CfP: Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: PISTA 2017

Call for papers, deadline 7 December 2016

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are transforming our societies, our governments, and other political systems, at a remarkable speed. Government departments are seeing the importance of ensuring services which are delivered electronically. Political parties are increasingly using ICT in their political processes. Despite this fact, we find a Dialogue of the Deaf (as John Harvey-Jones named it) between politicians and the ICT community. Politicians need to understand the internet much better and the ICT community needs to understand politics more if this Dialogue of the Deaf is to be transformed in a mutual comprehensive dialogue and in a synergic relationship. The purpose of PISTA 2017 is to contribute with the bridging efforts done in order to get an approach in the dialogue between both communities.

Invitation to participate

In order to accomplish the purpose of contributing to get an approach between ICT and Sociopolitical communities, ICT researchers are invited to present their research results. Practitioners and consultants are invited to present case study papers and innovative solutions. Corporations are invited to present political information systems and software based solutions. Public servers are invited to present case studies, information systems developed for specific purpose, and innovative ideas and designs. Political and social scientists are invited to present research or position papers on the impact and the future possibilities of ICT in Social systems and political processes. Politicians and political consultants are invited to present problems that might be solved by means of ICT, or solutions that might be improved by different approaches and design in ICT. All are invited to organize panel or invited sessions. Panel sessions with panelists coming from both: ICT researchers/practitioners and political consultants or politicians are highly encouraged.

Non-exclusive questions need some answers

The main objective of PISTA 2017 is to provide a forum for the presentation of both: solutions and problems of the applications of ICT in Politics and Society. The following questions need answers from different perspectives: What is the impact of the Information and Communication Technologies in Society? How are information and Communication technologies affecting democracy and making joint and collective decisions? What new networks and models are emerging to pave the way for decisions? How are political parties, governments and campaigning groups making use of IT and especially electronic communications? What electronic tools are there to facilitate democratic discussions and decision-making? What ethical and legal issues should be considered in the social transformation produced by the Information and Communication Technologies?

Is the responsibility for content production being left to the entertainment industry? Is the government under obligation to influence the trend in information society, and if so, what is its role and scope? What do the new trends have to offer different groups or the individual?

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Please consider contributing by submitting an article to the Special Track on Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: PISTA 2017 (, being organized in the context of the 11th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics, and Informatics (IMSCI 2017), to be held on July 8 - 11, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, USA, jointly with:

  • The Special Track on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics: SOIC 2017
  • The Special Track on Qualitative Research, Modeling, and Methodologies: QRMSE 2017
  • The Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: SIE 2017
  • The 21st World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2017

The respective web sites of the above events and the others being jointly organized can be found at the general CFP posted at:

To submit your article, please click the "Authors" tab on the conference website. Submissions for face-to-face and virtual presentations are both accepted.

The deadlines for this second CFP are the following:

  • December 7th, 2016: Article submissions
  • December 7th, 2016: Invited session proposals
  • January 18th, 2017: Notifications of acceptance
  • February 14th, 2017: Uploading of camera-ready or final version

IMSCI/PISTA and all its collocated events are being indexed by Elsevier's SCOPUS since 2005. The 2017 proceedings will also be sent to Elsevier's SCOPUS.

Authors of early submissions to PISTA 2017 (or any of its collocated events) and, consequently, of early acceptances and registrations will be:

  1. Considered in the selection of keynote speakers because this selection will need additional reviews.
  2. Invited for submitting a second paper on special topics; which, if accepted, will require no additional fee for its presentation. These topics, which will be selected by the Organizing Committee, are very important topics, but are not necessarily among the usual grants priorities. The IIIS will finance this kind of papers which are important for many authors but are not among the priorities of policy makers in organizations which might financially be supporting participations in conferences.

Details about the following issues have also been included at the URLs given above:

  • Pre- and post-conference virtual sessions.
  • Virtual participation.
  • Two-tier reviewing combining double-blind and non-blind methods.
  • Access to reviewers’ comments and evaluation average.
  • Waiving the registration fee of effective invited session organizers.
  • Best papers awards.
  • Publication of best papers in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), which is indexed in EBSCO, Cabell, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), and Google Scholar, and listed in Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities and in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory. (All papers to be presented at the conference will be included in the conference printed and electronic proceedings)

Please consider forwarding to the appropriate groups who might be interested in submitting contribution to the above mentioned collocated events. New information and deadlines are posted on the conference and the IIIS web site (especially at the URL provided above).

Best regards,

PISTA 2017 Organizing Committee