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Call for Abstracts: 'Standardisation and the Digital Society'

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EURAS are once again organising (a) special session(s) on
'Standardisation and the Digital Society' as part of the 19th Annual
STS Conference Graz, 2020

The CfP is enclosed below; the deadline for the submission of abstracts
is 20 January 2020. Happy writing.

For more information about Graz please visit



Standardisation and the Digital Society

A Session of the
19th Annual STS Conference, Graz 2020

Graz, Austria

4 - 6 May 2020

Smart systems are a fairly recent phenomenon that is becoming
increasingly popular, not just as a research topic but also in real
life. Prominent examples include the Smart Grid, Smart Manufacturing,
Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Cities. The 'smartness' of these
systems is the result of the integration of ICT into 'traditional'
technologies, thus providing them with advanced control and
communication functions previously available only in the virtual world.

With smart systems, billions of sensors (the 'Internet of Things', IoT)
will collect data and transmit it for analysis. This process may lead to
conclusions, recommendations and, eventually, action, possibly without
any human intervention. In any case, the outcomes will have major
socio-economic, ecological and potentially ethical ramifications and
will directly impact citizens, businesses and society as a whole. They
may also have considerable legal ramifications.

This session solicits contributions that may help explain and explore
the role of standards and standardisation for the ongoing digitisation
of society and how STS could help improve standards setting and to make
standards more beneficial for society.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

The role of standards for the digital society.
Responsible standardisation.
The role and representation of societal stakeholders in smart systems
Legitimacy and influence of different players in standards development.
Potential ethical issues in smart systems standardisation
Possible contributions of society to standards development.
* Social norms and their impact on standardisation.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, have up to 5 keywords and provide
authors' contact details. They should be submitted through the
conference's submission system via

Abstracts and full papers (to be submitted after the conference;
optional) will be published as online-proceedings (ISSN). Particularly
good and relevant papers will be fast-tracked to the Int. Journal of
Standardization Research

Further information about the conference may be found at:

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: 20 January 2020
Notification: February 2020

Henk de Vries, Erasmus University. Rotterdam, NL ,
Kai Jakobs, RWTH Aachen University, DE

(corresponding proposer),
Ivana Mijatovic, U University. of Belgrade, RS ,
Anne Mione, Montpellier University, FR <>,
Cesare Riillo, STATEC, LU ,
Paul-Moritz Wiegmann, TU Eindhoven, NL .


Kai Jakobs

RWTH Aachen University
Computer Science Department
Informatik 4 (Communication and Distributed Systems)
Ahornstr. 55, D-52074 Aachen, Germany
Tel.: +49-241-80-21405
Fax: +49-241-80-22222

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