Call for Publications
Theme: Intercultural Digital Ethics
Publication: Philosophy and Technology
Date: Special Issue
Recent advances in the capability of digital information
technologies, particularly due to advances in machine learning, have
invigorated the debate on the ethical issues surrounding their use.
However, up till now, this debate has been dominated by ‘Western’
ethical perspectives, to the exclusion of broader ethical and
socio-cultural perspectives. This imbalance carries risks,
particularly where the ethical norms and values designed into these
technologies collide with those of the communities in which they are
delivered and deployed.
This edited collection seeks to fill this crucial gap in the
literature on digital ethics by bringing together a range of
cultural, social and structural perspectives on the ethical issues
relating to digital information technologies. It forms part of an
ongoing research project at the Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet
Institute, University of Oxford on intercultural digital ethics.
The journal seeks submissions of research articles (approximately
8,000 words, but this is flexible) and commentaries (approximately
4,000 words) that engage with the theme of intercultural digital
ethics, including but not limited to:
- Why is a pluralistic ethical approach important in understanding
the impact of digital technologies? What are the different levels and
domains of digital ethics? We are interested in both secular
philosophical perspectives (e.g. utilitarianism, deontological
ethics, virtue ethics), religious and cultural ethical perspectives
(e.g. Buddhism, Christianity, Ubuntu, and Shinto, amongst others) as
well as social and intersectional perspectives (e.g. race, gender,
sexual orientation, and the intersections between these categories).
- How do digital technologies impact different cultural and social
groups differently? How do these communities view issues such as
privacy, consent, security and identity differently?
- How do the practices and responsibilities of those developing
digital technologies differ between different social groups and
cultures? Do the upstream (design and development) and downstream
(delivery and deployment) phases of digital technology require
different ethical considerations, and how can these accommodate
cultural and social differences?
- What are the different ethical impacts of endogenous factors (e.g.
lack of diversity, conscious and unconscious bias of technologists)
versus exogenous factors (e.g. embedded bias in datasets), and how
can these harms be addressed?
- Can we design governance frameworks for digital technologies that
are tailored to the ethical values of different cultures, whilst also
harmonizing these frameworks at the international level? What lessons
can be drawn from international governance frameworks developed in
other contexts? Does ethical pluralism advocate in favour of more
soft law approaches to digital governance (e.g. self-regulatory
ethical guidelines rather than legislation)?
- How does the discourse of human rights support or hinder the
observance of intercultural ethical values?
- Do digital information technologies represent a new form of
colonialism and exploitation, for example through ‘ethics dumping’ in
low-rights environments? We welcome perspectives on the outsourcing
of ‘digital labour’ and the protection of vulnerable communities such
as migrants and refugees, inter alia.
December 31, 2019: deadline for paper submissions
January 31, 2020: decisions and revisions returned
February 29, 2020: deadline for revised papers
March-April, 2020: final corrections, proofs revision
To submit a paper for this special issue, authors should go to the
journal’s Editorial Manager:
The author (or a corresponding author for each submission in case of
co-authored papers) must
register into EM.
The author must then select the special article type: Intercultural
Digital Ethics from the selection
provided in the submission process. This is needed in order to assign
the submissions to the Guest
Editor. Submissions will then be assessed according to the following
New Submission ⇒ Journal Editorial Office ⇒ Guest Editor(s) ⇒
(double-blind) Reviewers ⇒ Reviewers’ Recommendations ⇒ Guest
Editor(s)’ Recommendation ⇒ Editor-in-Chief’s Decision ⇒ Author
Notification of the Decision.
The process will be reiterated in case of requests for revisions.
For all further enquiries, please contact Nikita Aggarwal:
Digital Ethics Lab and Faculty of Law
University of Oxford