Worskhop Blockchain meets responsibility: aligning blockchain and responsible design

Katowice, Poland

September 23, 2019

In conjunction with the 18th International Conference on Business Informatics Research, BIR 2019

Blockchain is a technology that enables development of truly distributed systems without a need for any central authority to ensure their integrity. Blockchain emerged as a technology underlying Bitcoin, but over the past couple of years it has become one of the top technology trends with potential use cases spanning way beyond the initial cryptocurrency applications. On the one hand, it is a promising technology enabling disintermediation and supporting transparency and trust in the digital interactions. As an enabler of disintermediation, blockchain might have a significant impact on business models and global economy. On the other hand, blockchain is still an emerging technology. We are currently experiencing an early stage of its adoption with many open questions related to design and development of blockchain-based solutions as well as unknown implications of their use.

The Blockchain meets responsibility workshop intents to bring together researchers, practitioners and the blockchain enthusiasts in order to discuss opportunities and issues related to design, development and use of the blockchain-based solutions. Since the theme of the BIR 2019 conference is responsibility, the aim of the workshop is to discuss questions related to the responsible aligned design of such solutions as well as the enabling role of blockchain with regards to the responsibly designed systems.

Workshop topics

Reflecting the main topic of the BIR 2019 conference the workshop is aimed at discussing the following questions:

  • How can blockchain be used as an enabler of responsibly designed systems?
  • Which responsibility concerns impact design, development and use of the blockchain-based solutions?

We would especially welcome submissions for the following topics:

  • Responsible innovation and blockchain as a disrupting technology.
  • Impacts of decentralization and disintermediation on individuals, organizations, governments or society.
  • Ethical guidelines for designing blockchain based-solutions.
  • Lessons we shall learn from the history of other technologies, especially the Internet and the World Wide Web.
  • Use of blockchain for digital identity and privacy protection.
  • Use of blockchain for transparency and open government.
  • Legal regulation of the blockchain-based solutions.
  • Impacts of the blockchain-based solutions on regulation and legislative frameworks.

Paper submission and proceedings

All accepted workshop papers will be published in the CEUR proceedings. Papers should be 5-12 pages long (including references, figures, tables and appendices) and are required to follow the Springer’s LNBIP style and formatting guidelines. Papers longer than 12 pages will not be included in the workshop proceedings. Papers should be submitted through EasyChair.

Important dates

Paper submission deadline July 19, 2019
Author notification August 21, 2019
Camera-ready submission September 4, 2019
Workshop date September 23, 2019

Registration

At least one of the co-authors of the accepted papers must attend the workshop. Prior registration is required. Please, visit the conference website to register.

Program committee

Tomáš Bruckner (University of Economics, Prague)
Alexander Fred-Ojala (Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology; University of California, Berkeley)
César Emilio Insfrán Pelozo (Universitat Politècnica de València)
Jan Kučera (University of Economics, Prague)
Susanne Leist (University of Regensburg)
Václav Řepa (University of Economics, Prague)
Filip Vencovský (University of Economics, Prague)