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Dear all, please see below the call for papers for INSCI'2018.
Sorry to be a bit late with this posting, but there is still plenty of 
time to submit.


Dates: October 24 to 26, 2018
Place: St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia
Language: English
Submission deadline: June 10, 2018
Proceedings: Axel Springer Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 
Internet in World Regions: Digital Freedoms and Citizen Empowerment
With time, Internet has become a natural communicative space in many 
regions of the world, while in others it still passes through the 
first stages of penetration into citizenry and policing. As a 
discussion milieu, Internet has been both praised for its involvement 
potential, growth of local initiatives, and provision of voice to 
those disempowered - and also criticized for excessive deregulation, 
dark web formation, and inefficiency in bringing on public consensus. 
Today, universality of approaches to Internet freedoms, as well as of 
experiences of their empowerment impact, is questioned and needs 
This year, the Internet Science conference focuses on the Internet as 
a tool and space for (dis)empowerment of individuals and social groups 
in local and regional contexts, thus forming a comparative perspective 
in looking at the power of Internet in communities all around the 
world. For instance, the EU has been attentive to cultivating local 
online initiatives, but even within the EU, the speed of modernization 
differs from state to state, with Estonia being a global leader in 
e-governance. In the post-Soviet space, countries have adopted highly 
varying policies in developing both digital freedoms and restrictive 
Internet regulation. The USA has had a more liberal approach to 
empowerment strategies but used online information to aggregate data 
for citizen, voter, and consumer profiling, while in China, economic 
logic has boosted online businesses within a non-competitive political 
environment. Also, Middle-Eastern, Latin American, or African 
perspectives on online freedoms and empowerment experiences remain 
heavily under-researched.
Moreover, digital technologies make us rethink what (dis)empowerment 
might mean beyond political life. Tech corporations like Google or 
Facebook have created new forms of labour expropriation bypassing 
national lawmaking, at the same time advocating for free access to 
information as public commodity and providing new chances for charity, 
education, and collaborative change. Cultural, educational, and even 
bodily divides re-emerge today on highly competitive digitech markets 
of connection, communication, monitoring, learning, and consumption, 
providing both new freedoms and new handicaps for the world societies. 
In the near future, being rich would mean having tech-prolonged and 
tech-enhanced life; new, more severe divides may form, and the 
question rises, how the Internet of today may contribute to 
harmonizing social relations in our future reliant on human-computer 
Thus, INSCI’2018 welcomes submissions to a wide range of topics (not 
limited to) in the following six tracks:

Internet and Societal Structures
•	The concepts of citizen empowerment via Internet in local and 
regional contexts
•	Social stratification and inequalities of group representation 
•	Internet communities, social polarization, and dialogue potential
•	Socially harmful practices and content in online communication
Internet and Digital Politics
•	Online political freedoms in policing and in effect: regional and 
local perspectives
•	Citizen involvement into decision-making: platforms, actors, and 
•	Political discussions online: issues and groups behind them
•	E-governance practices of today’s authorities
•	Internet regulation: security vs. openness
Internet and Free Communication Patterns
•	Freedom of speech online: a contested area of policing
•	Algorithms as new total communicative power
•	Extremist and radical talk online and policies against it
•	Universal Internet freedoms vs. dark web
•	Post-truth practices online
Internet and New Political Economy
•	Economic power of online platforms: expropriation of digital labour
•	Digital corporations: world leaders and regional alternatives
•	Analogous elites, technological precariat
•	Enhancement of body and the new poor
•	Digital professions and reshaping of online labour markets
Internet and Global Access Opportunities
•	Global and local faces of today’s digital divide
•	Internet and life-long learning practices around the world
•	Global media online: translation and language divide
•	Empowerment of disabled with new body extensions
•	Post-human and tech-human individuals and societies
Internet and Data Protection
•	Data openness vs. user protection
•	Limits of privacy and anonymization
•	Clouds and data protection regulation
•	Global tech powers and alternative solutions
•	Blockchain technologies as promise and threat
The conference accepts submissions of full papers (up to 15 pages of 
standard Springer format) and short papers (up to 8 pages of standard 
Springer format). Panel submissions (up to 4 papers with a reduced 
price per paper) are also welcome.
The conference also welcomes half-day workshop and tutorial proposals. 
The themes for them should be oriented to discussing issues and 
developing skills important for Internet projects and Internet 
research. A 2-3-page paper describing the academic and/or industrial 
rationale for the workshop/tutorial may be included into the 
conference proceedings (subject to peer-review). A range of workshops 
and tutorials will also be offered by the conference organizers, 
including the ones on webometrics and big textual data research.
All submitted papers must:
• Be written in English and be submitted in PDF format;
• Be fully anonymized (no detectable author information, including 
author names, affiliations, and works mentioned in the text);
• Be formatted according to the Springer's LNCS format Proceedings 
template. Information about the Springer LNCS format can be found at;
• Three to five keywords characterizing the paper should be indicated 
at the end of the abstract;
• Full paper submissions should not exceed 15 pages and short paper 
should not exceed 8 pages (including all text, figures, references and 
appendices). We encourage a length of 12 pages for full papers and 6 
for short papers;
• Submissions not conforming to the LNCS format, exceeding the 
submission page limits or being obviously out of the scope of the 
conference will be rejected without review.
Submissions should be made electronically in PDF via the electronic 
submission system of the INSCI2018 Conference Management system at 
EasyChair ( – please start 
submitting starting from May 15, 2018).
All camera-ready papers should be corrected by following the remarks 
of the referees and submitted in zip format including (1) the 
camera-ready version of the authors' work in pdf format, (2) the 
camera-ready version of the authors' work in editable sources format 
as well as (3) the Consent to Publish signed in ink and scanned to 
image file. The results described must be unpublished and must not be 
under review elsewhere. Submissions must conform to Springer's LNCS 
Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton, UK
Anna Satsiou, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
Jonathan Cave, University of Warwick, UK
Olessia Koltsova, National Research University - Higher School of 
Economics, Russia
Fabrizio Sestini, European Commission DG CONNECT, Belgium
Franco Bagnoli, University of Florence, Italy
Svetlana Bodrunova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia - General 
Conference Chair
Heiko Niedermayer, Technische Universität München, Germany - TCP 
Anna Smoliarova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia - TCP Co-Chair
Ivan Blekanov, St.Petersburg State University, Russia - Workshops 
Alexander Marchenko, St.Petersburg State University, Russia - Visas 
and fees
Tamara Gromova, St.Petersburg State University, Russia - Venue and 

June 10, 2018 - submission of full and short papers
June 15, 2018 - submission of workshop/tutorial proposals (in free 
form, 2 to 3 pages)
June 30, 2018 - notification of acceptance
July 15, 2018 - deadline for camera-ready papers
August 15, 2018 - early-bird online registration closes
October 1, 2018 - regular online registration closes
October 24-26, 2016 - conferencing days
Being one of the richest cities of Europe in terms of cultural and 
historic heritage and the recipient of World Travel Awards for three 
years in a row, St.Petersburg is a natural attraction for any 
traveller. For all the conference participants, excursions will be 
Moreover, in the recent years, St.Petersburg has been hosting a 
vibrant and efficient academic community interested in Internet & 
society research. With Laboratory of Internet Studies at Higher School 
of Economics, Steklov Mathematical Institute of Russian Academy of 
Sciences, Center for International media research, Cognitive Studies 
Lab, and IT Clinic at SPbU, labs on quantum computing to e-governance 
at IFMO University, St.Petersburg is a Russian hub for Internet & 
society studies.
For over 70 years, School of Journalism and Mass Communications at 
St.Petersburg State University has been a leading educational and 
research entity for communication in Russia. It is home for 
international conferences, including CMSTW and STRATCOM. The venue is 
located at: 26, 1 line of Vasilievsky island, St.Petersburg 199004 
The conference fees (subject to slight change) remain similar to the 
previous years and differ according to the country of residence. UN 
country tiers may be found here.
Conference presenter: 250 euro (early-bird), 300 euro (regular) - Tier 
		      200 euro (early-bird), 250 euro (regular) - Tier 2
		      170 euro (early-bird), 200 euro (regular) - Tier 3
PhD student presenter: 150 euro (early-bird), 200 euro (regular) - all 
Panel participation (up to 4 presenters, all tiers): 400 euro
Workshop/tutorial panel (up to 4 participants): 400 euro
Workshop/tutorial and conference access: 40 euro (early-bird), 60 euro 

For the majority of countries, traveling to Russian conferences 
requires having a humanitarian visa. St.Petersburg State University 
provides visa support; please note that obtaining a visa may require 
up to a month.
The conference partners include the Sokos 4* hotels chain; the partner 
hotel is Sokos Vasilievsky which is within the walking distance from 
the School. Also, we advise on smaller hotels around the School and 
provide places in the dorms for PhD students.


Please contact us via [log in to unmask] in case of any queries!

Svetlana S. Bodrunova, Prof., D.Polit.Sci.
Head, Center for International Media Research
School of Journalism and Mass Communications,
St.Petersburg State University

+7 921 933 02 14
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