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Call for Papers: Government Information Quarterly Special Issue

Homeland Security in a Digital Age: Issues and Implications for Policy and Governance

Government Information Quarterly (GIQ) is seeking scholarly manuscripts for a special issue on Homeland Security in a Digital Age, scheduled for publication in January 2015. GIQ is an international journal that examines the intersection of policy, information technology, government, and the public. In particular, GIQ focuses on how policies affect government information flows and the availability of government information; the use of technology to create and provide innovative government services; the impact of information technology on the relationship between the governed and those governing; and the increasing significance of information policies and information technology in relation to democratic practices. More information regarding GIQ is available at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/govinf. GIQ is an SSCI journal and has an impact factor of 1.910.

The editors for the special issue are: Dr. John Carlo Bertot (University of Maryland College Park), Dr. Paul T. Jaeger (University of Maryland College Park), and Dr. Jeffrey Seifert (Congressional Research Service).


This special issue targets high-quality research on Homeland Security in a Digital Age. Digital technologies enable a range of surveillance, intelligence, eavesdropping, and data gathering techniques to ensure national and international security.  These techniques, however, create tensions between security, civil liberties, privacy rights, and other key policy issues. Legislative efforts to keep pace with technological change are often inadequate to both meet advances in technologies and maintain a balance with societal and individual rights. Moreover, as recent disclosures through unauthorized leaks show, the public is not always informed of key elements of security efforts, running counter to open and transparent government. The special issue seeks manuscripts that explore the intersection of security techniques and technologies, policy, and civil liberties.

In particular, the special issue seeks to: 1) Bring together international high quality research to produce theoretical and empirical insights on aspects related to the adoption, use, results, and impacts of homeland security techniques and approaches, with a particular emphasis on policy, as opposed to technical, aspects; and 2) Provide an integrated perspective on homeland security in a digital age. To do so, the issue uses the structure that follows, based on three main aspects: topics, tools, and goals. Submissions should consider technical aspects in the context of social and policy implications of the different tools and applications. 


Submitted manuscripts may cover one or more of the following topics or any other topic related to the main focus of the special issue:

Other relevant policy-focused topics are welcome.

Submission procedure and important dates

The submission procedure will follow the usual norms and regulations of GIQ and Elsevier. In addition, proposals will be evaluated by the guest editors for scope and thematic appropriateness for the special issue, before starting the review process. Below are the expected dates to prepare the issue for publication in 2015:

Please, send manuscript proposals to: [log in to unmask]

John Carlo Bertot, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Director
Information Policy & Access Center 
MLS Program Director
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
College Park, MD 20742
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Web (Bertot): http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~jbertot/
Web (Center): http://ipac.umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.3267
Fax: 301.314.9145

Editor, Library Quarterly (http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/lq/current)
Editor, Government Information Quarterly (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/govinf/)