Call for Book Chapters: Ethics and Legal Issues in Computing

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 25, 2024
Full Chapters Due: July 5, 2024

We are pleased to invite submissions for a forthcoming book titled Ethics and Legal Issues in Computing. This book aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of the ethical and legal challenges faced in various computing fields. The book will cover a broad range of topics, including general ethics in computing, and specific issues in data science, information technology, computer science, software engineering, and cybersecurity.

The book aims to offer insights into the ethical and legal implications of computing practices, providing a deeper understanding of these critical issues among researchers, practitioners, and students. It will serve as a valuable resource for the practice of ethical and legal concepts in modern computing.

Target Audience
This book will primarily serve as course material for the teaching of Ethics and Legal Issues in Computing to undergraduate students, and will be of interest to:

  • Researchers and scholars in computer science, information technology, data science, software engineering, and cybersecurity.
  • Legal professionals and ethicists focus on technology.
  • IT practitioners and software developers.
  • Students pursuing advanced degrees in related fields.
  • Policy makers and regulators involved in technology governance.

Recommended Topics
We welcome chapters that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Chapter 1: Introduction to Ethics and Legal Issues in Computing

  • Overview of ethics in computing
  • Historical context of legal issues in computing
  • Importance of ethics and law in modern computing practices

Chapter 2: Foundations of Ethics in Computing

  • Theoretical foundations of ethics in computing
  • Ethical decision-making models in IT
  • Privacy and data protection principles
  • Ethical implications of emerging technologies

Chapter 3: General Ethical Practices in Computing

  • Ethical dilemmas in artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Bias and fairness in computing systems
  • Transparency and accountability in computing practices
  • Social responsibility in computing

Chapter 4: Legal Frameworks in Computing

  • Intellectual property rights in IT
  • Cyber law and digital forensics
  • Legal considerations in software development
  • Regulatory frameworks for computing practices

Chapter 5: Privacy and Data Protection

  • Data privacy laws and regulations
  • Ethical issues in data collection and analysis
  • Legal aspects of data storage and sharing
  • Case studies on data breaches and legal repercussions

Chapter 6: Ethics and Legal Issues in Data Science

  • Transparency and accountability in data science
  • Bias and fairness in data algorithms
  • Ethical use of big data
  • Legal challenges in data-driven decision-making

Chapter 7: Ethics and Legal Issues in IT

  • IT governance and compliance
  • Ethical issues in IT outsourcing and cloud computing
  • Social responsibility in IT practice
  • Cyberbullying and harassment in online platforms

Chapter 8: Ethics and Legal Issues in Computer Science

  • Ethical programming practices
  • Legal implications of computer security breaches
  • Open source vs. proprietary software ethics
  • Responsibilities of computer scientists in society

Chapter 9: Ethics and Legal Issues in Software Engineering

  • Software liability and professional responsibility
  • Ethical issues in software project management
  • Quality assurance and ethical software testing
  • Legal challenges in software licencing

Chapter 10: Ethics and Legal Issues in Cybersecurity

  • Cybersecurity policies and ethical hacking
  • Legal aspects of cybercrime and cyberterrorism
  • Data breach notification laws
  • Ethical issues in surveillance and encryption

Chapter 11: Emerging Ethical and Legal Challenges in Computing

  • Ethical considerations in emerging technologies (e.g., blockchain, IoT)
  • Legal issues in the adoption of new technologies
  • Case studies on emerging ethical and legal challenges
  • Future trends in ethics and law in computing

Chapter 12: Example Cases, Conclusion and Future Directions

  • Examples of cases in the practice of law and ethics in computing
  • Recommendations for practitioners and policymakers
  • Future research directions in ethics and legal issues in computing

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit an extended abstract or chapter proposal of 1,000 to 1,500 words by June 25, 2024, clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. From June 15, 2024, authors will be notified of the status of their proposals and provided with chapter guidelines. The full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 5, 2024. Monetary incentives would be given to contributors with timely submissions. 

There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication.

All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-anonymized peer review editorial process. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

All proposals should be submitted to by June 25, 2024.

This book is set to be published by the Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, Miva Open University in Abuja. This publication is anticipated to be released in September 2024.

Important Dates

  • June 25, 2024: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • July 5, 2024: Full Chapter Submission
  • July , 2024: Review Results Returned
  • August 20, 2024: Final Acceptance Notification
  • September 30, 2024: Book Publication

For any inquiries regarding this call for chapters, please contact the editors:

Prof. Tayo Arulogun
Department of Computer Science, Miva Open University, Abuja

Dr. Emeka Ogbuju
Department of Computer Science, Miva Open University, Abuja

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