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Humanist Archives: July 25, 2019, 7:07 a.m. Humanist 33.153 - pubs: chess & computing; digital lit; intercultural ethics cfp

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 153.
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    [1]    From: Bill Benzon 
           Subject: Freestyle chess (24)

    [2]    From: Domenico Fiormonte 
           Subject: New Book on Cybertextuality (29)

    [3]    From: Nikita Aggarwal 
           Subject: CfP on Intercultural Digital Ethics (77)

        Date: 2019-07-20 19:07:04+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon 
        Subject: Freestyle chess


I'm reading Average is Over by Tyler Cowen, an economist. You should take a
look at chapters 6 and 7, and perhaps others as well (8 is entitled "Why the
Turing Game Doesn't Matter", but I've not read it).

Ch6 is about freestyle chess, a type of chess where the players can form teams
and consult computers etc. Fascinating stuff. Combinations of merely very good
players plus computer help easily beat grand masters. The discussion of
freestyle chess continues in ch 7.

Bill Benzon





        Date: 2019-07-19 23:09:43+00:00
        From: Domenico Fiormonte 
        Subject: New Book on Cybertextuality

Dear Humanists,

those interested in digital literature and digital writing experiments realized
outside the Anglosphere will enjoy this exciting new OA volume edited by Rui
Torres and Claudia Kozak:

Torres, Rui & Kozak, Claudia, orgs. (2019). Fobias - Fonias - Fagias. Escritas
Experimentais e Eletrónicas Ibero-Afro-Latinoamericanas. Coleção
Cibertextualidades, Vol. 1. Porto: Publicações  Universidade Fernando Pessoa.

The full book can be downloaded from here:


Among the various and amazing experiments you'll find there I'd reccomend to
start with CO2GLE...


All the best


        Date: 2019-07-18 16:46:25+00:00
        From: Nikita Aggarwal 
        Subject: CfP on Intercultural Digital Ethics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Philosophy and Technology on
Intercultural Digital Ethics


Recent advances in the capability of digital information technologies,
particularly due to advances in machine learning, have invigorated the debate on
the ethical issues surrounding their use. However, up till now, this debate has
been dominated by 'Western' ethical perspectives, to the exclusion of
broader ethical and socio-cultural perspectives. This imbalance carries risks,
particularly where the ethical norms and values designed into these technologies
collide with those of the communities in which they are delivered and deployed.
This edited collection seeks to fill this crucial gap in the literature on
digital ethics by bringing together a range of cultural, social and structural
perspectives on the ethical issues relating to digital information technologies.
It forms part of an ongoing research project at the Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford
Internet Institute, University of Oxford on intercultural digital ethics (see
further https://digitalethicslab.oii.ox.ac.uk/intercultural-digital-ethics-


The journal seeks submissions of research articles (approximately 8,000 words,
but this is flexible) and commentaries (approximately 4,000 words) that engage
with the theme of intercultural digital ethics, including but not limited to:

--Why is a pluralistic ethical approach important in understanding
the impact of digital technologies? What are the different levels and domains of
digital ethics? We are interested in both secular philosophical perspectives
(e.g. utilitarianism, deontological ethics, virtue ethics), religious and
cultural ethical perspectives (e.g. Buddhism, Christianity, Ubuntu, and Shinto,
amongst others) as well as social and intersectional perspectives (e.g. race,
gender, sexual orientation, and the intersections between these categories).

--How do digital technologies impact different cultural and social
groups differently? How do these communities view issues such as privacy,
consent, security and identity differently?

--How do the practices and responsibilities of those developing
digital technologies differ between different social groups and cultures? Do the
upstream (design and development) and downstream (delivery and deployment)
phases of digital technology require different ethical considerations, and how
can these accommodate cultural and social differences?

--What are the different ethical impacts of endogenous factors
(e.g. lack of diversity, conscious and unconscious bias of technologists) versus
exogenous factors (e.g. embedded bias in datasets), and how can these harms be

--Can we design governance frameworks for digital technologies that
are tailored to the ethical values of different cultures, whilst also
harmonizing these frameworks at the international level? What lessons can be
drawn from international governance frameworks developed in other contexts? Does
ethical pluralism advocate in favour of more soft law approaches to digital
governance (e.g. self-regulatory ethical guidelines rather than legislation)?

--How does the discourse of human rights support or hinder the
observance of intercultural ethical values?

--Do digital information technologies represent a new form of
colonialism and exploitation, for example through 'ethics dumping' in low-
rights environments? We welcome perspectives on the outsourcing of 'digital
labour' and the protection of vulnerable communities such as migrants and
refugees, inter alia.


December 31, 2019: deadline for paper submissions
January 31, 2020: decisions and revisions returned
February 29, 2020: deadline for revised papers
March-April, 2020: final corrections, proofs revision

Nikita Aggarwal | Research and Course Design Fellow in Law and Technology and
DPhil Candidate, Faculty of Law | Research Associate, Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford
Internet Institute | University of Oxford

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