Call for Papers: 3rd NUALS Seminar on Access to Information & Communication Technology [Oct 11-13, Kochi]: Submit by June 25


An abstract shall be submitted for the selection of papers (Word limit: 250-500 words, Font: Times new Roman, Size 12, Line spaces: 1.5).

The abstract shall provide the scheme of the research paper. It must contain the synopsis of the paper, subtitles and conclusion indicating the author’s perspectives. Abstract must be accompanied with Name, Designation, Official Address, Phone Number and Email Id of the author (s).

Research papers should apply research skills and must highlight the specific research problem.

The final paper must contain cover page with Name, Designation, E-mail ID, Contact number and address for communication. The papers must follow a uniform format:

Times New Roman, Font Size 12, 1.5 line spacing

Word limit : 2500-7500 margin throughout (left/right/top/bottom)

Citation Mode – Bluebook 19th Edition (Mandatory)

Bibliographies or references not necessary

Footnotes : Times New Roman, Font Size 10, Line Spacing 1

The work should be original, previously unpublished and must not be in the stage of submission/consideration elsewhere. All submissions should be made in MS Word format (.docx) in editable version ONLY.

Failure to comply with the above stipulations will result in the rejection of the paper.

One Co-author is permitted per paper.

Co-author is also required to pay for all the charges as per the prescribed terms of participation.

Presentation of papers can be done only by the author(s) of the paper.

All submitted abstracts and final papers shall undergo an internal peer review process and the acceptance of the Abstract & Full Paper for the seminar will be communicated personally.

The best papers shall be published in a publication, with due ISBN recognition.

In all the matters relating to the acceptance of the abstracts and the research papers, the decision of the Organizers shall be final and conclusive.


All submissions shall be made online to


Access to Technology and Knowledge in the Human Rights Framework

 Human rights aspects of access to Technology-Role of information

 The Right to Development- Parameters of Actualization

 Knowledge society- Information society- The Role of the Internet in Bridging Gaps.

 Paradigm shift in the nature of access- Role of intercessors and intermediaries- Administration and management of transnational policies on access- Actions and Reaction.

 Digital Literacy and barriers to Digital Literacy

 The need for expansion of current legal systems – new threats to Human Rights

Right to Privacy

 Recognising Privacy as a Human Right – international legal framework – UDHR, ICCPR

 Privacy as a Fundamental Right in India

 Challenges – National and International

 Surveillance by the State – the conflict between national security and right to privacy

 Big Data- Legal and Illegal Uses-Implications – Ethical, legal, Policy issues.

 Data Mining by Corporations – Involvement of Human Rights

 Data Protection v. Disclosure

 The right to be forgotten

Human rights and Governance

 E-Governance – national and international perspectives, examples

 Social Networking websites -Role in Modern Democratic Process Impact on formation and discussion of Democratic Opinions Platform for Democratic Discourse- Democratic values and ICT

 The new roles of a State- strategies of protection of rights – Constitutional protections- Scope of ICT as a tool for Governance and actualization of State obligations

 Information as a Right- Access to information and Communications Technology-means of facilitation to citizens-protection of such rights by state-effectiveness of such measures.

 Paradigms on use of ICT-Measures to realize Human Rights and Role of ICT.

 Public and Private Partnerships-Authorities- Incident Response systems

 Privatisation- Monopolising access to information and communications technology- Competition- Measures to level playing field- Statutory and Judicial tenets

 E-Learning and Educational Technologies.

Technology and environment

 The interconnection- technology to protect environment

 Technology that harms environment- Electronic waste

 Technologies and its impact on the biodiversity

 Green Information and communication Technologies-

 Climate change and monitoring devices

 Access to technologies for environmental sustainability- Transfer of Technology- Differentiated Responsibility-Communication and Access to Information Technologies

 Digital Divide; The dual consequence of technology as an agent of oppression and upliftment

 Digital Literacy, the barriers for a multilingual internet.

 Connectivity in India, with particular reference to rural areas.

 Issues of Digital Convergence & interoperability

 The Possibilities of Open and Cloud Computing.

 The politics of information. Challenges in the access to Information and Communication technologies.

 Social Networking and fragmentation of the Internet.

Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age

 Proprietary data, knowledge and information- the interrelationship between private and public domains- role of State

 Barriers to Access to Technology, as a result of IPR regimes, the control of information in the internet.

 Piracy, protection of Copyrights and IPR in the Internet, the ethics of Piracy

 The Future of IPR in the future, with special reference to Internet of things and Artificial Intelligence

 Communication protocols- international and national regimes of protection

 Disclosure-Commercialising knowledge – differences between traditional and modern national perceptions- Legal precepts

 Undisclosed information- Test Data- Data Protection -Data Exclusivity –Intellectual Property – International scope of protection

 Creative Commons and commercial realities

 Economy for digital innovation- E-commerce, open markets

 Biomedical Research and Scientific Collaborations using core technologies- Intermediary beneficiaries– Protection of IPR

Technology & Health

 Right to medical Information- Information sharing and connectivity Issues of Disclosure

 Assistive Digital Medical Technology- Cognitive Technologies identification of legal parameters

 Health Information Management- Medical Record Keeping Electronic Medical Records-electronic health records- Digital Imaging and Communications in Medical Sector

 Disability and Medical Technology: Possibilities/ ICT for the differently abled-international obligations- role of technology in their realization.


Last date for submission of Abstract: 25.06.2017

Notification for acceptance of Abstract: 30.06.2017

Last date for submission of Full Paper: 31.07.2017

Notification of acceptance of Full paper: 10.08.2017

Last date for Registration: 31.08.2017


1. Academicians /Teachers/Research Scholars and Other Participants : 2500/- (Individual/Co-author)

2. Students : 500/- (Individual/Co-author)

For details of the organizers: Click HERE.

For concept note: Click HERE.

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