LINCS Postgraduate Conference - Call for Abstracts
Pandemic Tech: The Interplay of Technology and Covid-19 in Shaping the Pandemic Experience
The 4th annual Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) conference, ‘Pandemic Tech: The Interplay of Covid-19 and Technology in Shaping the Pandemic’ is taking place online on the 16th and 17th June 2021.
The Covid-19 crisis has created new developments in the use of technology and accelerated trends in technology usage that have been growing slowly in the last few decades. In lockdown, many were dependent on technology to access essential public services, for work, study and socialising. Those who didn’t have access to technology were often ‘locked out’. Information and misinformation about the virus were shared via social media networks. Fake news about the virus often centred around big-tech worries such as 5G and micro-chipping. The use of artificial intelligence was key in the development of new vaccines. Apps helped (with varying success) to track and trace the spread of the virus and the use of digital passports is being investigated to allow safe travel in the future.
This interplay of technology and public health has produced many opportunities but has also unearthed many questions about the pervasiveness of technology in our lives. The LINCS conference will analyse and evaluate how technology shaped our experience of the pandemic and how the crisis has shaped technology development for the future.
This is a student-led, interdisciplinary conference aimed at PhD and early career researchers. Join us to discuss the key issues for policy makers, legal practitioners, public health bodies, educationalists, engineers and computer scientists.
We welcome presentations from several disciplines, such as Anthropology, Computer Science,
Cybersecurity, Economics, Education, Law, Politics, Philosophy and Public Health. We invite abstracts for oral presentations of approximately 10-15 minutes with time for discussion.
Suggested topics include the following themes:
- Social Media and Covid
- Cyber-Security in the Time of Covid
- Digital track and trace and vaccine passports
- Working from home: security and surveillance
- Accessing and delivering essential services online
- The digital divide: who was 'locked out' during lockdown
We welcome submissions on any other topics related to the conference theme.
To submit your abstract, send a 100 word overview of your presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for abstract submission is 19th May 2021.
Email email@example.com with any questions regarding submission of abstracts, papers or general queries.