[Air-L] Fwd: [CfP] Digital Sovereignty in the BRICS Countries: Data Infrastructure and Services - Deadline Feb 15, 2021 for Extended Abstract

Min Jiang Min.Jiang at uncc.edu
Tue Feb 9 08:10:54 PST 2021

Dear colleagues,

Could you kindly share the following CfP reminder for a conference and a
new book volume on "Digital Sovereignty in the BRICS Countries: Data
Infrastructure and Services" in your listserv's Call for Paper section?

With thanks and kind regards,


Min Jiang (Ph.D.)
Professor of Communication Studies
Affiliate Faculty, International Studies
5011 Colvard N., UNCC, 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223
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Associate Editor, Sage journal *Communication and the Public *
Secretariat Member, Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC)
CyberBRICS Visiting Professor, FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro

*Call for Papers*

*Digital Sovereignty in the BRICS Countries:*

*Data, Infrastructure, and Services *


*Background on the CyberBRICS Project:*

The *CyberBRICS* <https://cyberbrics.info/> project has a triple aim: to
map existing regulations; to identify best practices; and develop policy
suggestions in the areas of cybersecurity governance, Internet access and
digitalisation of public services in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia,
India, China and South Africa). The project is hosted by Fundação Getulio
Vargas (FGV) Law School and developed in partnership with the Higher School
of Economics, in Moscow, Russia; the Centre for Internet and Society, New
Delhi, India; the Fudan University, Shanghai, and the Hong Kong University,
China; and the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

The project stems from the consideration that the next billion users,
together with the innovation and data they will produce and the policy they
will need, will likely come from the BRICS. In light of this consideration,
BRICS countries are increasing their information sharing and cooperation in
the fields of science and technology and promoting synergies between member
countries with regard to digital policies.

While the first book produced by the CyberBRICS Project explored the
Regulations in the BRICS Countries*
<https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030564049>” (an *open access
non-edited version of the book is available here*
the next book project in the CyberBRICS research aims at exploring how the
BRICS countries engage with the different facets of the Digital Sovereignty

*Digital Sovereignty in the BRICS:*

While once imagined as an instrument for a borderless “global village,” the
Internet is currently undergoing complex processes of re-nationalization
(e.g. China, Russia, India) and regionalization (e.g. EU). BRICS countries,
like many others around the world, are grappling with conflicting sets of
realities and desires: individual privacy and national security, data
localization and cross-border data flows, digital independence and
international technological trade, often driven by concurrent national
priorities, international commitments, and ambitions for global expansion
and influence.

The book volume aims at offering answers to such compelling questions,
providing valuable – and so far, very limited – insights on digital
policies of the BRICS grouping, with particular regard to evolving notion
of Digital Sovereignty and its heterogeneous interpretations and practices.
The publication wishes to gather contributions based on rigorously
collected evidence that can be used by researchers, regulators, and
businesses alike.

Authors of selected contributions will be invited, with the help of a
limited number of travel grants, to present their draft papers at the *BRICS
Data Protection and Digital Sovereignty Conference*
<https://cyberbrics.info/brics-data-protection-summit/>, organised as a
side event of the Latin American edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data
Protection Conference (*CPDP LatAm* <https://cpdp.lat/>), in July 2021, in
Rio de Janeiro.

*Call for Paper:*

This publication aims at developing a ground-breaking interdisciplinary
body of research on Digital Sovereignty by focusing on related discourses,
legislations and regulations, and technological projects developed by BRICS
countries to (re)assert their Digital Sovereignty. We welcome submissions
from a wide range of disciplines such as communication, law, security
studies, information science, political science, public administration,
public policy, international relations, area studies, sociology,
anthropology, etc. Suggested topics include analyses of, *inter alia*:

●  The conceptualization of Digital Sovereignty in a specific member of the
BRICS grouping or from a comparative perspective

●  Taxonomies and categorizations of Digital Sovereignty

●  Theoretical, empirical, or comparative analysis of data localization
policies in BRICS countries

●  Theoretical, empirical, or comparative analysis of cyber-industrial
plans and strategies aimed at national self-reliance and independence in
BRICS countries

●  Analysis of infrastructural policies adopted by BRICS countries to
interpret, implement and actualize sovereignty in cyberspace

●  Tensions between national policies and international commitments, for
instance, in international digital trade agreements, AI policies, and
technological imports/exports

●  Global South alliance and tensions among BRICS countries in their quest
for alternatives to Silicon Valley-based development models

●  BRICS countries’ resistance to data colonialism from the Global North
and new forms of data colonialism emanating from new digital powers (e.g.
China’s digital silk road initiative)

●  Case studies analysing specific laws, regulations, or decisions of
Digital Sovereignty (e.g. the Russian “Sovereign Internet Law”, the Indian
prohibition of 57 Chinese apps, etc.)

●  Case studies exploring the use of specific infrastructure-related
programmes and initiatives to implement Digital Sovereignty (e.g. the
Russian “Runet” or the “Great Firewall of China”)

●  Case studies discussing how the digitalisation of specific public
services contributes to the construction of a national Digital Sovereignty
(e.g. the Indian “Aadhaar” Digital Identification system)

*Submission Guidelines:*

Draft papers will be considered for inclusion in the publication only if
they have not been previously published. The length of the abstract
submissions should be between 1500 and 2000 words. The length of the final
submissions should be between 7000 and 10000 words. To facilitate the
reviewing process, papers should not include author names or other
information that would help identify the authors. All submissions shall be
in English language. Citation should be in *APA 6 style*
<http://libguides.library.usyd.edu.au/c.php?g=508212&p=3476096>, authors
shall use footnotes rather than endnotes and submission should be in
Microsoft Word or OpenDocument Text format.

*Abstract* submissions are due on *15 February 2021*. They should include
the following elements:

● Title

● Extended abstract (1500-2000 words)

● Author’s name, affiliation and short bibliographical note (in the body of
the email)

Authors will be notified within approximately 3 weeks of the abstract
submission deadline as to the status of their contributions.

All submitted papers will be subject to peer review. *PLEASE note that
every author submitting a paper will be asked to peer review another
submission,* which will be judged based on the novelty of the contribution,
the theoretical soundness, and the quality of presentation.

Authors of the selected submissions will be invited to submit the first
drafts of their paper proposals (7000-10000 words) by *10 June 2021*.

Authors will be given the opportunity to improve their contributions based
on peer comments. To receive further comments and feedback, authors will
also be invited to present their work in-progress at the *BRICS Data
Protection and Digital Sovereignty Conference*
<https://cyberbrics.info/brics-data-protection-summit/>, organised as a
side event of the Latin American edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data
Protection Conference (*CPDP LatAm* <https://cpdp.lat/>), in July 2021, in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  at CPDP LatAm in Rio.

Final drafts (7000-10000 words) are due on *10 September 2021*.

All submissions shall be sent to Dr. Luca Belli (luca.belli at fgv.br*)* and
Dr. Min Jiang (min.jiang at uncc.edu) with “*Submission BRICS Digital
Sovereignty*” as your email subject.

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