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International Journal of Intellectual Property Management
International Journal of Intellectual Property Management


Special Issue on: “Identity, Privacy and New Technologies”

Guest Editors: Rebecca Wong, Nottingham Trent University, UK and Joseph Savirimuthu, University of Liverpool, UK

The impact of new technologies on privacy has generated extensive coverage amongst the legal academy. This issue aims to chart a new direction for scholarship. Our primary interest is in defining the emerging models for identity management where sophisticated technology is arguably reconfiguring the boundaries of private and public spaces. Do we mean the same things when we talk about identity management as opposed to privacy?

The insights generated from this question will help us frame the governance issues and their relevance for national, regional and globalised views of identity. Can the EU practice under the Data Protection framework provide an exemplary model? The Orwellian conception of privacy invasions has long been a spectre in the debates governing the normative foundations of law. Do we need a different discourse? From an institutional or cultural perspective, can self-regulation assist in defining norms and values that act as curbs on privacy invasive technologies?

Contributions are invited from scholars, practitioners and industry for papers which advance our understanding of identity management in general, and more specifically models of governance that can be used to generate insights for policymaking and rulemaking. To what extent are the current laws sufficient in protecting the identity/privacy of individuals and what are the tensions that exist in protecting privacy/data protection within the online environment?

The purpose of this issue is to address the intersection between identity, privacy and technology, discussing the challenges that face policy makers, legislators, technologists and society as a whole. Subjects to be considered include the freedom of expression, data protection laws and the governance/regulation of new technologies.

Questions to be explored include:

  • Is there an analytical distinction between “identity management” and legal conceptualisations of privacy?
  • Do online technologies such as blogging/podcasting/video blogging pose identity management issues or privacy issues?
  • Do regulatory frameworks like the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications 2002/58/EC, and Data Retentions Directive 2006/24/EC, facilitate the protection of privacy and provide important benchmarks and indicators of the dynamic between identity management and privacy?
  • What are the emerging models of identity management?
  • What are the economic impacts for industry and social organisations?
  • How has the law responded to the issue of identity management?
Subject Coverage
We are interested in papers covering, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Freedom of expression
  • Privacy
  • Data protection
  • Data retention
  • Digital rights management
  • Identity
  • Spyware
  • RFID
  • Privacy enhancing technology
  • Disruptive technologies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submissions: 31 July 2007

Review Deadline: 31 October 2007

Notification of Acceptance: 30 November 2007

Deadline for Revised Papers: 31 January 2008

Final Decisions: 31 March 2008