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Date: 12-15 May 2013

Venue: Baden-Baden, Germany

Ethical, Social and Legal Issues of IT Supported Emergency Response

ISCRAM 201310th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Date: 12-15 May 2013

Venue: Baden-Baden, Germany

Call for Participation

Emergency Management Information Systems (EMIS) support novel forms of collaboration between diverse parties - from statutory emergency agencies through local authorities, humanitarian organizations and volunteers, to members of the public. This track explores critical ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) and innovative responses in policy, practice and IT design. New technologies open up new ethical, legal and social opportunities, such as more agile and better coordinated response efforts through more distributed and networked collaboration, and new capabilities to generate, share and analyze vast amounts of multi-media, location and sensor information. At the same time, deeply challenging ethical, legal and social concerns arise. For example, while the processing of (potentially sensitive) personal data may support search and rescue and interoperability along the care chain, such processing may also violate people's privacy or lead to 'false positives'. Fears over complex legal regulations may actually prevent actors from sharing data when they could effectively and legitimately do so. Information mined from social media may be false or undermine information superiority, introducing new frictions between governmental, professional, volunteer and citizen responders. At a societal level, new capabilities of information processing raise concerns over a creeping 'securitization' of everyday life and surveillance.

Track topics

This track welcomes practitioner reports, academic papers, and design examples that address ethical, legal and social issues of IT supported emergency management in all phases of the emergency response. Track topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Opportunities and dilemmas of data sharing, including transformations of privacy
  • Comparative studies of EMIS ELSI in different countries
  • ELSI opportunities and challenges of 'crisis informatics' and volunteering
  • Computer professionals' responsibilities to design for resilient computing
  • Transformations of accountability, responsibility, professional integrity, fairness, safety, security, information superiority through appropriation of EMIS
  • Innovation to address EMIS ELSI through advances in design, law, policy and practice, e.g. Privacy by Design, proactive law, open data, crisis informatics
  • Societal issues such as surveillance, militarization of everyday life, culture of fear

Event website: http://iscram2013.org/


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Monika Büscher, Lisa Wood

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Mobilities.Lab, Sociology


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