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[CfP] Special issue ACM TOIT on “Computational Ethics and Accountability" (Deadline: 1 December 2016)

From: Axel Polleres <axel.polleres@wu.ac.at>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:57:52 +0200
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Dear all,

it is my pleasure to announce the attached call for a Special issue of ACM TOIT on 
“Computational Ethics and Accountability: Intelligent  Systems for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility" (Deadline: 1 December 2016)

I believe the related topics are particularly relevant to the Semantic Wb community and Semantic Technologies are mentioned as one of the targetted methods of the special issue.

Find the PDF version of the call here:


Looking forward to your submissions! Deadline: 1 Dec 2016


Prof. Dr. Axel Polleres
Institute for Information Business, WU Vienna
url: http://www.polleres.net/  twitter: @AxelPolleres

            ACM Transactions on Internet Technology
          Call for Papers  for a Special  Section  on

          Intelligent  Systems for Business Ethics and
                     Social Responsibility


Individual and organizational actions  have  social  consequences
that  call for the implementation of recommendations of good con‐
duct at multiple levels of granularity. For instance,  government
agencies  identify  transparency as a key value that promotes ac‐
countability, public participation, collaboration, and effective‐
ness.   For  firms  , business ethics and compliance programs are
becoming critical and, as the OECD reports, a growing  number  of
firms  issue  voluntary codes of conduct to express commitment to
values like legal compliance, accountability, privacy, and trust.

The traceability, evaluation, and  communication  of  values  and
good conduct is an open challenge that can be faced with the sup‐
port of intelligent systems.

On the one hand, specialized management systems evolve for  help‐
ing  organizations  respect their commitments. On the other hand,
the application of intelligent systems for sharing authority  and
delegating  decisions  introduces challenges and requirements for
building systems for handling ethical issues,  e.g.  serving  the
orthogonal requirements of transparency, accountability, and pri‐
vacy preservation.

We invite high‐quality submissions  that  develop  new  insights,
models, formal theories, methodologies, systems, and applications
where concerns on ethics  and  social  responsibility  are  dealt
with, based on intelligent systems.

Multiagent systems, semantic web and agreement technologies, val‐
ue sensitive design are just some of the  research  areas,  whose
methods  and  results  can fruitfully support business ethics and
social responsibility. We  especially  welcome  submissions  that
make  significant computational advances across the following di‐

MODELS AND METHODS (include but are not limited to)

* Normative multiagent systems,  organizations,  norms,  institu‐
  tions, and sociocognitive‐technical systems
* Semantic and agreement technologies
* Accountability,  individual  and  collective ethics, ethics of
  personalization, human values and value theory,  value  sensitive
  design,  ethics  by/in design, ethics and autonomous systems, and
  ethical engines and reasoning
* Legal reasoning, computable contracts, and computational law
* Knowledge management, reasoning, business processes,  learning,
  data  mining, knowledge extraction, social computing, social net‐
  works, data‐aware approaches, software engineering, and recommen‐
  dation systems

ISSUES AND APPLICATIONS (include but are not limited to)

* Transparency, trust and reputation, organizational ethics, and
  social responsibility
* Privacy, legal and norm compliance, and (distributed)  computa‐
  tional justice
* Finance  and  business  transactions, fair business practices,
  (human‐resource) management, consumer protection,  economic  sys‐
  tem, corruption, taxation, and sales and marketing
* Health care, public administration, research, smart cities, se‐
  curity and surveillance, and decision support

Please  send  any queries about this CfP to:


* Cristina Baroglio, Università  degli Studi di Torino, Italy
* Olivier Boissier, Mines Saint‐Etienne, France
* Axel Polleres, Vienna University of Economics & Business, Austria


Submission: December 1 , 2016
First decision: March 15, 2017
Revision: April 30, 2017
Final decision: June 30, 2017
Final: July 31, 2017
Publication: October 31, 2017


Please select "Special Section: Computational Ethics and Account‐
ability" under Manuscript Type dropdown in the Manuscript Central


Munindar P. Singh. Department of Computer Science, North Carolina
State University mpsingh@acm.org

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