Call for Papers

Call for Papers

"Technical and social approaches for a human-centric, democratic, and trustworthy Next Generation Internet"

This year the conference will delve into technical and social approaches towards a more open, interoperable, human centric, democratic and trustworthy Internet that will be more conducive of social innovation and provide better services, more intelligence and promote greater involvement and participation, in line with the goals of the Next Generation Internet Initiative. The ultimate goal is to provide the sociotechnical means, in order to exploit the full potential of the Internet for the society and the economy.

Therefore, the organisers of INSCI 2017 cordially invite you to submit research full papers presenting new results, and short papers with provoking ideas and work-in-progress, shedding light on the Next Generation Internet as the Internet for Humans. Accepted papers will be published in the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) by Springer.

The proceedings of the INSCI 2016 Conference, published by Springer LNCS (LNCS 9934), is now available online. You can find more information about it here or access the online version here.


Important Dates

The abstracts of the papers should be submitted by 26th of May and the full papers by 2nd of June.

Authors will be notified regarding acceptance by 14 July 2017.

Possible Topics for Submission (not limited to)

1. Next Generation Internet

  • Novel Networking Solutions and DIY networking
  • Software-defined Next Generation Internet
  • Distributed, resilient and secure internet architectures (blockchains, distributed ledgers, peer-to-peer systems)
  • From Internet of Things to the Web of Things and Smart Spaces
  • Networking solutions beyond IP

2. Digital Social Innovation Platforms

  • Collaborative consumption, production and sharing economy
  • Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding
  • Collaborative making, art and creativity
  • Collective intelligence, sensing and action
  • Open democracy, pluralism, participation and policy making
  • Social entrepreneurship and the Internet: innovating the third sector
  • Cognitive, psychological aspects and incentive mechanisms for engagement, collaboration and participation
  • Decision support and recommendations for informed citizens and actions
  • Digital information verification

3. Legal, Ethical and Governance challenges

  • Studies of digital humanities and ethnographic studies using social media
  • Ethics of data sharing and cloud computing
  • Fragmentation: the regulatory response to the IoT and standard-setting
  • IoT device liability, and, the transparency of algorithmic practices
  • The consumer perspective: unlawful profiling, discrimination and lock-in, automated contracts and warranties
  • Autonomous data-gathering, data repurposing and cross-border data flows
  • Jurisdiction and enforcement issues, use of IoT data in legal proceedings
  • Data governance and new business models

4. Emergent Security Challenges and Responses

  • Next Generation Internet Security, Resilience and Dependability
  • Cybersecurity, Security, Trust and Accountability
  • Privacy-by-Design and Privacy Transparency
  • Privacy-Preserving Network Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Cybersecurity
  • Network Forensics and Traffic Analysis

5. Digital Political Innovation

  • Decentralised Internet Governance (policy, net neutrality, consensus building)
  • Deliberative processes and mini-publics on the Internet
  • Social networks and protest
  • Social media, bots, political campaign and democracy
  • Post-truth, filter bubble and fact checking in recent political events
  • Smart citizenship, literacy and participation skills

Submission Guidelines

All submitted papers should:

  • Be written in English and be submitted in PDF format;
  • Contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  • Be formatted according to the Springer's LNCS Proceedings template. Information about the Springer LNCS template can be found at;
  • Indicate three to five keywords characterizing the paper at the end of the abstract;
  • Indicate type of paper (long for research full papers presenting new results, and short for presenting provoking ideas and work in progress in the conference thematic areas);
  • Full papers should be 10-20 pages, while short papers should be 6-9 pages

Submissions not conforming to the LNCS format, and exceeding the submission page limits or being obviously out of the scope of the conference, will be rejected without review. Submissions should be made electronically in PDF via the electronic submission system of the INSCI2017 Conference Management system.

TPC Chairs
  • Georg Carle, Technical University of Munich
  • Anna Satsiou, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
  • Antonella Passani, London School of Economics & T6 Ecosystems