CFP: Human Rights and Information Communciation Technologies

Proposal Submission Deadline extended to September 24th, 2010

Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use

A book edited by John Lannon (University of Limerick, Ireland), Edward F. Halpin (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK) and Steven Hick (Carleton University, Canada)
To be published by IGI Global

Intergovernmental agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations are now using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to collect, organize and disseminate information on peoples’ rights, the promotion of human rights, and the protection of individuals and communities at risk. These efforts have moved beyond the traditional human rights regime, as more attention is being paid to rights based approaches to development, and to the interconnectedness of environmental protection, climate change and the wellbeing of humanity. As a result, ICT policies and practices are having an even more far-reaching effect on the enjoyment of human rights by all.
Since 2001 ICTs have transformed the capacity of organisations, movements and oppressed communities to highlight human rights abuse, and to advocate for causes and victims of oppression. They make it easier to share and to access information; they facilitate human rights data aggregation and analysis; they offer innovative tactical approaches to campaigning; and they precipitate real-world campaigning and lobbying activities. They enable global participation, and give local actors and previously invisible groups international visibility. At the same time the features that make ICTs an effective tool for the promotion and protection of human rights also make them useful in the exploitation of people and the violation of human rights. They contribute directly and indirectly to the abuse of children, for example; they facilitate the distribution of material that is hostile to racial and religious groups; they threaten the security and the privacy of individuals; and they contribute to the operation of international trafficking and other criminal activities.

Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use will provide a comprehensive examination of the use and application of information and communication technologies in the world of human rights. This will contribute significantly to understandings of the impact of ICTs on the promotion and protection of human rights in societies around the world.

This book will provide a valuable tool and insight for academics from a range of fields, including information management, information systems, communications, information technology, international relations, human rights, politics, law, and sociology. It will also be useful to international non-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, and governments, for policy and practice.

RECOMMENDED TOPICS include, but are not limited to, the following:
–          the impact of ICT policies on human rights;
–          the role of information in the promotion and protection of human rights;
–          the opportunities and pitfalls of ICTs for human rights campaigning;
–          ICTs and human rights education;
–          Human rights activism in the information age;
–          communication rights, privacy and free speech;
–          human rights and the Internet;
–          ICTs and gender-based rights
–          Information systems deployment in human rights
–          Mobile technologies and their application to human rights
–          Human rights organizations and the application/deployment of ICT
–          Information security
–      Information poverty, exclusion, and social, economic and cultural implications

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 27th, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 8th 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 17th, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit <> . This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

August 27, 2010:      Proposal Submission Deadline
October 8, 2010:      Notification of Acceptance
December 17, 2010:    Full Chapter Submission
February 18, 2011:    Review Results Returned
May 20, 2011:         Final Chapter Submission
September 30, 2011:   inal Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
John Lannon
Centre for Information and Knowledge Management
S1-20, Kemmy Business School,
University of Limerick,
Tel.: +353 87 8225087  E-mail:


~ by Jason Dittmer on August 26, 2010.

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