Informational Ecosystems (Regulating for and from the Abyss)

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the workshop has been postponed to a date to be determined in Autumn. Tanks for your understanding.

The organising committee: Professor Roger Brownsword, Professor Maurizio Borghi and Dr Jeffrey Wale.


Wednesday, 20 May 2020 – 9:30 to 17:00

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University

Within today’s information societies, we can identify a number of ‘informational interests’ as a basis for claiming certain rights and denouncing certain wrongs. On the one hand, such rights may express an interest in the accessibility, integrity, accuracy and authenticity of public information and any related informational system; and on the other, they pronounce an interest in controlling access to and the use of personal and private information. At the same time, we also denounce various acts as informational wrongs, sometimes expressing a personal or private interest (such as when we condemn a fraudulent statement or a breach of confidence) but at other times drawing on a deeper sense of the public interest (as when we condemn fake news, ‘deep fakes’, and the like that compromise the information ecosystem).

Paradoxically, in our information societies, it has never been so easy to be ‘informed’, never so difficult to be confident that we are truly ‘informed’, and never so unclear whether we are acting on a basis that is informed or misinformed. This workshop aims to engage with these issues, with a specific focus on informational ecosystems and with contributions from a wide range of stakeholders.

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Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this workshop, please submit an abstract (maximum 300 words) to <> by the 28 February 2020.  Please include the following additional information:

  • Your full name and contact details
  • Your organisation
  • The title of your paper

In particular, we are looking for papers covering the following broad subject areas:

  • Machine learning, algorithmic & automated processing.
  • Group/ collective privacy & profiling.
  • The role of dignity, autonomy, harm prevention in informational societies.
  • The politics of information (misinformation, access etc).
  • Informational constructions of self.
  • The limits of informational control/ privacy.
  • The rights to not know/to be forgotten.
  • Informational ecosystems as a social constraint or opportunity.
  • Inter jurisdictional control.
  • Health data – personalisation & digitisation.
  • Genomic data – classification, protection and access.
  • The use of anonymization.
  • Semi-automated processing

Paper selection will be confirmed to applicants by the end of March 2020.  It is anticipated that selected papers will be invited to contribute to a special edited collection following the workshop.

There is a limited budget available for speaker expenses for the event.  If you anticipate that you will require financial assistance with your travel or other expenses, please supply further details/ a likely estimate with your abstract.

The organising committee for this event is Professor Roger Brownsword, Professor Maurizio Borghi and Dr Jeffrey Wale.

This one day workshop is part of a wider Bournemouth University project (INFOSOC) examining the informational landscape and corresponding regulatory frameworks. Financial support is provided by CIPPM / Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Intellectual Property and Information Rights, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.