The new editoral team at POLITICS--of which I am a member--has made a commitment to providing a venue for timely research-led contributions that analyse contemporary political dynamics. To this end, we have issued a call for papers that examine the politics of cyberspace. Please see below for further details.
Call for Papers: Networked World? The Politics of Cyberspace and Social Media
Digital media are having a profound effect on politics and international relations. States and organisations are increasingly investing in defensive measures to stave off cyber attack. Less malicious uses of social media are no less prevalent; during the Arab Spring, e-technologies provided a medium that enabled and encouraged protesters to challenge their governments; politicians rely on Facebook, blogs and Twitter to help their election campaigns; and the proliferation of these technologies has led to a wide-ranging debate on the storage and use of personal information.
Politics invites articles for a Special Issue on the broad impact of social media, cyberspace and digital technologies on politics and international relations. Submissions may address broad themes relevant to the topic, including, but not limited to,the following:
- cyber warfare and cyber security;
- politics of hacking and cyber crime;
- attempts to control the Internet in both authoritarian and democratic states;
- role of social media in revolution and democratic transitions;
- role of social media in elections and campaigns;
- e-governance and the application of information and communication technology for delivering government services;
- debates over privacy and data sharing;
- issues of fairness and access to the emerging digital economy.
Articles may be in either of the formats accepted by Politics:
- short form: up to 4,000 words maximum;
- longer research feature: up to 6,000 words maximum.
Deadline for submission is 1 December 2012.
Further information on how to contact us or where to submit a paper can be found here.
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