Call for Papers: Conference on Technology Ethics - Tethics 2021


Dependence on technology underline the need for ethics and constructive debate

As COVID-19 hastens the implementation of digital tools in virtual communication and remote work, many sectors of our societies are becoming even more dependent on the use of technology.  Reactions to the pandemic have included questionable approaches to contact tracing through smartphone apps, and invasive surveillance monitoring of our working-from-home practices. These developments further underline the need for ethics and constructive debate – between different audiences – about the risks and benefits of technology for individuals and society.

Tethics promotes communication between different audiences

Tethics aims to promote networking and multidisciplinary research that reaches out beyond the borders of academia. We encourage authors to consider how they wish to communicate with different audiences: academics, technology professionals, and non-professionals. Such outreach is important for fostering truly ethical use of technology in society. The conference is therefore scientific but casual in nature. We expect that submitted papers follow standard practices in research but hope that conference presentations of accepted articles will be of interest for diverse audience.

Tethics 2021 will be held on 20.-22. October 2021

Because of COVID-19, the 5th Conference on Technology Ethics – Tethics 2021 will be a hybrid event. We hope to meet you at Turku, Finland on 20.-22. October, but there will also be online options for participating.
Tethics 2021 is seeking both scientific and practical contributions from the field of technology and ethics. As we would like to encourage people from different fields to participate, issues of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI ethics
  • Data economy and ethics
  • eHealth ethics
  • Ethical implications of digitalization
  • Business, technology, and ethics
  • Ethics and software business
  • Ethics in design and development of technology
  • Ethics and computer games
  • Ethics in work
  • Teaching of ethics
  • Sustainability and technology

We welcome both full papers (10-15 pages, or 5000 to 7500 words) and short papers (5-9 pages, 2500 to 4500 words).

All submitted papers will go through a double-blind review process. Authors of the accepted papers will be invited to revise their work prior to final submission if necessary. Both full and short papers will be published in open access format in CEUR-Workshop Proceedings under a Creative Commons licence, leaving the copyrights to the author(s).

Conference is organised by the Future Ethics research group of University of Turku.

Submission of papers

More information on submission and recommended template for it can be found from conference webpage.

If you have any questions about the submissions, please contact the program chair Minna Rantanen (

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for both full and short papers: 31.5.2021
  • Notification of acceptance: 30.6.2021
  • Final Papers deadline: 31.8.2021
  • Conference, held in Turku: 20.-22.10.2021

Conference Chairs

Jani S. Koskinen
Conference Chair

David Kreps
Conference Co-Chair

Anne-Marie Tuikka
Organising Chair

Minna M. Rantanen
Program Chair

Sari Knaapi-Junnila
Communications Chair

Read more:

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Created 03.03.2021 | Updated 03.03.2021