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[Commlist] Call for Papers – AI for Everyone? Critical Perspectives
Tue Sep 10 21:43:21 GMT 2019
Call for Papers for*AI for Everyone? Critical Perspectives*(Open access
peer-review edited volume)
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Series: Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies
Editor: Pieter Verdegem (University of Westminster)
*INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION*
This collection of contributions brings together critical debates about
Artificial Intelligence (AI) to interrogate how we should understand
what constitutes AI, its impact and challenges. If we want to make sure
that AI-powered applications and solutions will benefit society at large
andmitigate AI’s potentialnegative consequences, we need to overcomethe
widespread dichotomic(utopian/dystopian) thinking about AI. By offering
different perspectives and engaging in critical conversations on the
potential and impact of AI, this collection aims to invite all
stakeholders involved to contribute to a more nuanced vision of how to
make sure AI will deliver benefits for everyone, if at all possible (and
what is neededto facilitate change).
What makes this collection timely and necessary:
* Urgency – technologies are changing so quickly and becoming embedded
with little public scrutiny
* Public debateis polarised– critical perspectives must offer a
necessary nuance toaddress then answer fundamental questions about
* Critical – we are facing a new era of technological determinism and
governments and business actors are seeking technological solutions
without interrogating the consequences. The assumption is that AI is
inevitable, everywhere. We have not even started asking the right
* Interdisciplinary – approach
* Debate – interaction between different stakeholders (scholars,
government, industry, civil society and activists)
*QUESTIONS, TOPICS AND FORMAT*
This collection asks fundamental and critical questions, such as:
* What is AI, and what is it not?
* What is good AI and for whom?
* How is AI developed, by whom and on what data has it been trained?
* Who owns the AI infrastructure, algorithms and datasets?
* Who has the power to classify and who is involved?
* Who benefits from AI? Who does not?
* Who is excluded and what are the consequences?
* How should we decide where AI can be beneficial, and where harmful?
Contributions include but are not limited to topics, such as:
* Conceptualising AI: AI and bullshit
* Power, Inequality and the Political Economy of AI
* AI, Work and Automation
* Resistance and Activism
* Ethical frameworks for AI
* What AI should not do
Format: This edited volume will be a combination of invited
contributions and chapters from this open call for contributions.
October 10, 2019: Deadline for abstracts (max. 500 words)
October 30, 2019: Editor’s response to abstracts
March 31, 2020: Deadline for full chapters (6,000-8,000 words)
July 10, 2020:Deadline for revised chapters
March, 2021:Publication of the edited volume (open access)
All material and the book itself will be published open access in print
and digital versions subject to peer review with no author fees.
*MORE INFORMATION & CONTACT*
Please send abstracts of no longer than 500 words to Pieter Verdegem
((p.verdegem /at/ westminster.ac.uk) <mailto:(p.verdegem /at/ westminster.ac.uk)>) by
10 October 2019.
*ABOUT THE CRITICAL, DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA STUDIES SERIES*
Series Editor: Christian Fuchs
The open access peer-reviewed book series edited by Christian Fuchs
publishes books that critically study the role of the internet and
digital and social media in society. Titles analyse how power
structures, digital capitalism, ideology and social struggles shape and
are shaped by digital and social media. They use and develop critical
theory discussing the political relevance and implications of studied
topics. The series is a theoretical forum for internet and social media
research for books using methods and theories that challenge digital
positivism; it also seeks to explore digital media ethics grounded in
critical social theories and philosophy.
Editorial Board: Thomas Allmer, Mark Andrejevic, Miriyam Aouragh,
Charles Brown, Eran Fisher, Peter Goodwin, Jonathan Hardy, Kylie
Jarrett, Anastasia Kavada, Maria Michalis, Stefania Milan, Vincent
Mosco, Jack Qiu, Jernej Amon Prodnik, Marisol Sandoval, Sebastian
Sevignani, Pieter Verdegem
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