Information Technology Law and Cyberspace

Mark O’Brien
Brian Simpson

In 2016 we wish to continue discussions and debates commenced in previous years that have engaged with the legal regulation of cyberspace from diverse and various perspectives and approaches. We continue to live in times that contain both exciting and troubling developments in the interface of law and information technology. The ongoing war on terror has sparked calls for new forms of state surveillance that rely on a mesh of legal processes and technological oversight that claim to protect us while removing many aspects of privacy. The use of social media to send chilling messages of hate, harassment and offense continues to conflict with its role as a place for uncensored public debate. Wearable technology has created new forms of social interaction that both liberate and enslave. Cyberspace is a contradictory space that both seduces and frightens us. How should the law respond?

This stream welcomes papers that seek to critically unwrap the manner in which the law has been co-opted into the information and technology age and the new forms of social and legal space that it has created.

This year there is also a sub-theme within the stream on Law, Trust and Emerging Technologies. Those interested in submitting to this theme should consult the call for papers for this theme.

Presenters will be invited to submit their finished papers for inclusion in a potential special issue of the journal Information and Communications Technology Law, to be edited by the stream convenors following the conference.

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair Platform. They must be no longer than 300 words and should include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.