[SIGCIS-Members] CfP: Governance in the History of Computing

Gerardo Con Diaz condiaz at post.harvard.edu
Mon Dec 11 11:28:40 PST 2017

The *IEEE Annals of the History of Computing *invites submissions for a
special issue titled “*Governance in the History of Computing*.” Edited by
Gerardo Con Diaz (University of California, Davis), this special issue will
showcase how formal and informal forms of governance (from law and policy
to self-policing) have shaped the history of computing broadly conceived.

            In recent years, scholars have developed a keen interest on the
historical relationships between information technology and governance.
Their work is revealing that computing and telecommunications technologies
have been inseparable from the web of formal and informal forms of
governance in which they are embedded. In the process they are showing how
the study of law, policy, and regulation can shed new light on every major
theme in the history of computing—from the design and commercialization of
specific technologies, to the politics of their usage, representation, and

            This special issue aims to bring these scholars together. We
welcome papers that draw from the history of computing and its allied
fields, including STS, media studies, environmental studies, business
history, and gender and sexuality studies, to name a few. Papers addressing
any time period from the early nineteenth century to recent past are
welcome, as are those with any geographical focus.

Some topics of interest include:

·       Computing, free speech, privacy, and censorship

·       Criminal activity, due process, and punishment

·       Corporate governance and industry standards

·       Gender and race politics of IT governance

·       Computing and environmental policy

·       Internet standards and regulation

·       Ownership rights and piracy

·       Influential court opinions at the local, national, or international

If you are interested, please submit an abstract (250 words) to Gerardo Con
Diaz (Condiaz at ucdavis.edu) by *January 26, 2018. *Accepted papers will be
due for peer review in the summer of 2018. You may also contact him with
any questions, or to discuss potential topics.

*Gerardo Con Diaz*
Assistant Professor
Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis
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