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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
College Diversity Officer School of Information Science College of Communication & Information University of Kentucky
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