Monday, January 27, 2014

Legal and Ethical Issues in Predictive Data Analytics (Call for Papers)

The following call for papers comes to us from Janine Hiller (Virginia Tech):

I am pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a research colloquium focused on "Legal and Ethical Issues in Predictive Data Analytics." The colloquium is co-organized and the resulting publication will be co-edited by Tonia Hap Murphy of  the University of Notre Dame. The colloquium of 8-10 scholars will be held at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. on June 19-20, 2014. Virginia Tech and the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics are sponsoring the research meeting, and will pay for meals and lodging during the colloquium dates.


Predictive data analytics are used in a variety of settings and applications,  including personalized marketing, crime prevention, insurance, health care, and increasingly in the legal profession itself. Within the next few years, the sale of predictive analytics business software alone is forecast to reach billions of dollars and to be utilized in a wide variety of industries. In contrast to the growth of data analytics and predictive modeling, legal and ethical considerations have not been widely identified or discussed in academic literature. The goal of the colloquium is to provide leadership for research about these issues and to provide a vehicle for researchers to discuss their ideas, or to launch new ideas, about the intersection of law, ethics, and predictive data analytics.


To be considered, please submit an abstract of up to 750 words to Janine Hiller at, and copied to by March 3, 2014.  Abstracts will be evaluated based upon the quality of the abstract and the topic’s fit with other presentations.  Questions and a request for a copy of the full Call for Papers may be directed to Janine Hiller at or Tonia Hap Murphy at

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