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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPER PROPOSALS
Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) intends to build human capacity in the South by reinforcing and developing the knowledge, skills, and commitment of ICT policy and regulation scholars in the region or with substantial interest in the region. The overall objective is to create policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts.
Abstracts/paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in the Asia Pacific and Africa, or relevant to the Asia-Pacific and Africa, may be submitted for review and acceptance. The paper proposals must be classifiable with at least three keywords from the list.
Submit your abstract here
The conference will accommodate about 30 paper presenters from Africa and the Asia-Pacific over the course of three days. The conference includes sessions on cutting-edge developments on policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface. Each of the paper sessions will be chaired by a senior scholar and include a discussant, who will provide substantive comments on the papers.
Three of the conference sessions will focus on the following topics:
• impact of mobile money on the poor
• impact of ICT on education in Developing countries
• access to ICTs and micro, small and medium enterprises
• efficacy of Telecom Reform in Low and Middle Income Countries
Proposals should be submitted electronically at www.cprsouth.org on or before 04 March 2014
• Submission should be a 500-word paper proposal with references and one page curriculum vitae
• The template for the paper proposals submission can be downloaded from
• The document must be named CPRsouth2014_paperproposal&Bio_YourLastName.doc.
• It should be in MS office word format
• In addition to the keywords we encourage you to submit papers for special sessions as well
Access | Applications | Authorization and licensing | Broadband | Business models | Citizen | Civil society | Cloud computing | Competition | Conflict | Connectivity | Consumer | Content | Convergence | Cooperation | Demand | Disaster | Disability | Domestic | Economy | Ecosystem | Education | Efficiency | Emerging markets | Environment | Governance | Growth | Inclusion | Indicators | Information | Infrastructure | Innovation | International | Institutions | Judiciary Knowledge | Legislation | Markets | Media | Micro, small and medium enterprises | Mobile money | Monopoly | Networks performance | Policy | Political economy | Poverty | Productivity | Property| Public goods | Oligopoly | Reforms | Regional | Regulation | Services | Spectrum | Strategy | Telecom reforms | Transparency | Universal access | Universal services
The papers selected for presentation at the CPRsouth Conference will be uploaded onto the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database. Please note that the submission of the final paper implies consent to upload them onto the SSRN database. The slides of the presentations and the policy brief will be uploaded onto www.cprsouth.org
Selected paper givers who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:
• Lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD 200 registration fee).
• Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the
conference (4-6 September 2014). Not all meals are covered.
The airfare will be reimbursed less USD 200, the registration fee for the conference. The cost of transportation to and from airports in home countries, visa fees (if any), meals not provided and incidental costs have to borne by the participants.
Letters will be provided for this purpose after participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately thereafter.
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ICTD2013 are pleased to invite emerging scholars to submit a maximum 600-word abstract focusing on the theme, “ICT ecosystems in developing countries.” Your abstract submission will be for the pre-conference ICTD symposium (2-6 December 2013).
If you submit an abstract, your abstract will be peer-reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified to submit a full paper and you will be invited to present the full paper at this symposium. Travel scholarships will include your flight, accommodation, meals and registration paid by ICTD2013.
You will have to submit an abstract for the symposium to get funding for the two events (pre-conference and ICTD2013). You do not need to have a paper accepted for ICTD2013, and you can present your ICTD paper at the symposium if it concerns the theme of "ICT ecosystems". Preference will be given to scholars from the global South.
Abstracts can be submitted to the Scholarships Committee online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14PGQuojtgmARjqyPe6BA_8ewbMqLeoev8yPQNRkXxwk/viewform. Abstracts should be no longer than 600 words.
- July 26: Abstract Submission deadline (17h00 GMT)
- August 12: Notification of Acceptance, Request to prepare Full Paper
- October 30: Final Papers Submission deadline
- November 15: Discussants asked to review papers
- December 2-6: ICTD pre-conference symposium
- December 7-10: ICTD2013 Cape Town
You may apply for the pre-conference and ICTD2013 travel scholarship as an emerging scholar, only if you are:
- an emerging scholar in the Information & Communication Technology for Development field of no more than 45 years old;
- if you are a PhD holder, then you are only eligible if you have no more than seven years of post-graduate teaching/research experience;
- and preference will go to those affiliated with an academic, government, research or civil society institution, consortium or institution based in the global South such as the Africa, Latin America and Asia regions.
Preconference Symposium Organizers:
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Conference Information :
Conference website: http://ictd2013.info
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CALL FOR MOTIVATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE 2013 YOUNG SCHOLARS' PROGRAMME
Fifteen Young Scholars from Africa (and the same number from the Asia-Pacific region) will be selected to participate in the tutorials taught by recognised scholars and practitioners scheduled to be held before CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 (3-4 September 2013).
- Officers of government/regulatory agencies
- Entry/mid level officers of private companies in the communication industries
- Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Law, Communications and Journalism
- Entry/mid level officers in NGOs/INGOs.
- Researchers from think tanks
- Journalists interested in regulation and public policy, with an emphasis on communication
- Alison Gillwald, PhD (Research ICT Africa, South Africa)
- Aslam Hayat (Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Center, Fiji)
- Ashok Jhunjhunwala, PhD (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)
- Christoph Stork, PhD (RIA, South Africa)
- Emmanuel Lallana, PhD (IdeaCorp, Philippines)
- Ernesto Flores-Roux, PhD (Telefonica, Mexico)
- Helani Galpaya (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
- Judith Mariscal, PhD (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico)
- Milagros Rivera, PhD (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
- Pirongrong Ramasoota, PhD (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
- Rohan Samarajiva, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
- Roxana Barrantes, PhD (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Peru)
- Sujata Gamage, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
- Supriya Singh, PhD, (RMIT, Australia)
- Yuli Liu, PhD (National Chengchi University, Taiwan ROC)
- William Melody, PhD (LIRNE.net, Denmark)
- a one-page curriculum vitae
- a one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an African- based expert capable of contributing to ICT-related policy and regulatory reform in the region
- The document should be named: CPRafrica2013_YoungScholar_YourLastName
- Content of application
- Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for the Asia Pacific/Africa
- Quality of writing
- Gender and country representation
- The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.
- Provide an one-page research proposal
- Participate in all tutorial sessions
- Participate in the entire CPRsouth8/CPRafrica2013 conference
- lowest cost route economy airfare, to and from India
- shared accommodation, including bed and breakfast, for the duration of the conference (Organisers will provide 3 lunches and 1 dinner from 3-7 September 2013, but not all meals are covered)
- Deadline for applications: 02 June 2013
See www.researchICTafrica.net for updates
These keywords will be used to assign papers to reviewers in a double-blind process, which will yield a shortlist of approximately 30-35 papers. Completed papers from this shortlist will be adjudicated by two senior scholars, and authors of the highest ranked papers will be invited to present at the conference.
- the title of the paper
- your name and contact information (email address and mobile no.)
- an abstract of the paper (no more than 750 words including a minimum of three, and a maximum of five, keywords from the list above. Abstracts should include at least three, but preferably more, references to prior work. (References and keywords are outside the 750-word limit)
- a curriculum vitae of no more than one page
- the document must be named: CPRafrica2013_abstract&Bio_YourLastName.doc
TEMPLATE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS (ABSTRACTS)
Notification of acceptance of proposed papers on the basis of the abstract will be emailed on or before 1 March 2013. Full papers must be submitted for review by 1 May 2013. Only full papers of acceptable quality that are received by this deadline will be considered for partial travel and accommodation support.
It is expected that the papers will be improved based on substantive comments provided in the run-up to the conference. All paper presenters are required to develop a policy brief based on their final research paper. Mentoring on writing a policy brief will be provided prior to the conference, and policy briefs will be judged in a policy-brief competition.
- PRINCIPAL RESEARCH QUESTION(15%): Captures the essence of the proposal in no more than 50 words
- POLICY RELEVANCE (15%): The relevance of the proposal to identified decision-makers in the ICT space is explicated
- COMPONENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS (15%): Breaks down the research question further and is linked to the research plan
- RESEARCH PLAN (45%): Includes a literature search, method and data sources sections
- LIST OF REFERENCES/SOURCES (5%): Identifies the key documents. APA style is used
- TITLE (5%): Is clear and communicates no more and no less than the content given in the proposal
Paper presenters who make the cut will be notified by 3 June 2013 with contact information for the assigned chair and discussant and instructions on travel arrangements.
- lowest cost route economy airfare, to and from India
- accommodation, including bed and breakfast, for the duration of the conference (Organisers will provide 3 lunches and 1 dinner from 5-7 September 2013, but not all meals are covered)
- Call for Abstracts published: 15 January 2013
- Abstracts due: 15 February 2013
- Notification of acceptance of abstract: 01 March 2013
- Submission of papers for review: 07 May 2013
- Notification of selected paper presenters: 03 June 2013
- Final submission of revised papers/policy briefs: 03 July 2013
The new Master of Communication Studies is a one-year (two semesters) academic master on New Media and Society in Europe (60 ECTS) focusing on current trends in the rapidly changing field of media and communication. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the English language programme allows students from all over the world to concentrate on business, policy and/or user aspects of new media in a European context. It comprises one set of compulsory courses and one set of optional courses, but students can also decide to do an internship.
BRUSSELS - THE HEART OF EUROPE:
Situated in Brussels, the heart of Europe and located near the European Commission, the NATO and other international institutions, visits to the European institutions, and a lecture series with communication professionals are part of the official programme.
In addition, students are regularly invited to participate in all kind of events, seminars and conferences taking place in Brussels and dealing with current issues in the field of media and ICT in Europe.
VUB, SMIT AND IES:
The master pogramme is organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and supported by state of the art research from two partnering research institutes: the centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) and the Institute for European Studies (IES).
All students will be in constant exchange with researchers from these two international research centers and have the occasion to get to know their work via internships, conferences and lectures.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSION:
An Admission Board evaluates applications on an individual basis for all international students and students holding an academic bachelor degree in another discipline than Communication Studies.
The application period for 2013-14 is still ongoing. Don't loose any time as the application deadline 1st of July is approaching!
For further information pleaase visit the website or feel free to email your queries to Master.New.Media@vub.ac.be
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Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2013) Cape Town, South Africa
Conference dates: December 7-10, 2013
Paper submission deadline: May 1, 2013 (11:59pm UTC)
Conference website: http://www.ictd2013.info
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Note - new for 2013, there will be two kinds of manuscripts accepted into the ICTD program track: Full Papers and Notes.
Conference and Program Overview
Held in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI and ACM SIGCAS, ICTD2013 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers exploring the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in social, political, and economic development.
Hosted by the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, ICTD2013 is the sixth of an ongoing series of conferences occurring every one-and-a-half years; previous conferences have taken place in: Berkeley, CA (USA) ICTD 2006; Bangalore (India) ICTD 2007; Doha (Qatar) ICTD 2009; London (United Kingdom) ICTD 2010, and Atlanta, GA (USA) ICTD 2012.
Over decades, as radio and television have been joined by computers, the internet, and mobile devices, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become more pervasive, more accessible, and more relevant in the lives of people around the world. Virtually no sphere of human activity remains apart from ICTs, from markets to health care, education to governance, family life to artistic expression. Diverse groups across the world interact with, are affected by, and can shape the design of these technologies. The ICTD conference is a place to understand these interactions, and to examine, critique, and refine the persistent, pervasive hope that ICTs can be enlisted by individuals and communities in the service of human development. There are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the engineering, application and adoption of ICTs in developing regions and/or for development, with implications for design, policy, and practice.
For the purposes of this conference, the term "ICT" comprises electronic technologies for information processing and communication, as well as systems, interventions, and platforms that are built on such technologies. "Development" includes, but is not restricted to, poverty alleviation, education, agriculture, healthcare, general communication, gender equality, governance, infrastructure, environment and sustainable livelihoods. The conference program will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of ICTD research, with anticipated contributions from fields including anthropology, computer science, communication, design, economics, electrical engineering, geography, human-computer interaction, information science, information systems, political science, public health, and sociology.
In addition to inviting the Full Papers and Notes detailed here, the conference will offer a variety of opportunities for participation, including open sessions, pre-workshops, and demos. Check our website for further calls.
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Connecting Africa & Asia: ICT Policy research and practice for the Global South
The third CPRafrica will take place from 5 - 7 September 2012 together with CPRsouth in Mauritius.
Download the Conference programme.
Communication Policy Research Africa (CPRafrica) encourages intellectual endeavour and research in the area of ICT policy and regulation in Africa through the creation of a forum in which African academics and researchers can engage on and profile their research and contribute to global debates from an African perspective. The overall objective is to nurture policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts. This is an initiative of Research ICT Africa and draws on similar initiative by LIRNEasia – CPRsouth. For the first time in 2012 these two partners will hold their conferences jointly in Mauritius. There is no more appropriate setting for this conference. Mauritius, itself an amalgam of Africa and Asia, is one of the most dynamic ICT markets on the African continent.
The conference will again provide a forum for senior, junior and mid-career change scholars to meet face-to-face and exchange ideas, network and improve the quality of their scholarly work for publication. The long-term objective is to foster the next generation of active scholars and local experts capable of contributing to good ICT policy and regulation in their regions.
The structure of the conference will offer researchers the opportunity to discuss their research on ICT regulation and policy in Africa, Asia and the South more generally, with a policy-oriented, international panel of senior academic referees and their peers from the regions.
The conference is designed to accommodate 35 papers presenters over the course of two and a half days, and the audience will be made up of 50 scholars involved in the field of ICT policy and regulation, broadly defined, including 20 Young Scholars from both regions.
Call for Abstracts
Abstracts for papers on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in Africa or relevant to Africa may be submitted for review and acceptance. Abstracts are due on 30 January 2012.
The list below provides some guidance to the subject matter of the conference but is not exhaustive.
• Convergence and broadband
• Telecom/broadcasting policy
• Extension of access and services – m- and e-gov, social networking, mobile money
• Data and methods for research on ICTs
• Governance of ICT and ICT for governance
• Intellectual property rights
• Internet governance
• ICT markets and competition
• National and regional innovation systems
• Indicators and evidence
• Regulation: Spectrum allocation, interconnection, licensing
• Policy: institutional arrangements, market structure, infrastructure extension
• Market innovation, competition and disruption
• Telecom operator strategies in emerging economies
• Content, rights and regulation
The actual program will depend on the papers received. The organisers reserve the right to combine topics and to not offer sessions for which sufficient high-quality submissions are not received.
Abstracts should be submitted to info info@researchICTafrica.net by or before 30 January 2012 and must contain the following:
• the title of the paper
• your name and contact information,
• an abstract of the paper (no more than 1500 words)
• a curriculum vitae of no more than a page.
• The document must be named CPRafrica_Abstract&Bio_YourLastName.
Notification of acceptance of the proposed paper on the basis of the abstract will be e-mailed on or before 15 February 2012. Authors must submit their papers for review by 15 May 2012. No papers will be accepted after this date. The conference organisers reserve the right to reject the paper if it does not conform to the abstract or accepted academic standards.They will receive the reviewer’s comments by 30 May 2012, and will be required to complete any revisions for acceptance by 30 June 2012 for confirmation of acceptance by 30 July 2012.
Abstracts will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- Clarity of the thesis or the research finding
- Policy and regulatory relevance
- Novelty, significance, and importance to the CPRafrica community
- Adequacy of methods and analysis
- Quality of writing
Please note: Only the authors whose final papers that are delivered by the 30 June 2012 deadline AND who meet the quality standard will be allowed to present their papers at the conference and have their travel funded. Others may attend the event at their own expense or if they have applied for and satisfied the criteria for selection as Young Scholars.
Selected presenters will be provided with least-cost travel to and from Mauritius, accommodation and a per diem for the duration of the conference. All incidental costs will have to be borne by the participants. Those who are able to receive institutional support to attend are requested to do so, to enable others who do not to be able to attend.
Call for Abstracts out: 1 December 2011
Abstracts due: 30 January 2012
First drafts due: 15 May 2012
Reviewer feedback due: 30 May 2012
Final drafts due: 30 June 2012
Post to website: 30 July 2012
Prof Alison Gillwald (RIA , University of Cape Town); Prof Rohan Samarjiva (LIRNEasia), Dr. Taruna Ramessur (University of Mauritius).
See www.researchICTafrica.net for updates
Young Scholars Seminar
3-4 September 2012 - Mauritius
Thirty Young Scholars from Africa and Asia have been selected to participate in the conference without having to fulfill the paper acceptance qualifications and to attend an ICT policy research seminar prior to the conference to allow them to participate more effectively.
Download the Young Scholar programmeYoung Scholar programme.
Applications should be submitted to info [at] researchICTafrica [dot] net by or before 30 January 2012 and must contain the following:
• a one-page curriculum vitae that includes your contact information and the name and contact information of current supervisor or mentor, and
• a one-page write-up outlining why you wish to be an African or Asian based expert capable of contributing to ICT policy and regulatory reform in the region.
The document should be named CPRafrica2012_YoungScholar_YourLastName.
Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed on or before 30 February 2012 with instructions on travel arrangements.
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
• Content of application
• Evidence of interest in policy-relevant research for the Africa or Asia
• Quality of writing
• Gender and country representation
Please provide the contact details of your supervisor or mentor as the selection committee may contact them before making the final selections.
Selected applicants will be provided with least-cost travel to and from Mauritius, twin-sharing accommodation and meals for the nights of the conference only. All incidental costs will have to borne by the participants. Costs are being tightly controlled to accommodate as many participants as possible.
Applications due: 30 January 2012
Notification of acceptance to Young Scholars: 30 February 2012
See www.researchICTafrica.net for updates
The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information is pleased to announce that its first conference on the topic of broadband as a platform for Video in Africa will take place May 22nd & 23rd in Lusaka, Zambia.
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April 2 and 3, 2012
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