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21Mar 2023

CFP: 28th Annual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism


IPSA RC10 and RC22 supported workshop:

“Filtered reality: virtual communication and its challenges”.

Interuniversity Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sept 18th– Sept 21st, 2023.

28th Annual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism:

“Online journalism – 25 years later”

Interuniversity Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sept 21st – Sept 22nd,2023.

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16Jan 2023

IPSA Congress - Deadline extension - FEB 1

Although initial deadline to submit paper proposals for IPSA Congress was January 18, 2023., since we have seen a surge in submissions over the last few days, the Program Co-Chairs and LOC Chairs decided to allow a two-week extension until February 1, 2023 to ensure that all colleagues get enough time to submit.


All interested colleagues can send their applications by clicking on this link: https://wc2023.ipsa.org/wc/submit-paper

22Dec 2022

Best wishes for 2023!

Dear colleagues, friends, and members of our RC10 community,


I wish you all the best on the upcoming holidays. May all your wishes come true, both in private and academic life. We had great collaboration this year, and I believe we will continue to do so in 2023. As always, our goal in the new year is to create great stories and projects, conduct research, and hold conferences that are important to the community.


I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our 27th World Congress of International Political Science Association that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina July 15-19, 2023. I invite you to submit your Closed Panel Proposals until January 18, 2023. Also, Call for Papers is open until January 18, 2023. Please respond to these dates with your proposals and papers, but also encourage your colleagues to join us.


I look forward to the next meeting and new common challenges!


Best wishes for 2023!

14Sep 2022


27th ITJ CONFERENCE program available on the website of the Institute for New Media and E-Democracy


Numerous interesting presentations and panels have been announced these days in Dubrovnik.  

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18Jul 2022

CFP: Conference: RC 08 and RC 13 International Political Science Association (IPSA) In collaboration with the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA), USA

Call for Proposals

Dates of the Conference: January 11-14, 2023
Place: Orlando, FL, USA

Conference: RC 08 and RC 13

International Political Science Association (IPSA)

In collaboration with the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA), USA

Deadline to submit your proposal: by August 5, 2022

RC08 (Legislative Specialists) and RC 13 (Democratization in Comparative
Perspective) are collaborating on organizing a conference to bring together
academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss topics related to
modern legislatures and the processes of democratization and de-democratization.
We are inviting papers on a broad range of topics, including (but not limited to) the
role of legislatures and their capacity to address the most pressing challenges that
our world is facing, such as crises (including economic, migration and pandemic
crises), legislative decline, and the rise of strong executives, corruption, and overall
democratic/ authoritarian tendencies. When faced with challenges domestically and
internationally, what roles and how do legislatures play?
We are also interested in papers addressing the roles of legislatures in a time of war
or military aggression domestically or internationally. Given the current crises
precipitated by Russian aggression in Ukraine, we welcome papers that address the
role of Ukrainian and other worlds legislatures in dealing with the consequences of
the aggression and discuss the consequences of it for the future of democracy.
In addition, we would like to pay a particular attention to the rise of authoritarian
tendencies in the world and challenges to other democratic institutions than
parliaments. We are interested in the process of democratization and de-
democratization themselves, their current status and trends, and related topics. We e
welcome also discussion of solutions to the de-democratization problems.

Submission Instructions:
Please, send the paper proposal, including your name, institutional affiliation, the title,
and a short abstract of your paper (up to 250 words) to Associate Professor Adam
Szymanski (University of Warsaw, Poland) at: ar.szymanski@uw.edu.pl
Queries: should be submitted as e-mails also to Prof.. Szymanski at:

Location: “Tradewinds Island Resort at St. Beach, Florida, USA (details on the
location/ venue can be found here: https://www.tradewindsresort.com/index)

Dates of the Conference: January 11-14, 2023

One of the main objectives for the conference:
to allow for an exchange of ideas, comments, and discussions that can potentially
lead to either individual publications or to a submission of the entire panel for
publication as a special issue to one of the journals or edited volume.

19May 2022

CFP 27th ITJ Conference: “Free Internet but the content comes at a price” & Workshop: “Information disorder in times of crises”

International workshop: “Information disorder in times of crises” will be held as a part of the 27th Annual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The topic of this year’s conference is “Free Internet but the content comes at a price”. Our workshop is supported by IPSA RC10 and RC22 for several years and it is organized by Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb (http://fpzg.hr/) and InMed Institute (http://www.edemokracija.hr/). The workshop will take place in the heart of the old town of Dubrovnik in the wonderful building of Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik (https://www.iuc.hr/).

CFP:  https://www.edemokracija.hr/call-for-papers/


26Nov 2021

Call for Contributions: Proposed Special Issue on AI for Democratization

The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism?

Authoritarian and Democratic Politics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Within just a couple of years, artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved from an object of scientific curiosity to a salient political issue. Driven by the promise of deep learning algorithms, which infer patterns from massive datasets to make predictions, AI systems have become a pervasive feature of public and private life. In democratic and authoritarian states alike, governments have sought to leverage the efficiency of AI systems to their advantage. In various domains, bureaucracies now routinely delegate life-altering decisions to AI, ranging from criminal justice and surveillance to border controls, education, health, and the allocation of social benefits.

Unsurprisingly, the rapid uptake of AI systems worldwide has sparked a lively debate about the possible implications for democratic processes and norms. Scholars and policymakers have focused in particular on the dangers of so-called digital authoritarianism, i.e., the use of digital information technology to surveil, repress, and manipulate domestic and foreign publics. Most prominently, they point to China as a cautionary tale for the repressive potential of an AI-powered surveillance state, as it integrates practices such as live biometric identification, online content control, and censorship to control its population. Similarly, scholars increasingly highlight the transnational dimension of digital authoritarianism, for instance, China’s export of surveillance technology to other countries or Russia’s targeted misinformation campaigns to disrupt democratic elections abroad.

Yet, AI’s potential to undermine democratic norms and processes is not necessarily limited to authoritarian or non-democratic regimes. The widespread adoption of possibly biased, unsafe, or untransparent AI systems by democratic governments has produced its own challenges. As these governments automate decisions over social benefits, parole sentences, or asylum procedures, they challenge fundamental rights such as the rights to non-discrimination, a fair trial, privacy, or the freedom of movement. Furthermore, in the absence of robust regulation, corporations and other private actors may produce AI systems that undermine fundamental democratic norms without being held accountable.

In this special issue, we seek to shift the focus of the debate from potentiality to existing practices. Put differently, we want to explore how AI technologies are already being employed and contested in concrete settings and sites. Through case studies and comparative analyses covering both authoritarian and democratic states, as well as states in transition, we want to create a comprehensive, empirically grounded picture of how AI systems affect democratic and authoritarian processes worldwide.

How, and to what end, have governments across the world deployed AI systems? What effects has this had on democratic norms, including the protection of human and individual rights? How and by whom have such practices been contested, and what strategies have these actors employed? To what extent do we see transnational coordination between both regimes deploying AI systems (e.g. in border control) and the movements challenging them? What role do AI systems play in authoritarian or democratic transitions? To what extent does contestation over AI and democracy play out at the international level, where we are seeing early attempts at AI governance? Do democratic and authoritarian regimes behave differently at this level of AI politics?

To explore these questions, we invite case studies and comparative analyses tackling:


  • AI and human rights

  • Digital authoritarianism

  • Use of AI systems in border control and migration

  • Predictive policing, surveillance technology, and biometric identification

  • Challenges to democratic norms from automated decision-making in the public

    sector (e.g. education, chatbots, allocation of benefits)

  • Online content control and social media

  • Export of AI surveillance technology and misinformation

  • AI and (transnational) social movements

  • Questions of accountability and democratic control in the context of private actors

  • International discussions about AI governance, ethics, and human rights

    If you are interested in participating, please send us an abstract of your proposed paper (~250 words) to ai.democratization@wzb.eu until Sunday, December 12, 2021.

    Overall, we aim to select a total of 8-10 papers of around 9,000 words. In preparation for the Special Issue, we would like to organize a workshop with all authors, likely to take place in June or July 2022.

    We look forward to your contributions!

  • Irem Tuncer Ebetürk, WZB Berlin Social Science Center 

  • Jelena Cupać, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

  • Hendrik Schopmans, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

05Oct 2021

New Edited Volume "Digitalization of Democratic Processes in Europe"


Digitalization of Democratic Processes in Europe

Southern and Central Europe in Comparative Perspective

Magdalena Musiał-Karg

Óscar G. Luengo

Presents studies related to various aspects of digitalization of democratic and communication processes

Based on up-to-date evidence from different countries

Examines challenges posted by the rapid development of innovation in democracy, new forms of participation, or new ways of communication


28Sep 2021

The 26th Annual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism: “Media in Information Age: Old Dynamics, New Approaches”.

We are very pleased to point out that this fall the InMed Institute, in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science and the University of Zagreb, is organizing an international conference on information technology and journalism. It is also one of the longest-running conferences at the IUC Dubrovnik, which has been monitoring and predicting trends in Internet communication and its impact on society for 26 years in a row.
As part of the conference, a workshop supported by the largest international political association - IPSA has been organized for more than ten years, this year a workshop called "Media, Politics and Discourses of the New Normal" was supported by IPSA RC10 and RC22.

After the challenging 2020 and 25th edition of the conference, which brought together an enviable number of participants in completely new circumstances, and was selected for the IPSA Digital pilot project, we are pleased that this year most of the participants in the conference participated live.

07Jul 2021

Schedule IPSA RC10 2021

A quick overview of all RC10 Panels for the IPSA Word Congress 2021.

RC10 Electronic Democracy





Digital Innovation and Open Government: Tools for an Open World?

Dr. Emiliana De Blasio

Dr. Alberto Bitonti

Dr. Wolf J. Schünemann

Digital Parties and Online Platforms: Part 1

Dr. Giulia Sandri

Dr. Giulia Sandri

Dr. Patricia Correa

Digital Parties and Online Platforms: Part 2

Dr. Giulia Sandri

Dr. Patricia Correa

Dr. Giulia Sandri

Global Practices for Smart Cities and Public Policy

Prof. Karen Mossberger

Prof. Norbert Kersting

Prof. Karen Mossberger

Dr. Domagoj Bebić

Mapping the Emerging Democratic Participation Space in the Age of Digitalization

Dr. Deodatus Patrick Shayo

Miss Blessmore Nhikiti

Dr. Andrew Matsiko

Opinion-Building in the Digital Age

Dr. Wolf J. Schünemann

Prof. Claudia Ritzi/Dr. Wolf J. Schünemann

Prof. Claudia Ritzi

Social Media and Participation: Opportunities and Challenges

Prof. Karen Mossberger

Dr. Donatella Selva

Dr. Laura Elena Sibinescu


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07Jul 2021


Introduction of the nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary General and the Advisory Board. The list includes Dr. Domagoj Bebić, Dr. Deodatus Patrick Shayo, Dr. Saurabh Chandra, Dr. Shelley Boulianne, Dr. Régis Dandoy and Dr. Sabu Thomas. Find their full Bios here.

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05Jul 2021

New Book in Series "Studies in Digital Politics and Governance"

Latest release in the book series "Studies in Digital Politics and Governance" by Magdalena Musiał-Karg and Óscar G. Luengo: "Digitalization of Democratic Processes in Europe - Southern and Central Europe in Comparative Perspective"

This book explores the digital transformations of democracy and democratic societies. It examines the various challenges posed by these transformations in the context of political practice and to theoreticians of democracy and political communication. The authors present studies from different countries, related to various effects of digitalization processes. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Innovation in civil society research, new forms of civic participation, new dimensions of democratization and local governance processes, political changes and public participation, civic and political activities, political campaigning or other
phenomenon driven by the implementation of information and communications technology (ICT) into politics. Therefore, the book is a must-read for all scholars and researchers of political science, practitioners, and policy-makers, interested in a better understanding of digital politics, digitalization processes, and democracy in general. 

05Jul 2021

RC10 Member News

Research Committee (RC) 10 – Electronic Democracy
International Political Science Association
July 2021

Research Opportunities
Call for participation in the Research Committee on Migration
As part of the execution of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between IPARN foundation, India and The Migration Institute of Finland (Siirtolaisuusinstituutti), IPARN Foundation is constituting a Research Committee on Migration to study the migration issues in developing countries of Asia and transnational migration between Finland and Asia.

Scholars and Researchers who are interested in joining this research committee are requested to send their CV, cover letter and at-least three published research publications to the IPARN Foundation Chairman through email at: md@iparn.org
Interested Academic/Researcher Prerequisites:

  • Must have a Ph.D. or a D.M. degree.
  • Must be employed in any academic institution or research organization.
  • Must have relevant publication in reputed journals on Migration.
  • Must have demonstrated evidence of superior academic and professional achievement.


Suitable profiles will be contacted by the IPARN Foundation, India for a face-to-face interview through the Internet.

IPARN Foundation (Integrated Policy and Administrative Research Networking Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of scientific research and exchange of knowledge in the field of Public Policy and Public Administration, and its ecosystem, and to contribute to its national and international development. To learn more about IPARN Foundation, visit: https://www.iparn.org/

Click here to find recent publications and books of RC10-Members:

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03Apr 2020

IPSA Wold Congress 2020 postponed to 2021 - List of RC 10 Panels

As you may have read, the IPSA WC 2020 in Lisboa has to be postponed to July 2021, due to the Corona pandemic. All accepted panels and papers will remain accepted. More information will follow shortly.

Stay healthy and take care!

List of accepted RC 10 Panels:

Title Convenor Chair Co-chair Discussants
Analyzing discourses in times of crisis by applying computational social science methods  Stefan Wallaschek  Stefan Wallaschek    Marianne Kneuer
Civic Engagement, Technology and Coproduction in Public Administration and Public Policy  Karen Mossberger  Karen Mossberger    Tobias Escher
Digital Innovation and Open Government: Tools for an Open World?  Emiliana De Blasio  Emiliana De Blasio  Alberto Bitonti  Wolf J. Schünemann
Digital Media and Nationalism- Challenges and Perspectives of Globalization and Interdependence  Mathew Martin Poothullil John  Sunder Rajdeep  Sana Shaikh  Sagar Bhalerao
Amrin Moger
Digital Parties and Online Platforms – Part 1  Giulia Sandri  Giulia Sandri    Patricia Correa
Digital Parties and Online Platforms – Part 2  Giulia Sandri  Patricia Correa    Giulia Sandri
Global Practices for Smart Cities and Public Policy  Karen Mossberger  Norbert Kersting    José Carlos Vaz
Les Jeunes, les Réseaux sociaux et les « nouvelles » Formes de Participation et d’Engagement Politique en Afrique  Kouyate Souleymane  Fred Eboko  Zakaria Soré  Mamadou Dimé
N'guessan Julien Atchoua
Mapping the Emerging Democratic Participation Space in the Age of Digitalization  Deodatus Patrick Shayo  Deodatus Patrick Shayo    Andrew Matsiko
Nationalist Politics in an Era of Technology and Globalization  Karen Mossberger  Danielle Sanches    Robert Krimmer
Openness and Innovation in Policymaking  Karen Mossberger  Anastasia Deligiaouri    Karen Mossberger
Domagoj Bebić
Opinion-building in the Digital Age  Wolf J. Schünemann  Claudia Ritzi  Wolf J. Schünemann  Lena Ulbricht
Presidential Politics in the Digital Age  Karen Mossberger  Cameron Thies    Norbert Kersting
Using ICT to Promote Active Citizen Engagement in Extractive Resource Decision-Making and Governance Processes in Africa: Opportunities, Possibilities and Challenges  Japhace Poncian  Japhace Poncian    Deodatus Patrick Shayo

22Nov 2019

Announcement: New Springer Open Access Book Series "Studies in Digital Politics and Governance"


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02Jul 2019

24th Information Technology and Journalism Conference held in Dubrovnik

Information Technology and Journalism is one of the oldest conferences of the Inter University Center in Dubrovnik. For years this conference has been following and predicting trends in Internet communication and its impact on human society.

As part of the conference, we have been organizing an IPSA-supported Workshop for ten years. This year, our Workshop called Bubble Society and the Death of the Public Sphere, which was held from 27 to 28 May, was supported by RC 10 and RC 22. We are particularly pleased that this year the conference featured prominent keynote speakers, Professor Lance W. Bennett of the University of Washington and Marijana Grbeša-Zenzerović from the University of Zagreb. This was the 24th International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism, held at the Interuniversity Center in Dubrovnik.

Investigating and establishing links within certain ideologically-driven online communication networks, Benett has demonstrated that the main producers and advertisers of false news are actually "anti-democratic public spheres".

Grbeša-Zenzerovic analyzed the phenomenon, influence and reason of the sudden and broad penetration of comedians on the political scene of several states, from Iceland and Italy to Ukraine, and the way they have transformed modern politics.

The conference also included presentations by Oscar G. Luengo from the University of Granada, Curd B. Knüpfer from the University of Berlin, Norbert Merkovity from the University of Segedin, Béla Jánky of the University of Budapest, Vladimir Ivanov and Maria Ivanova from Russia, and many other.

The conference directors were professors Nenad Prelog (Ambassador in South Africa), Damir Boras (Rector of the University of Zagreb) and Inoslav Bešker (from the University of Split and Dubrovnik).

17Sep 2017

Call for Papers: IPSA World Congress (WC), Brisbane (Australia), 21-25 July 2018

The submission process for the IPSA World Congress on Political Science has started. Here are the key informations and dates:

Submission of Proposals

All paper and panel proposals must be submitted online via the Congress website. No emails, PDFs or Word documents will be accepted as submissions.

Paper proposals may be submitted in up to three (3) sessions of interest.
Paper submissions for panels must be submitted using the specific link provided in the invitation from a panel convenor.

Submit a Paper

Panel proposals may be submitted in up to three (3) sessions of interest.

Please note that the Program Chairs have established new submission procedures for panels for this Congress and only complete panels (closed) may be submitted during the Call for Proposals.

Submit a Panel

View All Sessions Open to Submissions

Key Dates

10 OCT 2017

Deadline to submit paper and panel proposals

25 OCT 2017

Review period of proposals starts

10 DEC 2017

Deadline to review paper and panel proposals

19 JAN 2018

Paper and panel proposers are notified of final results

15 MAR 2018

Early-bird registration deadline

10 APR 2018

Registration deadline to appear in the printed program 
Deadline to edit paper title and abstract

09 MAY 2018

Final registration deadline for all panelists
Participants not registered are withdrawn from the Congress Program

01 JUL 2018

Deadline to upload full papers

15May 2017

NEW RC10 List Server

The IPSA RC10 Electronic Democracy Email Listserver is online. To subscribe to the existing RC10 email list go to https://listserv.uni-muenster.de/mailman/listinfo/ipsa-rc10-electronic-democracy

This Listserver is supposed to keep you up to date on current projects and research topics. Every member can share and provide information by sending an email to ipsa-rc10-electronic-democracy[at]listserv.uni-muenster.de .

18Mar 2017

Call For Panels & Papers: IPSA/AISP 2017 International Conference, "Political Science in the Digital Age", Hannover, Germany, 4-6 December 2017

Call for Panels and Papers for an IPSA/AISP International Conference
Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties

CALL FOR PROPOSALS. IPSA/AISP Internation Conference - Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties (PDF)

The Research Committee 10 Electronic Democracy encourages panel and paper proposals for this IPSA sponsored international conference "Political Science in the Digital Age." The conference theme of digitalization and the intersection with political science and democracy is highly relevant to the RC10 as the conference aims to examine the challenges of digitalizaion for the discipline of political science. Proposals for panels or papers are due April 15, 2017.

Panel proposals are submitted by the RC, so please contact Karen.Mossberger@asu.edu as soon as possible if you are considering submitting a panel proposal.  Paper proposals can be submitted individually.

Date: 4th-6th December 2017
Location: Hannover, Germany
Program Chairs: Marianne Kneuer, University of Hildesheim, First Vice President of IPSA; and Helen Milner, Princeton University, former President of Ipsa (2012-2014)

IPSA is sponsoring an international conference from 4-6 December this year 2017, organized by Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner. The conference, entitled “Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties,“ provides the opportunity for a reflection on the discipline and one of its most relevant challenges, namely digitalization. At the same time, the conference aims to bring together national Political Science Associations, other IPSA members, and the IPSA Research Committees in order to further develop networks and cooperation among these groups. The conference also will be a platform for addressing problems as well as designing ideas for future research within IPSA.

Critical questions to be addressed will be:

  • How did our discipline react in the last years to the challenges of the digital era and how can it respond in the future? What new demands or tasks emerge for the discipline? 
  • Do we need new theories and concepts? How should studies be tailored to capture the empirical implications of digitalization in the various subdisciplines? Where is interdisciplinary cooperation required? Which methodological tools are necessary or adequate for research?
  • Are there new subjects political science has to address? How does the reconfiguration that digitalization induced in polity, politics and policies change the research on domestic or international politics? 
  • Which new opportunities provides digitalization for teaching (see e.g. MOOCs)? Who can benefit from e-learning and how? How can citizenship education benefit from digital modes of knowledge and value building? 
  • What implications does digitalization have for authors and publishers? 
  • What new challenges come up for political consulting? With which challenges are political foundations, think tanks etc. confronted through digitalization? 

For more information, see the website at

03Mar 2017


Workshop: Fake news and its implications on democracy
Conference: Big data – Small world

Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 29 – June 1 2017

Supported by the IPSA RC10

Organized by the Faculty of Political Science and InMed Institute 

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