Wednesday, October 16, 2013

CFP: Fordham Urban Law Journal - Smart Law for Smart Cities: Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology

Call For Papers

Fordham Urban Law Journal 2014 Symposium Book - Smart Law for Smart Cities:
Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology

February 27th - 28th, 2014, Fordham Law School, New York

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for its
2014 Symposium, Smart Law for Smart Cities: Regulation and the Transformation
of Urban Technology. As the second-most cited law and public policy journal and
one of the few journals publishing articles directly related to urban law, the
Fordham Urban Law Journal is committed to providing meaningful scholarship on
issues related to urban law. The 2014 Symposium will focus on topics associated
with contemporary urbanism and the potentially disruptive advances in urban
infrastructure related to innovative technology, sustainability and "big
data." All authors chosen for publication will be asked to speak on a
panel at the Symposium, which will be held at Fordham Law School on February
27th and 28th, 2014. The Symposium is being co-organized by Fordham's Urban Law
Center, Urban Studies Program, Center on Law and Information Policy, and Center
for Digital Transformation.

TOPICS: The Smart Law for Smart Cities Symposium will focus on how contemporary
urban life is marked and shaped by technology, as well as the law and regulatory
complexities that are arising from this technological transformation. The
Symposium will include panels examining changes to both the physical and
non-physical landscape in urban life resulting from such changes. The topics

- Citizen Engagement, the technological interface between citizens and cities;

- Local Service Delivery, the transformation of traditional urban
local-government services such as policing, education and public safety;

- Broadband and the New Digital Divide, the physical changes in urban
infrastructure to accommodate the demand for broadband, and challenges in equal
access to this new market;

- Energy and Infrastructure, with technological advances comes the need for
advances in energy usage and an infrastructure that can support it, despite the
fact that urban areas are still working within the regulatory and legal
framework of past generations;

- Cities and Surveillance, the dichotomy between the need for safety in an
urban atmosphere and risks such as crowd sourcing and false accusations is
examined in a post-9/11 and post-Boston Marathon Bombing world; and

- Regulating Big Data in Urban Governance, the dueling relationship between the
collection and deployment of large amounts of data needed for urban governance
and privacy and other regulation concerns.

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is seeking papers related to these topics for
discussion at the Symposium and inclusion in the Volume 42 Symposium Issue,
slated for publication in fall 2014. Authors should submit a one page proposal
to the Journal's Symposium Editor, Alex Berke, at If
you are already working on a draft paper, please include that draft with your
submission. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 25th at
5pm. We will inform you if your paper has been accepted by November 1st. Please
contact Alex Berke with any questions.

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