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20 Years of ETHICOMP: A Celebration

In 1995 the first ETHICOMP conference was held in Leicester, England, organised by Terry Bynum and Simon Rogerson. Its purpose was to provide a forum to discuss ethical issues around computers. Twenty years later we are meeting again in Leicester to continue this conversation. The changes in information and communication technology (ICT) during these 20 years have been dramatic. While computers used to be bulky and easily identifiable machines, we now have small smart devices, the internet quickly developed and has changed significantly, and ICT now pervades all walks of life, from the way we work and communicate to study, undertake childcare and choose partners. As a consequence many of the concerns of 1995 have deepened and many new ones have arisen.

During ETHICOMP 2015, we will review ethical and social issues raised by contemporary computing and look at ways of identifying and addressing them in the future. The conference aims to be practically relevant and bring together the various communities involved in the development, implementation, use of computing and reflection on it in its various guises. The conference is based on the belief that the ETHICOMP community, together with other associations and groups, need to work together to enable the benefits of computing to prevail, while rendering its downsides and ethical ambiguities visible and more subject to public debate than is the case today.


Tracks and Call for Papers

To structure the discussion we invite submissions to the following tracks:

  • Researchers’ issues in Computer Ethics / Information Ethics studies
  • Social Impacts of Snowden's Revelations: Worldwide Cross-cultural Analyses
  • Digital Do-It-Yourself (DiDIY)
  • Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry
  • ICT and Society: social accountability, professional ethics and the challenges of virtuality and the cloud
  • Teaching and professional ethics
  • Robot Ethics
  • Open track (topics of relevance that do not fit any of the themes)
  • New ideas on bringing people together / novel formats

Abstracts covering one or several of these perspectives are called for from business, government, computer science, information systems, law, media, anthropology, andragogy, 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.

For a full description of Tracks see here.

Conference Proceedings

Accepted papers will be published on the ACM Digital Library as a special issue of the ACM SIGCAS newsletter.

Authors of accepted abstracts are requested to submit a full paper by 01 July 2015. Submission of full papers takes place via the easychair website. Please upload the full paper using the same submission as the original one and click on “update file” to submit it.

Final papers are expected to be less than 8000 words. A figure or table counts as 250 words. Please include the names, affiliations, and emails of all authors. Also include at least five keywords to facilitate retrieval from the Digital Library. Submissions are accepted in either Word or LaTeX; the latter is preferred. Authors are required to use the Word or LaTeX ACM templates (for LaTeX use option 1).

Templates are available here.

Please note the word template which is available here.

Conference proceedings can be found here. 

Copyright Notice

By submitting your article for distribution in this Special Interest Group publication, you grant to ACM the following non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide rights:

  • to publish in print on condition of acceptance by the editor
  • to digitize and post your article in the electronic version of this publication
  • to include the article in the ACM Digital Library
  • to allow users to copy and distribute the article for noncommercial, educational or research purposes

However, as a contributing author, you retain copyright to your article and ACM will make every effort to refer requests for commercial use directly to you.

Event Details

Dates: Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th September 2015

Venue: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University 

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

Key dates

Call for abstracts                         01 Nov 14 - NOW OPEN
Initial submission                         23 Feb 15
Reviews due                                25 March
Paper acceptance / rejection       07 April
Final paper submissions              01 July

Paper Submissions

As in previous ETHICOMP conferences, papers written in English and not published nor submitted elsewhere will be accepted on the basis of an extended abstract of between 800 and 1000 words after a careful review by Programme Committee members. Whilst more than one paper from an author or co-authors is welcomed, the final decision on which papers are accepted will probably lead to no more than two papers from one presenting author being accepted. This will give more opportunity for as many people as possible to participate in ETHICOMP 2015.

Abstracts and, where appropriate, full papers will be submitted and reviewed on Easychair, please follow the link below:

Easychair for ETHICOMP2015


The full programme overview can be found here.

Programme Committee

Information on the committee members can be found here

Contact us

Conference Chair
Bernd Stahl

Programme Chair 
Mark Coeckelbergh

Paper Submissions
Catherine Flick

If you have any questions or would like any further information on the event please contact Liz Stokes:

T: +44(0) 116 250 6513 


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