Saturday, March 31, 2007

PhD Studentships available at IPE, The Media School, Bournemouth University, UK

IPE - Research Centre in Interactivity, Personalization and Experience -
The Media School - Bournemouth University
PhD Studentships

IPE is a collaborative interdisciplinary network focusing on the experiences derived from interactive, personalized, collaborative and increasingly mobile media forms. The centre aims to challenge notions of the consumer, the author, the user of interactive media and to diminish the perceived divide between the theory, production and experience of these forms.

We are currently offering a PhD studentship in Networked Practices: Changing methodologies for interactive experience. Read more at:

For the next round of bursaries 08/09, we are especially interested in applications addressing the following topics:

Interactivity and Personalization
The commonality of interactive media lies in the user’s ability to directly manipulate and effect personal experiences of media. We are interested in supporting research projects that explore the changing climate of media personalization. Read more at:

Cross-Platform Media
The future of media is in innovative, flexible, repurposeable, 360 degree content. We are interested in supporting practice-based research projects that reflect creatively on the future of cross-platform media production. Read more at:

For general inquiries about IPE and its activities, please contact me.

cláudia gabriela marques vieira
subject leader, interactive media production
director of IPE, research centre in interactivity, personalization & experience
the media school
bournemouth university

Workshop: Internet Histories

Internet Histories - a pre-AoIR 8.0 workshop
October 16, 2007
Vancouver, Canada
Abstracts due 16 April

Despite the fact that the Internet is entering its fifth decade, the understanding and writing of its histories is very much in its infancy. In this one-day workshop, to be held 16 October 2007 directly before the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 8.0 conference (, we aim to explore the questions, assumptions, investments, frameworks, concepts, methods, biases, opportunities, archives, narratives, tropes, and logics that underlie the Internet’s diverse histories.

In particular, in the spirit of our 2006 ‘Internationalising Internet Studies’ workshop (, we start from the notion that the history of Internet uptake has been widely divergent across cultures and regions. In Asia, in particular, the initial PC-based phase of connectivity typical of the US and Europe, has not been replicated. Instead, Internet penetration was achieved via a variety of mobile devices, including Internet-enabled cell phones resulting in very different cultures of use and practice.

Accordingly, we call for papers on Internet histories, including, but certainly not limited to the following issues:

• what sorts of Internet histories are currently available, or in progress — whether national, country-specific, local, subcultural, community, or transnational and translocal?

• what are the histories and trajectories currently missing and why do these particular lacunae exist? What histories of the Internet are being foreclosed, overlooked, or not yet imagined, and what are the implications of this?

• who is currently writing, reading, collecting, valorising, or even enshrining Internet histories?
• what are the dominant accounts of Internet history, or dominant assumptions regarding these?

• what histories do we have of Latin American, African, Oceanic, or Asian Internet, for instance, compared to European or North American Internet?

• what challenges does doing Internet history pose? what is specific about Internet history compared to histories of media, communications, or other technologies, or broad social or cultural histories?

• how do our understandings of Internet and mobile technologies and cultures vary depending on the kinds of quite specific histories that condition these?

• how do a researcher’s own culture and patterns of use determine the kinds of questions s/he may raise concerning the history of ‘the Internet’?

This project brings together researchers working on country-specific and regional histories of the Internet as well as those researching Internet use by local and transnational subcultures and communities. This will be the first of what is anticipated to be a series of workshops, leading to an edited collection aimed at understanding the different historical patterns of Internet deployment and cultural and technological development.

We welcome abstracts of no more than 500 words by Monday 16 April 2007.
Please send your abstract to both organisers: Gerard Goggin ( and Mark McLelland (

Acceptance will be advised by the end of April 2007.
Subsequent to acceptance, presenters will need to register for the workshop and the AoIR conference via the AoIR online conference registration system.

Please note that acceptance of your paper at the pre-conference workshop does not preclude you from also submitting a different paper to the main conference.

For those selected, papers of 5,000 words will be due by mid-September 2007. Following the workshop, papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited collection on Internet Histories.

The project website is:

About the organisers:
Gerard Goggin is an ARC Australian Research Fellow in the Dept of Media and Communications, University of Sydney, Australia. His books include Cell Phone Culture (Routledge, 2006), Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia (2004), and Digital Disability (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and he is currently working on a study of global mobile media.

Mark McLelland lectures in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong. His publications include Japanese Cybercultures (2000) and Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age (2005).

Gerard and Mark are editors of Internationalizing Internet Studies (Routledge, 2007).

Friday, March 30, 2007

Call for Papers: 35th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy

Hosted by The National Center for Technology & Law,

George Mason University School of Law
Arlington, Virginia
September 28-30, 2007

TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information, and internet policy that brings a diverse, international group of researchers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations together with policy makers. It serves two primary goals:

(1) dissemination of research relevant to current communications regulatory and policy debates in the US and around the world; and

(2) promotion of new research on emerging issues.

The TPRC program is developed primarily from submitted papers. The Program Committee will also consider proposals for panels, tutorials, and technology demonstrations. Proposals for a panel should include a one-page description of the panel, its purpose, and a list of the potential invited panelists, preferably offering different points of view of the problems to be discussed.

Individuals interested in leading a tutorial or technology demonstration should submit a one-page description and a list of the topics to be covered. If it is a technology demonstration please specify if the participants will have opportunity to use the technology during the conference.

TPRC is now soliciting abstracts of papers for presentation at its 2007 conference. Proposals should be based on current theoretical or empirical research relevant to communication and information policy, and may be from any disciplinary perspective. TPRC welcomes national, international, comparative, and multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Call for Papers: New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia Special Issue

Call for Papers: New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia Special Issue on Studying the Users of Digital Education Technologies: Theories, Methods, and Analytical Approaches

Guest editor: Michael Khoo

National Science Digital Library, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, United States:

Submission deadline: 16 May 2007
Acceptance notification: 2 July 2007
Final manuscripts due: 20 August 2007

Digital technologies are increasingly integral components of educational settings and Digital Libraries, serving for instance as repositories, as scaffolds to enhance face-to-face pedagogy, and as distance-learning tools. How might we understand the impact of these technologies on knowledge and learning, and what lessons might be learnt from their use, that could be applied to future technologies? Addressing these research questions requires recognition of the highly complex character of digital education technologies: they vary in size from handheld PDAs to large distributed digital library projects; they are used in a range of formal and informal educational settings ranging from schools and universities to hospitals, clinics, museums and art galleries; and they serve learners of all ages. How may researchers approach this heterogeneity and work towards useful research outcomes?

This special issue of NRHM addresses issues associated with the qualitative understanding of the use of digital educational technologies in real-life contexts (with a focus on digital libraries, broadly conceived), by emphasizing the importance of contextual sociotechnical studies of technology use and design. The issue will consider educational technologies as complex mixtures of people, practices and technologies, embedded in a range of institutional, technological and social contexts. The editor therefore invites contributions that address the qualitative and sociotechnical study of digital educational technologies and users 'in the wild.' Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

Theoretical approaches
Ethnographic, anthropological, sociological, sociotechnical, activity theory, practice-based, and other approaches to the analysis of digital educational technologies

Methodological approaches
HCI, user testing, scenarios, interviews, focus groups, etc.
Discourse analysis
Webmetrics and use models

Applications to particular domains
Science education
Digital Libraries
User groups and use-in-context

Applied approaches
Case studies
Qualitative research and project evaluation strategies
Communicating qualitative research results to digital library developers and sponsors

The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (NRHM) is published by Taylor & Francis and appears in both print and digital formats. For more details and indicative topics, see the journal website:

Submissions should be sent by email to the guest editor, preferably in pdf format. Questions and enquiries concerning this call should be directed to the guest editor. Open topic papers meeting NRHM's scope in general are also welcome (send to Editor,

Call For Papers: Media International Australia

Call For Papers: 'Media International Australia'
Issue no. 126, Feb 2008
'Beyond Broadcasting: TV for the Twenty-First Century'

Theme Editors: Graham Meikle and Sherman Young

The broadcast era is over. The twentieth-century broadcast model of centralised, one-way transmission of pre-packaged content to large, simultaneous audiences is increasingly challenged and complemented by newer approaches. Content, distribution channels, geographical constraints, production values, business models, regulatory approaches and cultural habits are changing as the new media technologies empower users in unexpected ways and increasingly recast TV as something that audiences create as well as watch. Cheap hardware and software allow anyone to produce original or "mashed-up" videos. The ubiquity of camera-phones and CCTV redefines reality television. Higher-quality resources bring near-broadcast quality to video blogs and citizen journalism. Affordable editing resources allow creative re-mixes of low-brow soap-operas. And sites such as YouTube demonstrate the online demand for such non-traditional video productions.

Such media forms are unlikely to replace television as we know it. But they will displace it. This issue of 'Media International Australia' invites contributions that are able to push forward our thinking about television. The following gives some indication of the range of possible topics, but is not intended to rule out other questions.

* What is television in the twenty-first century? Should our definition of television change? If television is considered a cultural habit, what new habits are emerging?

* Does television require an *industry*? How are audiences reinventing themselves as producers?

* What are the relationships between free to air, pay TV, public broadcasting and emerging new formats?

* What are the impacts of new distribution models, both legal and illegal?

* What impacts do the new technologies and habits have on traditional institutions, policies and regulatory frameworks?

Papers should be approximately 4-5000 words and comply with the MIA style guide, available at
Further information is available from Dr Graham Meikle or Dr Sherman Young .

Abstracts should be sent to the theme editors by 1 May 2007.

Following proposal assessments, papers for refereeing will be required by 1 August 2007, with any revisions to be completed by 15 November 2007 for publication in February 2008.

About the journal:

Media International Australia (MIA) publishes new scholarly and applied research on the media, telecommunications, and the cultural industries, and the policy regimes within which they operate (

MIA was founded by Professor Henry Mayer in 1976. It was published by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School until 1997, when it moved to the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy at Griffith University. At that time, it was merged with the Centre's journal, Culture and Policy. From 2004, it became a publication of the School of EMSAH and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, at The University of Queensland. In 2005 the Henry Mayer Lecture was established in memory of the journal's founder.

Broadly inclusive and inter-disciplinary, the journal welcomes the writing of history, theory and analysis, commentary and debate. While its primary focus is Australia, the journal also aims to provide an international perspective.

Call for Participation: WiaOC 2007

Call for Participation for WiaOC 2007

CONNECT: a free synchronous and asynchronous online conference for teachers and education professionals

May 18-20, 2007

Webheads in Action, a world-wide cross-cultural online community of several hundred ESL/EFL educators and other professionals, invites your participation in CONNECT: Conversations on Networking, Education, Communities, and Technology, a unique conference to be held entirely online May 18-20, 2007.

The conference is called a convergence because it is intended to be a fair or festival in which many communities of colleagues converge to celebrate with us by presenting their work in a wide variety of formats. Participation is free and open to all who are interested.

Keynote speakers include Stephen Downes, George Siemens, Etienne Wenger, Barbara Ganley, Teemu Leinonen, and Leigh Blackall. More information is available at

WiAOC 2007 follows on the success of our first completely free online global convergence

Proposals for presentations at WiAOC 2007 will be accepted through April 7, 2007.

Proposals are invited for synchronous events, asynchronous events, or combinations of the two. Session topics can be pedagogical or technical, and might include examples of practical work with students, training sessions, reports of research or research in progress, demonstrations of new media, or descriptions or explorations of how interaction takes place over the Internet-e.g., how online communities form as a result of computer-mediated communication.

Synchronous events (including, but not limited to presentations, demonstrations, panel / roundtable discussions, chats and conversations) can be held at any of our partners' voice-enabled presentation portals, or one of your own choosing. Training and assistance will be available for presenters wishing to use our partners' venues.

Asynchronous events might include bulletin board discussions, online poster sessions, integration with content management systems, or other formats.

To create a proposal, first register at the convergence proposal site

Remember your ID and password there, because once you have registered, you may, until the deadline, revisit the site as often as you like to edit or add to your proposal, or create new ones.

Tagged artifacts will be aggregated during and around the time of this conference. Please tag any artifacts you create wiaoc2007.

You may direct questions to WiAOC Coordinator Vance Stevens at

We look forward to interacting with you at the WiAOC 2007: CONNECT free online convergence
Please feel free to distribute this notice to your colleagues as you see fit

The WiAOC 2007 Organization Team

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

CALL FOR PAPERS - 3rd Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference

The Third Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference
November 2-4, 2007
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


The Third Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference will again take place at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference is being held in succession to the successful Second Asia-Pacific Conference in January 2005 (

AP-CAP2007 is part of the series of conferences organized by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy ( The conferences have been in held in various regions of the world. As of now there are three major regions where these conferences are held, namely in North America (NA-CAP), Europe (ECAP) and Asia-Pacific.

As with the other CAP conferences, AP-CAP2007 will also deal with all aspects of the "computational turn" that is occurring through the interaction of the disciplines of philosophy and computing. And in continuation from the second conference, papers dealing with 'cultural' aspects of computing and philosophy would be specially emphasized, though papers in other areas will of course be welcome. The conference is interdisciplinary: We invite papers from philosophy, computer science, social science and related disciplines.

The conference will be held within the campus of Chulalongkorn University.

Please send an extended abstract of not more than 1,000 words to Dr. Soraj Hongladarom. Files in .DOC, .RTF, .TXT, or .PDF formats are acceptable.
Deadline for submission: 30 September 2007.
Authors will be notified of the committee's decision before October 15th.

PhD and master students are especially encouraged to submit. Student speakers will not have to pay a conference fee. Registration details will be posted on the website very soon.

Dr. Soraj Hongladarom, Center for Ethics of Science and Technology,
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel. +66(0)2218-4756; Fax +66(0)2218-4755

Call for Papers - International Review of Information Ethics

Call for Papers
IRIE: International Review of Information Ethics

Issue No. 008; Vol. 8; December 2007

Special Issue: Ethical Challenges of Ubiquitous Computing

Ubiquitous Computing (an idea introduced by Mark Weiser, and often bracketed with slight modifications under the concepts of Pervasive Computing or Ambient Intelligence) imagines, in the extreme case, the entire mesosphere saturated by ICT. In this fantasy, ICT will accompany all aspects of our life. Our everyday world will be made intelligent, and all our actions, at all times and everywhere, will undergo some kind of ICT support. We will be appropriately guided, monitored, and provided with our needs and desires.

More prosaically, Ubiquitous Computing systems generally consist of interlinked capacities for memory and data storage, for perception and environmental sensing, and for the interpretation of contexts and situations. These activities might be carried out using various kinds of technology. And indeed, a whole host of technical research fields are working toward this goal, from mechatronics to materials science, from network engineering to computing and AI research. And of course, ubiquity or omnipresence will never be total. For technical, economic, and other reasons, there will only be pockets where Ubiquitous Computing systems come into effect. Nevertheless, the present research scenarios entail applications which will have more or less impact on every domain of life, from leisure, jobs, and health care to domestic policing and war.

Any ethical discussion of Ubiquitous Computing is inherently problematic because we are dealing with emergent technology. We must take into account its potential, without knowing how far this potential can be realised in detail, and without knowing the fields in which pervasive ICT will find acceptance. Nevertheless, any research program that may so radically infiltrate our daily life requires some kind of ethical framework, to complement and counterbalance economic and militaristic motivations, and to provide direction with respect both to traditional values and to our hopes for the future.

The case of Ubiquitous Computing brings into sharper focus two key problems in theoretical ethics that have already attained a special position in applied media ethics: on the one hand, determining the reality which will be influenced with our acting, and on the other hand, determining the subject to whom these actions will be attributed and who will intervene in reality. In certain sense we may say that Ubiquitous Computing diminishes the confrontational character of reality.

Ubiquitous Computing environments will necessarily perceive and act upon subjects as ideal types, or stereotypes. Situations may be reduced to typical moments. Ambivalence and ambiguity may be lost. Moreover, the more invisible, pervasive, and transparent these systems become, the more they disappear and are taken for granted, the harder they will be to confront. If the mechanisms by which these systems produce and ascribe identities, situations, and contexts are unavailable for engagement by the subjects of the system, then those subjects may lose the skills and resources necessary to negotiate the construction of these identities, situations, and contexts. It may simply become necessary to accept the system’s reification of the typical.

The experience of the world and the self will therefore undergo a transformation in intelligent environments. This gives rise to countless ethical issues whose analysis must go hand in hand with the development of such systems. The key questions just posed must be supplemented by additional specific problems, concerning, for instance, the anonymous generation of cognition, possible changes in the ethos of cognition, privacy and the formation of trust in intelligent worlds, and finally, the context sensitivity of the system and the related intrusion in our sphere of understanding.

The 7th issue of IRIE will tackle the ethical challenge of ubiquitous systems and therefore furnish a contribution to the establishment of an ethics of Ubiquitous Computing. This ethics is anchored in the field of media ethics, yet it may call into question the fundamental issues in this field, insofar as the entire mesosphere appears as disposed to such media. Thus, the boundaries between media and the what they mediate may be radically questioned.

Deadline for submission abstracts: June 15, 2007
Notification of acceptance to authors: August 15, 2007
Deadline for submission of full articles: November 15, 2007
Publication: December, 2007

Possible Topics

The production of reality (as concrete contents) and the production of Wirklichkeit (as opposed to the individual and an embedding of reality)
- Medialization of the physical world
- Interpretation of reality and environments using context sensitive and adaptive systems
- Modelling of acting and behaviour through context sensitive and adaptive systems

Privacy, Surveillance, Trust
- Privacy in intelligent interactive environments
- Surveillance, data protection and personal freedom
- Ubiquitous systems and trust

Manufacturing of the Acting Subject
- Identity formation in intelligent environments
- The Other in intelligent environments
- Self-perception in intelligent environments

Cognition in intelligent environments
- Generating cognition in intelligent environments
- Anonymous generation of cognition and cognitive acquisition
- Transformation of the cognitive ethos

Problems of Ubiquitous Computing in special fields of application
- Health Care
- Economy and work
- Living in a smart home (and other fields …)

Rules of the game
Potential authors must provide an extended abstract (max. 1500 words) by 31/05/2007. The abstract can be written in the mother tongue of the author though an English translation of this abstract must be included if the chosen language is not English. IRIE will publish articles in English, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish. The author(s) of contributions in French, Portuguese, or Spanish must nominate at least two potential peer reviewers.

The abstracts will be selected by the guest editors. The authors will be informed of acceptance or rejection by 15/08/2007. Deadline for the final article (3.000 words or 20.000 characters including blanks) is 15/11/2007. All submissions will be subject of a peer review. Therefore the acceptance of an extended abstract does not imply the publication of the final text unless the article passed the peer review.

For more information about the journal see:

PD Dr. habil. Klaus Wiegerling (Universität Stuttgart, D),
Prof. Ph. D. David Phillips (University of Toronto) manage the special issue as guest editors. Please send the extended abstracts by e-mail to both of them:

Prof. Dr. David Phillips,

PD. Dr. habil. Klaus Wiegerling,

Call for papers - LEA Dispersive Anatomies

Call for papers - LEA Dispersive Anatomies

The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting papers and artworks that address dispersion - dispersion of bodies, objects, landscapes, networks, virtual and real worlds.

A fundamental shift in the way we view the world is underway: the abandonment of discrete objects, and objecthood itself. The world is now plural, and the distinction between real and virtual is becoming increasingly blurred, with troubling consequences within the geopolitical register. This shift is related to a cultural change that emphasizes digital deconstruction over analog construction: a photograph for example can be accessed and transformed, pixel by pixel, cities can be taken apart by gerrymandering or eminent domain, and our social networks are replete with names and images that problematize friendship, sexuality, and culture itself. One issue that emerges here: Are we networking or are we networked? Are we networks ourselves?

LEA is interested in texts and works that deal with this fundamental shift in new and illuminating ways. Specifically, anything from essays through multimedia through networks themselves may be considered. We're particularly interested in submissions that deal with the incoherency of the world, and how to address it.

Key topics of interest
Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):
- Networked warfare in real and virtual worlds.
- The wounded/altered body in real and virtual worlds.
- Transgressive sexualities across borders, sexualities among body-parts, dismemberments and groups, both real and virtual.

- Critical texts on the transformation of classical narrative - from its emphasis on an omniscient narrator and coherent plots/characters, to literatures of incoherency, dispersed narrations, and the jump-cut exigencies of everyday life.

- Deleuze/Guattari, TAZ, and other phenomena at the border of networking.
- Internet visions and their abandonment or fulfillment.
- The haunting of the world by ghosts, virtual beings, dreams and nightmares that never resolve.

- The geopolitical collapse of geopolitics.
- Military empires as scattershot entrepreneurial corporations.

Dispersion has two vectors: the breakup or breakdown of coherent objects; and the subsequent attempt to corral, curtail, or recuperate from this breakdown. How do we deal with networks that are constantly coalescing and disappearing? Where are we in the midst of this? In an era of pre-emptive culture, is guerilla warfare to be accompanied by guerilla culture as the order of the day?

Want to be kept informed?
For the latest news, updates and discussions, join the LEA Dispersive Anatomies Mailing List. Email:

Publishing Opportunities
As part of this special, LEA is looking to publish:
- Critical Essays
- Artist Statement/works in the LEA Gallery
- Bibliographies (a peer reviewed bibliography with key texts/references in Dispersive Anatomies)
- Academic Curriculum (LEA encourages academics conducting course programmes in this area to contact us)

LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers / students / practitioners / theorists to submit their proposals for consideration. We particularly encourage authors outside North America and Europe to submit essays / artists statements.

Proposals should include:
- A brief description of proposed text (200-300 words)
- A brief author biography
- Any related URLs
- Contact details

In the subject heading of the email message, please use *Name of Artist/Project Title: LEA Dispersive Anatomies Special - Date Submitted.*
Please cut and paste all text into body of email (without attachments).
Editorial Guidelines:

Deadline for proposals: May 31, 2007

Please send proposals or queries to:
Sandy Baldwin, Alan Sondheim, Mez Breeze

Nisar Keshvani
LEA Editor-in-Chief

New book - Online Matchmaking

Most of us probably fought early on against the notion that Internet use is all about sex. Well much of the time it isn't but sometimes it is about sex - or love - and considering the amount of public interest in this use of the Internet this aspect is surprisingly under-studied (qualitatively at least).

So here's a timely collection of essays potentially useful for your own research, teaching or just coming up with interesting anecdotes at cocktail parties...

Online Matchmaking examines the joys, fears, and disappointments of hooking up with people in cyberspace. Unlike most other books that exist in this field, this collection includes studies by experts from a variety of disciplines, including Communications, Cultural studies, English, Health, Journalism, Psychology, Rhetoric, and Sociology.

Online Matchmaking could be used as a primary or secondary resource for any subject that focuses on cyber-relationships.


Introduction; M.T.Whitty

From the BBS to the Web: Tracing the Spaces of Online Romance; D.N.DeVoss
Cyborgasms: Ten Years On and Not Enough Learned; R.Hamman
Scripting the Rules for Mars and Venus: Advice Literature and Online Dating; S.Paasonen

The Art of Selling One's 'Self' on an Online Dating Site: The BAR Approach; M.T.Whitty
Examining Personal Ads and Job Ads; A.Horning
How Do I Love Thee and Thee and Thee: Self-presentation, Deception, and Multiple Relationships Online; J.M.Albright

Expressing Emotion in Text: Email Communication of Online Couples; A.J.Baker
A Progressive Affair: Online Dating to Real World Mating; K.Y.A.McKenna

Cyber-Stalking as (Mis)Matchmaking; B.H.Spitzberg & W.R.Cupach
Cyber-Victimization and Online Dating; R.A.Jerin & B.Dolinsky

Sexual Orientation Moderates Online Sexual Activities; R.M.Mathy
Whips and Chains? Fact or Fiction?: Content Analysis of Sadomasochism in Internet Personal Advertisements; D.K.Wysocki & J.Thalken

Conclusion: M.T.Whitty

Masters of the Muni-Verse Challenge

The Ethos Group announces our first Masters of the Muni-Verse Challenge,
a contest to identify and share the best free online resources available on
municipal and community broadband with fabulous prizes.

Send us your recommendations for the best freely available municipal broadband resources by filling out our online entry form at We'll choose the top 100 and make them available to everyone. Your suggestions will help shape The Ethos Group's upcoming Municipal Broadband Online Resource Center and Toolkit.

Contest entries must be received by April 23th, 2007.

1st Prize.
Complimentary registration and $500 travel stipend for *the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks May 18-20, 2007* at Loyola College in Columbia, Maryland ( and a half-pound box of fair trade organic hand-made chocolates delivered to your door from

2nd Prize.
Complimentary registration and $250 travel stipend for the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks.

What is a "resource"?
Resources are broadly defined and open to your interpretation but may include: articles, blog posts, educational materials, organizing tools, municipal documents such as task force report, original research, white papers, presentations, maps, graphs, analysis tools, websites, critiques, or even other resource lists.

What topics are the Ethos Group looking for?
Ethos is looking for useful tools for community organizers, decision-makers, implementers, and residents and may span (but are not limited to) topics such as: case studies, business models, technical information and comparisons, digital inclusion initiatives, rural connectivity, public health and safety, disaster response, policies and governance, do-it-yourself networking, as well as more general information on broadband and how it works.

More contest details, rules, and fine print can be found at

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Summer Film-Making Course at Bournemouth University

Wondering what to do with your summer? Have an interest in film-making and would like to learn more about it? How about spending this summer actually making your own original film?

Bournemouth Screen Academy, A Skillset Screen Academy, seeks to encourage and enable access into the UK film industry for all talented individuals, regardless of your background. One of the ways in which we do this is by supporting short courses for people of any academic discipline.

This summer, we're supporting an exciting new 10 week practical course in film making, and we'd love you to take part.

For information on all short courses supported by the Bournemouth Screen Academy, please click here:

All Academy-supported courses are delivered at the Arts Institute and if you have an interest in film, it's worth taking a look. As a student at Bournemouth University, you are eligible for a 10% discount on any Bournemouth Screen Academy-badged short course within the brochure, with the exception of the 10 week film-making course.

Remember, you don't have to be a student within the Media School to get involved with the Bournemouth Screen Academy.

This summer, do something different!

UK Internet Research Doctoral Forum

Research training workshops for doctoral students

Qualitative and quantitative approaches in Internet Research

19th -20th April 2007, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK

The Department of Information Studies at Aberystwyth is running the third in a series of training workshops and seminars aimed at research students involved in researching Internet use, or using the Internet as a tool in their research. In this event we hope to combine insights from different areas of research into the Internet and new technologies, with contributions from leading researchers who use various methodologies to investigate.

David K. Allen: Researching mobile communications technologies

Dr David K. Allen is senior lecturer at Leeds University Business School and Director of the AIMTech research group, which carries out research for the public, private and educational sectors on mobile information systems, information behaviour and cultural and organisational change. He will discuss the range of research that the group is involved with, focussing on their work on mobile communications, as well as reflecting on the links between research and practice.

Mike Thelwall: Quantitative methods for Internet Research

Professor Mike Thelwall is based at the University of Wolverhampton, and is a leading researcher in web bibliometrics and link analysis (Webometrics). He has published extensively in these areas. He will introduce students to research techniques for investigating Internet use, including link analysis and blog analysis. Attendees will be shown how to take advantage of existing online data sources and will also be introduced to new specialist research software. Prof. Thelwall previously led a similar workshop at UWA in April 2006.

This is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) -funded workshop series which aims to acquaint doctoral students with some of the many ways that the Internet can be used both as a research tool and as a subject of research itself. PhD students at ANY stage of their research are invited to attend – the intention is to provide training, facilitate discussion and allow research students from the various Information Studies and Information Systems departments in the UK to meet and forge links in an informal environment.

Attendance at the workshop is FREE of charge, including accommodation and meals, but places are limited. It will also be possible to refund some travel expenses. Under the terms of the programme, priority will be given to AHRC-funded students, and those in relevant Information Studies/Systems departments but all interested students are encouraged to apply.

Attendees will asked to prepare a brief, 5 minute presentation of their current research in order to facilitate discussion and exchange of ideas.

The programme is intended to complement any research training that students undertake at their home institution and as such confirmation of attendance will be provided for those who require it.

Please contact Dr Wendy Shaw to apply for a place (

The AHRC encourages doctoral students to undertake research training throughout their PhD. As such the intention of these workshops is to provide research skills that are both transferable and of immediate applicability for new researchers. The series is funded with provision from the AHRC to support collaborative research training for doctoral students.

Aberystwyth is accessible by train, bus and road – with easy rail links from Shrewsbury and Birmingham, further information about the University of Wales Aberystwyth including travel links, can be found at

29% of Americans do not care about the Internet

29% of Americans do not care about the Internet

A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access and do not plan to get it, with most of the holdouts seeing little use for it in their lives, according to a survey released on Friday.

Park Associates, a Dallas-based technology market research firm, said 29 percent of U.S. households, or 31 million homes, do not have Internet access and do not intend to subscribe to an Internet service over the next 12 months.

The second annual National Technology Scan conducted by Park found the main reason potential customers say they do not subscribe to the Internet is because of the low value to their daily lives they perceive rather than concerns over cost.

Forty-four percent of these households say they are not interested in anything on the Internet, versus just 22 percent who say they cannot afford a computer or the cost of Internet service, the survey showed.

The answer "I'm not sure how to use the Internet" came from 17 percent of participants who do not subscribe. The response "I do all my e-commerce shopping and YouTube-watching at work" was cited by 14 percent of Internet-access refuseniks. Three percent said the Internet doesn't reach their homes.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development Planned for October 2007

*Call for Participation*

*Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development Planned for October

The Council of Science Editors is organizing a Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development in October 2007. Science journals throughout the world will simultaneously publish papers on this topic of worldwide interest - to raise awareness, stimulate interest, and stimulate research into poverty and human development. This is an international collaboration with journals from developed and developing countries.

Thus far, more than 160 journals have agreed to participate (see list below). The journals plan to publish new original research, review articles, editorials, perspectives, news stories, and other types of articles on the subject of poverty and human development with a common publication or release date of Monday, October 22, 2007.

Some journals will dedicate an entire issue to this subject, others will publish a few papers, and still others plan to publish an editorial. Some journals with less frequent publication schedules plan to release these articles early online to coincide with the common release date.

All science journals are invited to participate in the Global Theme Issue.
Representatives of interested journals should send an e-mail to the attention of Annette Flanagin at Please direct any questions or requests for additional information to this e-mail address as well. Please visit the website at

1st International Conference on Methodologies, Technologies and Tools enabling e-Government (MeTTeG07)

1st International Conference on Methodologies, Technologies and Tools enabling e-Government (MeTTeG07)

27-28 September 2007 ­ Camerino, Italy

Paper submission Deadline: May 1, 2007

Scope and Topics of Interest

The conference intends to bring together researchers, teachers and practitioners active in the area of electronic government from different perspectives and disciplines with a focus on the role played by the information and communication technologies.

The main keywords are: methodologies, technologies and tools. Methodologies play an increasingly important role in the management and definition of e-Government initiatives.

Technologies improve their efficiency and effectiveness while tools allow new specific services and functionalities. Topics of interest for the ³1st International Conference on Methodologies, Technologies and Tools enabling e-Government² include, but are not limited to:

- One-Stop Government
- Digital Services
- Theory and Formal Methods
- Verification and Validation
- e-Gov Processes and Workflows
- Re-engineering in Public Administration
- Services Integration
- Risk- modeling

Technologies- Mobile Public Services
- Multimedia
- Web Service and Semantic Web Technologies
- Infrastructure
- Interoperability and Standards
- Emerging Technologies

Tools- Enterprise Architectures
- Portals
- e-Voting, e-Procurement
- Knowledge Management, Public Information, Decision Process Support
- e-Gov Ontologies and Metadata
- Assessment and QoS
- Workflow Management Systems
- Electronic Identity

Case studies


Submission will be electronic through the web page of the conference The preferred format for papers is .doc They should not exceed 10 pages and should follow the style file in the conference web page.

The proceedings of accepted papers will be available at the conference and will be published in the form of a book edited by Halley Editrice.

Format of the Conference
The conference will include invited talks and presentations of regular accepted papers.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 1 May 2007
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 30 June 2007
Final Camera-Ready Submission: 15 July 2007

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Via Madonna delle Carceri, 9 - 62032 - Camerino (MC)
phone: +39 0737 402578 - fax: +39 0737 402561


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