Conference: Ethics, Technology and Identity

Please note that adjacent to this conference, there is another ethics-conference in Delft that you might want to attend: Workshop Thomas Reid on Ethics.

Preliminary program

Please note that there have been some adjustments to the program. Check here for the latest update (updated June, 16).

Location, accomodation and registration

See below for details regarding the conference sites. Please note that we will inform you on Day 1 of the conference how to get to the conference location in The Hague and back to Delft again after dinner. Please try to be present in time for registration on Wednesday, between 09.00 and 10.00, and enjoy a cup of coffee in the beautiful atrium of the Delft municipal museum the Prinsenhof.

Day 1 : Stedelijk museum het Prinsenhof, Sint Agathaplein 1, 2611 HR Delft www.prinsenhof-delft.nl
Day 2 : Campus Den Haag, Lange Houtstraat 5-7, 2511 CV DEN HAAG; http://www.campusdenhaag.nl/
Day 3 : Sociëteit Het Meisjeshuis, Oude Delft 112, 2611 CG Delft; http://www.hetmeisjeshuis.nl/

  • The registration form is now available. Yes, I want to register for the ETI conference. Please note that your registration will be finalized only after payment. The conference fee is 275 euro.
  • Please note: The ETI conference will take place in the centre of Delft and The Hague, not on the campus of Delft University of Technology. Transport to The Hague will be arranged for.
  • Registration starts Wednesday, June 18, 09.00, in the centre of Delft. The conference ends Friday, June 20, 18.00. Please take this into account when planning your travels.
  • Attendants are requested to arrange accomodation themselves. List of recommended hotels.

Key-note speakers

  • David Velleman, New York University
  • Oscar Gandy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Robin Dillon, Lehigh University
  • David Shoemaker, Bowling Green State University

Call for papers / submission of abstracts

Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (total word count 800-1000 words). The extended abstract submission deadline is January 3rd 2008. Please submit to: ETI@tudelft.nl. PhD students are especially encouraged to submit. Download call for papers.

Important dates

  • December 7, 2007 – Deadline for abstracts
  • January 3, 2008 – Extended deadline for abstracts
  • February 8, 2008 – Notification of acceptance
  • May 1st, 2008 – Registration deadline
  • June 18 – 20, 2008 – Conference dates

On the conference topic

Information technology plays an increasingly important role in society and in human lives. Identity Management Technologies (e.g. biometrics, profiling, surveillance), in combination with a variety of identification procedures and personalized services are ubiquitous and pervasive. This calls for careful consideration and design of collecting, mining, storing and use of personal information.
Access, rights, responsibilities, benefits, burdens and risks are apportioned on the basis of identities of individuals. These identities are formed on the basis of personal data collected and stored and manipulated in databases. This raises ethical questions, such as obvious privacy issues, but also a host of identity related moral questions concerning (the consequences of) erroneous classifications and the limits of our capacity for self-presentation and self definition.
Which conceptions of identity are used when addressing ethical issues regarding information technology? How can the concepts of ‘identity’ and ‘identification’ be understood from a philosophical perspective when discussing morally problematic developments in information technology? What are the philosophical semantics pertaining to reference and identification which may help clarify ambiguities and ethical issues? How can we arrive at a normatively sound conception of personal identity as a starting point for the study of the ethical aspects of the (information) technology that is shaping our lives? This conference aims to discuss the theme of ‘identity’ in light of new (information) technology.

Organisation / more information

The conference will be organized by Noëmi Manders-Huits. Conference manager will be Henneke Filiz-Piekhaar. For more information on the conference you can contact her at {encode=”ETI@tudelft.nl” title=”ETI@tudelft.nl”}.

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