[Grassroots-l] Fwd: Google to Sponsor JITP 2010: The Politics of Open Source - Call for Papers - Full paper submissions are due January 10, 2010

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sun Dec 6 19:32:22 EST 2009

I don't know whether anybody here wants to get into this, but we have
a lot of national education politics we could talk about.

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From: Stu <stuart.shulman at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 09:51
Subject: Google to Sponsor JITP 2010: The Politics of Open Source -
Call for Papers - Full paper submissions are due January 10, 2010
To: jitp2010 <jitp2010 at googlegroups.com>

JITP 2010: The Politics of Open Source
A two-day University of Massachusetts Amherst conference jointly
sponsored by:

Department of Political Science
Science, Technology, and Society Initiative (STS)
Journal of Information Technology & Politics (JITP)
Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP)
National Center for Digital Government (NCDG)

Eric von Hippel is Professor and Head of the Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Group at the Sloan School of Management at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Fellow at the Berkman Center
for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.  He specializes in
research related to the nature and economics of distributed and open
innovation. He also develops and teaches about practical methods that
firms can use to improve their product and service development
processes. He is the author of Democratizing Innovation (MIT Press,
2005) and The Sources of Innovation (Oxford, 1988).

Clay Johnson is Director of Sunlight Labs. Prior joining Sunlight,
Clay was one of the four founders of Blue State Digital, the
progressive left's premier technology and online strategy firm. This
firm, which was born out of the Howard Dean campaign, was also
responsible for Barack Obama's Web presence. At Blue State Digital,
Clay was responsible for developing the organization's brand and
building its initial client roster. He also had a hand at building
some of the company's early technical tools. Before joining Blue
State, Johnson was the lead programmer for Dean for America in 2004,
overseeing the development of grassroots tools like GetLocal, DeanLink
and Project Commons. Prior to entering politics, Johnson was a
technologist at Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) where he helped to develop
the company's Web syndication product. He also started the first
Internet Knowledge Exchange, KnowPost.com, and worked as an
entrepreneur-in-residence at a Venture Capital firm, but still claims
that he learned the most from his first job -- as a waiter at Waffle
House in Atlanta, Georgia.

Christopher M. Kelty is an associate professor at the University of
California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Center for
Society and Genetics and in the department of Information Studies. His
research focuses on the cultural significance of information
technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author
most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software
(Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open
source and free software, including its impact on education,
nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and
research process in the sciences and in the humanities.

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FOSS) has made significant
advances, both technically and organizationally, since its emergence
in the mid-1980s. Over the last decade, it has moved from a software
development approach involving mostly volunteers to a more complex
ecology where firms, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and
volunteers may be involved. Moreover, the production paradigm
continues to expand to other areas of digital content (e.g., Creative
Commons, Wikipedia, Connexions, etc.). In this conference we use the
phrase “open source” to capture this broader phenomenon. The Program
Committee encourages disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to
the study of open source, broadly defined.

"Politics" in the conference title, can have many interpretations.
Political issues closely tied to the free and open source software
movement(s) include: national government policies related to the
adoption of open source technologies or questions related to
interoperability and open standards, software patents, vendor lock-in,
and copyright. These are central themes we expect may be discussed in
this forum. In this context, we welcome international submissions
since differences in the political perspective appear in international
contexts. However, topics related to how the concept of openness has
led to various interpretations, adaptations, and applications of “open
source” in other domains, and political issues that surround these
broader innovations, are also welcome. Specific topics might include,
but are not limited to:

General topics related to the politics of open source
•    How open source software or its principles are changing politics
•    Emerging transparencies in software, systems and society
•    Open source in the developing world and other international
•    The political economy of open source
•    Digital divides and open source

Open source and the public sector
•    Open source software and transparency in government
•    Government policies toward open source and open standards
•    Regulation and open source

Open source and democracy
•    Open source and democratic engagement
•    Open source voting systems
•    Activism, political mobilization and open source

The expansion of open source into other domains
•    Understanding how open source collaboration works and how it can
be extended into other areas of collective action
•    Policy areas, such as the effects of free textbooks on education
policy or the politics of "One Laptop Per Child"
•    The political implications of open source in other cultural

Authors are invited to prepare and submit to JITP a manuscript
following one of the six submission formats by January 10, 2010. These
formats include research papers, policy viewpoints, workbench notes,
review essays, book reviews, and papers on teaching innovation.
Proposals for full panel presentations will also be accepted. The goal
is to produce a special issue, or double issue, of JITP with a wide
variety of approaches to the broad theme of "The Politics of Open

Everything you need to know about how to prepare and submit a strong
JITP paper is documented at http://www.jitp.net/. Papers will be put
through an expedited blind peer review process by the Program
Committee, and authors will be notified about a decision by March 10,
2010. A small number of papers will be accepted for presentation at
the conference. Other paper authors will be invited to present a
poster during the Friday evening reception. All posters must include a
"YouTube" version of their research findings.

The author (or authors) of the best research paper will receive a
single $1,000 prize. The creator (or creators) of the best poster/
research presentation will also receive a single prize of $1,000.

Ezendu Ariwa, London Metropolitan University
M.V. Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Paul M.A. Baker, Georgia Institute of Technology
Deborah Bryant, Oregon State University Open Source Lab
Andrea Calderaro, European University Institute
Mark Cassell, Kent State University
Edward Cherlin, Earth Treasury
Gabriella Coleman, New York University
Doug Downham, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Robert English, Daystar Computing & University of Massachusetts
Joseph Feller, University College Cork
Jelena Karanovic, Rutgers University
Dave Karpf, University of Pennsylvania/Miller Center for Public
Andrea Kavanaugh, Virginia Tech
Jose Marichal, California Lutheran University
Jens Hardings Perl, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-chair
Stuart Shulman, University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-chair
Megan Squire, Elon University
Krishna Ravi Srinivas, Research Information System For Developing
Louis Suarez-Potts, Sun Microsystems, Inc. & OpenOffice.org
Anas Tawileh, Cardiff University & Meedan.net


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