The Yale Law School Information Society Project (ISP) and the International Journal of Communications Law & Policy (IJCLP) are pleased to announce their fourth interdisciplinary writing competition and call for papers in conjunction with the Second Access to Knowledge (A2K2) Conference taking place on April 27-29, 2007 at Yale Law School. We invite scholars, policy makers, technologists, activists and industry representatives to submit papers for the writing competition and/or for publication by the IJCLP.
History shows that revolutions come with a price tag and the 'information revolution' through which we are living is no exception. We are only now beginning to understand the economic and humanitarian tolls along the information superhighway and how much the evolution into a worldwide information economy is really costing humanity on a global scale. Environmentalism was a belated response to the industrial revolution. The Yale Access to Knowledge (A2K) Initiative aims to build an intellectual framework that will protect access to knowledge both as the basis for sustainable human development and to safeguard human rights.
The A2K2 conference will be an event focused on mobilizing the A2K coalition. A2K2 will keep building the connections between access to knowledge issues and amongst the institutions that crystallized at the first landmark conference. Developing both a theoretical framework and delving into the details of practical implementation, the program will focus on mobilizing the private sector, governments, and civil society around A2K issues. A2K2's policy panels will be structured towards tangible legal and technological solutions and collaborative strategies for policy makers and individual institutions.
Conference proceedings and foundational resources from last year’s Access to Knowledge conference are available at the Yale A2K conference wiki at http://research.yale.edu/isp/a2k/wiki/.
A2K policy issues to be addressed include:
* Compulsory Licensing for Access to Medicines
* Community Media
* Multilingual Domain Names
* Open Source Licensing
* Distance Education
* Traditional Knowledge & Genetic Resources
* Collaborative Scientific Databases
* Access to Government Information
* Agriculture & Genetically Modified Crops
* Peer Production
* Digital Archiving
* Online Journalism
* Municipal WiFi & Mesh Networking
* Generics Pharmaceutical Industry
* Open Standards
* Digital Rights Management
A full conference description will be available on the Yale ISP's A2K2 Initiative page at http://research.yale.edu/isp/.
** ****Writing Competition**
Submissions for the writing competition must be received by noon EST, January 8th, 2007. The author of the best paper, as well as two runners-up will be invited to present their work at a panel during the conference. The author of the winning paper will receive coverage of his/her travel to and accommodations at Yale University for the conference. Selected papers will be announced by March 1st, 2007. The authors of the award-winning papers will automatically be invited to publish their work in a special Autumn 2007 volume of the International Journal of Communications Law & Policy (http://www.ijclp.org) devoted to Access to Knowledge.
Submissions for publication must be received by noon EST, May 1st, 2007. The selection committee, composed of the editorial board of the IJCLP, and some of the Yale ISP Fellows, will review and consider all submissions for publication in the special Autumn 2007 volume of the journal, including submissions for the writing competition. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 15^th , 2007.
Papers may be submitted on any A2K2-related issue, provided that they lie within the central focus of the IJCLP – communications law & policy. All submissions should be written in English in .rtf or .pdf format. They should conform to academic citation standards, be no longer than 25,000 words, and include an abstract of up to 250 words. Submissions should be e-mailed simultaneously to the lead editors of the IJCLP, Simone Francesco Bonetti (simo.bonetti[at]tiscalinet.it <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) and Boris Rotenberg (_boris_rotenberg[at]yahoo.it_). Inquiries may be addressed to any of the above.
**Special Call for Papers for Authors from countries listed as developing and transition countries**
In addition, the IJCLP is pleased to announce a special (additional) call for papers supported through a grant from the Open Society Institute (OSI) <http://www.soros.org/ <http://www.soros.org>>. Authors from countries listed as developing and transition countries* are invited to submit papers related to A2K2 by May 1st, 2007. Any paper selected for publication will receive financial support from our OSI grant. Such support shall include a small stipend to each author in addition to free editorial processing by the Journal. Please note that authors who submit papers for this specific call are also eligible for the general call for papers and the writing competition awards announced on our web site. Submissions should be e-mailed simultaneously to the lead editors of the IJCLP, Simone Francesco Bonetti (simo.bonetti [at] tiscalinet [dot] it) and Boris Rotenberg (boris_rotenberg [at] yahoo [dot] it). Inquiries may be addressed to any of the above.
* i.e. Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burma, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Laos, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Turkey,Ukraine, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe