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Call for papers

Conference "Internet, Politics, Policy 2010 : An Impact Assessment", University of Oxford : 16-17 September 2010.

We are pleased to call for abstracts for a conference we will be holding in September 2010 : Internet, Politics, Policy 2010 : An Impact Assessment
University of Oxford : 16-17 September 2010
Abstract deadline : 15 March 2010

We are very excited by the opportunities the conference will present to subject the relationship between the Internet, Politics and Policy to multi-disciplinary scrutiny. It will be organized along twin tracks (Politics, Policy), tied together by joint sessions which will explore areas of intersection and mutual influence.
The conference is convened by the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) in partnership with the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) Internet and Politics Section, and the Journal ’Policy and Internet’.

1. Rationale / Scope
The Internet is now the most important international medium of communication and information exchange, involving citizens, firms, governments, political parties and NGOs, and bringing with it new practices, norms and structures. The societal shift enabled by the Internet is impacting upon public policy in all sectors, requiring rigorous empirical investigation, theoretical development and methodological innovation across academic disciplines.
In short, the Internet drives social change, requiring a policy response - and policy organizations of all kinds use the Internet to formulate and implement that response. Analysis of these two trends requires taking advantage of the new evidence generated by the Internet and the development of methods from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
This is the first academic conference to subject the relationship between the Internet, Politics and Policy to multi-disciplinary scrutiny.

2. Twin tracks : Politics and Policy
The conference will be organised along twin tracks :
- Papers in the Politics track should consider the use of the Internet by political organizations, examining the impact on policy of (for example) online interest group activity and political mobilization, e-voting, political parties and campaigning and e-government.
- Papers in the Policy track should look at policy responses to Internet-driven social change, including e-health, on-line education, cybercrime, security, privacy and digital inclusion.
- Plenary / Keynote sessions will merge these tracks, investigating the intersection (and intertwining) of policy and politics and the Internet.
If you have any questions about how your work may fit into the overall scheme of the conference, please contact : mailto:ipp2010@oii.ox.ac.uk

3. Call for Papers / Deadlines
We welcome papers that report on innovative research into any aspect of the impact of the Internet on public policy and / or politics.
We particularly welcome papers that report novel results or methodological approaches, such as advanced analysis of online policy networks, modelling of real-time transactional data or Internet-based experiments.
Perspectives from any academic discipline are welcomed, particularly political science, economics, law, sociology, information science, communications, philosophy, computer science, psychology, management, geography and medicine.
Please submit a 500-word outline in the first instance.
All outlines will be peer reviewed and applicants will have the opportunity to co-submit their paper to the journal Policy and Internet, which will operate a fast-track review process for accepted papers.

1. Abstract deadline : 500 words to be submitted by 15 March 2010
2. Decision on abstracts : 15 April 2010
3. Paper submission deadline : 9 September 2010
All abstracts, papers and correspondence should be sent to :

4. Conference Committee / Keynotes
Programme Chairs :
Prof. Helen Margetts, OII, University of Oxford
Dr Stephen Ward, University of Salford
Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, OII, University of Oxford
The full Conference Committee and Keynote speakers will be announced soon.

5. Policy and Internet Journal : Inaugural Issue
We are pleased to announce the publication of the first issue of Policy and Internet, one of the conference partners, and the first multi-disciplinary academic journal to investigate the policy implications of the Internet. The journal is edited at the OII, published by BEPress and funded by the Policy Studies Organization (PSO).
Volume 1, Issue 1 (2009)
The Internet and Public Policy
Editorial : Helen Z. Margetts

6. Contact / Queries
Internet, Politics, Policy 2010 : An Impact Assessment
Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford
1 St Giles OX1 3JS, UK
Tel : +44 (0) 1865 287210
Fax : +44 (0) 1865 287211
Email : ipp2010@oii.ox.ac.uk
[Call date : 15 December 2009]

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