The Internet, Policy & Politics Conferences

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Call for Papers




The Internet is now the most important international medium of communication and information exchange, involving citizens, firms, governments, political parties and NGOs, and bringing with it new practices, norms and structures. The societal shift enabled by the Internet is impacting upon public policy in all sectors, requiring rigorous empirical investigation, theoretical development and methodological innovation across academic disciplines.

In short, the Internet drives social change, requiring a policy response - and policy organizations of all kinds use the Internet to formulate and implement that response. Analysis of these two trends requires taking advantage of the new evidence generated by the Internet and the development of methods from a range of disciplinary perspectives.


This is the first academic conference to subject the relationship between the Internet, Politics and Policy to multi-disciplinary scrutiny. The conference will be organised in twin tracks:

  • Papers in the Politics track will consider the use of the Internet by political organizations, examining the impact on policy of (for example) online interest group activity and political mobilization, e-voting, political parties and campaigning and e-government.
  • Papers in the Policy track will look at policy responses to Internet-driven social change, including e-health, on-line education, cybercrime, security, privacy and digital inclusion.

These two areas are intertwined, so Plenary sessions will merge these tracks, investigating the intersection of policy and politics and the Internet.

Call for Papers

We welcome papers reporting on innovative research into any aspect of the impact of the Internet on public policy and / or politics. We particularly welcome papers that report novel results or methodological approaches, such as advanced analysis of online policy networks, modelling of real-time transactional data or internet-based experiments.

Perspectives from any academic discipline are welcomed, particularly: political science, economics, law, sociology, information science, communications, philosophy, computer science, psychology, management, geography and medicine.

Please submit a 500-word outline in the first instance. All outlines will be peer reviewed and applicants will have the opportunity to co-submit their paper to the journal Policy and Internet, which will operate a fast-track review process for accepted papers.


  • Abstract deadline: 500 words to be submitted by 15 March 2010 [note: while the deadline has passed, we are still accepting abstracts in under-represented areas: if you would like to submit an abstract, please contact the organisers]
  • Decision on abstracts: 15 April 2010
  • Poster deadline: 15 April 2010 (Best Poster Prize: £200)
  • Accepted paper submission deadline: 16 August 2010