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Politics and AIS: Where do we draw the line?

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  • J. Fedorowicz
  • N. Bjørn-Andersen
  • S. Olbrich
  • M. Tarafdar
  • D. Te’eni
Article number16
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Communications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)247-261
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The Association for Information Systems (AIS) is the preeminent global professional association for academics in the Information Systems (IS) discipline. Throughout its more than 20-year history, AIS governance documents have included no guidance on matters related to national or international politics. However, recent events have challenged AIS to reconsider its responsibility as a political or moral advocate for its members and the discipline it serves. A panel at ECIS 2017 explored the ways in which AIS has inadvertently or intentionally entered the political fray and debated the benefits and drawbacks of taking on a more formal political position. This paper presents the positions that each panelist raised and summarizes the active discussion that followed. It concludes with a set of questions that constitute a “call to action” to the AIS council to enact a politically acceptable set of core values to benefit its members.