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with the Journal of Cyber Policy

First deadline: 23rd July 2021

*please see below for additional deadline options*

Digital technology in Emerging Economies:

from Innovation to Governance

Will the so-called ‘newcomers’ become the frontrunners? Emerging economies are upgrading their digital ecosystems and putting their mark on the governance of cyberspace.  Enter the phenomenon of digital leapfrogging, by taking an existing technology, skipping the stage of development, and innovating to meet localized needs. Some of these countries are at the forefront of technological development in a prosperous and efficient way. They are also playing a key role in cyber governance debates and increasingly engaging in this space with the aim of harnessing the potential of ICTs use for the benefits of their economies and their people. However, in their efforts towards digital transformation and a stronger role in shaping this space, they are faced with a number of challenges.

The Journal of Cyber Policy in 2021-2022 will explore cyber and digital technology in emerging economies, the challenges facing them, and the efforts needed to overcome these challenges so that they can fulfil their aspirations for economic development, innovation and progress.

Through this call for papers, we are looking for interdisciplinary research across different fields, regions and stakeholder groups which will provide in-depth policy understanding of cyber and technology in emerging economies, the challenges, the gaps as well as the opportunities. The Journal’s editorial team is committed to geographical diversity and gender balance in the authorship of the papers and is therefore actively seeking submissions from authors from different fields (international relations, development, economics, mathematics, law, etc) and backgrounds (i.e. practitioners, policy makers, academics and technologists).

The Journal of Cyber Policy is calling for submissions which explore one or more of the following subjects:

  • Digitization and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Navigating Cyber Diplomacy
  • Emerging Tech, 5G for Development, and the Economy
  • Data Traffic and International Data Flows
  • Creating localized innovation ecosystems
  • Economics and politics of digital infrastructure: challenges and opportunities
  • Cybercrime threats to the digital economy

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit relevant articles for consideration by the editorial team. The Journal will accept the successful articles on a rolling basis which will then be published online. Please note that this call is for the period 2021-2022, for which there are three deadlines for submission:

  • 23rd July 2021
  • 26th November 2021
  • 25th March 2022

Interested authors are asked to submit as a first step their abstract and paper outline (400- 600 words), sketching out the key ideas in their proposed paper. The editorial team will then consider the proposals and make a decision with regards to the commissioning of the full paper within three weeks of the submission of the abstract. Completed manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words (not including notes and references). 

Completed manuscripts or outlines/abstracts should be submitted via Routledge, Taylor & Francis’ ScholarOne system.

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