Call for papers: Reimagining ethical, legal, and social issues in a COVID era

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Katrina Petersen | Research Manager
Dr Su Anson | Head of Innovation & Research

Date: 25 November 2021

Trilateral Research invites you to submit your paper for the “Reimagining ethical, legal, and social issues in a COVID era” track of the ISCRAM 2022 conference which will take place in Tarbes, France on 22-25 May 2022.

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the limits of current discourses around the benefits and harms of data and information technologies in crises.

Practices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic revealed how hard it is to know when data is representative of a given community or crisis. These practices showed the challenges of clearly defining the boundaries of a crisis through data collected about it, models to forecast it, or what is visualized within a tool design, particularly when cascading and multi-disciplinary effects abound.

They emphasized that the ethical and security discussions around data sharing do not go far enough, as, all too often, fears of stepping on the wrong side of the law stopped the flow of vital public health data between agencies and borders. They showed, despite a wealth of data and models, how hard risk communication is, and how easy it is to unintentionally stigmatise groups when trying to engage publics with diverse perceptions of risk. Even more, they made visible how many governments and local authorities still struggle to simultaneously address individual and collective goods.

ISCRAM 2022 will not be limited to pandemics crises but will focus on shaping the future of large-scale crisis management by promoting research and development, exchange of knowledge and deployment of information systems, including the social, technical, and practical aspects of all information and communication systems used or to be used in all phases of management of different emergencies, disasters, and crises.

Call for papers

This track invites contributions that reimagine our understanding of ethical, legal, and social issues raised by the use of information and communication technologies in crisis response and management considering lessons and experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We invite contributions on how crisis information technology, in the broadest sense, can address these tensions between utility, equity, responsibility, and accountability to ensure the protection of human rights, create positive societal impact, and mitigate harms for all communities and practitioners engaging crises and disasters.

See the full list of topics here.

We are currently exploring options where papers submitted to this track can potentially be published in a special issue to a reputable journal.


The 2022 ISCRAM conference invites three types of paper submissions:

  • CoRe: Completed Research (from 4000 to 8000 words).
  • WiP: Work In Progress (from 3000 to 6000 words).
  • Practitioner: (from 500 to 3000 words).

Click here to submit your paper to ISCRAM 2022.

Please use the following templates for the submission of your contributions:

Key dates

  • CoRe papers submission: December 1st 2021
  • WiP papers submission: January 25th 2022
  • Practitioners papers submission: January 25th 2022
  • Registration early deadline (authors): March 5th 2022

Track Co-Chairs

Katrina Petersen (Trilateral Research) – Corresponding Chair

Su Anson (Trilateral Research)

Diotima Bertel (SYNYO GmbH)

For more information please contact our team.





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