Call for papers

We invite interested persons from Academia and from professional and public policy world to participate in the “11th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics, Regulating Smart Cities” by sending communications.

The communications should have either a legal or a political science approach, and should be addressed to one of the following issues (though not limited to):

  • Public Law: Big Data and Human Rights. Biometrics. Internet of Things. Geolocalization. Data Privacy. Access to and amendment of Personal Data. Redefining the Public-Private Spaces. New Rights in the Smart City? (e.g. the Rights to remain Disconnected, the Rights to anonymity or the Right not to be surveilled?). A Smart and Green City (environmental law and the Smart City).
  • Criminal Law and criminology: Crime prevention, security and Internet of the things. Computer crime and cybercrime. Traditional crimes committed on-line. Crimes related to computer privacy, to data availability and integrity, and against computer systems.
  • Private Law: Data re-use. Use of digital content protected by Copyright and industrial property rights. Data protection. Supply of new services and products in the information society market. Competition Law. E-commerce and consumer protection. Marketing and profiling. Mobile technology.
  • Government: E-governance in smart cities. E-Government regulation. Public Administration Innovation. Open Government. Transparency. Access to Public Sector Information. Open Data and Public Sector Information Re-use. Interoperability. E-Procurement.
  • Politics and society:Digital democracy. Information technologies and new forms of political participation, deliberation and organization. Citizen empowerment. Social networks and politics 2.0. Social movements and technopolitics. Crowdsourcing. ICT use by political institutions, citizens and political actors. ICT impact on politics and society.

As in previous editions, the Congress is also open to communications dealing with other topics concerning ICT and Law and Political Science in any of the following areas:

  • Privacy and data protection.
  • Copyright and industrial property rights.
  • e-Commerce and consumers.
  • Cybercrime and traditional crime on-line..
  • e-Government.
  • Internet, politics & society.

Those interested in participating must first send a summary of the contents of their communication, of approximately 300 words, stating clearly the purpose and scope of the communication, its working title and the block to which it belongs, using the submission form.


The submission of abstracts must be done through the Submission Form in this website.

First call

The deadline to send the abstract is January 19, 2015. Abstracts will be evaluated by blind review and will be notified for acceptance by January 23, 2015.

Second call

The deadline to send the abstract is February 1, 2015. Abstracts will be evaluated by blind review and will be notified for acceptance by February 5, 2015.

Full papers

Authors of accepted abstracts must submit the final text of the communication no later than March 25, 2015.

Communications may not exceed 7,000 words, including footnotes and references. To prepare the final communications, authors should use the appropriate template and follow the authors’ guidelines. Submissions should be made to Communications will be again subjected to a review process, the result of which will be announced on April 20, 2015. The deadline for submitting the definitive text with the necessary modifications will be May 4, 2015.

All accepted papers will be published in the electronic book of the conference proceedings, which will have a corresponding ISBN number. Communications may also be selected for oral presentation at the conference.

By submitting the paper, the authors of accepted papers are granting a nonexclusive license so that the text is included in the conference’s proceedings book, which will be published in electronic form and licensed under Creative Commons. Participation in the Conference constitutes acceptance of the Privacy Policy of the Open University of Catalonia.

Participation in the conference requires registration and payment of the applicable fee as will be indicated in the Registration page of this website.

Key dates

Please send all submissions (except abstracts) by electronic mail to