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New publication

My article The social contract and big data has been published in the Journal of Information Ethics.

Upcoming workshop

On October 27th I’ll be participating in a workshop – Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability – at the University of Pennsylvania. The workshop is sponsored by USACM which focuses on US public policy related to information technology for The Association for Computing Machinery.

‘Part of growing up Muslim’: calls for surveillance not new for Brooklynites

‘Part of growing up Muslim’: calls for surveillance not new for Brooklynites

IBM pulls #HackAHairDryer campaign admitting it ‘missed the mark’ | Technology | The Guardian

Women in science and technology had criticised the campaign as sexist and misjudged after it asked them to conduct experiments with hairdryers

Source: IBM pulls #HackAHairDryer campaign admitting it ‘missed the mark’ | Technology | The Guardian

Remember Massacred Women Engineers with a Hairdryer Hackathon [UPDATED]

On December 6th, 1989, Canadian women were targeted, shot, and killed for being engineering students. The Montreal Massacre is a national day of remembrance and action, which makes it the perfect time for IBM to push their pinkification of science campaign.

Source: Remember Massacred Women Engineers with a Hairdryer Hackathon [UPDATED]

Extended Deadline: JeDEM Special Issue on Co-Production and Open Innovation (20 September)

Great opportunity to submit to JeDEM

Department for E-Governance

Extended Deadline: JeDEM Call for Papers: Special Issue 2015
ICT-Enabled Co-Production

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Guest Editors

Mila Gascó, Institute of Public Governance and Management, ESADE Business & Law School, Spain
Maria Cucciniello, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Italy

Open innovation assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, in order to advance their technology. Open innovation, therefore, encourages organizations to search for solutions outside their organizational boundaries. Implementing open innovation in the public sector have a myriad of positive effects, including increased awareness of social problems, more effective practices based on broad citizen experience, and increased trust between government and citizens. At the core of the concept of open innovation in the public sector lies the active involvement of citizens into public sector activities. This involvement is often referred to as co-creation and co-production…

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Best Student Paper Award

Thanks to everyone who submitted a paper! We are in the process of reviewing them now and will announce a winner in mid-August!

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First Annual ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Information Ethics and Policy Student Paper Award

First Annual Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Special Interest Group – Information Ethics and Policy (SIG-IEP)
Best Student Paper Award
Call for Submissions


The Special Interest Group for Information Ethics and Policy (SIG-IEP) (formally SIG-IFP) is proud to announce its first Best Student Paper Award. The winner will receive a Best Student Paper award and a $200.00 cash prize.

Who is Eligible?

Authors must be either Master’s or pre-candidacy PhD students. Only single author submissions are accepted. All submitted work must be previously unpublished. Authors do NOT need to be members of ASIS&T or SIG-IEP. The paper must be original work and purely the work of the student. A paper that has developed from work in a class, during an internship experience, or as part of a thesis project is eligible.

Requirements and Selection Criteria

The paper may address any topic dealing with an aspect of information ethics and / or information policy. The papers will show an appropriate level of writing style and should include a clear argument and or analysis of the issue. Paper submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Word .doc or .docx format
  • Approximately 5,000 words, 12 pt. font and follow a standard citation style (APA preferred). Tables, graphs, images, etc. can appear within the body of the paper and need not be submitted as separate files
  • Author names should not appear anywhere in the main text
  • A separate cover page with title, author names, institutional affiliations, and an abstract of 250 words or less

The Best Student Paper will be selected based on the following criteria: clarity of issue, originality of argument and /or analysis, and quality of student writing.

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit papers, based on the requirements and selection criteria above, by emailing the final paper and cover page to Kris Unsworth at unsworth {at} Subject line: IEP Best Student Paper Award before 11:59 pm EST, June 30, 2015.

The Best Student Paper award will be made under blind review by panel of judges.

If you have any questions, please contact Kris Unsworth at unsworth {at}

We are looking forward to your submissions