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CFP: Internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty: Intersections and challenges

  • 1.  CFP: Internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty: Intersections and challenges

    Posted Apr 01, 2020 10:52 AM

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    Call for Proposals: Internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty: Intersections and challenges


    School of Information Science, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)

    February 12-13 2021


    Internet filtering is a crucial issue because it restricts access to a broad array of information, needed to combat the rising tide of fake news and misinformation. Experts agree that the best ways to combat "fake news" are improved digital literacy and better access to better information. Nonetheless, internet filtering-which impacts both literacy and access-remains widespread. Internet filtering has three interrelated research issues: a lack of research and knowledge about internet filtering in the U.S.; disparate effects of filtering, along socioeconomic lines; and negative impacts on digital literacy. Each problem is unique and important, but together they pose a significant impact on the accessibility of information to the public.


    In this national symposium, we will investigate these interlocking problems of internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty.


    We invite both individual and group proposals:

    (1) For individual paper proposals, please submit a 800-1000 word abstract of your paper.

    (2) For panel, fishbowl, or group proposals, please identify participants with a 100-250 word biography and submit a 1000-1500 word abstract of your topic and treatment.


    Proposals and queries should be sent to shannon.oltmann@uky.edu


    Deadline for Proposals: June 15, 2020

    Notification of Acceptance: August 31, 2020

    Conference Dates: February 12-13, 2021


    The call for papers can be found here: https://mappinginfoaccess.org/cfp 

    For a deeper dive into these issues, check out the white paper found here: https://mappinginfoaccess.org/papers



    Conference Organizing Committee:

    Shannon M. Oltmann, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

    Emily J.M. Knox, Associate Professor, University of Illinois

    Chris Peterson, Board of Directors, National Coalition Against Censorship

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association



    Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant # LG-12-19-0051-19)




    Shannon M. Oltmann, Ph.D.
    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Associate Professor

    College Diversity Officer
    School of Information Science
    College of Communication & Information
    University of Kentucky

    NOTE: Office phone and fax currently unavailable

    Editor, Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy