The THEME for the 2021 Conference is TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY:
Technology has been a transformative force in society over the last several decades and its impact is moderated to a great extent by public policy. Technological advancements have provided valuable opportunities for refining and restructuring the existing public policy framework, along with many other positive implications for society at large. Policy regulates and drives technological interventions as diverse as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, biotechnology, and digital identity. However, these technological innovations also generate ambiguity and anxiety, which has led to a collective sense of concern about the speed and intensity of these changes, and whether and how they can be harnessed for social benefit. Eventually, how we as an epistemic community prepare 2 for, respond to, and anticipate next steps will be critical for the future of the interface between technology and society. Public policy is critical for shaping technology as a force that raises awareness, assuages fears, builds trust, and opens development pathways for communities. The IPPN annual conference this year aims to draw upon the multidisciplinary nature of this topic to explore critical issues at the intersection of technology and public policy. The conference welcomes research from all disciplines that incorporates this approach. We are especially interested in organized panels and papers that are unique in their emphasis on observation and insight into the theme or any particular sub-theme.
Conference proceedings will be organized as streams around several sub-themes. These are:
These streams are not meant to be exhaustive, and we welcome submissions relevant to public policy which may not be directly aligned with the theme or any of sub-themes.
THE SUBMISSION PROCESS:
The IPPN Conference 2021 invites three categories of proposals: Expert Panels, Symposia, and Roundtables.
Each Expert Panel will be one hour long. The proposal should specify a Moderator and 4-5 panelists. The proposal should include a summary description (<500 words) and the name, designation, affiliation, short biography, and email address of each panelist.
The deadline for proposal submissions is 15th Jan, 2021 IST at 17:00hrs IST. Decisions will be notified no later than 31st Jan, 2021.
Research Papers: We welcome two kinds of abstracts:
Abstracts should be strictly less than 200 words and should convey to the general reader why the research was done, what was found, and why the results are important for public policy. They should start with some brief BACKGROUND information: a sentence giving a broad introduction to the question comprehensible to the general reader, and then a sentence of more detailed background specific to your research. This should be followed by a onesentence description of the main OBJECTIVES and a sentence or two on the principal RESEARCH METHODS, followed by the primary RESULTS. Please note that results are NOT 4 required to be included for abstracts under the Research in Progress category. The last sentence of the abstract should outline the main CONCLUSIONS of the paper, in terms that will be comprehensible to all participants. Please do NOT include citations or abbreviations in the Abstract. In addition, each abstract should be accompanied by the names of the presenter and all co-authors, designations, affiliations and email addresses. Authors will also be able to specify whether they are willing to be included in a Full Talk Session (each presenter has 15 minutes to present), Lightening Talk sessions (each presenter has 5 minutes to present) or Poster sessions (dedicated 2-hour session for all posters).