Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Time to Re-shape the Digital Society

International Conference celebrating the 40th(+1) Anniversary of CRIDS

18-19 November 2021, Namur, Belgium


Dates: Thursday 18 November 2021 – Friday 19 November 2021

Location: University of Namur, Faculty of Law (rempart de la Vierge 5 – 5000 Namur, Belgium)

Abstracts submission deadline: 1 April 2021

Extended abstracts submission deadline : 19 April 2021

This two-day conference formally celebrates the 40th (+1) anniversary of the CRIDS (Centre de recherche information, droit et société - Information, Law and Society Research Center). Because of the pandemic, the celebration, which was initially planned to take place during the summer 2020 had to be postponed. It will take place on Thursday 18 November and Friday 19 November 2021 at the University of Namur.  The conference will be webcast but speakers are asked to attend in person if possible. If the Covid-19 situation is still problematic, the conference will take place fully online.

The theme of the anniversary conference is to reflect on the future of our digital society to make it a better place for the generations to come. Over the past 40 years we have seen technology develop and many attempts to tame and frame its impact on society. There have been some successes but also some failures.

The conference will assemble academics, researchers and practitioners from all over the world and from different disciplines (law, sociology, philosophy, communication and information studies, etc.) to reflect on a future framework for the development of a better digital society.

While a number of speakers will be specifically invited to present their vision, slots are open to researchers and practitioners through this call for papers.  For more information, please visit

Fields and Topics

Cutting-edge papers, delivering vision and insight, are welcome from all fields we cover at the CRIDS:

  • Law
  • Communication and digital media education
  • Philosophy and ethics

Multidisciplinary papers covering more than one discipline (law, communication and digital media education, philosophy and ethics) are particularly welcome.

Papers can be submitted on any fields and topics on relevant technologies and applications linked to digital societies, for instance:

Technologies & applications

Fields & topics

Artificial Intelligence

Power and governance

Big data

Citizenship and society




Human rights

Green IT

Sustainable IT

Smart cities

Fake news and quality content

Cloud computing

Protecting minors and citizens


Liability and responsibility


Net neutrality


Cybersecurity and policing

Trust services

Consumer protection

Identity management services



Digital and media literacy

3D printing and additive manufacturing

Human rights


Commons and open source


Access to data


Data Protection

Social Networks

Algorithmic governance

Procedure for Abstracts and Papers


Abstracts should preferably be submitted in English but abstracts in French will also be considered.

Participants are invited to submit an abstract between 500 and 1000 words (references not included). Participants should also provide 3 to 5 keywords describing their contribution and a short biography. Abstracts should be submitted in Word document only and sent to

A scientific committee composed of academics from the University of Namur and from other universities will examine submissions and will inform the candidate the outcome.

Presentations will be delivered during dedicated tracks (20 min for presentation + 10 min for Q/A).

If your abstract was accepted during the first call, please resubmit either the same (albeit with small adjustments where needed) abstract and it will be accepted. You may resubmit a different abstract in which case it will be re-examined by the scientific committee.

Papers in view of publication

The proceedings of the conference will be published in a scientific publication (Larcier, Collection du CRIDS) and copies will be available at the conference. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit a paper (max. 5000 words in English or French) to be considered for publication. 

Best junior contribution award

A special prize will be given to the best contribution submitted by a junior researcher (less than 30 years old).


  • Full conference fee[1] (two days): 275€
  • Online only (two days): 50€

 The full conference fee includes a copy of the conference proceedings, the program, lunches, coffees and a gala dinner (held during the conference). Online attendees will benefit from a preferential price on the printed proceedings.

For any inquiry, please use

Important dates

1 April 2021:

−      Deadline to submit abstracts

19 April 2021

−      Extended deadline to submit abstracts

1 May 2021:

−      Communication of results

10 June 2021:

−      Deadline to submit papers

23 July 2021:

−      Deadline to submit final revised papers (following peer review by scientific committee)

18-19 November 2021:

−      Conference


[1] Discounts for special categories may be available on request

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