CFP: “The Social Impact of Social Computing”

I cam across this is a Call for Papers for the 12th ETHICOMP conference held at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, from September 14th to September 16th, 2011.  This year’s conference theme is “The Social Impact of Social Computing.”  I thought some people in this class might be interested.  Here is part of the CFP:

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There can be many positive effects of social computing, and the use of so-called ‘social media’. For example, it 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 may be empowered by access to low-entry publishing, such as blogs, and the chance to talk across networks that link all walks of society. There is potential for a rise in eDemocracy through new voting mechanisms. It may help in establishing positive relationships, such as those between traders and consumers. It provides an opportunity to interact across cultures and countries, sharing perspectives and levelling playing fields.

However, there is considerable hype about the potential of networked media to lead change and some potentially harmful effects resulting from uses of 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 that have been used for harming children. Social interaction can become stilted through the use of media that are 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.

APPLICATIONS

  • 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

TECHNOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

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

THEORETICAL UNDERPINNINGS

  • 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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The rest of the CFP and information about the conference can be found here: http://www.ccsr.cse.dmu.ac.uk/conferences/ethicomp/ethicomp2011/

Proposals are due by February 7th, 2011, so there’s still a little bit of time left if anyone is interested!

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