Thursday, April 5, 2007

Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities & Technologies Conference

Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities & Technologies Conference
June 28-30, 2007,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

- The paradox of communication. Towards a society of inattention? -

Abstract (full description on website:

The overabundance of communication opportunities inside and outside the workplace, through e-mails, instant messages and mobile connectivity, can be detrimental to their degree of reflectiveness and care. People are often unable to properly deal with an excess of communications; their continuous partial attention could lead to a more superficial and disrupted approach, in some cases resulting in digitally amplified problems. Implications are still unclear, both on the level of accuracy with which decisions are taken and initiatives are managed as well as on social capital. This workshop is aimed at exploring this issue and its relevance in the social and organizational sciences. Without denying the many positive sides of hyper-connectivity and multi-tasking, it will prioritize empirical research findings on the topic.

How to participate

The proposed full-day workshop will be open to scientists and practitioners of all disciplines, prioritizing empirical research focussed on the conditions under which the depicted society of inattention scenario is true and the ones under which it is not. The final objective will be that of shaping a multi-disciplinary research agenda on the topic as well as enucleating recommendations on how to build digital systems that protect users’ attention and how to design educational initiatives explicitly dedicated to proper use of new media. Participants will be recruited through a call for extended abstracts. 10 to 15 scholars will be selected to present their work and participate into a structured debate. Expressions of interests and extended abstracts should be sent to: Filippo Dal Fiore - - by May 11, 2007.

Important dates

· Deadline for submitting extended abstracts: May 11, 2007
· Communication of acceptance: May 18, 2007
· End of early registration to workshop and/or conference: May 25, 2007
· Workshop date: June 28, 2007

Workshop homepage:
Conference homepage:
Workshop Organizer: Filippo Dal Fiore, M.I.T. and University of Salzburg,

Call for Chapters: Electronic Government: Information, Technology, and Transformation

Call for Volume Chapters and Reviewers

(Submission Deadline September 30, 2007)

Electronic Government: Information, Technology, and Transformation
(Volume Title)

To appear as a volume within the Advances in Management Information Systems (AMIS) series published by ME Sharpe, Armonk, NY. AMIS is a series of research monographs devoted to the principal aspects of information systems with Dr. Vladimir Zwass as the series editor. AMIS is intended to become a lasting record of both the knowledge about organizational information systems and of research methods for creating new knowledge. For more information about the AMIS monograph series, please visit

The volume editor would also like to invite you to join the reviewer team, which will meet the highest standards of academic peer reviewing. Please send contact information and a short statement of interest regarding either one or both (submission and reviewer team membership) to
Thank you!

For further details please see

Since EG is a relatively new domain of study, the first contribution of this volume is to serve as a springboard and a steward for developing and demonstrating principles, accepted standards, and exemplars of disciplinary (e.g., IS), multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and perhaps transdisciplinary EG. The second envisioned contribution of this volume would aim at sharpening and accentuating the various topical orientations within EG through review and representation of unique and exemplary research contributions. The third (and implicit) contribution of this volume would lie in furthering the development of a worldwide academic scholarship in EG.

For this volume theoretical, empirical, quantitative, or qualitative research contributions are sought.

Inquiries are welcome regarding any submission- or review-related question.
Please send your inquiries and submissions electronically to

Dr. Hans J Scholl
AMIS EG Volume Editor
University of Washington

The deadline for submitting a manuscript to the AMIS volume on EG is September 30, 2007.

However, we encourage you to submit your manuscript earlier and will send it out for review immediately upon receipt.

Again, please find further details under

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Free lectures available online from the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics (RKCSI)

The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics (RKCSI) sponsors a seasonal colloquium series on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus.


The link below takes you to the Fall 2006 lecture series and video of most lectures, including Howard Rheingold's lecture "Smart Mobs and Beyond.":

Video recordings of the Spring 2007 lecture series will be posted at the following URL as soon as they are available:

The RKCSI videos are a part of an effort at the School of Library and Information Science, IU Bloomington.

Included in the effort are talks from RKCSI, from Katy Borner's Networks and Complex Systems talk series, and material from several other venues.

Visit the school-wide media RSS feed at:

Persons of note with creative-commons licensed content within the archive include Carolyn Haythornwaite, Susan Herring, David Hakken, Paul Dourish, Kristin Eschenfelder, Steven Harnad, Jaron Lanier, and others.

The content has been painstakingly collected over a period of several years, in no small part due to efforts by individual faculty and one very diligent webmaster.

Book Reviews

A new set of book reviews [] from the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies [] for April 2007:

1. Techno Fashion
Author: Bradley Quinn
Publisher: Berg Publishers, 2002
Review 1: Andrea Zeffiro

2. Virtual Worlds: Culture and Politics in the Age of Cybertechnology
Author: Pramod K. Nayar
Publisher: Sage, 2004
Review 1: Maura Conway
Author Response: Pramod K. Nayar

Monday, April 2, 2007

Digital Pharma Marketers Keep It Simple

The endless text of pharma disclaimers is at home on the Web. Web sites are getting pharmaceutical marketers' interactive budgets this year, according to a new study by the Medical Broadcasting Company (MBC) and CBI Research.

A plurality of pharma marketers said site spending would be most likely to get their budgets this year. Far fewer respondents listed search engine marketing as a top budget priority. That is at odds with a recent comScore Networks study indicating that search is the main way that people develop brand awareness for pharmaceuticals.

Brand awareness is only one of the goals a Web site accomplishes, however. Given that most people are looking for health information first and foremost when visiting a site, the focus on sites over search makes sense.

Despite consumers' reliance on search engines to locate health information, some marketers are also leaving search campaigns to their competitors while concentrating on display ads, according to Jack Barrette of Yahoo!

It is estimated that that the overall online ad spending by the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry will rise 19% this year.

read the whole article here.

International Journal of Design now available

International Journal of Design now available

It is available on-line at This on-line version is open access, freely available for anyone, anywhere to download, read, distribute, and use for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution.

If you like what you see, you can email the entire issue or any article to a friend. A printed version of the journal will also be available for the cost of printing and distribution.

Our vision is to publish high-quality design research, and to disseminate this research to the widest possible audience.

We invite you to submit your best work to the International Journal of Design and to encourage your colleagues to do the same.

We hope you will enjoy reading the first issue of IJDesign. If you have any suggestions that will help us to improve the journal, please let us hear from you.

Lin-Lin Chen
Editor-in-Chief, IJDesign
International Journal of Design