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This is a one day workshop to discuss online service providers in information societies.

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The need to understand the responsibilities that OPSs bear in contemporary information societies is thus fast escalating and addressing it requires a coordinated interdisciplinary theorising able to consider legal, social, and ethical standpoints

In contemporary information societies Online Service Providers (OSPs) – such as for example AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo! – are major actors, which significantly influence the informational environment and users’ interactions within it. Such a role is unprecedented and problematic for OSPs as well as for other stakeholders, like governments and citizens’ groups.

The need to understand the responsibilities that OPSs bear in contemporary information societies is thus fast escalating and addressing it requires a coordinated interdisciplinary theorising able to consider legal, social, and ethical standpoints. The workshop will be a major occasion to gather leading experts from different fields in order to share information and views. Contributions to the workshop will address issues concerning:

  • The role of OSPs in contemporary information societies, whether and to what extent their role differs from the one of publishers, mass-media, and gate-keepers;
  • The moral responsibilities of OSPs in contemporary societies;
  • Ethical frameworks for the understanding of OSPs responsibilities, e.g. corporate social responsibilities or human rights;
  • The gap in OSPs’ policies and possible strategies to overcome it;
  • The gap in existing legal frameworks regulating OSPs.

Call and Edited Volume

500-word abstracts (MS Word or PDF format) should be submitted to Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo by August 1, 2015. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the workshop organizers, Professor Luciano Floridi and Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, and authors will be notified of the outcome by August 17, 2015.

Authors of the accepted abstracts will be invited to participate in the workshop and to submit a full paper by November 2, 2015, for peer-review and publication in a dedicated edited volume.

Contact

Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo mariarosaria.taddeo@oii.ox.ac.uk