Editor: Dr. David Ramírez Plascencia
University of Guadalajara – System of Virtual University
In Latin America, the use of the Internet in general, and social media in particular, is one of the most significant activities between inhabitants. Social platforms are so important to Latin Americans that in many countries, like Mexico and Brazil, almost all Internet users, more than 200 million in between both countries, have at least one profile on these platforms. And new information technologies are continuously arriving in the region as well, from the internet of things to artificial intelligence, robots, and the instant tracking of transportation and delivery, all of which are conspiring not only to change the domestic social and economic environment, but to transform social and economic links across the region and externally with the outside world. In a real sense, the internet has cut the region’s geographical moorings and plunged it and its inhabitants into an integrated and multi-tiered global virtual space.
Trying to embrace this entire new spectrum of digital phenomena requires not only an innovative and fresh reexamination of traditional concepts like activism, community, intimacy and social responsibility, especially when they are used to describe social relations in digital milieus, but also the construction of legal and ethical frameworks that clarify the boundaries in between private and public assets, and when it is permissible to monitor operations of foreign régimes and international corporations gathering and disseminating information electronically, for example in seeking to influence elections in Las Americas.
The purpose of this edited book is to examine the actual technological and ethical trends and prospective challenges that will reshape the social use of digital technologies in Latin America. How will ethical and legal framework have to evolve to respond to novel issues and critical challenges in the region, from virtual harassment, bullying and sexting incidents posted on YouTube, dating apps’ user privacy, criminal organization members’ information disseminated on social media, political activism and government censorship, the introduction of robotics and AI, cyberwar, the rise of fake news and alternative facts, the digital economy, crypto currencies and other key topics.
Proposals with a deep theoretical analysis and cases studies focused in novel technologies like drones, artificial intelligence and robots from a regional perspective are especially welcomed.
You are invited to submit a word document with a brief author or authors CV (no more than 250 words with titles, affiliations, and contacts), title of the proposal and the abstract (500-800 words). All proposal should be submitted to the following address: david.ramirez AT redudg.udg.mx
Proposals Submission Deadline: 01 April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 14 May 2018
Submission Date: 25 November 2018
The final decision will be notified to the authors by 14 May 2018. Authors will be invited to send a full text by 25 November 2018. The chapter’s length will be 5000-6000 words. Submitted chapters should not have been previously published or sent to another editor. All manuscripts will be selected under a double-blind peer review editorial process. The book is planned to be published at the end of 2019.
Editor has been working with Routledge to prepare this proposal for The Routledge Series on Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs.