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Call for proposals: internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty

  • 1.  Call for proposals: internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty

    Posted Aug 01, 2020 09:59 AM

    Note: proposals and panels from librarians/ practitioners welcomed!


    Call for Proposals for 2021 Symposium

    Internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty:

    Intersections and challenges

    School of Information Science, University of Kentucky

    Proposals Due: November 30, 2020

    Notification of Acceptance: December 31, 2020



    In this national symposium, we will investigate the interlocking problems of information poverty/justice, digital literacy, and internet filtering. These issues are proving to be increasingly urgent under the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and economic instability faced worldwide.


    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 an 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 should be sent to shannon.oltmann@uky.edu


    Deadline for Proposals:  November 30, 2020

    Notification of Acceptance: December 31, 2020

    Conference Dates: May 2021


    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
    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