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[ecrea] IPP2014 Conference Call: "Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy"
Thu Nov 14 15:16:01 GMT 2013
Abstract deadline: 14 March 2014.
Location: Thursday 25 - Friday 26 September 2014, Oxford Internet
Institute, University of Oxford.
Convenors: Helen Margetts (OII), Vili Lehdonvirta (OII), David Sutcliffe
(OII), Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon (Annenberg, UPenn), Andrea Calderaro (EUI
Contact: (policyandinternet /at/ oii.ox.ac.uk)
** Rationale **
Crowdsourcing - the provision of goods by large numbers of people
contributing via an online platform - is used to generate and sustain
policy ideas, labour markets, business investment, charitable donations,
knowledge commons (such as Wikipedia), cultural goods and artefacts,
libraries, government transparency, public management reform, education,
scientific development and the institutions of democracy itself. This
pattern of technology-enabled institutional change, where a known few
are replaced by an indefinite many, has deep and diverse implications
for government, business, civil society, democratic life and public
policy-making. Researchers and policy-makers have barely begun to
examine the opportunities and challenges that the crowdsourcing model
The Internet, Politics, Policy 2014 conference is dedicated to
facilitating discussion on crowdsourcing across disciplinary boundaries.
The conference calls for papers on the observed and potential
implications of crowdsourcing for politics, policy and academic
practice. Perspectives are welcomed from across science, social science
and the humanities as well as from academic and policy-making
communities. We aim to identify both what is novel in crowdsourcing, and
the ways it enables and extends existing social and political processes.
** Topics **
The conference aims to attract papers from a range of disciplines
analysing crowdsourcing-related phenomena. We welcome both theoretical
and empirical papers reporting original research on crowdsourcing and
related concepts such as microwork, peer production, human computing,
co-creation, open innovation and e-government. We particularly welcome
comparative approaches and papers drawing on new empirical findings and
novel research methods.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
> How is crowdsourcing changing politics? Topics of interest include
citizen participation in government and the political process, and
online collective action.
> Uses of big data in evidence-based public policy, including
probabilistic, and conditional and predictive policy-making and the use
of social media data for government self-improvement.
> Online labor markets, new organizational forms, and the blurring of
boundaries between work and play, as well as the economics of
crowdsourcing more generally.
> Co-production and co-creation of public policy, through (for example)
the use of feedback facilities, rating, ranking and reputation applications.
> Crowdsourcing for conflict management, peace building and
humanitarian intervention, including crisis mapping.
> Crowdsourcing for educational, scientific and technological
development, such as citizen science, crowd-funding, massive online open
courses, and the methodological, epistemological and ethical issues
> New methods for analyzing crowdsourcing, such as computational social
science and big data analytics, including sentiment analysis, topic
classification, sampling from social media platforms, and inferring from
socially generated data to the wider population.
> Ethical issues arising from the use of such methods, such as
de-anonymisation, privacy, and inequalities created by the use of
predictive analytics in decisions concerning individuals.
> When crowds turn into mobs: online hate groups, organized
cyberbullying, their dynamics and effective policy responses.
Perspectives from any academic discipline are welcomed, including:
political science, economics, law, sociology, medicine, information
science, communications, philosophy, computer science, physics,
psychology, management, organization science, geography and humanities.
Papers should attempt to frame their object of study in relation to
established concepts and theories. 'Crowdsourcing' need not be the
central concept in a paper as long as it deals with the issues and
topics identified in this call.
** Proposal submission **
* Paper proposals
Paper proposals should consist of a title and a 1,000-word extended
abstract that specifies and motivates the research question, describes
the methods and data used, and summarises the main findings. Abstracts
will be peer reviewed, and the authors of accepted proposals are
expected to submit full papers prior to the conference. Applicants will
have the opportunity to co-submit their paper to the journal Policy and
Internet, which will operate a fast-track review process for papers
accepted to the conference.
Paper submissions can also be considered for a Best Paper Award
(sponsored by the journal Policy and Internet). The prize will be
awarded at the closing session of the conference. As the paper is
intended to be published in a future issue of the journal, authors
should indicate whether they would like their paper to be considered for
* Poster proposals
Posters should summarise in a visually engaging manner the purpose,
methods and results of an original piece of research. All accepted
submissions will be considered for a Best Poster Award. The prize will
be awarded at the closing session of the conference.
** Important dates **
> Extended abstract submission deadline: 14 March 2014
> Decisions on abstracts: 14 April 2014
> Full paper / poster submission deadline (for accepted abstracts): 15
> Conference dates: Thursday 25 - Friday 26 September 2014.
IPP2014: Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy
Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford
Tel: +44 (0)1865 612334
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