[Air-L] Workshop Deadline Extended

Richard Denny Taylor rdt4 at psu.edu
Wed Jul 16 05:58:18 PDT 2014

Dear Colleagues,


The deadline for submitting Abstracts for the Workshop described below has
been extended for one week, to July 25.  Thank you.





Whose Information Is It Anyway? In Search of a New Balance

A by-invitation experts' workshop 
New America Foundation 
September 10-12, 2014


Traditional notions of individual and public rights with respect to
information are being redefined across a broad front, raising profound
challenges to freedom of speech, assembly, association, and communication.
The aggregation, archiving and use of information also have profound
implications for the future of national security and business strategy.
Currently, decision-makers are responding to capabilities enabled by new
technologies, for which appropriate usage norms have not yet emerged, and
are struggling to formulate coherent strategies addressing some
fundamental questions. Can and should the legitimate demands of border
security, law and order and the prevention of terrorism limit an
individual's rights over personal and/or private information? What
restraints on the collection, aggregation and use of personal information
should exist? How do we balance the principles of zones of personal
privacy, the right to control one s most personal information, and
ownership rights over digital media, with the benefits of vibrant markets
in information goods and services? Is there a general right to have one s
personal information removed from all commercial digital databases? Are
there practical models that respect human dignity without crippling data

Vociferous information ownership debates are taking place in the copyright
and intellectual property fields as well. The digitization of content has
enabled access to works that have not been in circulation for years, if
not centuries. Yet some copyright/IP holders have suggested that works in
the public domain, if not actively defended, should be privatized, and
works that currently benefit from the time-limited protection of law for
the public s benefit should become the permanent property of private
rights holders, effectively ending the public domain. There are modest
examples of alternatives: the Open Source community; the Creative Commons/
copyleft movement; the increasing emergence of collaborative no-charge
academic journals, etc. What are the practical models that strengthen the
public domain, and still provide sufficient incentives for creative

We've heard the traditional answers to these questions and invite
prospective authors to comment in an independent, scholarly, and
innovative way on topics regarding control of information in the 21st
Century. Multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged that combine theory
and evidence to evolve integrative and long-term perspectives on
information rights.

The Institute for Information Policy (IIP) at Penn State and the X-Lab at
the New America Foundation (NAF) are pleased to announce this call for
papers that offer new (or updated) perspectives and theories about the
balance between the rights of individuals, states, businesses

and the public in information and personal data. Authors of selected
papers will be invited to present them during a three day, invitation-only
workshop designed to bring together a diverse group of experts and to be
held at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. This Workshop is the
9th in a series of events on "Making Policy Research Accessible,"
organized by the IIP, with the support of the Ford Foundation and the
Media Democracy Fund. Presenters at the workshop will be invited to submit
their completed papers for review by the Journal of Information Policy (
<http://www.jip-online.org> www.jip-online.org). The workshop will take
place on September 10-12, 2014, the days leading to the 42nd annual TPRC

Invited topics include, but are not limited to:

.         Information policy and national security

.         Balancing privacy and security

.         Data mining and privacy

.         The SOPA/PIPA debate aftermath

.         New avenues for academic publishing

.         Personal freedoms in the digital age

.         Cybersecurity

.         Patent reform and patent "trolls"

.         Individual ownership of personal information

.         The "right to be forgotten"

.         The relationship of government agencies and data-based

.         New theories of digital intellectual property

.         The future (if any) of the "first sale" doctrine

.         Are we compromising our security? The U.S. role in data

.         Are commercial/trade secrets the same as national security

.         "Big Data," AI, and data security and privacy in the inter-cloud

.         Extraterritoriality of the U.S. I.P. regime

.         Privacy and the "Internet of Things"

.         Bio-enhancements and privacy

.         Smart infrastructure, surveillance, and privacy

Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be
submitted to  <mailto:pennstateiip at psu.edu> pennstateiip at psu.edu by July
18, 2014. Please write IIPXLABWS: YOUR NAME in the subject line. Abstracts
not sent according to the above instructions will not be reviewed.
Accepted presenters will be notified by July 25, 2014.


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