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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem


The submitted group is heavily involved in editorial work for leading academic journals and book series. For example; Professor Bynum is a past editor of Metaphilosophy, Professor Stowell is editor of Systemist and Dr Fairweather is an associate editor of Telematics and Informatics. Membership of editorial boards includes; Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics (Bynum, Gotterbarn and Rogerson), Computers and Society - ACM (Gotterbarn), e-Business Strategy Management - Winthrop Publications (Rogerson), Ethics and Information Technology - Kluwer (Bynum, Gotterbarn and Rogerson), Journal of Global Information Management - Idea Group Publishing (McBride), McGraw-Hill IS Series (Stowell), Metaphilosophy - Blackwells (Bynum), Science and Engineering Ethics - Orpragen (Bynum), Systems Research and Behavioral Science (Stowell), Telematics and Informatics - Elsevier (Rogerson). A number of edited anthologies have been produced by members of the submitted group. This includes; Environmental Futures - Macmillan (Fairweather), The Digital Phoenix - Blackwells (Bynum), Information Systems: An Emerging Discipline?- McGraw-Hill (Stowell) and Global Information Ethics (Bynum and Rogerson).

Keynote addresses and other invitational activity

During the period several of the group have been invited to give keynote addresses at conferences around the world. Professors Bynum, Gotterbarn and Rogerson were invited as three of the four keynote speakers at the inaugural conference of the Australian Institute of Computer Ethics in Melbourne in July 1999. These three had previously been invited to participate in the International Round Table on Global Information Ethics at World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, USA and to speak at The Tangled Web Conference, Dartmouth College, USA in August 1998. Professor Stowell delivered invitational addresses at the IDIMT conference in Zadov (1998), the University of Prague (1998), University of Ulster (1999), UKSS Conference (1999), and the BIT Conference (1999). Professor Rogerson regularly presents keynote talks at events within the UK, for example; the British Academy’s Science and Society Week (2000), the IBM Computer Users Association Annual Conference (2000), the UK On Line User Group Biennial Conference (1998), QMW Public Policy Seminar - New technologies and better government (1997).

By invitation through a series of seminars Professor Bynum and Professor Rogerson have been instrumental in encouraging others to become involved in computer ethics as an area of research. In 1996 they ran a special session on Business Computing Ethics at the Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Association, Frankfurt, Germany in September; they participated in the Ethics and Informatics conference of Complutense University, El Escorial, Spain in July; and held the Ethics and the Information Revolution conference at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland in June. In February 1998 they ran three seminars at Charles Sturt University and Swinburne University of Technology to launch the Australian Institute of Computer Ethics. In 2000 they were invited to run a one day seminar at the Universidade Lusiada in Lisbon to launch a new business computer ethics initiative. Furthermore, Professor Bynum and Professor Rogerson were invited as advisors to the UNESCO conference on Protecting Children on the Internet in 1998.

In March 1998, Professor Rogerson was asked by The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, an independent consultative committee within the European Union, administered by the EC, to be a member of an invited panel of experts for its work on IT in the health care sector. His work involved presenting a paper entitled „Citizens’ health data: the ethical and social responsibility issues“ to the Committee, EC representatives and Euro MPs, providing briefing papers and advising on the formulation of the Expert Opinion which was adopted and published by the EC at the end of 1999. This work has led Dr Fairweather and Professor Rogerson to undertake further research in this area which they published in 2000 (see RA2).


During the period members of the submitted group were actively involved in organising and participating in conferences. In particular members of the group are on the programme committees of several well respected conference series including BIT, BITWorld, CEPE, ETHICOMP (discussed further in Additional Information) and the UKAIS annual conferences. Until her illness Dr Fidler was a track chair for the Association of Management conference series in North America. Professor Stowell has been chairman of the Information Systems streams for 8 international conferences and 2 UKSS International conferences. He was chairman of the 7th UKAIS PhD consortium.


Several members of the submitted group have received prestigious awards and accolades during the period.

For their leadership and work in the research and development of the Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Professor Gotterbarn and Professor Rogerson both received the IEEE Certificate of Appreciation in 1998.

In 1999 Professor Rogerson received the IFIP Working Group 9.2 Namur Award. This biennial international award is made for an outstanding contribution to the creation of awareness of the social implications of information technology. The citation recognised Professor Rogerson as „one of the most important researchers on ethics of computing and information and communication technology in the United Kingdom“ and that he had „pioneered ethics of computing research and education“. In 2000 Professor Rogerson was made a lifetime honourary Vice President of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems.

In 1998 Professor Bynum received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Philosophy Teaching from the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT). This award was given in recognition of his outstanding service to the philosophical profession over a period of over 20 years commencing with him founding AAPT in 1976. In the same year he was made a Dartmouth Research Fellow at Dartmouth College, USA.

In 1999 Professor Gotterbarn received the University Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Applied Science and Technology in the USA and has held the title of ACM Distinguished National Lecturer since 1989.

Academic and Professional Bodies

The submitted group are significant participants in the representative bodies related to IS as shown by the following illustrations. Professor Stowell was a founding member of the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) and is currently its President. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Systems Society (UKSS) and editor of Systemist, the publication of the UKSS. Professor Rogerson is involved in the Institute for the Management of Information Systems as its Vice President and member of its Education Committee. Professor Rogerson and Dr Fidler are involved in the British Computer Society, the former being a member of the Ethics Committee and the latter being a member of the Examination Board. Professor Rogerson is a member of the Parliamentary IT Committee, a Member of the House of Lords colloquium on the ethical and spiritual implications of the new IT and telecommunications environment run in association with The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a member of the interdisciplinary World Technology Network. Professor Gotterbarn is Chair of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics, Vice Chair of the ACM/SIG Computers and Society and Chair IEEE-CS/ACM Task Force on Software Engineering Ethics and Professionalism. Professor Bynum is a member and past Chair of the Committee on Philosophy and Computing of the American Philosophical Association, and is a past Chair of ACM Committee on Professional Ethics. The strength of research is recognised through members of the group being involved in postgraduate education at other universities. For example, Professor Stowell has been an external examiner of doctoral candidates at several universities including University of Lancaster and Professor Rogerson currently holds external examinerships for Masters in Information Systems at the University of Salford and Sunderland University.

Refereeing of Grant Applications

Professor Stowell and Professor Rogerson have acted as referees and raporteurs for ESRC. Professor Bynum and Professor Gotterbarn have acted as referees for the National Science Foundation in the USA. Professor Rogerson is a referee for the EC Fifth Framework Programme Information Society Technologies - Future & Emerging Technologies Availability.

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