Call for Abstracts: “Cybersecurity”

TATuP-special topic in issue 1/2020. Deadline for your abstract: EXTENDED DEADLINE June 21, 2019

 Information and communication technology (ICT) has permeated almost all social practices and shapes our way of thinking, our interactions with others and with organisations and institutions; it changes our roles as citizens, workers or consumers. ICT as a complex and networked basic technology of the 21st century makes our world a richer, more efficient and highly interactive place – ICT can facilitate or even enable communication and interaction between people across borders, between countries and cultures.

At the same time, however, complexity and a high level of networking make ICT susceptible to technical failure and criminal, terrorist or even warlike attacks, making it increasingly difficult to maintain the functionality of industries or supply infrastructures as complexity and networking increase. Modern societies whose ability to function is based on ICT are thus – to quote Ulrich Beck (1992) – “societies at risk”. One of the great challenges of our time is to transform these societies into “risk societies”, i.e. societies that organize themselves adequately against corresponding risks and find a socially acceptable and accepted balance between security and other values. This transformation is the starting point of the TATuP theme “Cybersecurity”.

Contributions requested
For the TATuP issue "Cyber Security", contributions are sought that address the subjects outlined above from the point of view of technology assessment and evaluation and cover, for example, technological developments in cybersecurity, the connection between cybersecurity and critical infrastructures, attack scenarios and their possible (social) effects, processes of social change, aspects of cybersecurity discourse at national, European and/or global level, political discourses and reactions, as well as considerations on weighing cybersecurity against other (moral) values.

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Editors of this TATuP special topic
Karsten Weber (OTH Regensburg), Markus Christen (Universität Zürich) and Dominik Herrmann (Universität Bamberg)