Communication Law and Policy


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The Communication Law and Policy Division is interested in research and analysis of law, regulation, and policy that deals with information, communication, and culture. Defining policy broadly, the division includes within its purview:  principles that should or do underlie law and regulation, proposals for new law and regulation, and the  programs and institutions through which policy is implemented.    

Every step of the legal process is of interest:  policy implications of the results of research on information, communication, and culture; development of policy proposals; the  nature of policy-making and policy implementation processes; evaluation; effects; and critique.

The division's scope is global, presenting work that focuses on individual nation-states, localities, or regions; comparative studies; and international and global law.  The  Division welcomes work dealing with policy for the medium (the architecture and technologies of the global information infrastructure) as well as the message -- and the  interactions between the two. Since so much decision-making with structural effect now takes place outside of formal legal structures, the Division is also interested in  private sector policy-making.   No theoretical or methodological constraints.


Call for Chapters: The Good and Bad of Internet Culture

Call for Chapters: Debates for a Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our Online World

Danielle Sarver Coombs (Kent State U, USA) and Simon Collister (U of the Arts London, UK) are soliciting brief proposals for essays to be included in an upcoming two-volume anthology that will be published through Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Structured in two volumes, this anthology examines issues related to the digital age—both the good (Volume 1) and the bad (Volume 2) in our contemporary Internet culture. The chapter titles/topics included in the tentative table of contents below provide starting points for a given issue, but individual authors may adapt them to fit their research interests. We also encourage submission of new topics that are not currently included in the list below.

Final essays will be about 5,000 to 6,000 words in length and will be due 15 November, 2014. Essays may be slightly longer with permission from the editors. We encourage authors to take provocative, thought-provoking points of view in their chapters. While your thinking and arguments must be grounded in evidence, readers should be entertained while critically engaging in the issues covered in these volumes.

If you are interested in participating, please send a proposed title, brief synopsis (around 500 words) including in which volume you intend to publish, and your CV to Danielle Sarver Coombs ( and Simon Collister ( by 15 September  The editors will send a style guide and further information to authors after assignment.


Tentative Table of Contents:

Volume 1: The Good



1. New audiences, new markets: Accessing music, movies, art, and writing at your leisure

2. Anything you want to know, you can find out: A changing understanding of knowledge, memory, and learning in a world of constant access

3. Using the Internet and social media to draw attention to global issues [ASSIGNED]

4. News from a global perspective: accessing BBC, NY Times, and Le Monde from one desk

5. Exposure to new ideas (i.e. the cultural significance and spread of memes)

6. Avoiding awkward moments with check-out clerks, or how watching porn online has saved my reputation

7. Democratization

8. Leaks, whistle-blowers, and radical transparency: government accountability in the Internet Age

9. Rallying the virtual troops: Using the Internet to foster revolution and political activism

10. Democratizing the media: The rise of the bloggerati and it’s impact on political/news elites

11. Ground-up expert: everyday people and blogs

12. Self-promotion for All!: Selfies, internet “fameballs” and microcelebrity

13. Education for all: MOOCs, online ed, and the accessibility of higher education [ASSIGNED]

14. Community/(Globalization)

15. Remember when?: Reconnecting with old friends, colleagues, and lovers via social media

16. Aspiration and inspiration: Finding role models and building friendships online

17. Je t’aime, te amo, and I love you: Finding love online, no matter where the other person lives

18. Always someone to play: Gaming in a digital world

19. So I’m not the only one!: Communities and shared interests


Volume 2: The Bad and the Ugly


1. Always On, Always There

2. So what is copyright again? Rethinking ownership in the Internet age

3. Say goodbye to privacy: public access to personal information [ASSIGNED]

4. Constant access keeps me tied to work, or, how my Crackberry has ruined my life

5. Information overload: how do you figure out what is relevant?

6. Innocence lost: Naked pictures and embarrassing nicknames are there for sharing

7. How to make a bomb, or why having limitless information can be a dangerous proposition

8. Democratization

9. Are info leakers blowing a whistle or committing treason?

10. Are all sources really equal? Credibility and news/The shift from the age of deference to the age of reference

11. All politics are personal, but are politician’s personal lives fair game?

12. All the snark that’s fit to print: Cynicism, news, and the digital age

13. Famous for being famous: Living in the age of celebrity

14. Online education: Diploma mills and degree dumps [ASSIGNED]

15. Community/Globalization

16. Traveling down the Silk Road: Online communities and the underground drug trade

17. More friends online than in real life: Gaming, MMRPGs, and real-life isolation

18. Romance scams: Finding out the hard way that desire for money can trump desire for love

19. Recruiting without borders: Using the Internet to recruit people from around the world to extremist causes

20. Building communities around deviance: Sharing child porn, snuff films, and violence in an unfettered environment


Simon Collister

Senior Lecturer

London College of Communication

University of the Arts London

t: 0207 514 2324

m: 07971 612857

tw: @simoncollister



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