CPSR seeks proposals for a winter 2008 conference called Technology in Wartime. This conference will explore how computer technology is used during wartime. Topics will range from high tech weapons systems and internet surveillance, to privacy-enhancing technologies that aid human rights workers documenting conditions in war-torn countries and help soldiers communicate their experiences in blogs and e-mail. We are also interested in the history of computer-aided weapons systems. Our goal will be to consider the ethical implications of wartime technologies and how these technologies are likely to affect civilization in years to come. Ultimately we want to engage a pressing question of our time: What should socially-responsible computer professionals do in a time of high tech warfare?
We welcome proposals from technology experts, policy-makers, scholars, and human rights workers on the issues outlined above. Possible topics include: weaponizing computer technologies; robotics; UAVs; sensor networks; internet surveillance; human rights technologies; datamining; biometric software; CCTV; surveillance camera networks; cyberterrorism; privacy-enhancing technologies for dissidents, human rights workers and journalists in wartime; the history of computer-aided warfare; high tech antiwar protests; geolocation and GPS; smart armor; blogs/podcasts in war zones; embedded bloggers; and life-saving technologies for soldiers. We are interested in factual reports on these issues as well as social commentary. [...]