The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP) is Seeking Guest Editors

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP) seeks individuals interested in serving as a guest editor of an upcoming 2021 or 2022 issue. Guest editors oversee the selection of manuscripts and development of an issue focused on a particular topic. We interpret intellectual freedom and privacy broadly; examples of possible topics include:

  • Ethical issues in information organizations, archives, etc.
  • Privacy implications of big data analytics and research 
  • International interpretations of intellectual freedom 
  • How information policy and intellectual freedom intersect 
  • Social media and freedom of expression 
  • Innovative approaches to advocating for intellectual freedom and privacy 

If you have a topic idea, please feel free to discuss it with the editor, Shannon Oltmann. Peer-reviewed articles include literature reviews, theoretical or critical analyses, or empirical research articles and are typically 4000-8000 words long. 

As guest editor, your responsibilities include: 

  • Crafting a call for papers on a focused topic
  • Distributing the call and generating interest 
  • Assisting in recruiting peer reviewers
  • Assisting in editorial decisions 

This is a great role for someone who wants to learn more about academic journals, publishing, and peer reviewing. It is a good opportunity for service to the profession. Length of time commitment will vary (based on time needed to recruit and review sufficient papers). We encourage international participation from both junior and senior scholars. Interested parties should contact the editor at and/or submit a topic proposal of 500-1000 words by April 30, 2021.

ALISE Co-Signs “Ethics in AI Statement”

The Association recently signed on to an “Ethics in AI Statement” with the Association for Information Science and Technology and the iSchools in the wake of Dr. Timnit Gebru’s firing from Google. The statement follows:

Recent events surrounding Dr. Timnit Gebru, formerly the co-lead of Google’s Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) team, have shed light on the importance of unbiased research into the ethical issues surrounding the use of AI and the need for diverse voices to be part of the discussion. As the preeminent global voice of information science and technology research and its implications for practice, the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is joined by the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the iSchools in strongly advocating for rigorous and thorough research into the use of AI to ensure its ethical application in all aspects of society. ASIS&T, ALISE and the iSchools support the work of researchers, such as Timnit Gebru and others, who seek to identify potential flaws and biases in the algorithms used by AI that may disproportionately impact diverse populations. As an association that embraces the diversity of voices contributing to scholarship in the information science and technology field, we encourage continued research into the ethical use of AI and transparency in the dissemination of the results of such research. ASIS&T, ALISE and the iSchools recognize the importance and need for organizations to consider both the positive and negative effects of AI and to find ways to mitigate, if not prevent, the negative impacts of AI while achieving AI’s benefits. Importantly, diverse voices are needed in such discussions.

The permalink for the statement is:–ai–ethics

Welcome to ALISE PIE, The Website for the Policy and Information Ethics SIGs

Dear respective members of the Information Ethics and Information Policy special interest groups (SIGs),

We write to welcome you to our new joint website! Over the past year-and-a-half, the Information Ethics and Information Policy SIGs have been working closely together on a number of initiatives. At ALISE Annual 2019, the two SIGs joined together to share a business meeting, panel, and a social event. Conveners and members of both SIGs saw the overlap of the two areas and the potential for more collaborations in the future.

Since then, the Leadership Team of the two SIGs created this revamped website (along with a new social media handle on Twitter). Part of this activity included building a new infrastructure to support collaboration (Google Drive, Basecamp), researching the history of the two SIGs, surveying the membership, and once again working together to plan for ALISE. While the two SIGs are hosting separate panels during ALISE Annual 2020 (policy, ethics), they are joining efforts again to conduct a business meeting. (You’re probably finding out about this website at that very meeting!)

We’re not sure where this collaboration is taking us but we are glad to see it ongoing. It’s up to you, member, to help craft the identity of this collaboration and see where its activities will take us in support of shared interests in policy, ethics, and LIS education.


The Leadership Team