Reminder: just under one month remains for this CFP on the history of the
internet! Apologies for cross-posting.
Call for proposals to present and publish:
"Revisiting 'Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond,'
the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
A cross-disciplinary symposium organized by Mitchell Hamline School of Law
and Hamline University
Friday, March 29, 2019
Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
We invite you to submit an abstract of a paper topic to present at a
cross-disciplinary symposium organized by the Intellectual Property
Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the Center for Justice and
Law at Hamline University to be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 in St. Paul,
Minnesota. The title of the symposium is: Revisiting “Realizing the
Information Future: The Internet and Beyond,” the Good, the Bad, and the
Ugly. It is intended to explore the issues raised in the report “Realizing
the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond,” published by National
Academy Press in 1994, and how the commercial use of the internet has
changed our world since 1994.
The 2018/2019 academic year coincides with several important events in the
history of the internet, including: the 50th Anniversary of the development
of ARPANET; the 45th Anniversary of the first use of the term “internet”;
the 30th Anniversary of legislation introduced by Senator Al Gore to
privatize the internet; and the 25th anniversary of the publication of
“Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond.” It also
happens at a time when numerous concerns are being raised about the good,
the bad, and the ugly aspects of the internet, including privacy concerns
and recent revelations about Russia’s use of the internet and related
social media platforms to interfere with the 2016 elections.
We invite abstracts of papers on any internet-related topics, including but
not limited to the following: the history or design of the internet;
intermediary liability; the security of voting machines; free speech issues
on the internet; hate speech on the internet; commerce on the internet;
regulation of the internet; channels; website design; net art; online
education; children’s online privacy; copyright infringement on the
internet; cyberhacking; cyber-crimes; and social media.
Please submit your abstract to the Center for Justice and Law at Hamline
University ([log in to unmask]) on before October 19, 2018. You will be
notified by November 19, 2018 whether your abstract has been accepted. All
paper abstracts will be considered for publication in a special issue of
Cybaris: an IP Law Review, a publication of the IP Institute of Mitchell
Hamline School of Law. The full paper deadline is March 22, 2019. We also
invite abstracts from those who have recent internet-related works that
they intend to publish elsewhere. Up to three $500 scholarships will be
awarded to select presenters to defray travel costs to/from St. Paul.
Preliminarily, we intend to organize the symposium consistent with its
title and have one panel each to explore the good, the bad, and the ugly
aspects of the internet. We also are planning an introductory “History of
the Internet” presentation and a concluding “The Future of the Internet”
presentation. A keynote luncheon speaker is also being arranged.
The abstract should be submitted as a .pdf-file attached to your email and
is limited to 500 words, not including references. It should include a
short description of the background of the paper, the research
question/research objective, the methodology and a maximum of 10
references. Please also indicate if you believe your paper falls into the
good, the bad, or the ugly categories.
In your email, please include the following information: (1) your full
name, title, and affiliation; (2) if you have funding to attend the
conference; and (3) if you would like to be considered for one of the
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