Saturday, March 17, 2007

Video Vortex Conference 2007

Video Vortex Conference: November 30 and December 1 2007, Amsterdam (NL)
Organized by the Institute of Network Cultures

First announcement (shorter air version), March 16, 2007

More on the Event:
List info:

In response to the increasing potential for video to become a significant form of personal media on the Internet, this conference examines the key issues that are emerging around the independent production and distribution of online video content. What are artists and activists responses to the popularity of ‘user-generated content’ websites? Is corporate backlash eminent?

After years of talk about digital conversions and crossmedia platforms we are now witnessing the merger of the Internet and television at a pace that no one predicted. For the baby boom generation, that currently forms the film and television establishment, the media organisations and conglomerates, this unfolds as a complete nightmare.

Not only because of copyright issues but increasingly due to the shift of audience to vlogging and video-sharing websites as part of the development of a broader participatory culture.

The opening night will feature live acts, performances and lectures under the banner of video slamming. We will trace the history from short film to one-minute videos to the first experiments with streaming media and online video, along with exploring the way VJs and media artists are accessing and using online archives.

The Video Vortex conference aims to contextualize these latest developments through presenting continuities and discontinuities in the artistic, activist and mainstream perspective of the last few decades. Unlike the way online video presents itself as the latest and greatest, there are long threads to be woven into the history of visual art, cinema and documentary production. The rise of the database as the dominant form of storing and accessing cultural artifacts has a rich tradition that still needs to be explored.

The conference aims to raise the following questions:

- How are people utilising the potential to independently produce and distribute independent video content on the Internet?

- What are the alternatives to the proprietary standards currently being developed?

- What are the commercial objectives that mass media is imposing on user-generated content and video-sharing databases?

- What is the underlying economics of online video in the age of unlimited uploads?

- How autonomous are vloggers within the broader domain of mass media?

- How are cinema, television and video art being affected by the development of a ubiquitous online video practice?

- What type of aesthetic and narrative issues does the database pose for online video practice?

Conference themes:

Viral Video critique
Vlogging Critique
Participatory Culture, Participatory Video
Real World Tools and Technologies
Theory & History of the Database
Narrative and the Cinematic
Database Taxonomy and Navigation
Internet Video: Art, Activism, and Public Media
Evening Programme / Exhibition

(see website for details)

Video Vortex Discussion List:

With this discussion list we like to gather responses to the rise of YouTube and similar online video databases. What does YouTube tell us about the state of art in visual culture? Is YouTube the corporate media structure of the 21st century? What are the artist responses to YouTube aesthetics?

General information about the mailing list is at:

To post to this list, send your email to:

This list is meant for all those interested in the topic, and will possibly continue after the event in late 2007.

Practical info:

November 30 and December 1, 2007.

PostCS 11, PostCS building
Oosterdokskade 3-5
1011 AD Amsterdam
T: 020 - 62 55 999

Organized by
Institute of Network Cultures, HvA Interactive Media, Amsterdam

Editorial team
Geert Lovink, Sabine Niederer, Shirley Niemans

Affiliated researchers
Seth Keen, Vera Tollmann

Shirley Niemans

For further information, please contact
Shirley Niemans, shirley(at)

Friday, March 16, 2007

OURMedia 07 International Conference

OURMedia 07 International Conference
Sustainable Futures: Roles and Challenges for Community, Alternative and Citizens' Media in the 21st Century

Sydney April 9-13th 2007

The full program and schedule are now online:

The conference includes 130 presentations and workshops that will be delivered by international and national experts, researchers, funding bodies, policy makers, activists and local community development practitioners from 40 different countries.

OURMedia aims to build strategies and collaborations amongst action researchers, engaged academics, community practitioners, artists and advocates for the promotion of communication rights, effective access to ICT, community and citizen participation in the media and community engagements that foster social change, women's participation in the sector and cultural development and revitalisation. The OM6 conference will explore the significance of independent community and alternative media and the major challenges in the decades lying ahead.

Keynote panelists & invited speakers

. John D.H. Downing (Professor of International Communication; Founding Director, Global Media Research Center, Southern Illinois University, USA)

. Sharon Bhagwan Rolls (Founding Director, femLINKPACIFIC: Media Initiatives for Women, Fiji. AMARC Asia-Pacific)

. Luis Evaristo dos Santos Soares (Coordinator, Community Radio Center, Timor Leste)

. Suman Basnet (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters [AMARC AP]- Regional Coordinator for Asia and Pacific regions, Nepal)

. Stuart Allan (Professor of Cultural Studies, University of the West of England, UK)

. Faye Ginsburg (Professor of Anthropology; Director, Centre for Media, Culture & History, New York University, USA)

. Helen Molnar (Executive Director, MC Media & Associates)

. Clemencia Rodriguez (Oklahoma University; Our Media Network)

. Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron (Communication for Social Change Consortium; Our Media Network)

. Robert A. Hackett (Simon Fraser University; NewsWatch Canada)

. Dorothy Kidd (University of San Francisco; Media Alliance, USA)

. Andrew Garton (Association for Progressive Communications, Australia)

. Barry Melville (President, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia)

. Nalaka Gunawardene (Director and CEO, Television for Education - Asia Pacific [TVEAP])

. Kosala Keerthirathne (Kothmale Community Media Centre - UNESCO Program Coordinator)

. Raghu Mainali (Director, Community Radio Support Centre, NEFEJ, Nepal)

Conference: The Education Summit 2007

21st Century Education - The Real and the Ideal
October 9 and 10, in Ft. Collins, Colorado

Center for Internet Research (TCFIR), in concert with Colorado State University is hosting "21st Century Education - The Real and the Ideal", a conference focused on "what's next" in the social/cultural, methodological, and technological dimensions of education. The conference theme speaks to the need for a realistic appraisal of the state of education and reform efforts, and what present realities indicate for the future, coupled with constructive and well-informed speculation about how change in education can be better managed to serve the need of students, educators, parents, industry, and society as a whole; the real and the ideal.

At the heart of this conference is a project in the early stages of planning for the development of next-generation, accredited K-12 computer-aided teaching and learning environment (CAT/CAL) which will incorporate the best of what we presently know. More than an attempt at another "online education system", this project will address the situated, contextual problem of education from a holistic and cross-disciplinary perspective. The thesis underlying this project is that previous attempts at "education reform" have met with difficulties because solutions have not been adequately integrated into, or accounted for, the total social system of education. Therefore, technology in education, while desirable because of numerous potential benefits, cannot be limited in scope to superior content, assessment methodology, lesson-planning, parental involvement, or accountability but must address all of these needs and more. In addition, the technological concept underlying this project do not attempt to eliminate classrooms or teachers but focus instead on helping teachers and students do more with better results. In this context, technology must be made to serve people and facilitate what people do best, in practicable, adaptive, streamlined ways.

We believe that bringing together leaders in education, business, academia, and government in a conference environment organized around these themes will produce significant new ideas, perspectives, and initiatives unlike other education conferences.

Call For Papers or Panels
Please note that there will only be a limited number of paper presentations (10). Papers will be reviewed as received. Twenty (20) will be accepted for publication ten (10) for presentation. All papers approved by our review committee will be published in a special report on this conference.

Appropriate ideas for papers include, but are certainly not limited to:

* Unique research on the present state of both online and classroom education.
* Problems, challenges, and new directions for technology in education
* Innovative approaches to content and assessment.
* The social interface between schools and communities
* New ways of addressing ethnic and gender disparities in education
* Challenges faced by schools attempting to meet No Child Left Behind mandates
* How technological and social systems might be designed and integrated to promote an adaptive, self-reforming education system.
* Cognitive, sociological, communication, economic, or psychological issues impacting educational praxis
* Hardware or software innovations that may impact education

We encourage papers that are grounded in sound scholarly method, but also creative and cross-disciplinary in perspective.

* Abstract deadline: June 1, 2007 (the earlier, the better)
* Complete document deadline: July 1, 2007
* Submission format: MS Word - Must have a separate cover page, abstract, and permission to publish in the conference brochure and post conference report.
* APA guidelines shall be used in bibliographies.
* Formal presentation shall not exceed 40 minutes. (tell us what AV equipment is needed)
* If your paper is accepted you will need to provide a thumb-nail photo and a brief biography.

Submit proposals and papers via email to:

Note: All people who submit papers or proposals will be admitted free to the conference!

If you are unable to become a presenter for the conference, we still request your presence at "21st Century Education - The Real and the Ideal", October 9 and 10, in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

UNESCO supported "Community Multimedia Centers"

The UNESCO supported "Community Multimedia Centers" are community-based facilities offering both community radio broadcasting and telecenter services. Radio broadcasts by local people in local languages are now possible at low cost due to the development of small, inexpensive, easy-to-operate broadcast facilities.

In Africa and other regions, where languages are spoken and national broadcast
networks are weak, community radio provides a new and important medium for communication of news, information, and entertainment. The radio not only informs, educates and entertains, but it also empowers the community by giving a strong public voice to the voiceless, and thus encouraging greater accountability in public affairs.

This UNESCO initiative showing the world the power of CMCs is in its fifth year of operation, with 39 pilot CMCs established in communities across Latin America/Caribbean, Africa and South Asia.

Read the recent evaluation of the UNESCO program.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Forget Advertising, forget PR

‘Traditional’ advertising seems to be all about a few ‘creative’ people coming up with a message that will ‘create buzz’ or ‘produce an emotional response’, or communicate ‘core and unique brand values’. But this is a 30 second TV ad that we are talking about here. Now I don’t know about you, but mostly I don’t even watch TV ads any more (my PVR takes care of that). I connect this approach to advertising with the desire that managers have to believe that they somehow control, manage and have a significant impact on their markets through these direct means. I think such a view is comforting to managers (including those in ad agencies). It probably makes them feel important. They get a big budget. They get to be part of a creative process. They get to make something beautiful and even to win the occasional award complete with expensive diner and photo in Campaign. They get a lot of money for doing it to. It’s a good life. But, erm, what about the consumer? What exactly is it that they get out of this? Product information? The joy of someone else’s fine art? Really? They need their art in 30 second commercial packages scattered throughout the stuff that they actually want to watch do they? When they need to know about a product, the best way is through a poster with 8 words (or even a DPS with a couple of hundred) written by someone with a vested interest in emphasising online the positive bits? Really? And this is good culture is it?

I think we should at least be suspicious of pushed, one-way, propaganda as a way to sell stuff, and as a foundation to our shared understanding of the world. Instead I think marketers have to get used to an environment where at best they are part of a culture that might just include mention of the brand, company, or product, but mostly is based on participation and collaboration. Actually, if they embrace this situation there is a chance that they can become a valued member of a community that takes an interest in their wares by providing it with information, but also by facilitating other members in the creation of culture. So make ads that people can play with, make games that bring people together, facilitate communities of interest, provide technical support and the sorts of experiences that people learn from and remember. And focus on making yourself easy to find when people are interested enough to start looking. Don’t just blow £10m on another CGI’d 30 second ad and glossy DPS. And above all remember that as your organisation is now pretty transparent, propaganda just won’t work as will as it used it. Be a good organisation too.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pepsi, Starbucks, and Sex

Pepsi has long been number two to Coca-Cola but now it is now hit by other drinks in the market which are healthier and less sugary. There are few national markets where it is king, although it does well in South Asia, and its claim of offering an experience rather than a thirst quenching draught is increasing looking unrealistic. So it is turning to that trust old favourite of brand management – a facelift.

Out go the blue or silver can and in come 35 new designs which have themes of music sport or fashion, but still retaining the globe logo and Pepsi letter. Every few weeks, the lucky drinks consumer will be able to buy a can with a different theme that has its own website with video clips and other methods of getting consumer interest. Pepsi says they represent the brand’s “fun, optimistic and youthful” spirit. The naysayers, however, reckon it won’t make much difference to margins and that “changing the packaging is a tired brand’s last refuge”.

Starbucks, like Pepsi, is rated as one of the world’s top 50 consumer brands but it has over-expanded and faces competition from international and national me-toos and from cafés that actually offer coffee that doesn’t taste like the insipid “regular coffee” dishwater that Americans like. (Once my local Sainsbury’s introduced a Starbucks, I knew something was wrong with a brand that was supposed to epitomise the “third place” to be). But it isn’t only the revenge of coffee-holics that is hitting Starbucks, as it has been passed in the US heartland by Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s and other fast-food operators who have gone up market. Indeed, one US test found that consumers preferred McCafé brown stuff to Starbucks for which they were paying much less.

So Starbucks is going back to its roots as a nice place to be with comfy chairs, newspapers and better coffee. Out will go drive-through coffee shops, automatic machines and hot food. But as it has a strategy to reach 40,000 outlets, maybe less is better than more and some cutbacks could come, especially at supermarkets.

Now for sex, in advertising, that is. Adrian Furnham and Ellie Parker, researchers at University College London, have found that sex in advertising is a turn-off and not a turn-on to sales. It seems that an experiment where advertisements with an erotic theme were inserted into in both sexy programmes (a steamy episode of Sex in the City) and a bland one (Malcolm in the middle) did not lead to any improvement in the recognition and retention of advertising messages. For women, it was a complete turn-off while men could remember the sexual content of the advertisement but not the brand. Oh dear, something was true to form.

So advertisers and potential advertisers, sex won’t help Pepsi (with its 35 themes) or Starbuck get back to their former glory. Maybe more time should be spent with the customers?

Monday, March 12, 2007



at the

41st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 41)
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Over the past several years, the emergent study domain of electronic Government (e-Government, e-Gov) research (EGR), also referred to as digital government, has produced a rapidly increasing number of academic and practitioner contributions at HICSS and other leading conferences and journals around the world.

At HICSS, this growing stream of research is represented through eight minitracks within the e-Government Track:

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* E-Democracy
* E-Government Emerging Topics
* E-Government Information and Knowledge Management
* E-Government Information Security
* E-Government Infrastructure and Interoperability
* E-Government Organization and Management
* E-Government Services and Information
* E-Policy, Law, and Governance

HICSS40 also features a Symposium of the Global Electronic Government Research and Practice Community (January 3, 2007- first day of HICSS40) )

Please find the detail minitrack calls under the specified URLs:

-- E-Government Emerging Topics, co-chairs: Theresa Pardo, Lawrence Brandt, and Maddalena Sorrentino -->

-- E-Democracy, co-chairs: Eric Welch (lead), Suzanne Beaumaster, and David Wolber -->

-- E-Government Architecture, Infrastructure, and Integration, co-chairs: Ralf Klischewski (lead), Haluk Demirkan and Marijn Janssen -->

-- E-Government Information Security, co-chairs: Gregory White (lead) and Wm. Arthur Conklin -->

-- E-Government Organization and Management, co-chairs: Helmut Krcmar (lead), Christine Leitner, and Anthony Cresswell -->

-- E-Government Services and Information, co-chairs: Maria Wimmer (lead), Enrico Ferro, and Sara Eriksén -->

-- E-Policy, Law, and Governance, co-chairs: Keith Schildt (lead), Sharon Dawes, and Stuart Shulman -->

-- Mobile Services and Technology in Government, co-chairs: Pirkko Walden (lead), Christer Carlsson and Michael Goul -->

-- Information Technology for Development; note: This Minitrack is hosted within the Organizational Systems and Technology Track -->



Authors may contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content at anytime.

June 15, 2007

Authors submit full papers to the Peer Review System, following Author Instructions found on the HICSS web site ( All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. Papers undergo a double-blind review (June 15- August 15).

August 15, 2007

Acceptance/rejection notices are sent to Authors via the Peer Review System.
At this time, at least one author of an accepted paper should begin fiscal and travel arrangements to attend the conference to present the paper.

September 15, 2007

$545 Early Registration. Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission instructions posted on the HICSS web site. At least one author of each paper should register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference.

October 2, 2007

$595 Regular Registration until Dec 15. Papers without at least one registered author will be pulled from the publication process; authors will be notified.

October 15, 2007

Cancellation: $150 administrative fee is deducted after this date. All cancellation requests must be in writing.

December 1, 2007

Hotel rates are not guaranteed after this date.

December 15, 2007

$700 Late Registration There will be no refund for cancellation of registration after this date.


Consult the conference website for the listing and description of Minitracks for HICSS-41.

Please do not submit the manuscript to more than one Minitrack Chair.
If you are not certain which Minitrack is appropriate, submit your abstract to the Track Chair(s) for guidance.

An Individual may be listed as author or co-author on a maximum of 6 submitted papers.

Authors may not be added after submission, unless approved by the appropriate Track Chair.

HICSS will conduct double-blind reviews of each submitted paper.
Therefore, author name(s) must not be included directly on the manuscript during the June 15 submission process.

Submit according to detailed Author Instructions posted on the HICSS web site
( ). Submit your full manuscript by June 15, and if accepted, submit the Final Version by Sept 15.

Call For Papers: Interdisciplinary Conference on Culture, Language, and Social Practice

Call For Papers: Interdisciplinary Conference on Culture, Language, and Social Practice

The program in Culture, Language and Social Practice (CLASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is pleased to invite submissions to its first graduate student-run interdisciplinary conference. Abstracts for 20 minute papers covering topics in various areas of sociocultural linguistics ( are invited for either the General Session or the Theme Session (see below) and are due by April 15, 2007. For both Sessions, we encourage papers that focus on the broad connections between language, culture and society and are grounded in empirical research. Examples of possible frameworks or analytic traditions for either Session may include, but are not limited to:

Linguistic anthropology
Narrative studies
Critical discourse analysis
Conversation analysis
Language and identity
Discourse pragmatics
Computer-mediated discourse
Ethnography of speaking
Language and literacy
Verbal art and performance
Bilingualism and code-switching
Language globalization
Intercultural communication
Language socialization

*Conference Details:

The conference will take place from Oct 5 - Oct 7, 2007. Our confirmed plenary speakers are Mary Bucholtz (Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara), Kathy Escamilla (Education, University of Colorado), Norma Mendoza-Denton (Anthropology, University of Arizona), and Crispin Thurlow (Communication, University of Washington). The Friday of the conference will consist of workshops held by plenary speakers and CLASP faculty, while Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to paper presentations and plenary talks. The conference website can be found at:

*Theme Session
Papers for the Theme Session should focus on a topic or issue dealing with interdisciplinary approaches to doing research on language, society and culture. Papers for consideration in the Theme Session may address issues dealing with crossing (inter)discipinary boundaries in both theoretical and applied research. Possible topics for the Theme Session might include: dialogues between linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics; the use of feminist and queer conversation analysis; ethnographic approaches to doing critical discourse analysis; etc.

*Submission Guidelines
Please email a 500 word abstract to by April 15, 2007. The abstract should be attached in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) format and should contain NO information identifying the author(s) of the paper. Abstracts are evaluated on an anonymous basis. In the body of the email, please include the following information:

-Name(s) of author(s)
-University or other affiliation(s) of the author(s)
-Email address(es) of the author(s)
-Title of proposed paper
-Whether you'd like to be considered for the General or Themed session
-Equipment requirements
-Any additional comments
-3-5 keywords describing the paper

Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email by August 1, 2007.

*About CLASP

More information about CLASP can be found here:

Sunday, March 11, 2007

CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd International Second Life Community Convention

3rd International Second Life Community Convention (SLCC07)
August 24-26, 2007, Chicago, USA
Track: *Business in Second Life*


The emergence of virtual worlds and the Web 3.D changes to way of doing business. Web 3.D is the synonym for internet based virtual worlds, where people can create own 3D *virtual* personalities. One of the most famous of these virtual worlds is Second Life. It is undergoing an evolution similar to that of the Internet in the mid ninetieth and it might impact profoundly the way people cooperate, communicate and collaborate and conduct business. The recent entering of companies such as Toyota, American Apparel, Nissan, or Adidas on Second Life is a first indication for the upcoming role of this platform for the next generation of conducting business online.

The conference provides a forum for industry, academia, and government to present their latest findings in virtual worlds like Second Life and the underlying technology to support those applications. Therefore, we invite contributions (research paper, working paper, work-in progress) from a broad spectrum of disciplines including economics, management, business, marketing, finance, information systems, and computer sciences.


The track focuses on but is not limited to the following topics:

- Product Testing in SL
- Image, Branding, Advertising in SL
- Marketing in Second Life
- Selling, Cross-Selling Real and SL
- Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademarks in Second Life
- Business Planning for Non-profits in SL
- Promotion, Fundraising Tool and SL
- Customer Integration and SL
- Technology & Business, Strategy in SL
- Financial Systems, Investments, Currency Exchange in SL
- Emerging Media Presence in SL
- Fashion Industry in Second Life
- The Future of Second Life and Beyond
- Second Life as a Web 3.0 Technology


Submission Papers: June 1, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: July 1, 2007
Final Paper Submission: August 1, 2007


Submissions should describe original research work not submitted or published elsewhere. The author responsible for correspondence, including the author*s name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address has to be identified. One of the authors of each paper must register and present the paper at the conference. Submitted papers will be double-blind reviewed and evaluated on significance, originality, quality, and exposition. They should clearly establish the research contribution, methodology, finding its relevance to Second Life. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published in the Conference Proceeding.Best papers will be published either in a book or in a Journal. There will also be *Best Paper Awards*.

In order to have your proposal considered, please submit it no later than 1st June to using the following guidelines.
- Follow the *Guide for Authors* from the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research (
- You need to submit the file as a Microsoft Word-Format file
- Your email should use the subject line "SLCC Business Track"


We will release registration details and hotel rooming information in the coming weeks. We can share that the cost of registration will be in the range of about USD 200 and will include breakfast snacks and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday as well as some awesome musical performances and conference materials. The event is being held at the Hilton Chicago and the hotel rates with our block is $159 per night before tax. THE ROOM BLOCK IS NOT SET UP YET SO PLEASE DO NOT CALL TO BOOK A ROOM AT THIS RATE YET! We are all very excited about SLCC 2007 and will get you all details as soon as we have them (for updated information,

Marc Fetscherin, Rollins College, USA; Christoph Lattemann, University of Potsdam, Germany; Guide Lang, University of Bern, Switzerland; Peter Lokke, CEO Crucial Armitage Inc., (Crucial Creations (SL)), New York, USA.

More Information and details at the conference website on or
General inquiries and request about the track: *Business in Second Life* should be sent to