In ICT we trust? Conference on the Human Factor in Cyber Security

28 - 29 June 2018 - 09:00 - 13:00
3 Going
28 - 29 June 2018 - 09:00 - 13:00
University of Graz
A-8010 Graz

On the 28th and 29th of June 2018 an interdisciplinary conference on the Human Factor in Cyber Security will be held at the University of Graz. The conference follows a broad, non-reductive account of cyber security which does not reduce the concept to a technical question but rather puts an emphasis on the ethical implications and sociocultural perception of digital environments. Nowadays, the establishment and general uptake of information and communication technologies (ICT) in European societies is not just a question of functionality, technical security and usability any more. In particular, respect for ethical and legal standards is increasingly becoming a decisive factor in the adoption of ICT (e.g. respect for human rights). Additionally sociocultural variances in public opinions and attitudes across Europe generate a diversity of reactions towards developments in ICT (e.g. in relation to different levels of concern with regard to cybercrime, usage of online personal data or surveillance of online activities). A considerable lack of understanding in those areas culminated in a political search for the conditions and properties of trustworthy ICT products and services. Within the framework of a large number of national and international calls (e.g. Horizon 2020), the social sciences and humanities are expected to answer this question.

The interdisciplinary conference In ICT we trust? calls for lectures on the tensions and ambivalences regarding the ethical and societal reactions to ICT developments as well as on the normative requirements for trustworthy ICT products and services. While the European Union is searching for the realization of a digital single market based on trust principles, the plethora of possible ethical and sociocultural expectations for trustworthy ICT defies simple solutions. The quest for a trustworthy ICT environment seems to be squeezed between the ever increasing economic pursuit for unlimited technological innovation and growth and governmental attempts at creating security through surveillance.

Conference Organizing Team

  • Harald Stelzer, Department of Philosphy/Section Political Philosphy
  • Martin Griesbacher, Department of Sociology/Center for Social Research
  • Elisabeth Staudegger, Department of the Foundations of Law/Section Law and IT

in cooperation with the Horizon 2020 project – an inter- and transdisciplinary coordination and support and action for trust and security in ICT products and services


Robert Link's picture

I will be there