The conference will start on 26 September at 9 am and will end on 27 September at 7 pm. We will have several panels, including short talks, discussions, and two keynote lectures, a networking session, a social programme and a conference dinner. A detailed programme will be available soon.


We are looking forward to contributions by the following invited speakers:


Koliwe Majama (Keynote/Sep 26) is a Zimbabwean Media, Information, Communications and Technologies consultant with over 15 years experience working in civil society lobby and advocacy. As a trained journalist with a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Koliwe has practiced as both a print and broadcast journalist in Zimbabwe. She also holds a BSc in Media and Society Studies from Zimbabwe’s Midlands State University in Zimbabwe and is alumni of the African School of Internet Governance. In her recent past position of ten years, as Programme Officer at the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe Chapter, Koliwe was prominently involved in internet governance processes in her country through research and multi-stakeholder engagement. In the region & globally she has invested in networking and thought leadership on varying internet governance trends.  As a consultant, she is for the second year running, coordinating the African School on Internet Governance and engaged with Zimbabwean media civil society organisations in ICT policy and programming. Koliwe is a civil society representative on the Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF), and current Vice Chairperson of the Multistakeholder Coordinating Team.


Charles Ess (Keynote/Sep 27) is Professor of Media Studies, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway. He works at the intersections of philosophy, computing, applied ethics, comparative philosophy, and media studies, with emphases on research ethics, Digital Religion, and virtue ethics. In 1997, Ess co-founded with Fay Sudweeks the biennial conference series, “Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication” (CaTaC).  Ess has published extensively on pluralism and culturally-variable ethical norms and communicative preferences in cross-cultural approaches to Information and Computing Ethics.  Ess has researched, taught and lectured across the Anglophone world, Europe, Scandinavia, multiple countries in Asia, South America, and Africa.


PD Dr. Jessica Heesen (Opening Address) is the head of the section “Media Ethics and Information Technology” at the International Centre for Ethics in The Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen. The section is concerned with questions of applied ethics in relation to digital media and information technology. Jessica heads several projects, e.g. on privacy, YouTube or Ambient Intelligence. She is a member of the “Forum Privacy and Self-Determined Living” (supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research). In 2016, she published the first comprehensive German handbook on Media and Information Ethics. Jessica holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart. In 2014, she completed her Habilitation at the Institute of Philosophy of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) with a work on the connection between Information Ethics and the Ethics of Technology. Her research interests include Practical Philosophy, Ethics, Information Ethics, Media Ethics, Security Ethics, the Philosophy of Technology, Social Philosophy, and Epistemology.


Dr. Kutoma Wakunuma is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at De Montfort University where she works within the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). She has a PhD in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development and Gender. She has worked and continues to work on a wide range of research projects, particularly those funded by the European Commission where she has taken on roles such as Principal Investigator, Lead Evaluator as well as being part of the coordination team of projects. Her work has been diverse, ranging from Civil Society Organisations research to conducting stakeholder evaluation, research in emerging technologies and ethics, and looking into Responsible Research and Innovation. Her main interest is in understanding the social aspects of information and communication technologies for development and the aspect of gender. Dr Wakunuma is also a Programme Leader for MSc Computing, MSc Business Intelligence Systems & Data Mining and Data Analytics.


Florence Toffa is the CEO of Mobile Web Ghana, a technology hub offering training, incubation, mentorship and support in mobile, web and data application development and entrepreneurship. She has over 8 years experience in Information Communication Technology for Development projects. She is passionate about empowering the youth and women to use technology to solve local problems in various communities. Florence has founded Females in Mobile Entrepreneurship, Visuals for Gender, mCare Africa and was selected for the 2017 Personnalités d’Avenir Program of the French Government, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and 2015 Vital Voices Fellow. Florence holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Ghana, a two years certificate in software entrepreneurship from Meltwater Entrepreneurship School of Technology, and a certificate in project management from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.


Prof. Tom Kwanya is an information scientist with several years of practical experience. He previously worked as e-communications manager, knowledge management specialist, webmaster and public information specialist in the South, East, West and Horn of Africa regions. He has also taught information ethics; informatics; knowledge and information management; technology-mediated communication; and infopreneurship in public and private universities in Kenya. He is an author of several refereed publications. His current areas of research interest include information ethics; infodemiology and infoveillance; web technologies; and library innovations. He is the Director of the School of Information and Communication Studies at the Technical University of Kenya.


Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business. In 2014, he founded the Centre for the Internet and Human Rights (CIHR) at European University Viadrina and served as CIHR Director from 2014 to 2016. His research focuses on communications technology at the intersection between rights, ethics and governance. Ben holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence. He has previously worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the University of Pennsylvania, Human Rights Watch and the European Council on Foreign Relations. His research has been published in Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications.