Friday, November 16, 2012

Changing notions of privacy - call for papers

I have been asked to post the following call for papers for the Fifth Northumbria Information Rights Conference which will take place on Wednesday 1 May 2013 at the Centre for Life,  Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
The theme of the conference will be “Changing notions of privacy”. Our aim is both to explore developing understandings of privacy, and the tensions that exist between privacy, openness and freedom of expression.

The following topics will be explored within the overall theme, and papers will be grouped for presentation accordingly:
  • What is privacy? 
  • Privacy v freedom of expression 
  • Technology and the challenges of protecting privacy 
  • Privacy in a commercial context 
  • Privacy and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 
  • Privacy or openness 
  • Privacy and the Data Protection Act 1998 
This call is open to academics, postgraduate students and practitioners from all disciplines, but particularly law, politics, information science and records management. Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit abstracts to the conference administrator Maureen Cooke. We particularly welcome abstracts which fall within the above themes, however, we will also consider abstracts which do not fall within these themes but which are nonetheless relevant to the overall theme.

Abstracts should be submitted by 7th December 2012. They should not exceed 300 words. Submission must be by Word document e-mail attachment to Maureen Cooke at the email address shown above and should include, in addition to the abstract, your title, name and organisation/institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

All proposals will be reviewed, and successful applicants will be notified at the latest by 21st December 2012. Each speaker whose abstract is accepted will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation of their paper plus time for round-table discussion.

Please note that speakers will not be exempt from the registration fee for the conference but will be entitled to the early registration discount. A booking form with full registration fees will be available early in 2012. Please contact Maureen Cooke for any general enquiries about the conference or telephone 0191 243 7597

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