25th Year Anniversary – Call for Papers

25th Year Anniversary – Call for Papers

The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility [website link] is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. We are therefore looking for contributions that cover the past, present and future of the field of computing and social responsibility. We are particularly interested in contributions that show a direct link to the CCSR, for example drawing on personal experience, engagement with CCSR events (notably ETHICOMP), CCSR publications or colleagues working in the centre  We wish to celebrate 25 years of successful research, but we also want to critically ask what has not gone so well, what challenge the field currently faces and where we expect the next 25 years to take us. Ethical and social issues of computing are very prominent in times of Edward Snowden, Cambridge Analytica, AI evolution and, most recently, the global pandemic. It seems that the challenges we face are greater than ever. What can the CCSR and the broader field of scholars working on computing and social responsibility to do address these?  All contributions will be published on the website and form a body of work that can be used to look back, but also to develop research agenda and foster communication and collaboration.   Submissions should have a link with computing and social responsibility. They may be related to one or more of the following topics: 

  • Responsible Research and Innovation 
  • Governance of Emerging Technologies (AI, neuroscience) 
  • Ethics of Computing 
  • Data for Good 
  • ICT & Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Gender & Diversity in Computing 
  • ICT4D/ICT&D 
  • Socio-technical approach to Information Systems 
  • Professional ethics  
  • Ethics of new media, e.g. video games, media social network platforms 
  • The Ethics of AI in the context of Digital Health 
  • Digital Citizen Engagement and Local Governance 
  • Surveillance and Society 
  • Privacy and Data Protection 
  • EGovernment and EParticipation 
  • Responsible governance of Big data. 
  • Digital Divide
  • Digital Ethics Education for Everyone
  • E-commerce
  • Online Living
  • Public and Political Engagement


We will be flexible in terms of submissions and formats and want to be able to accommodate as much input as we can. The following submission types are therefore suggestions and other submissions will be considered. If you want to do something radically different (e.g. an interpretive dance while reciting critical poems, filmed by an autonomous drone), then please let us know first. Typical submission types we would expect include: 

  • Highlight: Short note (1000 words) 
  • Comment: covering a current event (2000 words) 
  • Perspective (3000 words) 
  • Full paper (7000 words) (we don’t really need to limit this, but think of the reader) 

Acceptance criteria 

All submissions will be reviewed by 2 reviewers. The purpose of this is to ensure that the contribution fits the theme of the CCSR celebration and the overall context of the call. Evaluation criteria that reviewers will be asked to comment on are: 

  • Is the contribution of interest to the CCSR and its collaborators and supporters? 
  • Does it fit the remit of the call? 
  • Is the quality of English sufficient?  

The review is meant to be supportive and developmental. We explicitly aim to be inclusive and hear many voices of current, former and hopefully future collaborators.   Submissions should use the submission template. They will be published as html documents, but by using the template, it will be easy to format all submissions consistently.  

How to submit:  

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, Max. file size: 512 MB.
    Documents are accepted in .doc and .docx formats

Review and publication process  

Following the review and final acceptance by the editor, contributions will be published on the website. As the plan is to stimulate conversation, we will publish contributions at regular intervals and announce them using our social media platforms.   Authors are also invited to record a brief audio or video files that will accompany the paper  All published contribution will have a DOI and citation information.   Copyright: Copyright to all submissions will remain with the authors. The authors grant the CCSR a non-exclusive license to publish their work on the website.