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[Nettime-nl] Tilting perspectives on regulating technologies - call for contributions

call for contributions

Tilting perspectives on
regulating technologies

organized by TILT – Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
to be held at Tilburg University the Netherlands, 10 - 11 December 2008

Innovative technologies – ICT, biotechnology, nanotechnologies – have  
a huge impact on society. Regulating these technologies is a complex  
effort. This conference aims at bringing academic knowledge and policy  
approaches about regulating technology a step forward by looking at  
issues from a multidisciplinary angle. Regulating technologies  
involves different regulatory approaches giving rise to fundamental  
questions. For instance: Do biotechnology and ICT innovations alter  
people’s identity? Can ICT regulation profit from experiences in  
dealing with sensitive issues in genetics? How can policy-makers  
approach regulatory issues in the context of polycentric governance?  
What use is the heuristic of applying ‘off-line’ rules to the ‘on- 
line’ environment, when ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ worlds converge? How can  
respect for human dignity and human rights be maintained in an era of  
human enhancement and surveillance? In what stage should moral values  
be taken into account in the design of technologies? If at all, which  

The conference will be organized along the line of four key themes.
Regulatory strategies
What can ICT regulation learn from regulating biotechnology and vice  
Polycentric and multi actor governance
Regulation and fundamental values
     Human enhancements
     Ambient Intelligence
Protecting societies
     Risk regulation
     Technological divides
Protecting and hampering technologies
     Hindering and stimulating technologies through law
     Patents and open source
     Value-sensitive technology

The conference will consist of some 20 lectures provided by invited  
speakers in plenary sessions as well as in a number of workshops. In  
the workshops also submitted papers will be presented. We invite you  
to contribute actively to the conference by submitting original and  
unpublished work to be presented in the workshops. Contributers will  
be selected on the basis of a full paper review by the Programme  
Accepted papers will be available for the conference participants in  
print. Furthermore, papers will be considered for publication in a new  
peer-reviewed journal edited by TELOS and TILT (starting early 2009),  
as well as in an edited volume to be published by a renowned publisher  
after the conference allowing for revisions of the individual papers  
due to the discussions during the conference.
Papers must be written in English and should be between 10 and 12  
pages in the style provided at the conference web site. Authors should  
submit a PDF file to the conference system available at the conference  
website (

Papers are solicited on the topics of the workshops. The papers may  
reflect on the indicated themes from the perspectives of different  
disciplines (law, ethics, social sciences etc.). They may also focus  
on more specific subtopics such as:
– Modalities of regulation (Law, Regulation through technology,  
market, social morality)
– Regulatory innovation
– Involving Different Actors and Stakeholders in the Regulatory  
– The Role of Enterprises in the Regulation of Technology
– Identity management
– Technology neutrality
– Coevolution of Technology, Society and Culture
– Ambient intelligence and the distinctiveness of persons

Abstracts submission (optional):	1 May 2008
Full paper submission:       		26 September 2008
Acceptance notice:             		31 October 2008
Submission full paper for
conference preprint: 			14 November 2008
Submission of selected
papers for Journal or Book		31 January 2009

The full call for papers is available at

General chair
Ronald Leenes – TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Programme committee co-chairs
Han Somsen – TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Anton Vedder – TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Simone van der Hof – TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Programme committee
Roger Brownsword – King's College London, UK
Dan L. Burk – University of Minnesota, USA
Geert van Calster - KULeuven, Belgium
Indira Carr – University of Kent, UK
Giusella Finocchiaro – Universita do Bologna, Italy
Paul de Hert – TILT, Tilburg University, NL; VU Brussel, Belgium
Ken Himma – Seattle Pacific University, USA
Thomas Hoeren – Universität Münster, Germany
Bart Jacobs – Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Jonathan Kahn – Hamline University School of Law, USA
Ian Kerr – University of Ottawa, Canada
Julian Kinderlerer – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Bert-Jaap Koops – TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Andrew Murray – London School of Economics, UK
Geertrui van Overwalle – KULeuven, Belgium
David J. Phillips – University of Toronto, Canada
Yves Poullet – CRID, Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix  
Namur, Belgium
Corien Prins – TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Pauline Reich – Waseda University School of Law, Japan
Arie Rip – University of Twente, the Netherlands
Beate Roessler – University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Antoinette Rouvroy – CRID, Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la  
Paix Namur, Belgium
Teresa Scassa – University of Ottawa, Canada
Peter-Paul Verbeek – University of Twente, the Netherlands
Gerard de Vries – WRR (Scientific Council for Government Policy), the  
Netherlands &
	Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Karen Yeung – King's College London, UK

Conference secretary/website
Tilting perspectives on regulating technologies
Tilburg University
TILT- Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
att: Vivian Carter/Femke Abousalama
P.O. Box 90152
5000 LE Tilburg
the Netherlands
web site and paper submission web site:

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