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[liberationtech] Call for chapter proposals (extended to Jan. 25): Privacy in Public Spaces

Bryce C Newell bcnewell at
Mon Jan 18 07:17:56 PST 2016

(*With apologies for cross-posting)*

We have extended the deadline for 250-word abstract submissions until *Jan.

*Contested Privacy Spaces: Privacy in Public Spaces *
Book editors: Dr. Tjerk Timan, Dr. Bryce C. Newell, and Prof./Dr. Bert-Jaap

For this volume, we are seeking contributions on the topic of privacy in
public spaces from a multitude of fields such as (but not limited to) law,
regulation, geography, philosophy, information studies, or sociology.

In this volume, we wish to explore how being anonymous and maintaining some
expectation of privacy when moving around in physical public space is
becoming more difficult due to all sorts of technological, digital
infrastructures invading public space. Innovations such as social media,
ubiquitous computing and smart sensing (sometimes grouped under the
umbrella term of an "Internet-of-Things") are increasingly becoming common
practice in public space. Not only does this entail new forms of physical
products or devices that are 'smart' (e.g. are somehow connected to a
network in which they can communicate to other 'things' and/or humans),
this 'smartness' also entails all kinds of data sharing. This sharing takes
place in public space, where boundaries of what is 'public' and what is
'private' become more difficult to establish. Both commercial parties and
government institutions (often in collaboration) try to benefit from
citizens sharing and spilling over their generated data in the grey area of
'public' space. In the process, citizens' private lives become more visible
in the public space, and yet, are afforded very limited legal protection
compared to private spaces. Conceptually, the book will analyze whether a
metaphorical privacy bubble exists, or should exist, around a data-carrying
citizen moving about in public space and if so, how such privacy bubbles
can be conceptualized.

*We welcome contributions that (illustrative):*

   - Re-conceptualize regulatory spaces of privacy
   - Offer theoretical accounts of privacy in (physical) public space
   - Reflect on the delimitation of (physical) public space
   - Discuss the changes in the role of privacy in public space and the
   role of public space for privacy
   - Discuss specific technologies or solutions deployed in public space
   that increase or alter the character of surveillance in public space
   - Describe recent trends developing in public space that have an impact
   on the standing and the role of privacy in public space
   - Offer thoughts on resilience in face of the changes in public space
   and particular means of resisting the privacy-intrusive technologies,
   solutions and trends in physical public space
   - Offer conceptual and/or theoretical effort in re-thinking privacy and
   privacy protection in public space

*Guidelines for authors*

   - Authors interested in contributing a chapter should send an abstract
   (max *250 words*) of their chapter to Tjerk Timan (
   t.timan at no later than *25 January 2016.* The
   abstracts should include the name(s) and affiliation of the author(s),
   proposed title of their contribution and a description of the proposed
   - Authors will be informed no later than* 29 January 2016* on the
   acceptance of their abstract.
   - The deadline for submitting full chapters is *30 May 2016*. We will
   accept chapters of *between 6000 and 12000 words*.
   - Submitted chapters will be peer-reviewed and sent back to the authors
   no later than *15 July 2015* who will be given opportunity to process
   the comments before submitting their final versions by *31 August 2016*.
   - We aim for a reasonably short publication timeframe (with a specific
   date dependent on the selected publisher's publication schedule).

*Editors: Dr. Tjerk Timan, Dr. Bryce C. Newell and Prof. Bert-Jaap Koops*

*Publisher: *Our aim is to submit the book to a renowned publisher, we are
considering Ashgate, Routledge or Oxford UP (we have begun initial
discussions with multiple publishers, and will submit a formal proposal
soon after filling the volume).

For questions or inquiries concerning this call, please send a mail to
t.timan at
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