Interactive Systems and the Implications of Computing in Society

Computer systems are transforming our lives, becoming an essential resource that makes our daily activities inconceivable without their use. As they become more present, their influence on society is increasingly significant, raising ethical concerns and challenges in relation to issues such as privacy, inequality, power relations, data manipulation and prejudice, among others.

In the present scenario, it is necessary to reassess the development of computer systems to balance the well-being of society with the ethical use of these technologies. Ethical paradigms must be adapted to the needs of the community, in line with the current challenges of the smart society. Only a multidisciplinary effort can find the best ways to address these concerns, including experts from various fields in addition to the technological area, such as ethics, philosophy, economics, sociology, psychology, law, history and political science, as well as those with lived experience in relation to the implications of computer systems in society.

This special call invites experts from the IS community on topics such as Professional Ethics, Copyright, Social Impact of New Technologies, Sustainability, among others, to submit papers that bring relevant discussions on how computing and our societies relate and articulate, and the implications they bring to each other. Original contributions are sought with an interdisciplinary approach, both in the field of technology and in the humanities, focusing on the development and use of interactive systems and their relationship with social construction, including, among others, cultural, historical, sociological, economic, legal political studies.

Topics of interest (not limited to) for this call:
• Alignment of value and moral decision-making
• Collaborative open innovation and co-design
• Computing and 21st century skills
• Computing and diversity
• Computing and environmental impacts
• Computing and geopolitics
• Computing and socioeconomic differences
• Computing supporting sustainable development goals
• Computing, citizenship and the social good
• Control, surveillance and privacy
• Cultural, political and social implications of AI
• Digital culture and technologies
• Entertainment and Technology
• Ethical standards, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence
• Ethical use of computer systems
• Ethics in systems design and development
• Fake News
• Future technology implications
• Green technology
• Inclusion and digital literacy
• Intellectual property, collaborative production and copyleft
• Memory, digital legacy and immortality
• Open science
• Prohibitions, restrictions and taxation of computer systems
• Social studies on the use of computing
• Sustainable development of computer systems
• The future of work in the face of new digital technologies
• Universal access to technology
• Web and freedom of expression

Submissions must be written in English and are expected to have 10 to 20 pages length, including attachments and references. Papers outside this limit will be considered only in special cases. Papers must be formatted according to the JIS LaTeX or MS Word templates and submitted as PDF files. JIS is open access, free of charge for both authors and readers, and all papers published by JIS follow the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. 

Review Process: manuscripts will be reviewed by at least 3 experts in the field. The review process will consider up to 3 review rounds for each manuscript: for the 1st and 2nd rounds, reviews will be sent to authors with an editorial decision: 1. Request a revised version for a new round, 2. Accept, or 3. Reject the manuscript. For the 3rd round, the editorial decision will be either 1. Accept or 2. Reject the manuscript. For each submission round, a cover letter must be included, presenting the paper and then indicating the improvements and answers to reviewers.

Important Dates
• submission deadline: 15 September 2020 30 September 2020
• notification 1st round: 30 October 2020 16 November 2020
• submission of revised versions deadline: 30 November 2020 20 December 2020
• notification 2nd round: 20 December 2020 20 January 2020
• submission of revised versions deadline: 15 January 2021 10 February 2021
• notification 3rd round (final): 30 January 2021 28 February 2021
• camera ready submission deadline: 15 February 2021 15 March 2021
• ultimate deadline for publication: 1 March 2021 15 March 2021


Flavia Santoro, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), worked for 20 years as a teacher and researcher in the area of Systems and Computing. Her research focuses on Information Systems, especially in the following subjects: Business Process Management, Knowledge Management, Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. He participated in research projects at an international level, and has experience in organizing workshops and conferences., being one of the founders of SBSI and iSys. She is a CNPq Research Productivity Scholar 2.
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José Viterbo, Fluminense Federal University (UFF), is Director of Publications for the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC). He works in the Graduate Program in Computing at UFF (PPGC / UFF), where he develops research in the areas of ubiquitous computing, collective intelligence, analysis and management of open data.
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