2nd Weizenbaum Conference, 16.-17- Mai 2019


  • 11 January 2019: Short abstract via e-mail (300 words, mandatory, notification by 18 January 2019 at the latest)
  • 8 February 2019: Contingent on the decision, short (2 pages) and regular papers  (7 pages) must be submitted via the Submission System.
  • 8 March 2019: Decision notification will be issued
  • 5 April 2019: Authors of accepted papers are given the opportunity to revise their submissions based on reviewers’ feedback
  • 16 – 17 May 2019: Weizenbaum Conference


The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society is organising a conference on Thursday, 16 May and Friday, 17 May 2019 on the subject of “Challenges of Digital Inequality: Digital Education, Digital Work, Digital Life” and invites you to submit short and regular papers for presentation at the conference.
The aim of the conference is to bring together different disciplinary perspectives (e.g. education and social sciences, legal studies, communication science, computer science, economics science and engineering science) to highlight the challenges, drivers and consequences of inequality in the age of digitalisation.
In this context, we strive to identify viable solutions to ensure the creation of a self-determined society.

Digitalisation transforms the society we live in today: It changes the way we communicate, learn, work, and live. Digital technologies provide access to information anytime and anywhere and promise to empower users around the world by delivering more and easier opportunities for transparency and social participation. Despite this potential, modern societies are increasingly witnessing a gaping chasm of inequality as social actors experience differential results of ubiquitous digitalisation around the world. Understanding and finding ways to solve this paradox is a primary motivation for the Weizenbaum Conference 2019.

We invite short papers of 2 pages and regular papers of 7 pages.

• Perspectives on Marginalized Groups in the Digital Society
• Digital Inequality and Digital Divide
• Inclusion and Digital Education
• Adoption of Digital Education in Schools and Higher Education
• Digital Teaching and Digital Learning
• Designing Engaging Learning Experiences
• Legal Aspects of Open Education, Learning Analytics, and Educational Data Mining
• Ethical Challenges of Digital Education and Learning Analytics
• Digital Science and Research Lifecycle in the Digital Age
• Open Science, Open Access, and Open Research Data
• Citizen Science and Automatization of Science
• Critical Perspectives on Measuring Research Productivity
• Digital Work: Skill Change, Education, and Learning
• New Forms and Dynamics of Work in the Digital World
• Digital Transformation of the Labour Market
• Competencies for Participation in the New Platform Economy
• Discrimination in the Sharing Economy
• Algorithmic Governance: Using Data Intelligence at the Workplace
• Work-Life Balance and Work-Life Integration
• Labour Law and Legal Aspects of Digital Surveillance
• Dark Sides of Digital Work: Stress, Overload, Social Isolation, Exclusion, Surveillance
• Digitised Individual, Health, and Well-Being
• Digitised Individual, Work, and Performance
• Digitised Individual, Society, and Policy Implications
• Legal Issues of Digital Self

The complete Call for Papers is published here.


Submission of short abstracts per e-mail at weizenbaum-conference@wzb.eu

Submission of Papers via the Submission System.

Please use the following template for your paper: Weizenbaum Conference Paper Template (Word) or Weizenbaum Conference Paper Template (LaTeX).

Both regular and short papers will be published in the Proceedings of the Weizenbaum Conference 2019, with a corresponding ISBN and DOI number.


We are pleased to announce the first Keynote Speaker of the Weizenbaum Conference 2019:

Neil Selwyn (Monash University, Melbourne/Australia)

Neil Selwyn is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. His research and teaching focuses on the place of digital media in everyday life, and the sociology of technology (non)use in educational settings.

Neil has written extensively on a number of issues, including digital exclusion, education technology policymaking and the student experience of technology-based learning. He has carried out funded research on digital technology, society and education for the Australian Research Council (ARC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, the BBC, Nuffield Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, Gates Foundation, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Becta, Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Save The Children, Centre for Distance Education, the Welsh Office, National Assembly of Wales and various local authorities in the UK.



Conference Secretariat
c/o Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society:
Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin
Tel: +49 (30) 700 141 003
E-Mail: weizenbaum-conference@wzb.eu

About the Weizenbaum Institute

The Weizenbaum Institute investigates the current changes in all aspects of society occurring in response to digitalisation. Our goals are to develop a comprehensive understanding of these changes based on rigorous academic analysis and to offer informed strategies to address them at a political and economic level.

The Weizenbaum Institute is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with € 50 million over 5 years. The consortium is coordinated by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and includes the four Berlin universities – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin – as well as the Universität Potsdam and the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS).

The Berlin-Brandenburg Consortium focuses on the interaction of the social sciences, economics and law with design research and computer science. Interdisciplinary basic research and the exploration of concrete solutions in practice-based labs are combined with knowledge transfer into politics, business, and society. The conceptual design of the Institute aims to achieve scientific excellence with a nationwide and international impact, as well as networking with cooperation partners from civil society, business, politics, and the media.

The institute is named after the computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum, who was born in Berlin in 1923 and passed away in 2008. His entire life’s work was concerned with the socio-critical dialogue between man and machine.

More information: www.weizenbaum-institut.de