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Special call for papers on Ethics, Migration and ICT


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

Ethics, Migration and ICT

The Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society( JICES) focuses on ICT ethics, its social impact and new media and is indexed in SCOPUS.

The rationale for the special issue 
From a sociological perspective, the increased use of surveillance systems to exercise border-and migration-control has been described as a “surveillant assemblage”, a conglomerate of discrete surveillance systems that target irregular migrants in particular. Criminologists have noted a convergence between immigration law and criminal law and a subsequent development towards a “crimmigration”. However, there are few ethical analyses of ICT-based migration governance. Our aim with this special issue is to fill this gap.

The editors at JICES are seeking articles for a special issue on the ethical analyses of ICT-based migration governance. Our aim with this special issue is to fill this gap. This special issue will be guest edited by Dr Elin Palm, Linkoping University, Sweden.

Papers are invited on the following issues:

  • Ethical implications of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) employed to control borders, migrants´ entry and exit, asylum processing, etc.
  • The impact of ICT-based migration governance on fundamental human rights.
  • The ethics of ICT-based social sorting.
  • Ethical assessments of particular surveillance devices/regimes and systems in use or under development.
  • Particularly vulnerable groups and surveillance-based migration control.
  • Conditions under which ICT-based border/immigration control can be ethically justified.

Schedule and deadline

Submission deadline: Monday 3rd February 2014
Papers reviewed: 
Revised papers reviewed and accepted: 
Final versions of accepted papers delivered: 

  • Submissions will be refereed for relevance to the theme as well as academic rigour and originality.  JICES uses double-blind peer review, including for special issues.
  • Please contact the guest editor,  Dr Elin Palm, if you need more guidance before submitting your paper
  • All papers should follow the publisher's style and format, go here for information on using Scholar One to submit your paper
  • When submitting please ensure to complete the box "How did you hear about this journal?" and quote reference: JICESCALL12

More information on the topic of the special issue
National and regional borders have become sites of major ethical challenges. Migration – in particular irregular migration – is treated as a security issue (Huysmans, 2006, Benam, 2011) and a criminal offence (Bigo, 2003, Franko Aas, 2007, Pinyol-Jiménez, 2012, Johansen et al., 2013). New technologies and procedures have been adopted to adress these issues: sophisticated surveillance-systems, networking of vast databases and profiling of third-country travellers. For instance, biometric samples are registered on all persons travelling into the European Union without biometric-passports and asylum-seekers may be monitored by means of GPS-bracelets during the asylum process (Palm, 2011, Palm, 2013, Behrensen, 2013).