Message posted on 26/05/2023

Call for extended abstracts - "The (De-)Centralisation of Digital Infrastructures" - International Digital Security Forum 2023 / Vienna (AT) / 20.09.2022

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The Vienna Centre for Societal Security  
(VICESSE) and the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology 
 are happy to announce their continuous 
collaboration to host the Social-Science Track on the 20th September 
2023 at the International Digital Security Forum  
(IDSF) in Vienna, Austria on the theme: “(De-)Centralisation of Digital 

The Social-Science Track “(De-)Centralisation of Digital 
Infrastructures” aims to discuss the problems of centralised digital 
infrastructures, the power of platforms and their impact on digital 
societies and their citizens, and the possible alternatives in the form 
of decentralised digital infrastructures, and hence the ways in which 
digital resilience can be strengthened for citizens in a world of 
centralised and monopolised digital infrastructures.

The Social-Science Track at the IDSF 2023 provides a unique opportunity 
to discuss insights from novel research undertakings on the 
centralisation of digital infrastructures and digital resilience with a 
diverse international audience – academic and non-academic alike. This 
also includes stakeholders from the private sector, from the national 
and international governments and public bodies, such as the United 
Nations, OSCE or the European Commission, as well as from 
non-governmental organisations.

We invite research-papers, concepts and discussion-papers from social 
science scholars, interdisciplinary teams including non-social science 
disciplines such as from the computer science, and papers which 
incorporate non-academic collaborators, contributing to one or more of 
the following general topics:

  * The problems that arise from centralisation of digital
    infrastructures and platforms and their impact on democratic societies
  * Digital Infrastructures and democratic principles of free speech,
    elections, minority rights and human rights, and resilience of
    digital citizens
  * The resilience of digital infrastructures, and how does
    centralisation, size and global reach influence this factor – how
    robust are digital infrastructures, what measures are in place to
    safeguard against disruptions, and how are responsibilities
    negotiated in times of disruption?
  * Alternative models for regulating and shaping digital
    infrastructures, such as decentralised initiatives, public digital
    infrastructures, open-source initiatives, etc.

The full Call for extended Abstracts can be found here 
as well as attached to this mail.

Information on abstracts and submission:

  * An extended 1000-word abstract is required.
  * The deadline for abstracts is 30th June 2023
  * Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to
  * Review Results and information to the authors by 28th of July 2023
  * For more information or inquiries, please contact:


Roger von Laufenberg, Ph.D

Managing Director

VICESSE Research GmbH | Vienna Centre for Societal Security

address. Paulanergasse4/8, 1040 Vienna

phone. +43 1 929 66 38



twitter. @vicesse @Roger_vonL 

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