The Ethics of State Mass Surveillance
Beginn: 11.04.2019 09:00
Ende: 12.04.2019 18:00
In the aftermath of 9/11, many governments have increased their surveillance efforts in an attempt to fight organized crime and terrorism. The workshop seeks to advance our understanding of the ethical significance of state mass surveillance, addressing such questions as: What, if anything, is valuable about privacy and freedom from surveillance by the state? How to strike a balance between security and privacy? Is there a libertarian/liberal/neo-republican/communitarian/critical-theory/etc. case for or against state mass surveillance? Do we need more surveillance to enable states to prevent catastrophic risks? The workshop will also bring together philosophers with experts from other fields such as law and computer science, allowing for discussions of the legal dimension of state mass surveillance and of questions regarding its technical feasibility.
Application: To apply for one of three available slots, please submit an abstract of no longer than 800 words (prepared for blind reviewing), suitable for a 30-40 minutes presentation, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is the 31st of January 2019. Accommodation and travel expenses of successful applicants will be subsidized.
Organizing team: Christian Seidel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Peter Königs (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)