ILPC Annual Conference 2022 – Online Safety in a Connected World

We are pleased to announce this call for papers for the Information Law and Policy Centre’s 7th Annual Conference on 17-18 November 2022 hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and supported by the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) and Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal. You can read about our previous annual events here.

We are looking for high quality contributions that explore the impact of policymaking focused on ensuring ‘online safety’ and the increased use of data- driven systems that are increasingly connecting all aspects of society, particularly the implications of these changes for the rights and responsibilities of individuals and organisations. Papers should address the development and future of these measures for regulation, policymaking, and governance within the UK, Europe, and/or internationally.

The conference organisers especially welcome submissions from Early Career Researchers, including PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers who have been awarded their PhD within the past five years. Interdisciplinary papers are also encouraged.

Topics of interest include:

  • AI technologies and innovation
  • Online safety and protection of children’s rights
  • End-to-end encryption and data security
  • UK Online Safety Bill and EU Digital Services Act
  • Right to be forgotten/right to erasure
  • Algorithmic bias and vulnerable groups
  • Online anonymity and the right to protest
  • Freedom of expression and freedom of speech
  • Trustworthy institutions and disinformation

The ILPC Annual Conference will also include the ILPC Annual Lecture 2022 and the ILPC is delighted to announce that Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE will be delivering this year’s Annual Lecture. Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a full professor in theDepartment of Media and Communications, LSE. She has published 20 books on media audiences, including Parenting for a Digital Future (Oxford University Press 2020). She has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU and UNICEF on children’s internet safety and rights in the digital environment. She directs the Digital Futures Commission (with the 5Rights Foundation) and Global Kids Online (with UNICEF).

Attendance (in person and online) will be free thanks to the support of the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) and our sponsors, although registration is required as places are limited. The best papers will feature in a special issue of Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal, following a peer-review process. Those giving papers will be invited to submit full draft papers to the journal by 1st December 2022 for consideration by the journal’s editorial team.

How to apply: Please send an abstract (250-300 words) and a short bio to Eliza Boudier, Fellowships and Administrative Officer, IALS: by Monday 15 August 2022. Abstracts will be considered by the Centre’s academic staff and advisors, and the Communications Law editors. Let us know if you prefer to present in person at IALS (17 November) or online (18 November).

About the Information Law and Policy Centre: The Centre is based at IALS and was launched in 2015. Its mission is to undertake, promote, and facilitate, cross-disciplinary scholarship and research in the areas of information law and policy, domestically and internationally, in collaboration with a variety of organisations within the public and private sectors, and civil society.

About Communications Law: Communications Law is a well-respected quarterly journal published by Bloomsbury Professional covering the broad spectrum of legal issues arising in the telecoms, IT, and media industries. Dr Peter Coe, Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading, is the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.