[URBANTH-L] CFP: The Global Flow of Information: A Conference on Law, Culture and Political Economy

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Wed Jan 26 17:17:14 EST 2005

The Global Flow of Information: A Conference on Law, Culture and Political

The Yale Law School Information Society Project (ISP), The Yale Journal of
Law & Technology (YJoLT) and the International Journal of Communications Law
and Policy (IJCLP) are pleased to announce their second interdisciplinary
writing competition and a call for papers in conjunction with The Global
Flow of Information Conference taking place on April 1-3, 2005 at Yale Law
School. We invite students, scholars, policy makers, activists and
practitioners to submit papers for the writing competition and/or for
publication by YJoLT/IJCLP.

Conference Description
Patterns of information flow are one of the most important factors shaping
globalization. Today individuals, groups, countries, and international
organizations are trying to promote and control the flow of different kinds
of information across national borders - information ranging from
intellectual property and scientific research to political discourse, brand
names and cultural symbols. And digitally networked environments subject
information to ever new methods of distribution and manipulation. Fights
over information flow are going to help define who holds power in the global
information economy.

The groundbreaking conference on Global Flows of Information, will explore
these emerging patterns of information flow, and their political, economic,
social, and cultural consequences. We will be looking at the following key
questions in six different contexts:

- governance
- economics
- culture
- politics
- science
- warfare

Can the flow of information across borders be controlled? If so, how?  Whose
interests are going to be affected by flows of information across borders?
Who will be empowered and who will lose influence and authority? What role
can or should law play in securing freedoms, rights, and democratic
accountability as individuals, groups, and nations struggle over control of
information flows?
What lessons can we learn about how to regulate information flow from past
experience with other kinds of flow across borders- for example, flows of
goods, services, people, and capital?

For a full conference description, questions to be considered during the
conference, list of speakers, schedule, and resources, please visit the Yale
ISP web site (web address provided at the bottom of this page).

Writing Competition
Submissions for the writing competition must be received by noon EST,
February 15, 2005. The author of the best paper, as well as two runners-up
will be invited to present their work at a panel during the conference. The
author of the winning paper will receive coverage of his/her travel to and
accommodations at Yale University for the conference. Selected papers will
be announced by March 1st, 2005. The authors of the award-winning papers
will automatically be invited to publish their work in special Fall 2005
volumes of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology (http://yjolt.org) and the
International Journal of Communications Law and Policy
(http://www.ijclp.org) devoted to the conference topic.

Journal Publication
Submissions for publication must be received by noon EST, May 1st, 2005. The
selection committee, composed of the editorial boards of YJoLT and IJCLP,
will review and consider all submissions for publication in the special Fall
Volume 2005 of the journals, including submissions for the writing
competition. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 1st, 2005. The
journals reserve the right to decide which journal will publish which work,
based on the journals' respective audiences and editorial expertise.

Submission Guidelines
All submissions should be written in English in .doc or .pdf format. They
should conform to academic citation standards, be no longer than 25,000
words, and include an abstract of up to 250 words. Submissions should be
e-mailed simultaneously to Simone Bonetti (simo.bonetti at tiscalinet.it) and
Boris Rotenberg (boris_rotenberg at yahoo.it), lead editors IJCLP; as well as
to Lawrence Cogswell (lawrence.cogswell at yale.edu), Editor-in-Chief, YJoLT.
Inquiries may be addressed to any of the above.

Boris Rotenberg
Hauser Global Law School Program, NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
Telephone: (212) 998-6691
Facsimile: (212) 995-4656
Email: boris_rotenberg at yahoo.it
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