Network of Excellence in Internet Science

CfP Critical Infrastructure Workshop on socio-technical issues in Nice, France, May 27 2014

Since not everyone may yet be aware of our workshop, here is the call for our multi-disciplinary JRA7 workshop on The Internet as Critical Infrastructure: socio-technical issues. You can either submit short position papers of 2 pages or long papers of 6 page size.

-> We offer travel grants for young reseachers.
-> Journal publication after the workshop.

CfP Critical Infrastructure Workshop "The Internet as Critical Infrastructure: socio-technical issues." in Nice, France May 27 2014 co-located with COOP (International Conference on Design of Cooperative Systems) 2014

This half-day workshop has developed out of some shared  interests in the EU funded Internet Science network of   excellence in particular JRA7 Internet  as a Critical Infrastructure: Security, Resilience and Dependability  Aspects.

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We seek a mix and wide range of interdisciplinary, technical and social papers on the Internet as a critical infrastructure and invite papers that include:

 * Empirical studies of internet usage and their critical importance in
   particular personal, communal, or organizational circumstances

  * Studies and analyses of particular (historical) internet failures or
   breakdowns, their importance and the ways such problem might be
   analysed, understood and addressed

 * The impact of theinternet as a critical infrastructure on our
   understanding of organization – particularly the notion of the high
   reliability organization or our understanding of normal accident
   theory and organizational life.

 * The interaction between legal/regulatory frameworks and the notion
   of the internet as a critical infrastructure.

Contributions are welcomed on such topics as

* Analysis and design of community and communal approaches to the internet as a critical infrastructure – for example in rural or other specific, identifiable communities.

* Ethnographic studies of organizational or household use of the internet and how this might constitute a critical infrastructure.

* Approaches to the design and evaluation of software systems and applications intended to support aspects of the internet as a critical infrastructure.

* Studies on the appropriation, use, modification and repair of internet facilities within communities and household environments.

* Security and Resilience for Internet technologies, smartgrid as well as automation and control systems.

* Analysis of resilience for networked systems- Trade-offs between resilience and other aspects like cost, privacy, energy efficiency.

* How input from other disciplines might contribute to understanding and resolving critical infrastructure problems.

Workshop activities, goals and interaction

We intend that the half-day workshop should be a challenging but supportive place to gather researchers and professionals across different disciplines and research fields who are concerned with the internet as a critical infrastructure and are willing to discuss how this issue has emerged within their very different fields of study and research. We anticipate that some of the participants will come from within the EINS network of excellence but will issue a call for participation as well as create a website to ensure wide recruitment.

Funding will be made available through the EINS project to give travel grants to 2-3 young researchers who wish to present their papers.

In order to achieve the overall workshop goals, we will encourage discussion and interactions by sharing the papers among participants before the workshop and assigning a discussant to each paper who will either be one of the other authors or one of the workshop organisers. The workshop will mainly consist of short presentations followed by discussions: firstly by the nominated discussant and then a general discussion.

In the last phase of the workshop, the presentations and topics will be positioned on a common future research roadmap and future goals, themes and common activities will be planned and discussed. In particular we intend to submit an outline and call for a special issue of First Monday on the theme of The Internet as a Critical Infrastructure for which revised papers from the workshop will be eligible for submission. We also intend, as part of the EINS project, to develop a textbook on The Internet as a Critical Infrastructure and part of the final discussion will be to consider what this might look like, what form it could take and what individual chapters might be required and how workshop participants might contribute to such a textbook.


The maximum number of participants is 20. Potential participants are requested to submit workshop papers (as either simple 2 page position papers or 6 page short papers) and brief information on the background of the author(s) (not more than 100 words). Accepted short papers will be presented at the workshop. All submissions will be reviewed by two of the workshop organisers. Participants will be selected on the basis of the quality and relevance of their papers, and the extent (and diversity) of their backgrounds to foster an interdisciplinary participation.

Submissions should be in Word format or PDF based on the ECSCW template ( and should be sent to:  or

Important Dates

10th April 2014: Submission Deadline

18th April 2014: Notification of acceptance

9th May 2014: Camera-Ready Papers due

27th May 2014: Half day Workshop in Nice, France