Call for Chapters: Counteracting the Spread and Growth of Information Disorder

Editors

Saleem Zoughbi, United Nations University, United Arab Emirates
Suaad AalThani, Senior Recruitment and Communication Consultant, Oman

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: January 9, 2023
Full Chapters Due: February 6, 2023

Introduction

There is a rapid growth of technology that includes methods of capturing data, storing and transferring it in large quantities, with full automation on data and knowledge resources. Accompanied by this development, techniques and tools are developed to capture data and represent it in a false, inaccurate, or misleading way. This practice of disinformation is planned, presented, and promoted intentionally to cause public harm or make a profit. In the last few years, and strangely enough, highly amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic and political issues like American presidential elections and lately the Russian Ukrainian war. Disinformation has affected, in very controversial levels, executive decisions of economic, business, political, ethical, media and the public. This book is designed to be in the form of guides, handbooks, or manuals focusing on current best practices, case studies, current standards across all scientific and technological fields, with emphasis on causes, impact, and counteracting disinformation around the world in all domains, especially as it is becoming a more complex trend based on emerging techniques of deception.

Objective

The issue of information disorder has become a worldwide concern. In all its types such as disinformation, fake news, misinformation etc. there are no borders that can stop such flow of misleading information. Technology gets better, and more opportunities become available to mal-intentioned people. With the spread of connectivity and digital resources the consequences of unsubstantiated information have become increasingly important. Having social media spreading so fast and so easily everywhere has led to the elimination of many impediments preventing information disorder from rapid spreading. Fake news spreads more rapidly and reach a wider audience than truth does. This would lead easily to management of public opinion, control the social trends, generate particular impressions, or justify someone's policy and actions. Disinformation can be fabricated by politicians, companies, or individuals. This publication will bring to the reader a detailed and scientific view of all kinds of information disorder, explaining not only the way it is generated, but also ways of identifying ti and verifying its integrity and providence. There are two important facts regarding publishing about this topic. The first one is that agility of technology development and the smarter digital devices and trends become would make the generation of mal-information and disinformation easier, hence more people around the world can generate it, even teenagers who are note experienced or digitally literate. The second fact is that the impact of the spreading of this information disorder has found multitude of targets that are not only easily affected by fake data and news, but these targets become more vulnerable with the increasing spread and becoming themselves affecting other targets as well. In other words, controlling such fake news can become more difficult. The design of this book and the connect will be characterized as detailed, conclusive and becoming not only as a reference but being a protocol book, real-life cases are presented not only to give examples but also to help the reader see the overall picture and start a serious effort in learning more, do more research or use lessons learned ti mitigate such threats.

Target Audience

The way this book is designed will be aa major resource to many people. The most essential of these are these: (1) Academic personnel: graduate students, faculty members and researchers in different fields, not only technology, but modern society and state dynamics in different fronts such as economics, social, ethical, political and so on. (2) Experts of media, journalism, and public news agencies. (3) Analysts and forecasters in different fields which may be affected by fake news and disinformation.

Recommended Topics

 Concepts and generally adopted terminology related to all kinds of fake news and disinformation in all forms and styles  Information disorder: its gravity, partiality, and nature.  Dissemination of dis-information impact: dimension and level of impact on individuals, people, governments, companies, and organizations.  Serious consequences of such dissemination on citizens and individuals, families to organizations, companies, government offices and on a larger level major decisions of governments all over the world.  The different types of disorder such as misinformation, dis-information and mal-information, combined with practices such as filter bubbles and echo chambers highlighted by the role and relevance of contemporary social technology.  The growth of “information pollution” at a global scale.  Agents that are involved in all three phases of the information chain – creation, production, and distribution.  Analysis of “fake news” such as fabricated text articles, mis- and dis-information including any visual formats. Deep fake news and its threats.  Disinformation techniques are becoming increasingly sophisticated, exploiting, and perverting on people’s data and distort it. An outlook on future agile technology that would be misused for advanced information disorder.  Bots, AstroTurf campaigns, impersonation of authoritative media, people, or governments through false websites and/or social media accounts, micro-targeting and ‘Deep-fakes’.  The use of disinformation as a very powerful strategy and tool for hostile actors, feeling less constrained by ethical or legal principles and offering very effective influence techniques.  Analysis of effective political, financial, and reputational incentives.to mitigate and counteract information disorder.  Business intelligence: risks posed on businesses from misinforming, the process of managing the business intelligence, multinational corporations, reviewing best counter measures against disinformation improve, dis-informants steadily search and adopt new strategies for eluding detection.  Political systems of countries  Information disorder and democracy and human rights  Underground and Black Web  The evolving techniques of deception and its increasing severity of disinformation is becoming more critical in political systems and governments in the world, which even may lead to major decisions that could, (and did such as the case of war in the Ukraine), lead to wars as well.  Policy instruments and framework for identification, mitigation, and countering information disorder.  Implications of disinformation on external relations of governments, human rights, and democratic norms worldwide.  Impact of Information disorder on social, ethnic, and political problems and issues in developing countries, especially those already suffering from ethnic tensions, misinformation can infuriate tensions and generate violence.  The alarming role of information disorder and critical impact on elections and democratic processes, threatening democracy.  A review of laws and legislation that are directly relevant to the case of disinformation or mal information, fake news, and other related practices of information disorder, while reviewing the role of human rights law, rights to freedom of thought and to hold opinions without interference, right to privacy, right to freedom of expression and right to participate in public affairs.  The underground web, deep and Black Web, and how they are used to spread misinformation and create information chaos and disorder.  Special software and smart technology methods used for malicious intent, and scientific ways of counteracting them and mitigating their effect.  Negative economic, social and wellbeing impact of information disorder,  The role of the Civil society, including its ethical and cultural motives, to develop wider effort to alleviate and mitigate the impact of information disorder.

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 9, 2023, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by January 23, 2023 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 6, 2023, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Counteracting the Spread and Growth of Information Disorder. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.



Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit https://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2023.



Important Dates

January 9, 2023: Proposal Submission Deadline
January 23, 2023: Notification of Acceptance
February 6, 2023: Full Chapter Submission
March 13, 2023: Review Results Returned
April 9, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification
April 23, 2023: Final Chapter Submission



Inquiries

Saleem Zoughbi
Senior Associate Expert, United Nations University, Palestine
saleem_gz@yahoo.com

Suaad AalThani
Senior Recruitment and Communication Consultant
suaadsaid2122@gmail.com



Classifications


Computer Science and Information Technology; Media and Communications; Government and Law
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