AiCE 2020

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Call for papers: 9th Conference of the Australasian Institute of Computer Ethics (AiCE 2020)

The 9th Conference of the Australasian Institute of Computer Ethics (AiCE) will be hosted online by the University of South Australia November 28-December 10 2020.

AiCE began over 20 years ago as an organisation that sought to bring a broader focus to computing. Members included engineers, scientists, medical specialists and others who used information and communications technology (ICT) frequently in their professional lives, but would not qualify for membership of a professional ICT society. The conference series[1] in recent years has focused increasingly on cybersecurity and ethics, whilst still being broad, inviting contributions on a wide variety of ICT ethics.

Conference website

The Conference Theme: Computer ethics in the new normal

The overall theme of AiCE 2020 invites exploration of emerging ideas on the relationship between online communication, ethics, governance and emerging technologies.

Submissions are invited for the following five themes:

  • Cyber Security
    • Privacy and ethical issues relating to the use of cyber security;
    • Drone Technology – the impacts of drone technology upon society;
  • Community informatics
    • What impact have social media and related systems had upon society;
    • Developing systems now and into the future – how to ensure social values are properly addressed, including community codesign issues
  • Governance issues on the Internet
    • Should the Internet and large IT organisations be regulated and if so, how could this happen?
  • Ethics of Big Data
    • The impact that Big Data already has and will have upon society and business.
    • Experiences with GDPR
    • Impacts responses and ethical issues in response to large scale data initiatives
    • Ethical and related issues arising from medical IT developments
  • Ethics for professional societies.

Submissions on other relevant topics are most welcome. Papers will be submitted in the form of a discussion paper. The overall aim of the 9th AiCE conference is to explore emerging research and to generate research ideas.


All submissions will be in English and will take the form of a discussion paper of between 1,000 to 1,500 words, not including references. All accepted papers will be published in conference proceedings. Historically, selected papers were invited to be reworked for a special section of the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (AJIS), ranked ‘A’ by both the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) and the Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems (ACPHIS).

Submissions must be:

  • Double spaced, 
  • Left justified, 
  • Without paragraph indenting, 
  • Times Roman 12-point font,
  • Margins are 2.5cm top, bottom, left, and right, 
  • Page size A4, 
  • Headings numbered,
  • Pages numbered,
  • Diagrams and images placed appropriately within the text,
  • Abstract are optional but if included, should be a single paragraph of 150 – 200 words.

Papers will be blind reviewed by two reviewers for relevance to the conference. Important dates:

  • Discussion papers due: 31, August 2020.
  • Notification of reviewing outcome: September 21, 2020.
  • Final formatted discussion papers due: November 2, 2020.

Discussion papers should be submitted via the AiCE 2020 Easychair submission page:

Submissions are currently closed for papers that will undergo peer review.

However, in 2020 the conference will also provide a venue for papers that are not peer reviewed. These papers may be submitted until November 25, via the AiCE 2020 EasyChair submission page.

Registration fees

  • $50 for all attendees.

Keynote speakers

First Keynote Speaker: Jo Stewart-Rattray.

Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the IT field some of which were spent as CIO in the Utilities and as Group CIO in the Tourism space, and with significant experience in the Information Security arena including as CISO in the healthcare sector. She underpins her information technology and security background with her qualifications in education and management.
She specialises in consulting in risk and technology issues with a particular emphasis on governance and security in both the commercial and operational areas of businesses. Jo provides strategic advice to organisations across a number of industry sectors including banking and finance, utilities, manufacturing, tertiary education, retail, healthcare and government.

Jo has extensive board and committee experience. She has chaired a number of ISACA’s international committees including the Board Audit & Risk Committee, Leadership Development and Professional Influence & Advocacy. She served as an Elected Director on ISACA’s international Board of Directors for seven years and was the founder of its global women’s leadership initiative, SheLeadsTech.

Second Keynote Speaker: Catherine Flick

Dr. Catherine Flick is a Reader in Computing and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. She graduated with a BSc (1st class honours) with majors in Computer Science and History & Philosophy of Science from Sydney University, Australia, while working in industry as a systems administrator and web programmer, and a PhD in Computer Ethics from Charles Sturt University, Australia, with a thesis on informed consent and ICT. Areas of research have involved responsible research and innovation in health and ageing, online child protection, trusted computing, ethics and video games, anonymous technologies and the darknet, and informed consent in ICT. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a PGCHE. She is a member of the ACM’s Committee on Professional Ethics and was a committee member of the ACM’s Code of Ethics update team. She is currently work package leader for the Living Innovation project, which look at integrating ethics and responsible innovation into large company business practices, and Responsible Innovation lead in the Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training. In addition, she teaches research methods and computer ethics, and hosts a podcast on ethics and video games called “Not Just A Game”.

Steering committee

Chair: Professor Matt Warren, Deakin University. 

Professor Emeritus Marcus Wigan, Oxford Systematics. 

Professor Oliver Burmeister, Charles Sturt University.

Dr Kirsten Wahlstrom, University of South Australia.

Organising committee

Dr Kirsten Wahlstrom, University of South Australia.

Dr Anisha Fernando, South Australian Institute of Business Technology, UniSA.

Lena Wang, University of Sydney.

Adam Poulsen, Charles Sturt University.

Georg Thomas, Charles Sturt University.

[1] This conference is ranked ‘Australasian’ by Computing Research and Education (CORE2018), with the primary classification of ‘Information Systems’. Previously it was ranked ‘B’ by CORE.