Access to Knowledge Global Academy
Call for Book Chapters
Mobile Technologies and Access to Knowledge
The Access to Knowledge Global Academy (A2KGA) is issuing an open call for proposals for a new edited book on Mobile Technologies and Access to Knowledge.
In recent years, the rapid and worldwide spread of mobile technologies has greatly expanded access to basic telephony and a wide range of Internet-based services. This book explores mobile telephony as the source of opportunities and challenges, especially with respect to access and control. This book will bring together scholars, journalists, activists, and other subject-matter experts, in a wide-ranging set of chapters that collectively explore access to knowledge on the world’s mobile phone networks.
The editors will accept abstracts until December 9, 2016.
The following are examples of topics and themes that authors are interested in pursuing. The editors also welcome submissions on other relevant topics.
I. Access and control:
Proliferation and accessibility of cellular devices and technologies: How infrastructures are set up, how services are packaged and delivered
Network distribution as a means of both access and limitation, and the implications of cell sites versus satellites enabled networks
Global and national legal frameworks governing mobile telecommunications
Spectrum policies and the net neutrality dynamic in policy-making among telecom regulators
Market concentration as a measure of economic control over access to networks and technologies
Pricing and its governing economy between operators, infrastructure providers and regulators
The interplay between intellectual property rights and mobile technologies, including patents involved in smartphones and phones’ manufacturing
The question of control over personal data, data protection and ownership on mobile devices
Surveillance as conducted by state and corporate players as well as other intermediaries: legal frameworks, values frameworks (freedom versus protection), infrastructural set-ups and interventionist tools
The chilling effects of censorship, surveillance and control
Encryption trends as response to surveillance and other facets of privacy consciousness
The future of cellular networks and mobile technology: New and/or competing ways of delivering cellular services via Wi-Fi networks, cloud, shared spectrum, fiber optics, 2G/3G mechanisms
II. Political and social change:
Mobile technologies as enablers of creation, sharing and dissemination of culture
Crowdsourcing and the knowledge commons through mobile technologies
Mobile technologies and effects on traditional social institutions and the rethinking/reconstruction of community
Mobile technologies and changing identity formations and modes of socialization
The use of mobile telephony in political action, including expression, participation and organizing: positive and negative implications on political culture
Mobile technologies and disruptive behavior, including protest, crime, vigilante activity, harassment, illicit behavior and sousveillance
Mobile phones as identification tools: Benefits and threats
Mobile phones and illiteracy
III. Economic opportunities and developments:
Mobile technologies and the rise of digital entrepreneurship
Innovations in Mobile technologies in emerging economies
Mobile technologies as sites of innovation
Innovators in Mobile technologies
Mobile technologies and their relevance to the sharing economy, the service economy, mobility and real time communications
Security economics in the mobile technologies sector: Security as a differentiating feature in mobile tech-based business models
Mobile technologies between high-tech gadgets and functional, accessible low-tech tools
IV. Technological underpinnings
History of development in Mobile Technologies
Localized adaptations of Mobile technologies
Technologies of surveillance, censorship and surveillance in the mobile world
The editors envision chapters of 4000-5000 words in length, written in English, on a wide range of topics. Chapters can be theoretical or empirical, and can make use of case studies, comparative studies or other approaches. Proposed chapters will be reviewed by the editors and will be assessed on rigor, contribution to the discussion, scope of inquiry, and suitability for this collection.
To submit a proposal: Send an abstract (500-800 words) to email@example.com. The abstract should explain the scope, argument, and evidence of the chapter, as well as the importance of the topic it discusses. The editors will accept submissions until December 9, 2016. Please send any informal inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Access to Knowledge Global Academy is a network of academic centers dedicated to research, education and policy advice promoting access to knowledge. Existing partners include academic institutions in Brazil, China, Egypt, India, South Africa and the United States.
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