Overview:  TPRC is an annual conference on information policy that convenes researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. TPRC strives to inspire top quality research on information, communications, and technology policy, and to connect researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and practitioners. TPRC is the longest-running conference of its kind, and has a legacy of showcasing cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines and international perspectives. TPRC seeks conference submissions for papers, posters, and panels, as well as the graduate student consortium.  TPRC’s goal is to provide multiple opportunities for active and engaging conference participants to interact, take part, and share their knowledge.  Academics, policy-makers, lawyers, students, and industry experts alike are all welcome.

Participate! At TPRC, every contribution is important for advancing knowledge about the many challenging issues of the growing global information ecosystem and there are multiple ways to participate and showcase your research. TPRC has many ways to be involved. TPRC is making more opportunities for your contribution to fit your personal needs as well as to provide excellent research for the conference. Submit an abstract of new research you’re working on or have recently completed.  You can choose to present your work as a paper or a poster. The scope is broad: a topic can be empirical, analytical, legal, historical, institutional, or theoretical.  TPRC uses a double-blind review process, and if your paper is accepted you will be asked to submit your completed paper just prior to the conference, and to present your work at the conference.

In addition to the paper sessions, TPRC has a vibrant and engaging poster session. You can submit your research as a poster.  Authors are able to submit to both the paper and the poster session but will only be able to present at one session.  If you would prefer only to present at the poster session, you can submit an abstract for consideration for that session.  If your poster is accepted, you will be asked to submit your poster just prior to the conference and to display your poster at the conference.  The program committee may also select some paper submissions for display as a poster to accommodate the limited number of paper presentation slots.  In this case, the author indicates a preference to opt out of such consideration.

There are a variety of other participation options. TPRC45 is interested in your expertise as a moderator for a session, as a participant in our Birds of a Feather tables, as a mentor for our graduate student consortium, and as a discussion panel member.  If you are a student, we have a special student call for papers and a Graduate Student Consortium to which you can apply.  You will find specific details of each of these options in the full Call for Papers (see applicable links).

Dates and Location:  The 2017 conference will be held from the morning of September 8th through Saturday, September 9th. at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.    A Capitol Hill event and the Graduate Student Consortium will take place a day before the conference on Thursday, September 7. Details for these events are found by following the applicable links.  Our long-standing attendees should take note of the change in format from prior years: TPRC will be held all day Friday, September 8 and all day Saturday, September 9. There will be no Sunday sessions.

Quick Facts:

·       Abstracts can be submitted from March 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, at http://www.tprc.org.

·       Abstracts for paper sessions and posters, and proposals for panels: March 31, 2017

·       Applications to the Graduate Student Consortium: March 31, 2017

·       Student Paper Contest submissions: April 30, 2017

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

·       Final full papers are due on August 15, 2017.

TPRC is a great place to meet new people, and to reconnect with experts in the field of Internet policy, communications, and information. It brings together a diverse and energetic community of scholars, and all are welcome!