Institute for Information Policy leads first international workshop

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institute for Information Policy (IIP) will host its first international workshop focusing on “Freedom of Information in Crisis Zones” at City University London in late May.

The two-day, by-invitation experts workshop — scheduled for May 26-27 with academic and professional participants from more than a half-dozen countries — will focus on topics such as government policies, risk and crisis communications, journalism and social responsibility. The workshop is supported by a grant from the Penn State Center for Global Studies and is organized in collaboration with the Center for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London.

Penn State College of Communications faculty members Krishna Jayakar and Amit Schejter, co-directors of the IIP, organized the event with the cooperation of professor Petros Iosiferos of City University London. In addition, Ben Cramer, a senior lecturer at Penn State, will serve as the respondent for a session about big data and the analysis of digital information.  

Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in the Journal of Information Policy, also published by the IIP. “This is the first time we are taking our workshops international,” said Jayakar. “We are excited that it will help the journal tap into a wider research community.”

The Institute for Information Policy, co-housed in the College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, conducts groundbreaking research and innovative programs on the social implications of information technology, with an emphasis on the potential of information technologies for improving democratic discourse, social responsibility and quality of life.

Last Updated May 20, 2016