CFP | 4IR: Philosophical, Ethical, Legal Dimensions Conference

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2019
South Africa
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First Call for Papers

4IR: Philosophical, Ethical, Legal Dimensions

The conference aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss the philosophical, ethical, and legal questions raised by the onset of the so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and its emerging technologies. In some cases, the questions are long standing and recent technologies are leading to a novel reconsideration of them. In other cases, seemingly new questions are arising – questions that range from the ethical and legal to the epistemological and foundational.



Deadline for Abstracts



3–5 September 2019

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

1 June 2019

15 June 2019

Helen Robertson (Wits), Turgay Celik (NEPTTP, Wits), Rod Alence (Wits), Casey Sparkes (NEPTTP), Anwar Vahed (DIRISA)

Submissions are invited on the philosophical, ethical, and legal dimensions of, among others,

Algorithmic Automation

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Life

Big Data

Cyber Warfare

Data Mining

Deep Learning


Machine Learning

Open Data

Personal Data

Simulation and Virtual Reality

Social Media

Submission of abstracts is via Easychair at Short (180-200 word) and extended (800-1000 word) abstracts should be prepared for blind review and submitted by 1 June 2019.


Submissions from the following disciplines are especially encouraged.


Applied Ethics


Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Information

Philosophy of Computation

Data Protection Law

Interdisciplinary submissions from the following disciplines are equally encouraged.


Data Science

Cognitive Science

Computer Science




The keynote address will be given by Brent Mittelstadt, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

Publication of selected papers will be in an edited volume. Further details will be announced.

Queries regarding abstract submission or the conference more generally can be directed to Helen Robertson at <>.

The conference is funded by the National e-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NEPTTP) and the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA).



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