News > Surveillance in the Digital Society – Workshop at ECIS 2019

Call for papers

Workshop takes place: 10-11 June, Kista Campus, Stockholm University

Relevant dates:
Submissions due by March 15
Replies by April 15

The purpose with the workshop

A half-day workshop that will consist of a keynote speaker and presentation of accepted papers in a round table fashion. The workshop should be seen as a springboard for ideas and early-stage manuscripts. The format is meant to encourage reflective discussions between researchers interested in surveillance in the digital society. The workshop will target junior and established academics that are attending ECIS, and we particularly encourage early career and PhD students to submit. Submissions will be screened but not reviewed, and we will apply a generous policy in this “first round” and accept all papers that fall within the above stated theme/scope of the workshop.

Preliminary workshop schedule:

Keynote Speaker
Paper presentation and roundtable discussions Session 1
Paper presentation and roundtable discussions Session 2
Closing comments

Description of Workshop
Surveillance is not a new phenomenon, digitalization has however enabled surveillance of a magnitude we have not seen before. On social media people share the intimacies of their lives, leading to a huge repository of information. Additionally the volume of digital surveillance devices, such as stationary surveillance systems (CCTV), mobile devices such as smartphones, body-worn cameras, cameras in cars, drones and a variety of sensors. The development in algorithms and artificial intelligence, advances also the analytical step in surveillance, for example by face and motion recognition. The workshop invites short papers that reflect upon surveillance in the digital society by looking at how these practices are constructed, organised, experienced and regulated. A non-exhaustive list of different angles may include (but are not limited to):

  • Self-surveillance – The attention one pays to one’s behaviour whilst, actuality or virtuality, being observed.
  • Organizational surveillance – Digitized work-places enabling  the monitoring of employees, partners, and customers posing ethical dilemmas
  • Societal surveillance – The disproportionate, unlimited citizen online monitoring, enabled by new anti-terrorism laws, criticized for turning citizens into suspects.
  • Sousveillance – The act of surveilling others as they surveil you
  • Resistance towards surveillance – The use of strategies to avoid or disrupt the surveillance mechanisms

Submission Requirements/Limits (e.g. word limits, formats etc):
Participants are invited to submit short papers in the form of extended abstracts with a maximum length of 4 pages. The file should be submitted in pdf-format.

Facilitating individuals, their institutions and contact emails:
Main contact:

Eneman, Marie – Doctor in informatics at the department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Sweden – currently project leader for the research project: Encountering camera surveillance and accountability at work – the case of the Swedish police (2018-2020). (

 Borglund, Erik – Associate Professor in computer and system science at the Department of Information systems and Technology at Mid Sweden University, Sweden – studies the information behavior, and information technology use in the crisis management domain primarily within the police. (

Griffiths, Marie – Reader in Digital Technologies, Centre for Digital Business, PGR Director and University of Salford Manchester, UK – studies digital transformation, digital society and is working on a project looking at the use of social media by the blue light emergency services. ( )

Ljungberg, Jan – Professor in informatics at the Department of Applied IT at University of Gothenburg, Sweden – studies the digitalisation of society with a specific interest in platforms, algorithms and governance. (

 McLean, Rachel – Professor and Director of Liverpool Screen School at Liverpool John Moores University, UK – currently overseeing a funded research project looking at the use of social media by the blue light emergency services. (

 Nuldén, Urban –  Associate Professor in informatics at the Department of Applied IT at University of Gothenburg, Sweden – studies the use of information technology in the crisis management domain. (

Rolandsson, Bertil – Associate Professor in Sociology, at the Department for Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg – studies how institutional tensions shape the interplay between digitalization and organization of work. He have conducted several studies on the police. (

Stahl, Bernd C – Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK – studies philosophical issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and information. This includes the ethics of ICT and critical approaches to information systems. (

Stenmark, Dick – Associate Professor in informatics at the Department of Applied IT at University of Gothenburg, Sweden – studies organisational use of information systems and what effect the ongoing digitalisation has on the employees’ needs for competence development. (