Law and Ethics Conference Calls for Proposals for Presentations

Prof. Maria Bottis, Chair, ICIL
Prof. Maria Bottis, Chair, ICILE

The International Conference on Information Law and Ethics (ICILE) is calling for abstracts for papers and proposals for panel presentations on the prospects and challenges of social media ahead of its ninth Conference billed to hold in Rome, Italy, from July 11 to 13, 2019.

The ICILE 2019 which will explore the theme: “Psychological and socio-political dynamics within the Web: new and old challenges to Information Law and Ethics” is eing collaboratively held with the University of Rome, Tor Vergata; Pontifical University St. Anselm, Rome; and Ionian University, Corfu, Greece.

This international Conference is being held against the background that social media are carriers of a range of positive and negative impacts of social media use.

On the positive side is the increasing importance social media are playing in people’s everyday use of the Internet as they facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks such as Twitter or Facebook etc.

Social media can help to improve individuals’ sense of connectedness with real or online communities, and social media can be an effective communication (or marketing) tool for corporations, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, including advocacy groups and political parties and governments.

On the other hand, concerns have been raised about possible links between heavy social media use and depression, and even the issues of cyberbullying, online harassment and “trolling”. Health professionals and researchers around the world have also noticed that excessive use of digital technology, like social media, by (not only) adolescents can cause disruptions in their physical and mental health, such as mood disturbances.

ICILE therefore welcomes papers on intellectual property, data protection, freedom of information, individual rights and information, privacy, cyberbullism, online harassment, trolling, cyberlaw and cyberethics, media law and ethics, digital divide and information technology, e-government, surveillance, intellectual freedom, open access, digital divide and other.

It is also particularly interested in papers on the historical development of information laws and ethical theory and we would also consider papers dealing with the social, political or psychological aspects of information. Papers on cognate topics are welcomed too.

Paper proposals should be minimum of eight pages and maximum of 15 pages; abstract should be between 500 and 800 words long. All abstracts and papers will be reviewed (double blind review).

ICILE also invite panel proposals on hot social media topics as highlighted in the Call for Proposal. Complete sessions are expected to be 1h 15” and may take the form of panels or roundtables. A panel consists of 3-4 presenters, each speaking for approximately 15 mins, with 15 minutes left for discussion. Roundtables consist of five or more participants who speak briefly (6-8 mins) and emphasize discussion among themselves and with the audience.

To apply, send an email with the subject line: “Complete Session” followed by a brief title OR the name of the association/regional group.

The following information should be attached as Word or RTF document.

  1. session title
  2. the chair and affiliation (if any),
  3. association/group name (if any),
  4. each of the presenters, citing name, affiliation (if any), and title of paper in quotation marks.
  5. Abstract overview of session submission (250 – 300 words)
  6. A/V requirements: please indicate none or yes; if yes, please specify the equipment required.

The following information should also be provided for each presenter

  • Name and affiliation (if any)
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (250 – 300 words)
  • Brief biography (60 word limit)

Abstracts, papers and paper submissions should be sent to: