Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Intellectual Capitalism and ICT Law Administration: Developing the Knowledge Industry


Submission Deadline: December 31, 2007

Intellectual Capitalism and ICT Law Administration: Developing the Knowledge Industry

A book edited by Dr. Fernando Barrio, London Metropolitan Business School, UK


A confluence of technological developments, cultural shifts and economic changes have led to the rise of a sector collectively known as knowledge industries, which encompasses activities such as biotechnology, software development, ICT, education, e-learning, digital arts, entertainment and media. Many of these industries are closely linked in sharing resources, ideas and talent, developing flexible supply chains and accelerating business development. These industries also have in common the need for clear and established rules for ownership and transfer of the rights representing the real value on them, clarity on the rules applied to the use of personal data and access to information, and a vast array of issues that, without being completely novel, may give rise to the need of novel legal treatment of them. While the existence of those clear rules seems to be create a favorable environment for any industry, these rules are an imperative for the development of the knowledge industries.

The Overall Objective of the Book

In the area of law and technology there is a vacuum of edited books dealing with the socio-economic and cultural shift originated from the development and use of ICTs, and their impact on laws, regulation and harmonization processes, treated in their relation to the development of knowledge industries and their progress. While it is not possible to address every issue in every jurisdiction, the book aims to treat a vast array of matters from different jurisdictions and from different approaches to law and regulations to achieve the objective of showcasing the current state of legal developments related to technology and development at global scale, with emphasis on developing countries or the impact upon them of other countries regulations, as well as informing the international community of the latest trends on legal regulation to technology and knowledge industries.

The Target Audience

The book would serve the needs of professionals and researchers working in the field of IT law, knowledge industries development studies and technology-related public policy. International and local lawyers, corporate managers, policy makers, scholars, students and many others in need of having a current picture of the regulatory environment of IT issues and its impact in developing the knowledge industries will find the book appealing.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Regulation to ICT standards
  • Law and policy of ICT off-shoring projects
  • The protection of intellectual creations and knowledge transfer
  • Contract law rules and Internet commerce
  • Privacy and Data Protection: Risks and developments
  • Innovation policies and the regulatory framework of innovation
  • Development policies and ICT regulation
  • Cybercrime and Cyberlaw
  • Access to public information legislation
  • E-banking regulation


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 31, 2007, a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 28, 2008 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind peer review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global, www.igi-global.com, publisher of the IGI Publishing (formerly Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing, Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference), and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Fernando Barrio

London Metropolitan Business School

London Metropolitan University

Stapleton House 108a

277-281 Holloway Road

London N7 8HN


Tel.: +44-20-7133-3962

Email: f.barrio@londonmet.ac.uk

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