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Are you a young practitioner interested in using internet tools to create trusted and trusting online communities? (IBO) is sponsoring a contest to describe such a system, with the winner being sent, all expenses paid, to the 6th International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution to be held in Hong Kong this December as the organization’s recorder.

InternetBar.orgTo participate, you need to read the contest rules, register at IBO’s contest website, consistently participate in discussions on the site through the end of July, and then, if selected as one of 15 finalists, prepare a paper on the topic. The papers will be judged on several factors — with particular attention to whether they are publishable — and all 15 will be circulated at the International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution. The rules state that all 15 finalists will receive prizes, but do not identify any prizes (other than the grand prize) specifically.

The contest is targeted at students and relatively recent graduates. To participate, you have to “prove either (a) enrollment in an undergraduate/graduate program in Law, Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, Political Studies, Economics or Business, or (b) a degree from any such program, earned no earlier than 2002).”

Registration is open until either May 1 or May 10 (the rules currently say the 1st, while the sidebar on the site says the 10th — shoot for the 1st to be safe unless they clear it up). According to IBO, more than 50 contest participants have already signed up.

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