[bestbits] Reminder: Deadline January 25 -- Call for Papers, Internet Policy Review: "Doing Internet Governance"

Becky Lentz roberta.lentz at mcgill.ca
Thu Jan 14 11:27:25 EST 2016


> Dear all, 
> Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for abstract submission is January
> 25.
> best regards
> Francesca
> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 11:51 AM, Francesca Musiani
> <francesca.musiani at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear "STS meets IG" colleagues,
>> Dmitry Epstein, Christian Katzenbach and myself are very happy to share with
>> you the call for papers for the Internet Policy Review that, as anticipated,
>> follows up to the similarly-titled panel that we organized at IR16 in
>> Phoenix. Please find the call below and at this link
>> http://policyreview.info/node/382. We hope that several of you will consider
>> submitting! and please feel free to circulate widely.
>> Kind regards
>> Francesca
>> --
>> Special issue on 'Doing internet governance: practices, controversies,
>> infrastructures, and institutions'
>> Call for papers of the Internet Policy Review
>> Internet governance is gaining attention in the post-Snowden era, which
>> increased distrust of formal government institutions and their Œdangerous
>> liaisons¹ with the private sector. User-driven, technology-embedded,
>> decentralised approaches keep on seeing the light: in contracts, currency,
>> privacy protection, just to name a few. Politics and traditional purveyors of
>> authority negotiate ways of readjusting to the changing environment. Thus,
>> investigating the ³ordering² (Flyverbom, 2011) and governing processes as
>> they relate to the network of networks is both timely and important.
>> Traditionally, when talking about Internet Governance researchers and
>> practitioners refer to the new organisations and institutions that have been
>> explicitly established to regulate, discuss, and negotiate issues of internet
>> governance (e.g. ICANN, WSIS, IGF). Recently, authors have criticised this
>> institutional focus, arguing the need for a more comprehensive
>> conceptualisation of internet governance (DeNardis, 2012; Eeten/Mueller,
>> 2013; Musiani, 2014; Hofmann et al., 2014). Among these recent developments,
>> a small set of publications has drawn on perspectives from Science and
>> Technology Studies (STS) to rethink and substantiate questions of ordering
>> and governing the net. These contributions highlight the day-to-day, mundane
>> practices that constitute internet governance, take into account the
>> plurality and ŒŒnetworkedness¹¹ of devices and arrangements involved, and
>> investigate the invisibility, pervasiveness, and apparent agency of the
>> digital infrastructure itself (Musiani, 2014). Internet governance, in this
>> view, is not only negotiated in dedicated institutions; the doing of internet
>> governance more broadly consists in practices and controversies of the
>> design, regulation, and use of material infrastructures. In this way,
>> STS-informed perspectives are increasingly instrumental for challenging and
>> expanding our understanding and for informing our examination of ordering and
>> governing processes in the digital realm.
>> This special issue seeks to nurture this nascent interest by pioneering a
>> conversation on the governance of digitally networked environments from an
>> STS-informed perspective and, more broadly, from perspectives that highlight
>> the role of design, infrastructures, and informal communities of practice in
>> governance.
>> First, this issue will touch upon how the norms shaping the provision, design
>> and usage of the internet are negotiated, de- and re-stabilised, and subject
>> to controversies. Second, it will open up new, STS-informed perspectives on
>> digital uses and practices, delving into the variety of ways in which they
>> may be an integral part of today¹s internet governance -- not only because
>> such practices reflect belonging and commitment to a community, but because
>> they allow issues of sovereignty, autonomy and liberty to come into play.
>> Finally, expanding the notion of governance in internet governance through
>> the conceptual tool-set of STS may open this field to meaningful
>> contributions from scholars studying constitutional aspects of technology
>> design and use, which are typically excluded from traditional internet
>> governance literature.
>> We invite papers that share a strong conceptual interest in understanding
>> processes of ordering and governing the internet as a core infrastructure of
>> our daily lives. More focused paper topics may include, but in no way are
>> limited to, the following:
>> * 
>> * Internet governance theory: how can STS inform theoretical perspectives on
>> internet governance?
>> * 
>> * Controversies: how do socio-technical internet-related controversies reveal
>> tensions and critical junctures of internet politics?
>> * 
>> * Privatisation: what are the practices of internet governance privatisation?
>> What does it mean for the internet as a socio-technical phenomenon?
>> * 
>> * Unintended consequences: what are the examples of unintended consequences
>> of technology regulation and design that affect the openness, security, and
>> stability of the internet?
>> * 
>> * Re-intermediation and delegation: what are the forms of re-intermediation
>> of the ³decentralised² system that is the internet? How can we study them?
>> * 
>> * Participatory governance: how can STS help unpack the practices of
>> ³multistakeholderism² and their potential effects (or lack thereof)?
>> * 
>> * Infrastructures and architectures as governance arrangements: how can
>> STS-informed approaches help us unveil the power and control structures
>> embedded in internet architecture?
>> Submissions must be in clearly-written English. The Internet Policy Review is
>> an open access, short-form journal. Full papers are requested to be around
>> 30,000 characters (5,000 words) in length, to encourage concise and
>> parsimonious discussion of core issues.
>> * Dmitry Epstein, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at
>> Chicago (dmitry at uic.edu)
>> * Christian Katzenbach, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and
>> Society (katzenbach at hiig.de)
>> * Francesca Musiani, Institute for Communication Sciences,
>> CNRS/Paris-Sorbonne/UPMC; Internet Policy Review academic editor
>> (francesca.musiani at cnrs.fr)
>> 12 November 2015: Release of the Call for papers
>> 25 January 2016: Deadline for expression of interest and abstract submissions
>> (500 word abstracts) via the form on the IPR website.
>> 15 February: Feedback / Invitation to submit full text submissions
>> 25 April: Full text submissions deadline. All details on text submissions can
>> be found under: http://policyreview.info/authors
>> 13 June: Comprehensive peer review and feedback
>> 11 July: Re-submission deadline
>> 5 September: Publication of the special issue
> -- 
> Francesca Musiani (ph.d.)
> assistant research professor (chargée de recherche), CNRS, ISCC
> <http://www.iscc.cnrs.fr/>
> associate researcher, i3, CSI <http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/> , MINES ParisTech
> co-chair, ESN-IAMCR <http://iamcr.org/s-wg/cctmc/esn>
> academic editor, @PolicyR <http://policyreview.info/>
> on the web <http://www.csi.mines-paristech.fr/People/musiani/>    | on twitter
> <https://twitter.com/franmusiani>

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