[OPE] CfP: Information and Communication Technologies and the Current Crisis

From: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
Date: Thu Sep 24 2009 - 20:48:28 EDT

> From: christian.fuchs@sbg.ac.at
> Subject: CfP: Information and Communication Technologies and the Current Crisis
> Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:27:46 +0200
> Please direct questions about potential contributions directly to the
> issue editors Marcus Breen m.breen@neu.edu and David Hakken
> dhakken@indiana.edu.
> Christian Fuchs
> Editor of tripleC
> * * * * * * * *
> Call For Papers - Special Issue of tripleC (http://www.triple-c.at):
> Information and Communication Technologies and the Current Crisis: How
> Are They Connected?
> The Crisis that began in 2007 continues to convulse the world. Labelled
> by some as merely a recession, yet it is associated with dramatic
> changes in national and global power. Others frame the Crisis as merely
> a consequence of over-promoting a narrow range of financial transactions
> associated with subprime mortgage instruments. These were indeed overly
> aggressively oversold by deregulated bankers, but this was likely only
> an important trigger of the Crisis, not the primary cause.
> In this special issue, we will explore the notion that much of the basis
> of the Crisis should be assigned to financial transactions not just made
> possible but also strongly afforded by use of computer technologies.
> Thus, those operating at the highest levels of algorithmic capacity bear
> substantial responsibility for the Crisis.
> For students of technological innovation and diffusion, many questions
> emerge about the connection between the Crisis in general and
> computerization. Some of the questions involve the tight relationship
> between cultures of technological empowerment and financial elites.
> Others questions, while appearing initially to be purely economic, turn
> out on examination to articulate strongly with the public interest,
> civil society, policymaking, and public discourse more generally.
> These in turn lead to further, perhaps quite new critical questions
> about the emerging relationships between capitalism, democracy and the
> data-information-knowledge-technology nexus. Thus, equally important for
> responsibility is specification of what is known within computer science
> about the technological dimensions of the Crisis of this crisis.
> Ultimately, a rethinking of the very notion of “crisis” itself may be
> needed.
> Some specific questions authors may choose to address include:
> * What kind of crisis is this, how is it different from previous ones,
> how are these differences related to automated ICTs and the changed
> practices they have afforded?
> * What role do computer professionals have in the crisis?
> * Does this crisis suggest a dystopian post-human future?
> * What media theories best explain the crisis, or has the time arrived
> for newly radical approaches in this area?
> * How does public policy fit in the private world of computerization?
> * What historical guides are available as tools to foster better
> analyses of technological crisis?
> * Will the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) be the “winners”
> of this crisis?
> * Are there artistic innovations that help refine political and policy
> responses to this crisis?
> * What new knowledge innovations are needed to understand the forces at
> work in this crisis and its implications for democracy?
> * What new questions need to be addressed to orientate research about
> the crisis?
> * How are the computing-, information-, and media-industries affected by
> this crisis? How will they develop in the future?
> This special issue of tripleC is intended to feature research from both
> theoretical and practical perspectives. We seek contributions from any
> theoretical, professional, or disciplinary perspective that offers
> innovative analysis that promotes debate about technology and the Crisis.
> Submission deadline: Full papers should be submitted until February 1st,
> 2010. All papers will be peer reviewed. The special issue will be
> published in 2010.
> tripleC – Cognition, Communication, Co-operation: Open Access Journal
> for a Global Sustainable Information Society (http://www.triple-c.at)
> promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age
> with a special interest in critical studies following the highest
> standards of peer review.
> Submissions must be formatted according to tripleC’s guidelines
> (http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/about/submissions#authorGuidelines),
> make use of APA style, and use the style template
> (http://triplec.at/files/journals/1/template-0.dot). Papers should be
> submitted online by making use of the electronic submission system
> (http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/user/register,
> http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/login). When submitting to the
> electronic system, please select “Special issue on crisis &
> communication“ as the journal’s section.
> ISSUE CO-EDITORS: David Hakken (dhakken@indiana.edu) and Marcus Breen
> (m.breen@neu.edu)
> David Hakken is professor of informatics at Indiana University. Marcus
> Breen is associate professor of communication studies at Northeastern
> University. _______________________________________________
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