Re-coding Black Mirror
Wednseday January 30th, 2019
Ethical and Societal challenges of digital technologies
Computer science solutions against the misuse of technologies
Technological approaches to prevent Black Mirror's dystopian future
Black Mirror is a British sci-fi series directed by Charlie Brooker portraying a dystopian future emanating from the wide use of digital advancements. Even though Black Mirror’s episodes do not entirely rely on the widespread availability of existing technology, some of the advancements presented are not from such a distant future.
Re-coding Black Mirror aims at creating dialogue and connections between computer, data and social scientists and also activists and privacy advocates that are interested in the societal and ethical implications of digital technologies. In order to address emerging social phenomena from different perspectives, the workshop employs a novel interactive format, where researchers are invited to create futuristic scenarios as the ones depicted in Black Mirror exploring emerging societal and ethical concerns.
It will also be a forum for raising opportunities of networking with scholars from different fields to explore novel research problems that can be relevant to both the web and social science communities.
Given the novelty of the workshop format, we welcome submissions addressing two different issues, as explained in the brief summaries below. Possible submissions are not restricted to those examples, but works addressing those scenarios would be very much welcome too. You can also look at the submissions of the Re-coding Black Mirror 2017 and 2018 editions.
Works showing how the ongoing research in the web community could enable/lead to dystopic scenarios similar to the ones presented in Black Mirror episodes and also, how it could prevent/minimise such risks. For example:
How could web technologies be used to integrate information about another person from multiple online sources (digital footprinting), providing a mean for stalking or even blackmailing them S03E03 - Shut Up and Dance
How could web technologies be designed to prevent the abuse of user ratings based on the relations between people and information about their network/context? S03E01 - Nosedive
Works exploring the societal and ethical concerns emerging from digital technologies as presented in Black Mirror episodes. For example:
How do technological developments impact parental surveillance strategies and consequently the family environment? S04E02 - Arkangel
How does the normalization of surveillance through gamification change individuals' relationship with the surveillance apparatus? S02E02 - White Bear
Please submit your contribution to the workshop by October 1st 2018 (23:59 Hawaii time) through the easychair system.
We accept three categories of submissions:
We expect each paper to take as a starting point one futuristic scenario, either directly from Black Mirror or of a similar nature, as motivation for the work presented. You can also take a look at the Re:coding Black Mirror workshops in 2017 and 2018.
For further information about the workshop and the submission process please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org