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Pre ECIS Workshop: Surveillance in the Digital Society

10 or 11 June 2019 at the 27th European Conference on Information Systems

Kista Campus, Stockholm University (http://ecis2019.eu/)

This workshop is organised in collaboration with the UK Academy of Information Systems (https://www.ukais.org)

Workshop chairs:
Rachel McLean, Liverpool John Moores university, UK
Griffiths Marie University of Salford, UK

Overview of the workshop

Surveillance is not a new phenomenon, digitalization has however enabled surveillance of a magnitude we have not seen before. On social media people share the intimacies of their lives, leading to a huge repository of information. Additionally the volume of digital surveillance devices, such as stationary surveillance systems (CCTV), mobile devices such as smartphones, body-worn cameras, cameras in cars, drones and a variety of sensors. The development in algorithms and artificial intelligence, advances also the analytical step in surveillance, for example by face and motion recognition. The workshop invites short papers that reflect upon surveillance in the digital society by looking at how these practices are constructed, organised, experienced and regulated. A non-exhaustive list of different angles may include (but are not limited to):

  • Self-surveillance - The attention one pays to one’s behaviour whilst, actuality or virtuality, being observed.
  • Organizational surveillance - Digitized work-places enabling  the monitoring of employees, partners, and customers posing ethical dilemmas
  • Societal surveillance - The disproportionate, unlimited citizen online monitoring, enabled by new anti-terrorism laws, criticized for turning citizens into suspects.
  • Sousveillance - The act of surveilling others as they surveil you
  • Resistance towards surveillance - The use of strategies to avoid or disrupt the surveillance mechanisms

Workshop format:

A half-day workshop that will consist of a keynote speaker and presentation of accepted papers in a round table fashion. The workshop should be seen as a springboard for ideas and early-stage manuscripts. The format is meant to encourage reflective discussions between researchers interested in surveillance in the digital society. The workshop will target junior and established academics that are attending ECIS, and we particularly encourage early career and PhD students to submit. Submissions will be screened but not reviewed, and we will apply a generous policy in this “first round” and accept all papers that fall within the above stated theme/scope of the workshop.
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