presentations. We are interested in papers on intellectual property, data protection, freedom of information, individual rights and information, privacy, cyberlaw and cyberethics, media law and ethics, digital divide and information technology, e-government, surveillance, intellectual freedom, open access, digital divide and other. We are also particularly interested in papers on the historical development of information laws and ethical theory and we would also consider papers dealing with the social, political or psychological aspects of information.
Selected papers from 7th ICIL will be published, with the consent of the authors, in a special volume of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer) and the International Journal of Technology Policy and Law (Inderscience publishers). We will also publish all accepted papers, with the consent of the authors, in a separate volume of proceedings, published with an international publisher.
It is a deeply honor for the organizers of the 7th ICIL to accommodate as Keynote Speakers: the Founder and Director of the International Center for Information Ethics Professor Rafael Capurro and the Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)'s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) core activity Emeritus Professor Paul Sturges.The International Conference on Information Law and Ethics (ICIL) first took place in 2008, in Corfu, Greece, funded by the European Community. ICIL was born in relation to the graduate course “Information law and ethics”, taught at the Ionian University, in Corfu and Athens, Greece since 2005. From a conference with twenty international speakers in 2008, ICIL has reached great numbers of speakers and participants, over 130 in the last 2014 Conference in Thessaloniki, with four parallel sessions and special sessions, simultaneously hosting other major events such as Philoweb 2014.
ICIL, since 2008, has become a major international conference dealing exclusively with the legal and ethical aspects of information, co-organized by the Ionian University (School of Information Science) and the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT) and morally supported by the International Center for Information Ethics, the NEXA Center for Internet and Society and the Institute for Legal Informatics (IRI).
ICIL looks at the concept of information from a multidisciplinary point of view. Information law and ethics cover the concept of information as such and therefore, irrespective of the medium via this information is being transferred. It is, therefore, not limited to the exploration of digital information and seeks the roots of information law and ethics in the ancient Greek world of freedom of speech in agora and also even earlier, in the paintings by humans of the caves. An excellent historical presentation of the field can be found in the site of the International Center of Information Ethics.
In addition, ICIL has instituted a Young Scholars Forum, aiming at helping young researchers presenting their work in an international conference. Also, it has hosted a series of Special Sessions, for example on Museum Ethics, Arts and Ethics, Libraries and Intellectual Capital, Bibliometrics, Law and Cryptography and others.
Furthermore, ICIL has published proceedings as printed volumes, distributed or given to all ICIL speakers and INSEIT members free of charge, every year since 2009. For a list of the proceedings until today please see: http://icil.gr/2014/proceedings.
Abstracts deadline: 15.10.2015
Notification of abstracts acceptance: 15.11.2015
Full papers deadline: 15.1.2016
Conference's official website: http://icil.gr
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International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cyber Security, which is taking place on 19th November, 2015 at New Delhi, India. The International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cyber Security is being organized by Cyberlaws.Net and Pavan Duggal Associates, Advocates, Supreme Court of India.
Last year the International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cyber Security took place at New Delhi on 20th November, 2014. The said Conference was historic inasmuch as it examined contentious issues in the subject areas from a new perspective. Further, the said Conference recommended a roadmap for the international stakeholders moving forward, including recommending countries to join hands in further discussing common rules of the road ahead for international cooperation and further recommended formation of the Permanent Standing Committee on #Cyberlaw, #Cybercrime & #Cyber Security. The Conference has highlighted that strategies must be adopted by national governments to address the critical challenges of the Dark Net and further create more capacity building and awareness amongst law enforcement agencies. It was recommended that the world governments constantly work to improving and enhancing their legal frameworks to deal with issues pertaining to cyberspace and cyber terrorism.
This year the International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cyber Security 2015 aims to examine and analyze the emerging Cyberlaw, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity trends of today’s times. The International Conference will be attended by various international delegates and speakers as also representatives from the national Diaspora representing the stakeholders in the digital ecosystem and alive web.
These would include representatives from the Central Government & State Governments, various Ministries, Law Enforcement Agencies, Police, Business, Information Technology, Corporate Sector, Academicians, Scholars, Service Providers, International Organizations and distinguished thought leaders.
The said event is likely to be extensively covered by media, print & electronic.
45.Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Conference Director, International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity
Head, Pavan Duggal Associates
President, MOBILELAW.NETpduggal@vsnl.com http://www.pavanduggal.net
Call for Papers for Vol. 24 (12/2015)
On February 16, 2012, the New York Times published an article entitled 'How Companies Learn Your Secrets' in which it was revealed that the American retailing giant Target had developed a range of predictive analysis tools which could potentially assist in identifying pregnant customers. The article told the story of a man who inadvertently discovered his teenage daughter’s pregnancy only after seeing the company's directed marketing offers to her. When the subsequent, primarily online squabble about corporate malfeasance and business overreach subsided, the article seemed to confirm what we already suspected: our most mundane, everyday activities leave extensive and valuable 'digital footprints' which are in turn used to monitor consumer behaviour, market products and so on. The "capacity to search aggregate and cross-reference" (Boyd and Crawford, 2012, p.663) these seemingly innocuous footprints has come to be labelled "big data", an innovation that seems to increasingly complicate the distinction between the digital and the physical. Given such circumstances people are beginning to wonder whether it is possible, desirable or necessary to be able to disconnect one from the other. Should a "right to be forgotten" be the very precondition upon which privacy is constructed for the digital age? Is it even possible to be forgotten? Who owns these footprints and how are they managed? Does the commodification of digital footprints represent a transi-tion towards a kind of 'algorithmic capitalism' or 'algorithmic governmentality'?
Capturing data in order to more efficiently sell goods and services is obviously just one aspect of the application of big data. Edward Snowden's leaked documents revealed, amongst other things, the uneasy relationship between the expansion of big data processes and intensifying global regimes of surveillance. Indeed, the seemingly innocuous activities of searching, aggregating and cross-referencing information combined with the vagueness of the term "big data" itself seems only to obscure and undermine the complexity of the broad range of methods and applications necessarily required for the accumulation, retention and analysis of such "data". One such practice highlighted by the Snowden revelations is the capturing of metadata—informational by-products generated by online activity including recording of IP addresses, identities of contacts, geo-locational data, durations of calls and so forth. Such metadata is disclosed unknowingly and recorded automatically and retains centrality in the generalization of what Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier (2013) call "datafication" - the rendering of all human behaviour into an analysable form in order to predict and pre-empt human action. As well as being used by states to identify possible threats to security, big data can also be made productive for the public good: researchers can undoubtedly see the potential benefits of gaining access to such vast and detailed records but gaining access is itself beset with profound ethical complexities. Perhaps this is the reason why the EU Court of Justice has recently suggested that expansive metadata retention "interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data". Still many corporations, governments and universities are keen to continue to explore and exploit big data for their own ends. The question that we invariably have to ask is, at what cost?
Possible Topics and Questions
This issue of IRIE attempts to explore the political, social, and ethical dimensions of big data. We welcome the exploration of, while not restricting to, the following subject areas:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Wiegerling, Dr. Michael Nerukar, Christian Wadephul
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, especially on how to submit a paper, please refer to: Ethics of Big Data - Call for Papers cfp-pdf-fulltext (30 KB) (right click and select "Save Target As")
7th International Conference on Information Law (ICIL) 2016 Broadening the Horizons of Information Law and Ethics - Α Time for Inclusion February 22-23, 2016, Pretoria, South Africa The 7th International Conference on Information Law is co-organized by the African Center of Excellence on Information Ethics, University of Pretoria, the Ionian University and the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). It is morally sponsored by the NEXA Center for Internet and Society, the Institute for Legal Informatics (IRI) and the International Center for Information Ethics. ICIL 2016 aims at the presentation of papers on a variety of subjects within information law and also, information ethics. The conference will host invited presentations and refereed paper presentations. We are interested in papers on intellectual property, data protection, freedom of information, individual rights and information, privacy, cyberlaw and cyberethics, media law and ethics, digital divide and information technology, e-government, surveillance, intellectual freedom, open access, digital divide and other. We are also particularly interested in papers on the historical development of information laws and ethical theory and we would also consider papers dealing with the social, political or psychological aspects of information. Important dates: Abstracts deadline: 15.10.2015 Notification of abstracts acceptance: 15.11.2015 Full papers deadline: 15.1.2016 Conference's official website: http://icil.gr Contact email: email@example.com
--------Call for Papers ITS 2015 (1st call extension): submissions until 24 July 2015-------------
6th International Conference on Internet Technologies & Society 2015
30 November-2 December 2015, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
* Conference Scope
The ITS Conference aims to address the main issues of concern within WWW/Internet as well as to assess the influence of Internet in the Information Society.
The conference is structured along with nine main tracks, covering different aspects from Internet Technologies, Information Management, e-Society and Digital Divide, e-Business / e-Commerce, e-Learning, New Media and e-Society, Digital Services in e-Society, e-Government /e-Governance and e-Health. For more details please check http://www.its-conf.org/call-for-papers
* Paper Submission
This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. Authors are invited to submit their papers in English through the conference submission system by July 24, 2015. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.
* Important Dates:
* Paper Publication
The papers will be published in book and electronic format with ISBN, will be made available through the Digital Library available at http://www.iadisportal.org/digital-library/showsearch.
The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to INSPEC, EI Compendex, Thomson ISI, ISTP and other indexing services.
Extended versions of best papers will also be invited for publication in journals, in an international book and in other selected and indexed publications.
* Organized by: International Association for Development of the Information Society
59th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences held in Berlin, Germany, August 2 - 7, 2015.
Stefan Blachfellner, Managing Director of the BCSSS, and Liss C. Werner from Tactile Architecture, member of the BCSSS, have been invited to chair the Special Integration Group (SIG) on Socio-Ecological Systems. This SIG will be strongly connected to the research group on Socio-Ecological Systems and Systems Design at the Bertalanffy Center.
The ISSS SIG on Socio-Ecological Systems intends to help advance a sound epistemology and methodology for systems design. In cooperation with the ISSS SIG Research Towards a General Theory of Systems and other SIGs insights we investigate the interdependencies of natural – social – technological systems to develop appropriate design competencies for future oriented thrivable ecologies. We work at the interface of science – humanities – engineering/design. The call is for an integration of the knowledge of all those disciplines involved through a transdisciplinary systems approach to advance the disciplines.
Biologists, economists, engineers, architects, designers and philosophers are invited to share the stage, to start a conversation and to exchange individual tools, methodologies, material and ways of operating.
The advent of the ANTHROPOCENE gives rise to novel and challenging global and local parameters, which in some occasions take over from old ones, create new ones or, and this is our main field of interest, give birth to unprecedented emergent hybrids to help us re-search how to design design-systems for systems-design – in theory and practice.
The SIG welcomes contributions from but is not limited to:
2015-08-31 | Call for Papers: Why is the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies needed today?
Call for Papers: Why is the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies needed today?
The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is a peer-reviewed open access journal which addresses the need for critical discourse in library and information science and associated domains such as communication and media studies. It critically engages the cultural forms, social practices, the political economy, and the history of information and information institutions. It also seeks to broaden the methodological commitments of the field and to broaden the scope of library and information studies by applying diverse critical, trans-disciplinary, and global perspectives. The journal engages issues of social and cognitive justice and the historical and contemporary roles of documentary, information, and computational technologies in creating, mediating, surveilling, and challenging personal and social identities in cultural and political economies of power and expression.
For its inaugural issue, the JCLIS will focus on why such a journal is needed, as a platform for critical discourse in LIS. JCLIS seeks to publish research articles, literature reviews, and possibly other essay forms (up to 7000 words) that use or examine critical perspectives on library and information studies. Some of the issues that might be addressed are: What are the current gaps in disciplines and discourses that make the JCLIS necessary? How can scholars speak to past silences in research and thinking in information studies? What is “critical perspective” in library and information studies research? What ethical or political commitments might a critical perspective entail? What do critical perspectives look like in practice?
The theme for the inaugural issue is broad by design in order to encourage diverse perspectives in describing, analyzing, and providing insight into how and where library and information studies might intersect with ethical, philosophical, and/or political concerns, interpretative or speculative approaches to analysis, or experimentation with novel, unique, or exploratory research designs that might be marginalized or excluded from mainstream library and information studies research. JCLIS aims to be a an inclusive platform for library and information studies research,including locally specific research designs and investigations as well as research that adopts a more global or international frame of inquiry. To that end, the journal also welcomes unpublished works in translation. Deadline for receipt of manuscripts is Monday, August 31st, 2015, for Winter 2015 publication.
Possible topic areas may include (but are not limited to):
– What is/are critical library and information studies? What might distinguish critical approaches?
– The use of a particular critical perspective for research into topics relevant to library and information studies
– Different notions of critical approaches and perspectives, and their relations to information and knowledge studies and research
– When and why are critical approaches timely? How does its timeliness or not apply to today’s problems of information and knowledge?
– Applications of critical approaches in information institution, organization, or community contexts of practice.
– How critical approaches or methods might relate to other contemporary topics within library and information studies: open access, patron privacy, evolutions in scholarly communication, digital humanities, etc.
– How are critical perspectives included or excluded from empirical or engineering methods in the information and library sciences?
– Descriptions and reflections on methods for conducting library and information studies research with a critical approach. What is the relationship of method to critical activity?
– Critical perspectives on race and ethnicity in LIS, and/or the need for critical perspectives in LIS research.
– How might postcolonial theory expand the scope and methods of LIS research?
– Critical approaches for investigating militarism and the politics of information.
– Development/Implementation of information services for diasporic populations.
– What has been the relation of critical theory to the LIS tradition and its modes of historical, qualitative, and quantitative research?
– What is the relationship of critical theory to LIS education and to LIS research?
– Failures and shortcomings: how can critical perspectives inform and improve library and information studies?
– Gender and identity within LIS: how might critical perspectives or approaches be used to explore or investigate them?
– #critlib and alternative platforms for critical professional conversation
– Library and information studies vs library and information science: What are the differences?
Guest Editors for Volume 1, Issue 1
Ronald Day, Indiana University – Bloomington
Alycia Sellie, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Associate Editor: Emily Drabinski
Associate Editor: Rory Litwin
Managing Editor: Andrew J Lau, UCLA Extension
Description of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies
The mission of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is to serve as a peer-reviewed platform for critical discourse in and around library and information studies from across the disciplines. This includes but is not limited to research on the political economy of information, information institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums, reflections on professional contexts and practices, questioning current paradigms and academic trends, questioning the terms of information science, exploring methodological issues in the context of the field, and otherwise enriching and broadening the scope of library and information studies by applying diverse critical and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Recognizing library and information studies as a diverse, cross-disciplinary field reflective of the scholarly community’s diverse range of interests, theories, and methods, JCLIS aims to showcase innovative research that queries and critiques current paradigms in theory and practice through perspectives that originate from across the humanities and social sciences.
Each issue is themed around a particular topic or set of topics, and features a guest editor (or guest editors) who will work with the managing editor to shape the issue’s theme and develop an associated call for papers. Issue editors will assist in the shepherding of manuscripts through the review and preparation processes, are encouraged to widely solicit potential contributions, and work with authors in scoping their respective works appropriately.
JCLIS is open access in publication, politics, and philosophy. In a world where paywalls are the norm for access to scholarly research, the Journal recognizes that removal of barriers to accessing information is key to the production and sharing of knowledge. Authors retain copyright of manuscripts published in JCLIS, generally with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. If an article is republished after initially publication in JCLIS, the republished article should indicate that it was first published by JCLIS.
Submission Guidelines for Authors:
The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies welcomes submissions from senior and junior faculty, students, activists, and practitioners working in areas of research and practice at the intersection of critical theory and library and information studies.
Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in the JCLIS, but the Journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere. The journal also cannot accept manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to another outlet for possible publication.
Research Articles (no more than 7000 words)
Literature Reviews (no more than 7000 words)
Interviews (no more than 5000 words)
Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1200 words)
JCLIS uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition as the official citation style for manuscripts published by the journal. Footnotes and reference lists should conform to the guidelines as described in the Manual.
Manuscripts are to be submitted through JCLIS’ online submission system. This online submission process requires that manuscripts be submitted in separate stages in order to ensure the anonymity of the review process and to enable appropriate formatting.
The main text must be submitted as a stand-alone file (in Microsoft Word or RTF)) without a title page, abstract, page numbers, or other headers or footers. The title, abstract, and author information should be submitted through the submission platform.
Abstracts (500 words or less) should be submitted in plain text and should not include information identifying the author(s) or their institutional affiliations. With the exception of book reviews, an abstract must accompany all manuscript submissions before they are reviewed for publication.
For questions about the submission process and guidelines, please contact the JCLIS managing editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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