PLSC 2022

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Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) 2022

The Program & Planning Committee of the Privacy Law Scholars Conference invites submission of abstracts for the 15th annual conference (PLSC 2022) to be held in person on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3, 2022 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

What is PLSC?

PLSC is a paper workshop conference. It offers no opportunity or obligation to publish. The goal is to provide support for in-progress scholarship related to information privacy law. To do so, PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners who engage in scholarship. Scholars from non-law disciplines—including but not limited to surveillance studies, technology studies, feminist and queer studies, information studies, critical race studies, social sciences, humanities, and computer science—are critical participants in this interdisciplinary field. We follow a format in which a discussant, rather than the author, introduces and leads a discussion on a paper. There are no panels or talking heads; attendees read papers in advance and offer constructive feedback as full participants in the workshop. Having your paper accepted is NOT a requirement for attending and contributing to the conference, and indeed many attendees do not present a paper.

What do we mean by “Privacy”?

The boundaries of privacy as a discipline are dynamic and contested. As such, we take a broad view. Although PLSC emphasizes the law of privacy, concepts from other fields play critical roles in our understanding of privacy and in shaping the law. For example, the following topics have received significant attention at previous PLSCs: cyber civil rights, algorithmic governance and discrimination, policing, political/social/cultural dimensions of data-intensive technologies, and privacy’s unique importance to marginalized populations, among many more.

Both in the substance of scholarship and in the governance of the PLSC, we are committed to building an anti-racist and anti-subordination scholarly community around privacy law. We are dedicated to incubating scholarship that examines the intersections of technology, law, and policy and its ability to dismantle—or entrench—social hierarchies of all kinds.

How to submit an abstract?

Submit your abstracts via EasyChair. You will be asked to provide your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information, as well as the same information for all co-authors, if applicable. You will then submit your project title, which must be no more than 50 characters. The core of your submission is an abstract of 500-700 words (excluding citations) that explains the main contributions of your paper and how it relates to the existing relevant scholarly literature. See below for more information about your abstract. You will be able to include your references in a separate box that does not count toward the abstract word limit. Finally, you must select up to three (3) keywords that apply from a list provided. This is essential to categorize your work and assign appropriate commentators.

What should be in my abstract?

Your abstract should include enough specific information to enable the PPC to appreciate both the genesis of your project and the nature of its contribution to the field. Your abstract should show your awareness of the existing relevant literatures and explain how your work relates to those literatures, such as how it expands upon them, makes connections between them, or differs from them. A typical law review abstract will generally be insufficient for this purpose. Please note: If your own prior work is part of a literature to which your abstract refers, the abstract should refer to your work in the third person–e.g. “As Smith argued in (2019),” rather than “my/our work published in the XYZ law review” or “my/our work presented at last year’s PLSC.” Abstracts that violate this rule and reveal the identity of the author(s) will be rejected. Abstracts that are not accompanied by a list of references will be rejected. There is no option to upload papers or materials; please include all necessary information about your project in the text box for abstracts.

Key dates:

Abstracts due: January 31, 2022 by 5 PM Eastern time, no exceptions

Notification of acceptance: Approximately February 28, 2022

Full workshop paper drafts due: May 6, 2022.

What if my research is sponsored or funded?

In many disciplines, research is funded by grants. Any funding and sponsorship must be disclosed, and there is a space in the abstract submission portal to do so. We will not accept papers that are subject to pre-publication review/veto by a sponsor, or those where the sponsor controls the content of the paper. We require a conflicts of interest statement on scholarship. Our full statement on corporate sponsorship is available on our website. Please email if there are any questions or concerns.