2019 Cyber Symposium Call for Papers

2019 Cyber Symposium Call for Papers

Call For Papers B

Third Way and the Journal of National Security Law and Policy are seeking submissions for a special issue of the journal on developing policy and legal reforms to improve cybercrime enforcement. 

As technology becomes ubiquitous in our lives and across our society, criminals and other nefarious actors increasingly turn to technology to commit fraud, ransom data, steal money and trade secrets, and disrupt governments and institutions. Unfortunately, law enforcement is outmatched, unable to keep up with the pace of cybercrime. Based on Third Way’s analysis of the US government’s own data, only 3 in every 1,000 reported cybercrimes ever see an arrest.

This special issue will include a diverse array of viewpoints and is a first step in demonstrating that there are ways to improve governments' ability to catch identify, stop, and punish cyber criminals. It is also a platform for a robust conversation to inspire further policy development and broader thinking about how to solve this problem, while balancing competing challenges. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Policy and legal reforms to assess current efforts and measure progress in law enforcement action against cyber criminals.
  • Policy and legal reforms to improve the functioning of US domestic law enforcement and diplomatic agencies in cybercrime.
  • Policy and legal reforms to improve international capacity and coordination for cybercrime enforcement.
  • Policy and legal reforms to enhance public-private cooperation in reporting, attributing, investigating, and prosecuting cybercrime.
  • Explorations of tradeoffs and challenges that arise from improving cybercrime prosecution rates, including civil liberties and human rights implications.

In order to produce this special issue, we are honored to host the selected authors at a pre-publication workshop to discuss proposed ideas this Spring, followed by an invitation to present their papers at a public symposium with high-level speakers in the fall. The authors will receive a $3,000 honorarium upon publication of the special issue and travel expenses to participate in the workshop and symposium (either in DC or NYC).

To propose a topic, please submit a proposal to lawJNSLP@georgetown.edu no later than February 28, 2019. A proposal should include a description of the policy paper of no more than one page along with a CV for the author. All papers will be peer-reviewed in accordance with JNSLP’s practices. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


Submission window: February 4-28, 2019

Selection of authors: March 15, 2019

Draft manuscript for workshop due: June 3, 2019

Final manuscripts due: October 1, 2019

Symposium date: Fall 2019

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