Call for Papers: The Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy



Event Date: 

09/24/21 to 09/25/21

Location name: 

Washington, DC. American University College of Law




Policy Research Conference on Communications, Information and the Internet

2021 Call for Papers, Posters and Panels

Abstracts Due: March 31

Contest for Student Papers Due: April 30

Accepted Papers Due: July 26

Conference Date: September 24-25
Washington, DC. American University College of Law

TPRC48 takes place February 19-20, 2021 online, and papers have already been accepted.

Submissions for TPRC49 will be accepted beginning February 22. Thank you for your patience.

Policy areas

  • Broadband: availability, wireline and wireless technologies, deployment funding policy, adoption, measurement, and regulation. 
  • Spectrum policy: 5G/6G, spectrum management, auctions, ITU IMT-2020/Network 2030 plans, spectrum sharing, governance, satellite.
  • Digital Economy: competition, antitrust, platform regulation, content moderation, Section 230, net neutrality.
  • COVID: impacts to the ICT sector and technological changes to the economy, privacy.
  • Privacy & Security: data protection, surveillance, encryption, lawful access, regulation, enforcement, user behavior, advertising.
  • International dimensions of ICT policy: trade, geopolitics, localization, security, regulation, Europe, China, internet governance.
  • Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and cryptocurrency, their regulation, standards, social/economic implications.
  • ICT and Gender, race, ethnicity, diversity, justice, and inclusion.
  • Elections and Technology: media, censorship, Constitutional questions, litigation.
  • Intellectual Property analyses (copyright, trademarks, patents etc.) of the items above.


01. Papers, Posters & Panels

Submit abstracts of research in progress or recently completed. If accepted, present the completed paper in a 20 min presentation with 10 min for questions.  Final posters should display the question, hypothesis, data, and results. Panels feature a 90 min discussion with 3-4 participants exploring perspectives on an important policy issue (save 30 min for questions). Papers are better for completed research, whereas posters are ideal for feedback on work-in-progress. Posters are prominently displayed at the event and provide an opportunity for feedback and discussion with conference attendees. All proposals follow the same review process defined below.

Proposals due: February 15-March 31

Notice of decision: May 31

Full papers due: July 26

Completed posters Due: September 20

02. Student Paper Contest

TPRC offers cash prizes of $1000, $500, and $300 for outstanding student papers.  Students must submit a complete paper, not an abstract. The prize is open to all graduate and law students enrolled in the 2021-2022 school year. Co-authors may be other students meeting the same criteria. Papers co-authored with faculty or other non-students are not eligible. Papers should not exceed 15,000 words, including references. Students are encouraged to have their submissions endorsed by a faculty member at the student’s institution. To receive an award, students must present a full paper at the conference. Award winners receive complimentary conference registration and travel reimbursement up to $500. Fourth through sixth place submissions are given opportunity to present during the Poster Session. 

Full paper due: April 30

Notice of decisions: June 15

Students may also submit in the regular paper, poster, or panel process.

Submission Criteria

Proposals should include these contents and follow these instructions: 

01.   Clearly defined topic, objective, and research question 

02.   The types of modeling, formal reasoning, and/or evidence to be presented, and a description of data if used 

03.   The methods and disciplinary field(s) 

04.   Why the research is novel and relevant to policy

05.   Results or conclusions if available

06.   Be 500 words or less

07.   Exclude author’s name, affiliation, and other identifying information.

Proposals to


01.  All abstracts will be evaluated through double-blind peer review and assessed on the merits of the proposed contribution. Each submission will be reviewed by three or four members of the TPRC Program Committee. The chair of the Program Committee is ultimately responsible for final decisions, which are made in consultation with the committee. The Program Committee aspires to provide written feedback to submitters along with notifications.

02.  TPRC will not accept papers already unconditionally accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceeding, in a law review, or as a chapter in a published book.

03.  Authors may present only one paper or poster at the conference, although they may also participate in a panel or be a coauthor of papers or posters presented by others. An author may submit multiple abstracts for consideration, but at most one will be accepted.

04.  All submissions for review must remove any and all information identifying the author. Submissions including author information may be rejected. 

05.  Papers not submitted in final form by July 26 will be removed from the program. 

06.  To support the career track for participants, especially students and junior faculty, TPRC is developing the capability to publish conference proceedings of selected papers in recognized academic journal(s). Details to follow.

07.  Contact with any question.