Ethics and Technology Bazaar

The Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics and Broader Considerations of Technology are pleased to announce the inaugural Ethics and Broader Considerations of Technology Bazaar taking place Thursday, October 31, 2019 thru Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Please visit the official website for the conference here:

Official Conference Website

The bazaar will feature the following:

  • Professional Conference:
  • Resource Fair: We will host a technology resource fair featuring local and national for-profit and non-profit technology firms and start-ups. This presents a great opportunity for these groups to (a) showcase their expertise, services, and products as well as (b) network with each other and those in attendance.
  • Game Jam: Philosophy graduate student, Zach Garrett will host a game jam. The game jam will center on the creation of games that help teach ethics generally or ethical issues related to the responsible design, use, etc. of technology.
  • Outreach Programs: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) strives to offer educational programs to those who live and work in Nebraska. Some programs involve developing an understanding of technology and entrepreneurship for high school students. Other programs focus specifically on raising awareness about engineering technologies like those developed for transportation. These programs will showcase their work and offer opportunities for audience participation.
  • Teaching Seminar: The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) will host a seminar on how to design meaningful educational experiences in the philosophy classroom. Learn more on the AAPT website:

The Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics and Broader Considerations of Technology sincerely welcome paper proposals for the inaugural Ethics and Broader Considerations of Philosophy Bazaar.

Papers will be considered for one of 4 open conference presentation spots and one of 40 open poster presentation spots.

Roughly, 10 poster presentations will be reserved for undergraduates.

We invite papers on the topic of ethics and technology. So, acceptable papers explore topics like: ethical design, implementation of moral reasoning, privacy, permissible use of technology, concerns about discerning truth, dissemination of disinformation or propaganda, addiction and the dopamine economy, economic and asset inequalities, machine ethics and algorithmic biases, concerns about the surveillance state, data control and monetization, implicit trust and user understanding, and hateful or criminal actors, etc.

We accept papers from any method of inquiry or discipline so long as it fits the theme of ethics and technology as spelled out above. We strongly encourage submissions from women and persons from minoritized groups, perspectives, and areas of thought.

  • Submission of abstracts: EXTENDED August 25, 2019.
  • Notification of acceptance: nearly immediately.

We will be accepting, 4 papers for 90 minute presentations and ~40 papers to be presented as research posters. Among the 40 papers selected for a poster presentation ~30 from graduate students, MAs, MSs, or PhDs and ~10 will be from undergraduate students.


Abstracts only (750-1000 words). Shorter or longer abstracts will not be accepted.

  • Footnotes count toward word count
  • If you would like to list bibliographical information of works referred to in abstract or otherwise noted, please do so in a section separate from the abstract titled, ‘References’. This section does not count toward the word count of the abstract.
  • Titles do not count toward word count.

Double spaced, prepared for completely anonymous-review. (Anticipate full papers at half-hour reading time or 4500 words, whichever is shorter.)

Indicate in your submission whether you would consider being a commentator on another paper, should your paper not be accepted to the conference for presentation.

Please submit abstracts electronically (in Word format) to Colton Harper (colton[dot]harper[at]huskers[dot]unl[dot]edu).

The conference will consist of two main events. First, the conference will feature 8 formal research presentations from ethicist specializing in the ethics of technology broadly construed. Second, there will be a two poster sessions featuring research in ethics and technology from undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.

Once the full schedule is set, we’ll post it here. Generally, the plan is to limit the conference to the Friday and Saturday of the three-day bazaar with two of our featured speakers presenting each day, keynote Saturday evening.

Currently, we’re planning on the entire conference being free and open to the public. We will let you know if that changes and post the cost of registration here.

Fall is a beautiful time to visit Lincoln, we hope you’ll join us.

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Artificial intelligence, cloning, ectogenesis, big data, etc!

Make a game about ethics and technology for this special game jam. The Ethics and Technology Jam is being run in conjunction with the 1st Annual Ethics and Technology Bazaar to be held at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln from October 31st through November 2nd.

Here is the call for abstracts for the conference: Facebook Page/Call for Papers

Official Website:

Game Jam Website

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UNL Department of Computer Science and Engineering

As original home of Broader Considerations ofTechnology, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering generously funds the activities of this awesome student run organization. visit them

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UNL College of Law

As home of the Kutak Ethics Center, the College of Law funds the administrative costs of running the center. That includes Dr. Thompson's salary : - ) visit them

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UNL Department of Philosophy

For over a decade the Department of Philosophy has generously made room for the Kutak Ethics Center's main office. More recently they've been an invaluable consultation resource for BCT. We're lucky to be surrounded by good company and extra lucky to be housed in the home of ethics proper.visit them

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Here we'll do our best to help you plan your trip to and stay in Lincoln, NE.


If you’re looking for a hotel in the area near the university, you’ll want to stick to the Downtown and Haymarket areas. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott in the Haymarket for $117/night (does NOT include breakfast).

Book Rooms for Ethics and Technology Bazaar

If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask.

Also, there are AirBnBs here. Again, we advise staying in the Downtown and Haymarket areas if you can. Outside of that, to remain in fair walking distance (a) if you’re looking north of O Street, stay south of Vine, (b) stay north of Van Dorn, (c) stay west of 27th Street, and (d) stay east of 9th Street.


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If you’re flying, the Lincoln Airport or Eppley Airfield (Omaha) are your best bets. The Lincoln airport is about 15 – 20 minutes from Downtown and the university. The Omaha airport/Eppley Airfield is about an 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes from Downtown Lincoln and the university. Each has car rental services. Many of the hotels in Lincoln also have shuttle buses that run from the Lincoln Airport and back. If we have a shuttle service for the conference, we’ll post the information here.

There are two paid parking garages on campus. There are also several parking garages and metered parking spaces in and around the Downtown and Haymarket areas.