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This space is opened with the objective of gathering calls for papers, projects, meetings..., which focus are thematically related to the clarification of information phenomena and the discussion of informational problems. We kindly invite to post any call considered of interest by sending it to Leticia Barrionuevo (administrator of the call panel and BITrum coordinator for informatic tools).

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2016-04-18 | Call for papers: Autopoiesis Perspective on Information, Communication and Social Systems (APICSS'2016)

posted 18 Jan 2016, 07:21 by Lola Fernández Santos

Autopoiesis Perspective on Information, Communication and Social Systems (APICSS'2016) September 11-14, 2016 that will be held in the city of Gdansk, Poland. The workshop is organized in conjunction with Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems FedCSIS'2016 (http://www.fedcsis.org).


Deadline for Paper Submission: April 18, 2016.

Please visit: https://fedcsis.org/2016/apicss for workshop and submission details.


Conference proceedings will be published in a volume with ISBN, ISSN and DOI numbers and posted at the conference WWW site. Conference proceedings will be indexed in BazEkon and submitted for indexation in: Thomson Reuters - Conference Proceedings Citation IndexSciVerse ScopusInspecIndex CopernicusDBLP Computer Science Bibliography and Google Scholar.


The main scope of the workshop is to present the latest advances of autopoietic systems in heterogeneous fields. The workshop would cover the whole range of theoretical and practical aspects, technologies and systems, and its aim is to bring together specialists to exchange ideas and promote fruitful discussions on:


·        self-organizing into desirable structure and patterns;

·        self-configuration following high level specification;

·        self-optimization to adapt to changing environment without direct human input;

·        self-healing to recover from faults;

·        self-protection against malicious attacks.

Therefore, taking into account the theories on autopoiesis, a discussion between researchers from all disciplines is expected. This includes formal, cognitive, engineering and philosophical aspects of autopoiesis. The topics and areas include, but are not limited to:

Self-adaptive and self-organizing Information Systems:

·        auto-configuration,

·        viable systems,

·        adaptability, learning and self-production of information systems,

·        QoS (Quality of Service) for self-producting systems,

·        self-organizing geographic connectivity maps,

·        self-organizing artificial intelligence.

·        self-tuning databases.

Self-adaptive and self-organizing Communication Systems:

·        evolutionary networks,

·        interacting autonomous systems,

·        self-maintained networks,

·        self-organizing data visualization,

·        policy-based self-management.

Self-adaptive and self-organizing Social Systems:

·        virtual organizations,

·        socio-economic cybernetics,

·        self-organizing social networks.

2016-06-01 | Symmetry Festival 2016

posted 26 Nov 2015, 02:52 by Lola Fernández Santos

The World Largest Multidisciplinary Conference & Art Festival

in Symmetry Studies

Organized by SYMMETRION, under the auspices of the

International Symmetry Association


2016-01-31 | Call for Abstracts: Conference Panel ”The Marxist Critique of the Political Economy of the Media”

posted 13 Nov 2015, 02:41 by Lola Fernández Santos   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 02:49 ]


Call for Abstracts: Conference Panel ”The Marxist Critique of the
Political Economy of the Media” (2 sessions)

Part of the 2nd Marx Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. October 14-16, 2016.
Venue: ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41.
Website: http://www.marx2016.org

Convenors: Arwid Lund, Uppsala University, Sweden; Christian Fuchs,
University of Westminster, UK.
Supported by the open access journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism &
Critique (http://www.triple-c.at)

Details: http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/announcement/view/26

Abstract submission: max. 250 words. Deadline January 31, 2016. Submission
to: arwid.lund@abm.uu.se.
Please indicate to which of the two sessions you submit (see below). Each
session will consist of a panel of four speakers, 15 min. for each
presentation, and half an hour for concluding questions and discussions.
In 2013, a very successful Marx conference was held in Stockholm, gathering
2000 activists and scholars, with keynote speakers such as Michael Heinrich
and Wolfgang Haug. The main topic of the conference was Marxist theory as a
tool for analysing contemporary society. 2016’s follow-up conference
(Marx2016) aims at political openings and potentials for a world beyond
capitalism based on a thorough analysis of contemporary society. The general
theme of the conference is To change a changed world.
The conference consists of four main tracks. One of the sub-tracks will
focuses on Marxist studies of media, communication and information

There will be two sessions based on the following questions and themes:

Theme 1: Digital labour, Marx and Dallas Smythe:
In 1977, almost 40 years ago, Dallas Smythe published his seminal article
“Communications: Blindspot of Western Marxism”, in which he introduced
the notions of audience labour and the audience commodity.
This session asks: What is the relevance of “audience labour” for the
political project of Marxism and the analysis of online participants and
user generated content in the age of commercial social media such as
Facebook, YouTube and Google? Does it matter for Marxism as a political
project if the analysis of digital capitalism is based on the concepts of
surplus-value or rent?

Theme 2: Exploitation 2.0: Class and Exploitation in the Digital Age:
Capitalism is a dynamic, dialectical system that changes in order to
maintain its fundamental structures of exploitation. The rise of the
computer, digitisation and the Internet’s role in the economy and society
has brought about changes of class structures.
This session asks: How have class and exploitation changed in the age of
digital media? How can we analyse unpaid activities on commercial platforms
with the help of class and other concepts such as the multitude and
exploitation? What is the role of conflicts and struggles between users and
the owners of corporate Internets platforms (such as Facebook, Google,
Twitter, LinkedIn, Weibo, Amazon, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, etc.). Can peer
production and non-commercial, alternative online media challenge
capitalism? What are the implications of digital Marxism and media Marxism
for Marxist theory and socialist politics?

The sub-theme of The Marxist Critique of the Political Economy of the Media
will be accompanied by one keynote talk in a general plenary session that
provides a general introduction to the Marxist political economy of media,
information and communication:
Christian Fuchs: “The Marxist Critique of the Political Economy of Media
in the Age of Digital Capitalism”.
tripleC : Communication, Capitalism & Critique | Open Access Journal for a
Global Sustainable Information Society | http://www.triple-c.at

2016-07-13/15 | "Thinking Machines in the Physical World” (IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century)

posted 13 Nov 2015, 02:39 by Lola Fernández Santos

Thinking Machines in the Physical World” (IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century)

The conference “Thinking Machines in the Physical World” (IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century), which will be held at the University of Melbourne, Australia, 13-15 July 2016, following the successful inaugural conference in Boston in 2014. Attached is the Call for Papers, including greetings from Professor Graeme Clark, AC Laureate Professor Emeritus, leader in pioneering cochlear implant research.
We are also pleased to announce our initial confirmed list of keynote speakers:
- Prof Thomas Kailath, Professor, Stanford University
- Prof Brian Anderson, Distinguished Professor, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Dr. James Hughes, Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
- A speaker on Cognitive Computing from IBM Watson
Details on these speakers and on the conference itself can be found at http://21stcenturywiener.org.

Dr Greg Adamson
President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

2016-01-31|Call for papers "7th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2016"

posted 26 Oct 2015, 03:01 by Lola Fernández Santos   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 02:47 ]

2016-01-31|7th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2016 (www.2016iiisconferences.org/imcic), to be held on March 8 - 11, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, USA, jointly with:
  • The 7th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies: ICSIT 2016
  • The 7th International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics: ICETI 2016

The submission deadline (abstract, extended abstract or draft papers) for these two symposia and for this Call for Paper is * November 11th, 2015 *. Other deadlines are included in the web pages given above.

To submit your article, please click the "Authors" tab on the conference website. Submissions for face-to-face and virtual presentations are both accepted.

Links of other collocated events, their deadlines, and respective topics can be found at http://www.2016iiisconferences.org/cfp-spring2016.asp

All final versions of the full papers will be published in the conference proceedings, and best papers related to the above five tracks will also be published in a special issue of the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), if an adequate number of these best papers is available. If not, they will be published in a regular issue of the journal.

Details about the following issues have also been included at the URLs given above:
  • Pre- and post-conference virtual sessions.
  • Virtual participation.
  • Two-tier reviewing combining double-blind and non-blind methods.
  • Access to reviewers’ comments and evaluation average.
  • Waiving the registration fee of effective invited session organizers.
  • Best papers awards.
  • Publication of best papers in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), which is indexed in EBSCO, Cabell, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), and Google Scholar, and listed in Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities and in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory. (All papers to be presented at the conference will be included in the conference printed and electronic proceedings)

Call for papers "CaTaC’16: Culture, Technology, Communication: Common world, different"

posted 16 Oct 2015, 05:59 by Lola Fernández Santos

CaTaC’16: Culture, Technology, Communication: Common world, different

Venue: University of West London
Dates: June 16-18, 2016
Conference Co-organizers:
* José Abdelnour-Nocera, Local host(School of Computing and Technology,
University of West London)
* Charles Ess, CaTaC Co-chair (Department of Media and Communication,
University of Oslo)
* Maja van der Velden, CaTaC Co-chair (Department of Informatics,
University of Oslo)
Programme Committee
* Herbert Hrachovec, (Philosophy Department, University of Vienna)
* Michele M. Strano, Program Chair (Communication Studies, Bridgewater

The tenth biennial conference on “Culture, Technology, Communication” –
(CaTaC)’16 – will take place on June 15-17, 2016, at the Brentford site
of the University of West London. The Brentford site and nearby Ealing
Campus (including hotels and restaurants) are very conveniently located
for arrival via Heathrow as well as from London by tube. (For initial
orientation, please see:

CaTaC'16 will be open for papers located within culture, technology, and
communication, applying different theoretical and methodological
perspectives, genres, and styles.
In addition, CaTaC'16 will have three themes:
* Culture, Technology, and Communication: Is Another Design Possible?
Design is complicit in the creation and sustainment of our unjust,
unsafe, and unsustainable world. The technologies, products, and
services we design today will shape the lives of generations to come,
human as well as nonhuman. For this theme we invite papers that
critically explore technologies used today and alternative technology
designs and design perspectives that make other futures possible.

* Culture, Technology, and Communication in Design for Development
For this theme we invite papers that report on and address the main
challenges for design and innovation in the Global South. We would also
like to see good examples of design for community development in the
Global North to understand points of convergence and divergence with
experiences in the Global South.

* Culture, Technology, and Communication in Practice?
We invite papers that have the practice of information and communication
technologies in specific cultural contexts as their main focus. Examples
· Cultural diversity and global ICTs , e.g., global health information
systems, Wikipedia, social media, surveillance and sousveillance, Big
Data collection and analysis, etc.
· Global and local cultures of computing , e.g. outsourcing, global
development teams; the identity of migrants and the experience of
migration; appropriation, creolization, hybridization between cultures
and also between technologies;
· The construction of identity using online social media, gaming, and
blogging platforms;
· Political activism through social media vis-à-vis governmental and
corporate censorship, control of access, etc.;
· Privacy issues in media environments that encourage public identities;
· Additional ethical issues evoked in the design, implementation,
usages, and (counter-) responses to ICTs across diverse cultural
contexts, especially vis-à-vis efforts to sustain and enhance local
cultural identities, practices, norms, etc.

Please see our website, <http://philo.at/ocs2/index.php/london16/>.
Additional conference details, including registration fees, and keynote
speakers, will be announced soon on the conference website. Both short
(3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are sought for
presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme or topic are
also encouraged: please include names of committed participants and
(provisional) presentation titles.

Important Dates:
Paper submission for peer-review: February 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2016
Final papers and panel descriptions due for Conference Proceedings: May
1, 2016
The Conference Proceedings will be published on the conference website
with an ISBN number. Authors retain copyright to their papers and are
welcome to attach a Creative Commons license indication on their work.
Additional conference details, including registration fees, and keynote
speakers, will be announced soon on the conference website.

2016-01-08 | Call for papers for IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers 12 – HCC 12: Technology and Intimacy: choice or coercion?

posted 16 Oct 2015, 05:54 by Lola Fernández Santos

Call for papers for IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers 12 – HCC 12: Technology and Intimacy: choice or coerción?

international conference to be held in September 7th-9th 2016, Salford, Greater Manchester, UK.


Important Dates:

January 8th 2016              - Submissions due

March 18th 2016               - Notification of acceptance/rejection

April 15th 2016                  - Submission of camera ready papers

July 1st 2016                       - Deadline for early bird registration

Sept 7th-9th 2016            - Conference dates.


More information available at: http://www.hcc12.net.


Please distribute to any persons and lists you think might benefit from knowing of the conference.


Best regards,


Kai Kimppa



Kai Kimppa

Postdoctoral Researcher, Information Systems, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

IFIP: National Representative to TC9, Member of WG 9.2 and Vice Chair of SIG 9.2.2

Research Interests: IT & Ethics: Online Games, eGovernment, eHealth, Professional Ethics, Responsible Research and Innovation, IPRs; User Interface Design and Usability.

Mobile +358 44 060 1321

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics will launch a special section on "Bioethics and Information Technology."

posted 20 Mar 2014, 10:51 by Lola Fernández Santos


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