Venue: Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Jun 23, 2009 End Date/Time: Jun 25, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 10, 2009
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The 2009 ICT, Transparency and Social Responsibility Conference invites empirical and
theoretical perspectives on Network and ethics as a new challenge for higher education. The
organizers of the conference and of this specific track expect a wide variety of research-led
approaches to the topic. In order to encourage a broad spectrum of proposals the following
themes are suggested:
Mini-track 1: Higher education and Virtual Learning: Ethical Issues and Perspectives
This mini-track will explore several ethical issues related to the virtualization of educational
initiatives made by universities and other higher education institutions. A main theme concerns
the exploitation of ICTs to reduce social gaps and facilitate social inclusion. A second ethical
issue relates to the virtualization of university activities and initiatives in teaching and learning
and student life. In particular, within this mini-track, we invite proposals on the following or
other related topics:
- The role of ICT as a means of bringing education to minorities and to the less
advantaged: ethical perspectives
- Virtual courses in higher education: quality and potential frauds
- Models for virtual learning and social responsibility in setting these models
- Dichotomies between virtual and real campus: same ethical concerns? Privacy, security
and integrity at individual and organizational level.
Mini-track 2: Digital information: implications for higher education and its users
Mini-track 2 focuses on the ethical issues associated with the impact of the Internet on research
activities made by universities and other higher education institutions. Two main topics will be
addressed. The first concerns the impact of Internet-based technologies on information and
knowledge availability and access in the scientific community. The second theme is related to
the reliability and quality of information available in the Net. In particular, within this minitrack,
we invite proposals on the following or other related topics:
- A digital divide in the scientific community: publishing houses as gatekeepers that
maintain high costs for article access
- Information reliability over the Internet: Is virtual (mis)education?
- Does the Internet lead to a flatter scientific world? Disparity and opportunities over the
- Transparency and reliability of Internet based information: The Higher Education
- Non-stop research around the clock: ethical perspectives
Mini-track 3: Teaching Network Ethics in Business and Management Schools
This mini-track intends to analyze Network Ethics from a pedagogical perspective. Given the
importance of understanding and dealing the ethical issues in the network economy, developing
effective teaching/learning methodologies and diverse policy and pedagogical approaches
represents a critical challenge for business and management schools. In particular, within this
mini-track, we invite proposals on the following or other related topics:
- What should be taught to prepare managers for present and future network ethics
- Teaching Network Ethics in multicultural mindsets: how to promote inclusion and
respect diversity?
- Teaching Network and Business Ethics with a multicultural perspective
- Outside the curriculum: stimulating students’ awareness of ethical concerns of
voluntary work on campus
Theme: Open Track
For those who would like to submit a paper proposal but cannot fit their research into any of the
above theme, we will provide an open track. However, proposals should be connected to the
overall theme of the conference.