[Asis-l] 2nd CfP JASIST: Soft Power - Informational Ambiguities and Asymmetries in the Network Age

Christopher Lueg lueg at it.uts.edu.au
Wed May 22 21:17:16 EDT 2002

                         2nd Call for Papers

  Soft Power: Informational Ambiguities and Asymmetries in the Network Age

    Special Topic Issue of the Journal of the American Society for
              Information Science and Technology (JASIST)

                          Guest editors:
       Christopher Lueg, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
                Blaise Cronin, Indiana University, USA.

                   Deadline: October 31, 2002

The next Special Topic Issue of the Journal of the American Society for
Information Science and Technology (JASIST) is scheduled to come out in
2004 on the topic of "Soft Power: Informational Ambiguities and
Asymmetries in the Network Age". The guest editors for this special issue
will be Christopher Lueg of University of Technology Sydney, Australia,
and Blaise Cronin of Indiana University, USA.

Virtually unlimited access to computers and networks in the age of the
Internet and World Wide Web is a double-edged sword, creating both
positive and negative externalities, and generating planned outcomes and
unintended second order effects in near equal measure. On the one hand,
ubiquitous network access provides numerous benefits to business and
society; on the other, it has created a host of unforeseen problems and
technical challenges for organizations of almost every kind.

So-called information-level threats are based on the active or passive
distribution of key information to a large audience. Such information may
result from discussions in Usenet newsgroups or they may be created
purposefully with a certain impact in mind. Examples of such threats are
hoaxes, false rumors, revenge web sites, and joe jobs - spamming under the
name of a competitor which has the effect that the competitor is blamed
(and punished) for spamming.

Information-level threats need to be distinguished from more technical
threats (denial of service, content degrading or destruction).
Information-level threats are not targeted at computers and communications
networks, but at humans receiving the information: the primary lever of an
information-level attack is the content of a message or claim, rather than
its form. An implication of this is that information-level threats are
less about security in a technical or computational sense than notions of
propaganda, opinion formation, and perception management.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the

* Identifying information-level activities in networked environments
* Security management, cyber forensics, and counterintelligence
* Strengths and limitations of commercially available Internet
  surveillance technology
* Commercial terrorism through the Internet
* Epistemological and neo-cortical warfare
* Information education - understanding information-based threats
* Digital defamation and free speech
* Journalism in the network age
* Branding in the age of the Internet
* Advertising vs. misinformation

The guest editors are seeking papers that address these and related
topics. Inquiries can be made to:

Christopher Lueg <lueg at it.uts.edu.au>	 or
Blaise Cronin    <bcronin at indiana.edu>

Manuscript submissions (Word files) should be addressed to:

Dr. Christopher Lueg
Department of Information Systems
Faculty of Information Technology
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007
Voice: +61 2 9514 1851
Fax    +61 2 9514 1807
Email: lueg at it.uts.edu.au

The deadline for accepting manuscripts for consideration for publication
in this special issue is October 31, 2002.  All manuscripts will be
reviewed by a select panel of referees.  Original artwork and a signed
copy of the copyright release form will be required for all accepted

A copy of the call for papers will be available on the World Wide Web at
as is further information about JASIST, at http://www.asis.org/.

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