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Bepress announces new journal on public policy and the internet

Berkeley, CA, December 16, 2009 — The Policy Studies Organization (PSO), the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) are pleased to announce the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, Policy & Internet.

The first multi-disciplinary academic journal to investigate the policy implications of the Internet, Policy & Internet is extensive in scope, spanning multiple policy sectors and geographical regions. The journal is edited by Helen Z. Margetts of the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University.

"Every day, we see more interest in the policies of the Internet. Research centers and courses are proliferating," says Paul Rich, President of PSO. "This new journal from PSO and bepress will prove invaluable in navigating such a rapidly growing, global field."

In the first issue of Policy & Internet, Helen Margetts examines the scope of the relationship between the Internet and public policy, J.P. Singh discusses the Internet and global governance, Barbie Clarke investigates children's use of social networking sites, and Stuart Shulman analyzes citizens' electronic policy interventions - and how policy-makers deal with them. A 'Policy Perspective' by Robert Hahn and Scott Wallerstein looks at the US national broadband plan and puts forward some recommendations for policy development.

"We are extremely pleased to be adding this timely new title to our Policy List" says bepress President, Jean-Gabriel Bankier. "The Internet is a dynamic landscape that deserves more scholarly attention."

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About the Policy Studies Organization

The Policy Studies Organization is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization which furthers the research and dissemination of scholarship in policy. A related society of the American, Midwest, Southern and International Political Sciences Associations, as well as of the International Studies Association, PSO members include more than 3600 universities and institutions and individuals in more than 93 countries. From its headquarters in an historic house near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, once the home of the families of President James Garfield and the labor leader Samuel Gompers, the society organizes conferences and seminars, and publishes a range of journals and books, to complement its increasing web presence.

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About Oxford Internet Institute

The Oxford Internet Institute was founded as a department of the University of Oxford in 2001, as an academic centre for the study of the societal implications of the Internet. The institute's research faculty, academic visitors and research associates are engaged in a variety of research projects covering social, economic, political, legal, industrial, technical and ethical issues of the Internet in everyday life, governance and democracy, science and learning and shaping the Internet.

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About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.