Call for paper: PhiloWeb 2012 (Workshop @WWW 2012, April 17 2012, Lyon, France)

Web and Philosophy: why and what for? (PhiloWeb 2012)

Workshop at the 21st World Wide Web Conference
(WWW 2012),
April 17 2012/Full day event

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IACAP is offering a 500$ travel bursary to a graduate student of excellent quality chosen by PhiloWeb 2012 reviewers on its behalf. To apply, please indicate that you are a graduate student on your paper.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Stevan Harnad (University of Southampton)
  • Scott Lash (Goldsmiths)
  • Christopher Menzel (Texas A&M University)
  • François Rastier (INALCO)

Call for Papers:

The advent of the Web is one of the defining technological events of the twentieth-first century, yet its impact on the fundamental questions of philosophy has not yet been widely explored, much less systematized. The Web, as today implemented on the foundations of the Internet, is broadly construed as an information space, the space of all items of interest (“resources”) identified by URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers, such as “”). Originally conceived as an hypertext system of linked documents, today the Web is rapidly evolving as a universal platform for data and computation, as URIs are used to identify everything from data on the Semantic Web and mobile code in Web applications. Even more swiftly is the Web-driven transformation of many previously unquestioned philosophical concepts of privacy, authority, meaning, identity, belief, intelligence, cognition, and even embodiment in surprising ways. In response, we hope to provoke the properly philosophical question of whether there is a consistent new branch or practice of philosophy that can weave these changes to technology and society into a coherent whole and have a real social impact?

We welcome all submissions of a philosophical nature involving the Web.

Some questions that may be addressed include:

  • Is the existence of the philosophy of the Web justified?
  • What is the precise relationship between a more general philosophy and the Web?
  • What are the historical and philosophical roots of the philosophy of the Web?
  • Is “philosophical engineering” a genuine philosophical practice?
  • Are philosophers trading places with engineers or craftsmen?
  • Do philosophers of the Web have a special responsibility?
  • Are there unifying principles underlying the architecture of the Web?
  • How are URIs related to the naming and reference in the philosophy of language?
  • Is the Web understood as a means to signify tied to freedom of speech?
  • What is the impact on models built from massive amounts of Web data on philosophy?
  • What is the impact of search engines like Google on questions of knowledge and belief?
  • Does the increasing mediation of our social interactions by the Web challenge our existing conceptions of privacy and individuality?
  • Can human cognition genuinely be extended by the Web?
  • How does the philosophy of the Web interact with other empirically-informed philosophical questions around neuroscience and cognitive science?
  • Does the communication and ubiquity accessibility of the Web alter our notion of embodiment?

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be 8-14 pages long for full papers, and 4-5 pages long for short papers. Papers must be in English submitted as PDF files and formatted in double-column ACM SIG proceedings format ( Papers should be submitted electronically through EasyChair:

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: February 5, 2012
  • Acceptance notification: March 8, 2012
  • Camera-ready submission: March 15, 2012
  • Workshop date: April 17, 2012

Organizing Committee:

  • Alexandre Monnin, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne/Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation/INRIA/CNAM.
  • Harry Halpin, Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation (Marie Curie Fellow)/W3C.
  • Leslie Carr, University of Southampton

Program Committee:

  • Alexandra Arapinis (Paris 1/IHPST)
  • Bruno Bachimont (Université de Technologie de Compiègne/INA)
  • Anthony Beavers (University of Evansville)
  • Aurélien Bénel (Université de Technologie de Troyes)
  • David Booth
  • Leslie Carr (University of Southampton)
  • Nicolas Delaforge (INRIA)
  • Fabien Gandon (INRIA)
  • Aldo Gangemi (CNR)
  • Viorel Guliciuc (Stefan cel Mare University)
  • Harry Halpin (IRI/W3C)
  • Yuk Hui (IRI-ONRG)
  • Larry Masinter (Adobe)
  • Christopher Menzel (Texas A&M University)
  • Alexandre Monnin (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/IRI/CNAM/INRIA)
  • Valentina Presutti (CNR)
  • François Rastier (INALCO)
  • Jonathan Rees (Creative Commons)
  • Eddie Soulier (Université de Technologie de Troyes)
  • Henry Thompson (University of Edimburgh)
  • Michalis Vafopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Evelyne Viegas (Microsoft)
  • Yorick Wiks (Oxford Internet Institute)
  • Xiaoshu Wang (RENCI)
  • Heather West (Google)

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