Original full papers (especially those which connect theoretical frameworks with specific examples of cultural values, practices, etc.) and short papers (e.g. describing current research projects and preliminary results) are invited. Papers should articulate the connections between specific cultural values as well as current and/or possible future communicative practices involving information and communication technologies. We seek papers which, taken together, will help readers, researchers, and practitioners of computer-mediated communication - especially in the service of "electronic democracy" - better understand the role of diverse cultural attitudes as hindering and/or furthering the implementation of global computer communications and/or furthering the implementation of global computer communication systems. Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:
  • Communicative attitudes and practices in diverse industrialised countries.
  • Communicative attitudes and practices in industrialising countries and marginalised communities.
  • Impact of information and communication technologies on local and indigenous languages and cultures.
  • Politics of the electronic global village in democratising or preserving hierarchy.
  • East/West cultural atittudes and communicative practices.
  • Role of gender in cultural expectations regarding appropriate communicative practices.
  • Ethical issues related to information and communication technologies, and the impact on culture and communication behaviours.
  • Legal implications of new communication technologies.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by an international panel of scholars and researchers. There will be the opportunity for selected papers to appear in special issues of journals and a book. CATaC'98 papers, for example, appeared in the Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication (Vol. 8, Nos. 3-4, 1998), Javnost: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture (1999), and AI and Society Journal (Vol. 14, No. 1, 2000).