IACAP 2017

International Association for Computing and Philosophy – Annual Meeting

June 26-28, 2017, Stanford University

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) is delighted to announce that its 2017 annual meeting will be held June 26-28 at Stanford University’s Fisher Conference Center. The meeting is organized by Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University [http://philosophy.calpoly.edu/faculty/patrick-lin] and hosted at Stanford University by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society [https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/].


The Conference Schedule, including map and parking instructions (4pp, pdf). Copies will be available at the venue.

The Conference Program, including schedule, abstracts, map and parking instructions (20pp, pdf).

Please note that these are final drafts and supersede any prior drafts wherever they may differ.


For lodging and transportation alternatives, please refer to this page (pdf). Updated 4/22: The Sheraton link was corrected to select the conference room-block registration page they provided. For the Stanford Motor Inn, please let them know your registration is for IACAP 2017.


(Please note that these registration fees include catering for a reception Monday evening and a reception/dinner Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, single-day registrations cannot be made available due to high local costs.)

Registration Type Early After June 10th
IACAP Members $375.00 $400.00
Non-members $400.00 $425.00
Students $75.00 $100.00

Registration Rates

15 February 2017 Update–CFA Special Announcement: IT and Democracy

After many discussions about how best to respond to the selective Muslim travel ban in the U.S.–about which please see http://www.iacap.org/the-muslim-travel-ban-and-iacap-2017/–IACAP’s executive board has opted to create a special track at IACAP 2017 (Stanford University, June 26-28) on Information Technology and Democracy, viz., the corrupting or preserving roles IT has played and could play, and the roles IT ought to play.

Submissions for the Information Technology and Democracy track in the form of extended abstracts (800+ words) should be submitted by March 15th via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iacap2017. Decisions will be made by April 15th.

Topics might include, but certainly are not limited to,

1. The fabrication and dissemination of “fake news”:

  • Fabrications created/disseminated through social media and blogs.
  • News-like advertising.
  • Conflict of interest in advertising and editorial processes.
  • The obligations of social media companies.

2. The creation of “alternative facts” in a “post-truth” world:

  • ‘Truth’ and the authoritarian uses of IT.
  • Exploiting confirmation bias.
  • Creating readily manipulable online communities.
  • The epistemic obligations of citizens.

3. The role of IT in evidence-gathering and verification:

  • Manipulating photographic and video evidence.
  • IT methods of creating and preserving trust.
  • Protecting and disseminating scientific data.
  • System hacking, leaks, and the obligations of whistle-blowers.

4. Trolling:

  • Trolling vs. engaging in online discussion.
  • Anonymity and sowing distrust.
  • Political and corporate online astro-turfing.
  • Protecting and promoting online democratic deliberation.

5. Democratic processes:

  • Poll-monitoring.
  • Digital voter verification.
  • Trust in voting mechanisms.
  • Online plebiscites.

6. Technology, protest, and political resistance:

  • Online civil disobedience.
  • Creating and coordinating protest movements.
  • Democratic controls on Big Data in massive digital surveillance.
  • Digital footprints and citizen vulnerability.

Original CFP

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) is delighted to announce that submissions are now being accepted for its 2017 annual meeting, June 26-28. The meeting is being organized by Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University [http://philosophy.calpoly.edu/faculty/patrick-lin] and will be hosted at Stanford University by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society [https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/].

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy promotes philosophical dialogue and interdisciplinary research on all aspects of the computational and informational turn. Coming to these issues from a rich variety of disciplines, IACAP’s members have a tradition of helping to shape philosophical and ethical debates about the nature, development, application, and limits of computation, information technologies, and artificial intelligence.

IACAP’s 2017 meeting will gather philosophers, ethicists, logicians, roboticists, computer scientists, and cognitive scientists to explore topics including,

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Life
Automated Warfare
Cognitive Science, Computation, and Cognition
Computational Modeling in Science and Social Science
Computer-Mediated Communication
Ethical Problems and Societal Impact of Computation and Information
Ethics and Epistemology of Big Data
History of Computing
Information Culture and Society
Metaphysics and Epistemology of Computation
Philosophy of Computer Science
Philosophy of Information
Philosophy of Information Technology
Philosophy of Mind
Virtual Reality
… and related issues

The meeting will have a single main track focusing on topics at the core of IACAP members’ interests. Symposia will also be organized and run by members, or groups of members, to focus on special topics.

We invite submissions of papers and proposals for symposia. Subsequent to peer review, a selection of the papers presented during the meeting will be included in a volume planned for Springer’s ‘Philosophical Library Studies’ series.

Important Dates:

Papers: (revised 1/13)

Early Submission: January 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: February 25, 2017

Extended Submission: February 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: March 25, 2017


Submission: January 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: February 1, 2017

Paper and symposia submissions should be provided at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iacap2017

Paper submissions should:

  • Be prepared for blind review;
  • Be between 3000 and 6000 words; and,
  • Provide an abstract of 150-250 words.

Proposals for symposia should indicate:

  • The title of the proposed symposium;
  • A description of the topic and of its relevance for the IACAP membership;
  • A list the participants (indicating particularly those who have confirmed their participation); and,
  • The number of hours required.

Program Committee:

Patrick Allo
Brian Ballsun-Stanton
Paul Bello
Don Berkich
Selmer Bringsjord
Elizabeth Buchanan
Charles Ess
Luciano Floridi
Nir Fresco
Frances Grodzinsky
John Licato
Patrick Lin
Steve Mckinlay
Keith Miller
James H. Moor
Gualtiero Piccinini
Thomas Powers
Giuseppe Primiero
Miguel Angel Sicart
Judith Simon
Johnny Søraker
John Sullins
Mariarosaria Taddeo
Herman Tavani
Orlin Vakarelov
Shannon Vallor
Wendell Wallach
Marty Wolf