Cybersecurity Ethics:

The Common Good and the Digital Commons as Justification Registers in Digital Governance, Surveillance and Security

 October 20 – 21, 2016

University of Hull
Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE)
Oriel Chambers, 27 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE, UK

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow) Interdisciplinary Research Professor in College of Social Sciences — Global Security

The controversial surveillance leaks of recent years have heightened issues of the legitimacy, jurisdiction and ethical agency of leading democratic states and multinational corporations, and point to the emergence of new socio-political formations demanding transparency and the protection of privacy in cyberspace.

At the same time, intelligence and security agencies have attempted to justify the techniques employed in the defense of security and freedom. Popular culture, digital everyday networked media and sharing platforms have also functioned as crucial sites of public contestation over the legitimacy of intelligence and security agencies, in their application of new surveillance and digital governance techniques.

This conference seeks to debate and find common ground between these seemingly divergent approaches to the cybersecurity dimension of digital governance. Particularly, the conference is set to debate the use of the common good and the digital commons as justification registers in cybersecurity and digital governance.

Specific abstract themes of interest:

  1. Governance of the digital commons. Models of ownership and control: securing, democratising and owning network governance
  2. Implications of differing conceptions of governance for ethics and rights discourses in cyber security
  3. The ethics of hacktivism and cyber attack
  4. The impact of online radicalization, the war on terror and securitization discourses on the ethics of cybersecurity and digital governance
  5. Legitimacy, legality and democratic accountability in a time of emergency
  6. Privacy as a right in a surveillance society
  7. Cyberwar as concept and reality
  8. Vernacular and cultural conceptions of the common good in cyberspace
  9. Arriving at the common good:  deliberative practices, culture, media, official discourses.
  10. ‘Common good’ as moral justification and its application to compliance in cybersecurity.
  11. Can focus on a ‘commons-oriented paradigm’ solve the problem of addressing securitization employed to sustain a capitalist order in crisis?

This international conference is part of the ESRC project ‘The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cybersecurity’ which seeks to contribute to important debates surrounding the common good in political philosophy and social policy in the area of digital governance and cybersecurity.

Email your title and 500 word abstract to Gul Dag, Project Administrator by July 31, 2016. For more information see the ERCS website.