24 December 1997

Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 10:45:59 -0500 (EST)
From: Tonguc Unluyurt <tonguc@av.rutgers.edu>

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DIMACS Workshop on Design for Values: Ethical, Social and Political
           Dimensions of Information Technology 

              February 28 - March 1, 1998 
       Princeton University, Department of Computer Science

     Helen Nisssenbaum, University Center for Human Values, Princeton 
                        University, helen@princeton.edu 
     Bernard Chazelle, Computer Science Department, Princeton University 

Contact: Sandy Barbu, barbu@cs.princeton.edu 

The workshop will offer four panel presentations beginning Saturday, February 
28 at 9:30 a.m. The final panelwill take place Sunday, March 1, 10:00 -12:00 

Panels will be organized around the central theme of how computer and 
information systems are shaped by societal and ethical values, including
broadly encompassing values such as fair distribution of goods and power,
freedom, autonomy, sovereignty, and privacy as well as more specific human
ends such as wealth, efficacy, and rights to free expression, association,
private and property. 

Panel presenters, representing the fields of computer science, the social
sciences, philosophy, and policy studies, will discuss values embedded in
specific systems, including but not limited to the net, encryption,
security, autonomous agents, educational software, user-interfaces, and
the structure of information systems. They may be guided by questions such

     How do values influence or determine the shape of computer and
     information systems? 
     Whose ends, interests or values are best, and most frequently,
     represented in contemporary systems? 
     By what means are values embedded in systems -- public policy,
     markets, or the discretion of individual
     scientists and engineers? 
     Are some of these sources more ``legitimate'' than others? 
     What values ought to shape computer and information systems? 
     Is there some shared sense of public, community or individual welfare
     that ought to drive the design of
     Is it enough to ``let the market decide''? 


                         Scheduled Program of Workshop:

Saturday, February 28, 1998

9:15 - 9:45 Coffee and refreshments 

9:45 - 10:00 Welcome Remarks from the Organizers 

10:00 - 12:00 Panel I -- Philosophical Perspectives 
         Philip Brey 
         Marvin Croy 
         Deborah Johnson 
         James Moor 
         Jeroen van den Hoven 
         (Helen Nissenbaum, Moderator) 

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch for participants and registered attendees 

1:30 - 3:30 Panel II -- Technical Perspectives 
         Edward Felten 
         Batya Friedman 
         Brian LaMacchia 
         Abbe Mowshowitz 
         (Joan Feigenbaum, Moderator) 

3:30 - 4:00 Refreshements 

4:00 - 6:00 Panel III -- Social Science Perspectives 
         Rob Kling 
         Janet Schofield 
         Susan Leigh Star 
         Paul Starr 
         (Michael Mahoney, Moderator) 

Sunday, March 3, 1998

10:00 - 12:00 Panel IV -- Policy Perspectives 
         Jean Camp 
         Lorrie Cranor 
         Deborah Hurley 
         W. Russell Neuman 
         Lodis Rhodes 

     Panelists in alphabetical order: 

     Philip Brey, Technical University Twente, The Netherlands 
     Jean Camp, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 
     Lorrie Cranor, AT&T Labs -- Research 
     Marvin Croy, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina 
     Joan Feigenbaum, AT&T Labs -- Research 
     Edward Felten, Department of Computer Science, Princeton University 
     Batya Friedman, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Colby
     Deborah Hurley, Terra Nova and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
     Deborah Johnson, School of Science, Technology and Society,
     Rensselaer Polytechnic University 
     Rob Kling, Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University,
     Brian LaMacchia, Microsoft Corporation 
     Michael Mahoney, Department of History, Princeton University 
     James Moor, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College 
     Abbe Mowshowitz, Department of Computer Science, CUNY 
     W. Russell Neuman, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of
     Helen Nissenbaum, University Center for Human Values, Princeton
     Lodis Rhodes, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University
     of Texas, Austin 
     Janet Schofield, Department of Psychology and Learning Research &
     Development Center, University of Pittsburgh 
     Susan Leigh Star, Library and Information Sciences, University of 
     Illinois, Champagne-Urbana 
     Paul Starr, Department of Sociology, Princeton University 
     Jeroen van den Hoven, Department of Philosophy, Erasmus
     University-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

The Special Year program is made possible by long term funding from the
National Science Foundation, the New Jersey Commission on Science and
Technology and DIMACS university and industry partners.

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