Call for Conference Papers and Posters

TPRC45 welcomes submissions of abstracts of new research you’re working on or have recently completed.  The scope is broad: a topic can be empirical, analytical, legal, historical, institutional, or theoretical. The Program Committee is interested in papers and posters discussing communications, information, intellectual property, technology, and Internet policy in all countries and regions, including regional and international comparisons.

Paper sessions are scheduled with two papers and moderator commentary or in three paper sessions. You will be notified which type of session you are assigned. Presentations are 20 minutes.

In the poster session, participants display materials that show the highlights of their research. Printed poster boards or sheets of paper with a title, abstract, core results, graphs, charts, etc. that are attached in a meaningful sequence to a poster board are equally acceptable. A poster is intended to present research in a manner that the topic, data/information, and main results are immediately identifiable, and so as to ensure that the empirical questions and hypotheses guiding the work are noted. Poster presenters are encouraged to make a reasonable quantity of color copies of their posters available for distribution to interested attendees.  During TPRC45, posters will be displayed prominently in the lobby throughout the conference period, and a formal poster session (with accompanying refreshments and hors d’oeuvres) will take place on Friday evening. Poster session format allows deeper one on one interaction with those interested in specific topics.

Quick Facts:

·       Abstracts can be submitted from March 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, at

·       After a double-blind review process, notice of decisions will be provided to the submitting author by May 31, 2017. 

Possible Research Topics: (this is by no means a complete list; all relevant topics are considered):

  • Social media use, social network privacy policies, the role of social media in society
  • Information policy dimensions of emerging technologies (drones, self-driving cars, biometrics, virtual reality, cryptocurrencies, data analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and 3-D printing)
  • Reviews of law and legal arguments relevant to telecommunications policy issues
  • Metrics and assessment of communications service performance with respect to policy goals
  • Competition, media ownership, antitrust, and the role of regulation in the market
  • Defining, allocating, and managing scarce resources, including spectrum, rights of way, numbers, and domain names
  • Intellectual property issues, including copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret
  • Network architecture (e.g. security, reliability, interoperability, accessibility)
  • Privacy, data security, and surveillance
  • Transnational Internet governance
  • New communications business models (e.g., over-the-top video providers, healthcare delivery and monitoring, MOOCs and flipped classrooms)
  • Impact of the rise of large multi-sided platforms as providers of Internet-based devices and/or digital services (e.g., search, news, email, mapping, shopping) on competition and consumer choice
  • Social, economic, societal, or environmental impacts from the use of telecommunications (wireline and mobile) and Internet technologies
  • Critical theoretical analyses of communications and information policy and practices (e.g., assessing race, gender, disability or class effects)
  • Evaluation of programs (public, nonprofit, private) to increase access to, and adoption of, communications, information, and Internet technologies and services
  • Topics in innovation policy

Note:  TPRC is a research conference, and thus pieces of advocacy will not be considered for inclusion in the program.

Important Guidelines:  A paper that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceeding, in a law review, or as a chapter in a published book, will not be accepted for TPRC. Material that has been published or presented in other venues (e.g., dissertations, working papers, position papers, documents in repositories like SSRN, and other conferences) is acceptable.

At least one author is expected to attend the conference to present an accepted submission. A person may present only one paper at the conference (although he/she may be a coauthor on others.) If multiple papers are submitted by a single author, at most one of them will be accepted. If there are multiple papers with the same or overlapping co-authors, the program committee will consider additional factors to maximize the breadth of research presented in the panels and posters. Different authors will be required to present each accepted paper.

People who have presented on-going research at previous TPRC’s are encouraged to submit.

Please direct questions concerning acceptances/rejections to Complete papers for accepted abstracts will be due to TPRC on August 15, 2017. Papers not submitted in final form by the due date will be removed from the program. 

Submission CriteriaTo aid the Program Committee in selecting the most appropriate papers and posters for presentation, abstracts must adhere to the following guidelines:

·       The abstract SHOULD NOT CONTAIN the author’s name or identifying information.

·       Abstracts should be 300 to 500 words in length. 

·       Abstracts should not contain a detailed literature review as the reviewers are likely to be familiar with the topic of the paper and will require at most a short paragraph of background.

·       Abstracts should describe the proposed research in as much detail as is necessary to convey the contributions of the paper.  This includes:

(a)   A clear statement of the objective(s) of the paper;

(b)   When appropriate to the topic, a description of the methods used to develop the paper’s thesis or test its hypotheses;

(c)    A short explanation as to why the research is novel; and

(d)   A description of the data assembled to support these insights or perform these tests, where relevant.

(e)   If the paper is substantially complete, the abstract should also summarize its results.

·       While the proposed research need not involve empirical methods, the work should significantly advance information policy, theory or related research methods.