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International Journal of Electronic Democracy
International Journal of Electronic Democracy


Special Issue on: "Democratic Internet - Foundations, Ideas, Approaches, and New Perspectives"

Guest Editors:
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece
Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, University of Oviedo, Spain
Ambjörn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

These days, a critical shift in the interaction of humanity with the digital world is taking place. The advent of collaborative technologies, Web 2.0, blogs, wikis, folksonomies, social networks and online communities define a global information space where the diffusion of ideas, the development of communities, the promotion of beliefs and political opinions and the interaction of people in context is a new reality.

Within this space, democratic and open internet is not an expression. Humanity must investigate ways through which the diffusion of ideas will be based on rules, openness and synthesis. The main objective of this special issue is to analyse in depth the vision of the democratic internet and to facilitate a debate between academics, politicians, open minds, and society towards sound propositions for the democratic internet.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Foundations of democratic internet
  • Requirements for democratic internet
  • Policies
  • Open forums
  • Approaches to the democratic internet
  • New models of interaction
  • Blogs, wikis, folksonomies, social networks and online communities
  • Marketplace of ideas
  • Access to technology and the digital divide
  • Effects of technology on social interactions, families, communities
  • Social capital
  • Blogs and public conversation
  • Virtual versus real communities
  • Anonymity and freedom of expression
  • Privacy
  • Databases and their effect on an individual's privacy
  • Intellectual property, file sharing, software piracy
  • Effects of globalisation
  • Citizen journalists
  • Cyberactivism
  • NGOs (nonprofits) in today's global information sphere
  • Web 2.0 and Social Web Approaches to Democratic Internet
  • Actions against cyber terrorism

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

1-2 Page Abstract: 30 April 2007

Manuscripts due by: 15 October 2007

Notification to authors: 15 November 2007

Final versions due by: 10 December 2007