ICTs and power relations. Present dilemmas & future perspectives

ITA-Track @ IS4IS Summit

Datum (IS4IS Summit):
3. bis 7. Juni 2015

Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
1040 Wien


Das Institut für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung (ITA) der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW) ist am IS4IS Summit 2015 in Wien mit einem Track vertreten:

ICTs and power relations. Present dilemmas & future perspectives:

The increasing presence of ICTs in a multitude of societal contexts alters the relation between social, political, technical, legal, economic arenas. As cross-sectional technologies, ICTs enter and link different societal domains often entailing a number of tensions and controversies e.g. due to conflicting interests, hegemonic discourses, socio-political cultures and practices. Novel forms of interactions are accompanied by increasing complexity, diversity and overlaps between public and private spheres. The capacity of ICTs as a political tool is multidimensional: it can boost civil society participation (e.g. the Arab Spring) as well as amplify mass surveillance and privacy intrusion (e.g. revealed by Snowden).

This panel is interested in the manifold interplay between societal power structures and ICTs. In line with the umbrella issue "at the crossroads" particular focus lies on contributions that present controversies, dilemmas, and imaginary futures that open up paths towards socio-technical alternatives.

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Einreichfrist: 27. Februar 2015