Call for Papers: Canadian Journal of Communication
Special Issue: Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters
Deadline for full papers December 15, 2009; publication date Fall 2010.
Communication policy is an often important but overlooked topic – a blind spot - in much social policy research and public discourse. Media and telecommunications systems have become so fundamental, ubiquitous and pervasive that we often take them for granted as enablers, and nothing more, of many other freedoms, rights, and capabilities. Many do not realize the extent to which policies concerning communication resources are quite vulnerable to fluctuating corporate and government interests.
This “knowledge gap” is what this special issue of the CJC seeks to address: how do communication policies affect economic, social justice and human rights, and what are civil society organizations in the Americas doing about this? For example, how do the supposed decline of traditional news media such as newspapers, struggles over copyright, the emergence of new ways of communicating online, questions about who owns or controls the internet, or access to the information we need, relate to social policy concerns such as sustainable development, immigration, environmental degradation, labor rights, gender equity, and other concerns across the Americas? What do any of these struggles have in common related to media, communication, and internet policies?
With these ideas in mind, we seek two types of submissions from concerned experts working either in academic or non-academic settings in the Americas:
• Policy Contexts (i.e., Enabling/Disabling Legal and Regulatory Environments): Short syntheses of the current state of play re communication policy that includes attention to the full spectrum of convergent policy issues such as broadcasting, telecommunications, information (i.e., intellectual property rights and access to information laws), and internet governance policies in each of the following regions: North America (Canada and the U.S.); Mexico and Central America; the Caribbean; Spanish-speaking Latin America; and Brazil.
• Civil Society Responses: Research illuminating either failed (and why) or successful (and how) civil society engagement related any of the previously listed communication and social policy areas in terms of making policy making actors, processes or institutions more transparent, representative, and accountable to public vs. corporate interests. Simply put, we seek to know why and how communication policies matter to a variety of social policy concerns and how civil society actors are working to effect communication policy change in a variety of contexts.
For this special issue, and given our interest in linking media and communications with social policy more generally, we are also interested primarily in research that is informed by critical theory, social justice and/or human rights frameworks and that features praxis-oriented research capturing the various challenges and/or opportunities for public-interest oriented interventions in policy making processes across the Americas.
Full-length papers (@7,000-9,000 words) in English or French should be submitted electronically following the guidelines laid out on the CJC submissions website (http://www.cjc-online.ca/submissions.php). Make sure to write in all caps "COMM POLICY" in the Comments to the Editor field, and also to include it on the cover page of your article as well. Please do not include your name on the cover page.
Comments and queries can be sent to one or both of the special issue editors:
Dr. Leslie Regan Shade, Concordia University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Becky Lentz, McGill University, email@example.com
World Internet Policy Project (WIP2) Workshop'
>> ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal (6 July 2010)
>> Call for papers
>> The increasing centrality of the Internet has made it the focus of policy
>> and regulatory initiatives around the world. Members of the World Internet
>> Project are building on their collaborative network to identify and track
>> key policy developments around the world in ways that can capture trends
>> and better inform debate aimed at avoiding the over- or under-regulation of
>> one of the most important information and communication technology
>> developments of the digital age.
>> This workshop in Lisbon will be the first organized around the World
>> Internet Policy Project (WIP2), and will be linked to the annual World
>> Internet Project meetings that will follow immediately after the workshop.
>> The organizers of the workshop invite abstracts of papers or presentations
>> from among but also beyond the WIP membership, who wish to participate in
>> this first workshop. Proposed papers or presentations would be welcomed on
>> such topics as:
>> - freedom of expression
>> - privacy and data protection
>> - copyright and intellectual property
>> Organizers include:
>> Gustavo Cardoso, LINI Lisbon Internet and Networks Institute
>> William Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute
>> Jeffrey Cole, Centre for the Digital Future (USC)
>> Submissions of abstracts are to be done via email to
>> On one page (in English):
>> 1. Provide the working title of the paper
>> 2. Include your name, organizational affiliation with location, and
>> e-mail address
>> 3. Short biographical sketch of each author/presenter
>> On a second page (in English):
>> 1. Working title of the paper
>> 2. Abstract (maximum length is 600 words)
>> All submissions will be peer reviewed as the basis for acceptance.
>> Reviewers will assess the proposals using the following criteria:
>> 1. Relevance to conference theme and topics
>> 2. Conceptual/analytic quality
>> 3. Comparative and empirical research is highly desired
>> Abstract Submission: May 16th 2010
>> Notification of Acceptance: May 31th 2010
Postdoctoral Fellowship on Surveillance and Security: Exploring U.S.
> Department of Homeland Security Fusion Centers.
> Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
> We are seeking a postdoctoral-level scholar for a research project on the
> social, legal, and technical dimensions of DHS fusion centers. This project
> will document and evaluate the information sharing practices of fusion
> centers, with a focus on variations in data sharing across fusion centers. The
> primary researchers on this project are Torin Monahan (Vanderbilt University)
> and Priscilla Regan (George Mason University). This will be a one-year
> position beginning this summer (no later than August 31), with the possibility
> of renewal for a second year.
> Applicants should have familiarity with the field of surveillance studies and
> possess a Ph.D. in a relevant social science field (e.g., sociology, science
> and technology studies, criminology, anthropology, communication, political
> science, or law and society). Applicants must have advanced methodological
> expertise in interviewing and participant observation, excellent writing
> skills, and motivation to take initiative to ensure the success of the
> project. The ideal applicant will have demonstrated experience in related
> research and a record of publishing research results. The postdoctoral fellow
> will take the lead on collecting and analyzing data, writing articles and
> reports, and presenting findings at conferences. Periodic out-of-state travel
> will be required for data collection.
> The beginning salary for this full-time position will be $39,360 (plus health
> The fellow will be expected to be in residence in Nashville, Tennessee, for
> the duration of the position and be an active colleague at Vanderbilt
> Applicants should submit a CV, a letter describing suitability for the
> fellowship, one writing sample, and two letters of recommendation (at least
> one from a faculty advisor or mentor) to: Prof. Torin Monahan, Dept. of Human
> & Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University, Peabody #90, 230 Appleton
> Place, Nashville, TN 37203-5721, USA. The application deadline is June 10,
> 2010, however the position will remain open until filled. Applicants from
> traditionally under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
> For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
> This fellowship is made possible through a grant from the U.S. National
> Science Foundation. The research will contribute to an international research
> project called The New Transparency, which is facilitating multi-national
> and cross-cultural comparisons of the global security industry.
The full text of the book An Introduction to Internet Governance is available here. The translated versions in Serbian/BCS (4th ed.), as well as first editions in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese are also available for download.