Friday, May 3, 2013

CFP: The Techno-sphere of Security

Here's a call for papers for a thematic issue on urban surveillance. Deadline is May 31st, 2013.
Call for Papers: International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)

Thematic issue: The Techno-sphere of Security: surveillance and control in the digital city.

The more digitalized cities become, the greater their openness to surveillance. Every day practices such as grocery shopping, taking a bus, withdrawing money, making a call, or simply taking a walk under the gaze of a CCTV camera, by the fact that they are mediated by informational technologies, leave digital traces that are likely to be tracked. This changed the way security is thought and promoted in urban areas. Not only do the police begin to function differently, with the increasing inclusion of new surveillance practices in their activities, but crime and violence, too, adapt themselves to this information age. Consequently, the act of planning and thinking the city must be equally transformed. This thematic issue welcomes articles on the broad area of surveillance and its relation to security and urban planning, and particularly encourages papers on: closed-circuit television systems (CCTV); social sorting; biometric identification documents and smart cards; surveillance technologies and their application to the security of sports mega-events; crowdsourcing; control of dissent (demonstrations, public protests); surveillance of minorities; resistance to surveillance; urban policing and surveillance; data and video security centers; border control; personal data, regulation and legislation concerning surveillance and privacy; social networks and their relationships with surveillance and security; the surveillance use of mobile technologies such as radio-frequency identification tags (RFID), GPS devices, mobile phones, and drones; electronic monitoring of public transportation; new directions in the theory of surveillance and urban security; innovative high-tech instruments of surveillance and the future of the digital city.

Deadline for full-paper submission: 31 May 2013

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Carlos Nunes Silva (Editor-in-Chief), E-mail:

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