[Air-l] Call for papers

Josh Shear josh at joshshear.com
Wed Apr 28 13:49:35 PDT 2004

Call for Papers and Panels

The Center for Digital Literacy (CDL) at Syracuse University is 
sponsoring its first annual

Summer Institute for Digital Empowerment
July 8-9, 2004
in Syracuse, NY

The theme of this first Summer Institute for Digital Empowerment will 
be “The Internet and Democracy.” It represents a continuation of the 
Media & American Democracy Institutes initiated in 2002 at Harvard, and 
continued as “The Media and Democracy in a Time of War” at Syracuse 

The purpose of the Institute is to bring theory into close contact with 
practice concerning the use of the Internet for political engagement.  
Keynoters and presenters will be a mix of researchers and activists, 
scholars and grassroots organizers.  Case studies will coexist with 
quantitative and qualitative studies.  The goal is to arrive at a 
"toolkit" of useful, proven, and theoretically sound strategies for 
using the Internet for political engagement.  And, of course, there 
will be ample networking with like-minded people from all over.

Local attendance will be limited to 150 community and political 
activists, teachers and students, academics, scholars, and other 
interested parties.  Other attendees will join via Web links from 
Norway, Germany, and Ghana.

Papers, practice-based presentations, and panel proposals are sought 
with these basic themes:

Theme #1: The Phenomenon - The Internet, its growth, and its usefulness 
as a tool for social and political engagement
Theme #2: The Issues - The digital divide, digital literacy, Internet 
security, universal access and political engagement
Theme #3: Political Effects - The ‘Net and political engagement
Theme #4: The Challenges - The ‘Net and political institutions

Deadline for paper abstracts (250 words maximum), presentation 
summaries, or panel proposals is Tuesday, June 1, 2004.

Please submit abstracts or summaries via e-mail to cdl at syr.edu. To 
submit a panel proposal, please fill out the form at 

Josh Shear
Graduate Assistant
Center for Digital Literacy
Syracuse University
josh at joshshear.com

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