Call For Papers Fordham Urban Law Journal 2014 Symposium - Smart Law for Smart Cities: Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology 

February 27th - 28th, 2014, Fordham Law School, New York

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 2014 Symposium, Smart Law for Smart Cities: Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology. As the second-most cited law and public policy journal and one of the few journals publishing articles directly related to urban law, the Fordham Urban Law Journal is committed to providing meaningful scholarship on issues related to urban law. The 2014 Symposium will focus on topics associated with contemporary urbanism and the potentially disruptive advances in urban infrastructure related to innovative technology, sustainability and "big data." All authors chosen for publication will be asked to speak on a panel at the Symposium, which will be held at Fordham Law School on February 27th and 28th, 2014. The Symposium is being co-organized by Fordham's Urban Law Center, Urban Studies Program, Center on Law and Information Policy, and Center for Digital Transformation.

TOPICS: The Smart Law for Smart Cities Symposium will focus on how contemporary urban life is marked and shaped by technology, as well as the law and regulatory complexities that are arising from this technological transformation. The Symposium will include panels examining changes to both the physical and non-physical landscape in urban life resulting from such changes. The topics include:
- Citizen Engagement, the technological interface between citizens and cities;
- Local Service Delivery, the transformation of traditional urban local-government services such as policing, education and public safety;
- Broadband and the New Digital Divide, the physical changes in urban infrastructure to accommodate the demand for broadband, and challenges in equal access to this new market;
- Energy and Infrastructure, with technological advances comes the need for advances in energy usage and an infrastructure that can support it, despite the fact that urban areas are still working within the regulatory and legal framework of past generations;
- Cities and Surveillance, the dichotomy between the need for safety in an urban atmosphere and risks such as crowd sourcing and false accusations is examined in a post-9/11 and post-Boston Marathon Bombing world; and
- Regulating Big Data in Urban Governance, the dueling relationship between the collection and deployment of large amounts of data needed for urban governance and privacy and other regulation concerns.

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is seeking papers related to these topics for discussion at the Symposium and inclusion in the Volume 42 Symposium Issue, slated for publication in fall 2014. Authors should submit a one page proposal to the Journal's Symposium Editor, Alex Berke, at If you are already working on a draft paper, please include that draft with your submission. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 25th at 5pm. We will inform you if your paper has been accepted by November 1st. Please contact Alex Berke with any questions.

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