David Farber Prize for Student Essays

David Farber Prize

“I always hope to encourage undergraduate students as they will be the leaders of our society, in which I hope this prize can motivate the fresh minds to think about the implications of technology towards the society that they will be living in.”

by Professor David Farber

Professor Farber established the David Farber Prize in 2018 to recognize undergraduate students at Keio University to write a 3000-word English essay in the area of interaction between information technology and society, particularly in the research themes the Cyber Civilization Research Center is exploring.

2nd David Farber Prize for Undergraduate Student Essays

第2回デイビッド・ファーバー賞 懸賞論文募集(英語) [全学部生対象]


February 4, 2021

The 2nd David Farber Prize Winner Announcement

第2回デイビッド・ファーバー賞 受賞者発表

★First Prize (JPY 35,000 each) 最優秀賞(賞金各3万5千円)

Lying in Wait – What Does More Data Mean for Us?
by Leif Lincoln

Is Digital Contact Tracing the Rise of Modern-day Big Brother?
by Yuto Yamaguchi

★Second Prize (JPY 30,000) 優秀賞(賞金3万円)

Surveilled Cyberspace in China: Arbitrariness and censorship
by Yunqi Shi

August 31, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have not been able to advertise the prize announcement to our satisfaction. As a result, we decided to extend the deadline for submission to December 31, 2020. We hope this extension will allow you to develop high-quality contents further. Students who are expected to graduate in 2020 Autumn are still eligible to submit the application. Results will be announced in Jan 2021. We are looking forward to receiving your applications and please circulate with potential applicants.

December 20, 2018

Winners Announced! David Farber Prize for Undergraduate Student Essays

★First Prize (JPY50,000)
“Peer-to-Peer Experience Economy: Can Engagement with Strangers Promote Connectivity in Humanity?”
by Daum Kim, Environment and Information Studies Year 4

★Second Prize (JPY20,000)
“It’s Everywhere and it’s Vulnerable”
by Lisa Takahashi, Policy Management Year 4

“Virtual reality – the negative side and the measures”
by Xiaofan Liu, Policy Management Year 3

★Third Prize (JPY10,000)
“Post-Capitalism: The Future of Economy in a Hyper-Connected Era”
by Andree Pratana, Policy Management Year 4


The 2nd David Farber Prize for Undergraduate Student Essay is calling for submission again!

The prize aims to encourage and stimulate discussion of various perspectives of the cyber civilization at the global level and, more importantly, to recognize and appreciate outstanding ideas from young researchers at the undergraduate level.

Best Papers will be awarded certificates and prizes of up to a total of ¥100,000. This year, we would like to call for paper on the topic:

Technology, Governance and Privacy – Are we living in 1984?

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past”
– George Orwell, 1984

This is George Orwell’s famous quote that comes from the dystopian novel, “1984,” which unleashes the regime of a new form of governance – totalitarian surveillance state. Despite this novel being written in as early as 1948, the concept of “Big Brother” still prevails in this information era. Perhaps even more intensified with the emerging Internet-related technology. We are living in a namely, “everything-connected” world with all kinds of electronic devices attached to us tracing every bit of information.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries adopt different levels of public health surveillance and contact traceability tools to monitor the transmission of the disease. The deployment of these kinds of technology definitely helps to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic, yet it also means our lives are more vulnerable to data exposure and digital surveillance.

How much privacy do we really have? Do we actually own or control our data? The government? How are we close to the society of 1984? How could the novel, 1984 be re-written considering the contemporary technological capabilities?







Submission guidelines

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students in all disciplines at Keio University
  • Submission deadline: July 31, 2020 Extended to December 31, 2020
  • Word limit and format: The essay should be less than 3000 words in English. Please include a title of the essay, author’s name, programme at Keio University, e-mail and submit in PDF
  • Publications: Cyber Civilization Research Center reserves the right to make the best paper publicly available in both the CCRC and KGRI (Keio Global Research Institute) homepages
  • Submissions and Inquiries e-mail: prize[at]www.ccrc.keio.ac.jp

Click here to download the poster

  • 応募資格:慶應義塾大学 全学部学生
  • 応募締切:2020年12月31日応募締め切り
  • 文字数制限および様式:学生氏名、所属学部、メールアドレスを必ず含め、英文で3000語以内、PDF形式。
  • 留意事項:優秀論文についてはサイバー文明研究センターが、当センターと慶應グローバルリサーチインスティチュートの両ホームページ上に掲載する権利を保有します。
  • 応募・問合せ先: prize[at]www.ccrc.keio.ac.jp