CALL FOR PAPERS Law and Ethics of Big Data



Event Date: 

04/27/18 to 04/28/18

Location name: 

Babson College Wellesley, Massachusetts


Babson College and The Virginia Tech Center for Business Intelligence Analytics and The Department of Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business

Law and Ethics of Big Data
Hosted and Sponsored by:
Babson College
Co-Hosted by: The Virginia Tech Center for Business Intelligence Analytics and The Department of
Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business

Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 2018
Babson College
Wellesley, Massachusetts

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018
We are pleased to announce the annual research colloquium, “Law and Ethics of Big Data,” which will be held this year at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. This year’s colloquium is co-hosted by Assistant Professor David Nersessian of Babson College, Associate Professor Angie Raymond of Indiana University, and Professor Janine Hiller of Virginia Tech.

Due to the success of this multi-year event that now is in its fifth year, the colloquium will be expanded and we seek broad participation from multiple disciplines. Please consider submitting research that is ready for the discussion stage. Each paper will receive detailed constructive critique. We are targeting cross-discipline opportunities for colloquium participants, and the Babson community has expressed interest in sharing in these dialogues.

Examples of topics appropriate for the colloquium include: Ethical Principles for the Internet of Things, Intellectual Property and Data Intelligence, Bribery and Algorithms, Ethical Use of Big Data, Health Privacy and Mental Health, Employment and Surveillance, National Security, Civil Rights, and Data, Algorithmic Discrimination, Smart Cities and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Big Data, and Data Regulation. We seek a wide variety of topics that reflects the broad ecosystem created by ubiquitous data collection and use, as well as its impacts on society.

TENTATIVE Colloquium Details:
 The colloquium begins at 12.00pm with lunch on April 27 and concludes at ~5.00pm on April 28.

There will be a group dinner on April 27. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at Babson on April 28.

Approximately 50 minutes is allotted for discussion of each paper presentation; 5-10 minutes for an
introductory presentation by the discussant, followed by 40-45 minutes of group discussion. Authors will not present their own papers to the group; rather, a paper discussant presents the work and leads the group dialogue that follows.

Manuscripts will be posted in a password protected members-only forum online.

Participants agree to read and be prepared to participate in the discussion of all papers. Each author may be asked to lead discussion of one other submitted paper.

A limited number of participants will be provided with lodging, and all participants will be provided meals during the colloquium.

Submissions: To be considered, please submit an abstract of 500-750 words to David Nersessian at
( no later than Friday, February 16, 2018. Abstracts will be evaluated based upon the quality of the abstract and the topic’s fit with the theme of the colloquium and other presentations. Questions may be directed to David Nersessian (, Angie Raymond (, or Janine Hiller ( If you are interested in being a discussant, but do not have a paper to present, please send a statement of interest to the same.
Authors will be informed of the decision by Monday, February 26, 2018. If accepted, the author agrees to submit a discussion paper by Friday, February 13, 2017. While papers need not be in finished form, drafts must contain enough information and structure to facilitate a robust discussion of the topic and paper thesis. Formatting can be either APA or Bluebook. In the case of papers with multiple authors, only one author may present at the colloquium.

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