George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Call for Papers: Early-Stage Research Panel on the Law & Economics of Digital Information Policy

The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for an Early-Stage Research Panel on the Law & Economics of Digital Information Policy.

The PEP is soliciting academics to present early stage research ideas on the law and economics of digital information policy during a program held in Naples, Florida from January 28-31, 2021. These panels are designed to provide constructive feedback to authors at the initial stage of a research project from a group of leading academics and practitioners from private practice, industry, and government.

PEP is interested in projects on privacy, data security, consumer protection, and telecommunications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, those that consider specifically the application or intersection of economics with:

  • The relationship between data-driven advertising and competition.
  • The relationship between data-driven advertising and online content creation and quality.
  • Ad-supported online media and equity of access.
  • First Amendment issues related to privacy regulation.
  • Measuring harms from data breach.
  • Measuring subjective privacy harms.
  • Privacy harms and standing in federal courts after Spokeo.
  • The relationship between privacy and competition policy.
  • Consumer protection policy surrounding fake reviews and influencers.
  • Democracy and social media.
  • Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

    PEP will consider both economic research and legal research with an economic component.

Please submit an extended abstract of the initial stage research you would intend to present by November 20, 2020. Selections will be made by December 1, 2020.

Selected authors will be expected to take part as discussants in a research roundtable held in conjunction with this program, where several later-stage draft papers, on topics surrounding the law & economics of digital information policy, will be presented.

Selected authors will receive lodging for the three nights with arrival on January 28 and departure on January 31, 2021 in Naples, Florida, and a $1,000 honorarium (from which you will cover your own travel and incidental expenses).

PEP will host a welcome reception and dinner for selected early-stage research project presenters and paper authors on the night of January 28, 2021, and a closing reception and dinner on January 30, 2021. Guests will depart on January 31.

For any additional questions, please contact Amanda Olsavsky Hu (