Friday, April 20, 2007

Communication, participation and impact in the Social Web

Communication, participation and impact in the Social Web: Weblogs, Wikis,
Podcasts and Communities in an interdisciplinary view

Call for chapters:
University of Leipzig, University of Bamberg and the German Society for Online Research (DGOF):

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfaß, University Leipzig, Communication Management and Public Relations Dr. Martin Welker, University Leipzig, Journalism; DGOF board Dr. Jan Schmidt, University Bamberg, Research Unit New Media for Communication

Series of publications:
New Texts on Online Research, Volume 2
German Society for Online Research (Ed.)

Herbert von Halem Verlag (Cologne)

To be published: January 2008

About 350 pages, 16 to 20 papers, 15-20 pages

Language: German and English

We welcome papers which highlight the discussion of effects in and of the so called Web 2.0. We appreciate also papers which apply methods of online research like online questionnaires, logfile analysis or experimental approaches like research via avatars. As we promoting a transdisciplinary view we welcome also papers from professional research companies or corporations researching the Web 2.0 phenomenon for their businesses.

Possible questions of interest:
- Does Web 2.0 allow for methodological innovation?
- How can social science and neighbouring disciplines deal with Web 2.0?
- How can Web 2.0 applications be used as research tools?
- How can we conceptualise the heterogeneous spaces of Web 2.0?

Please send your paper until 15th of May to
You will receive an answer of acceptance until the 15th of June.

Best Regards,
Dr. Martin Welker
Tel: (0341) 97 35 755
Universitaet Leipzig
Institut fuer Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft
Abteilung Journalistik,
Management fuer Abteilungsleitung und Studienfachberatung
Burgstrasse 21, 04109 Leipzig

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sharing Doctoral Experiences in Digital Government Research

Sharing Doctoral Experiences in Digital Government Research

Sunday, May 20, 2007, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

This workshop primarily provides a forum for Ph.D. students working on topics related to Digital Government to share their research experiences with their peers. At the same time, invited senior faculty and researchers will address the audience, offering suggestions and guidance with respect to performing interdisciplinary research and succeeding after graduation. To participate, students should submit an extended abstract of not more than two pages based on their doctoral work (formatted as per the general conference guidelines) by April 30th. Presentations will be selected among submitted abstracts. All accepted abstracts will be included in a booklet showcasing Ph.D. research related to Digital Government, to be distributed during the conference. Inclusion in the booklet requires enrollment and participation in the workshop.

Submission Deadline
April 30, 2007

Main Contact
Professor Peggy Agouris
Center for Earth Observing and Space Research
George Mason University
Ph. (703) 993 9265
Fax (703) 993 9299

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Workshop: 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 Papers: Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0

Please find below a link for information about the conference

Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0:
An Initial Call for Papers
5th & 6th September 2007
National Science Learning Centre (NSLC), the University of York, U.K.

A 2-day event organised by the Social Informatics Research Unit (SIRU), Department of
Sociology, University of York in collaboration with the Taylor and Francis Journal Information, Communication Society (iCS) and the ESRC e-Society Programme.

The conference will cover the full range of Web 2.0 resources that fall into the categories that include wikis, folksonomies, mashups and, especially, Social Networking Sites (SNS). So if you are involved in social scientific or cultural research on Myspace, Facebook, Bebo, YouTube, Flikr, Second Life, or other similar applications then please consider offering a paper or coming along. We also intend to use the conference to bring together those working in the social sciences with others who may be involved in developing or using Web 2.0 applications in their everyday lives as well as policy makers, designers, and so on.

Questions that might structure the event include:
How can social science deal with Web 2.0?
How can Web 2.0 applications be used as research tools?
How can we conceptualise the heterogeneous spaces of Web 2.0?
What terminology can we find to account for Web 2.0, should we even be labelling it as such?
How can the fast and ephemeral cultures of Web 2.0 be captured by the rather slower processes of academia and the policy process?
Does Web 2.0 allow for methodological innovation?
What are the implications of Web 2.0 for welfare and citizenship?
What are the implications for privacy and surveillance?
What are the consequences for localities, senses of belonging, and everyday connections?
What linkages can be made between Web 2.0 and other social and cultural shifts of recent times?

For this and much more information please see:

2nd Annual Access to Knowledge Conference (A2K2)

2nd Annual Access to Knowledge Conference (A2K2)
Yale Information Society Project
April 27-29, 2007
Yale Law School

A2K2 Open Wiki:

The last several years have witnessed the coalescing of the Access to Knowledge (A2K) social movement that champions human rights, human development, and the public interest as the focal points of innovation and information policy.

The Yale Information Society Project's (ISP) first A2K conference advanced our commitment to building a broad conceptual framework of Access to Knowledge that can foster powerful coalitions between diverse groups. The A2k conference brought together leading scholars and activists from all over the world to participate in the construction of an intellectual framework for access to knowledge. Full conference proceedings and foundational resources for Access to Knowledge are available at the Yale A2K conference wiki.

This year, on April 27th-29th 2007, the weekend of World Intellectual Property Day, the A2K2 conference promises be a pivotal event mobilizing the A2K coalition. Taking place between sessions of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in which the Development Agenda is being formalized, this gathering is an oportunity to help define the emerging vision of innovation and information policy. A2K2 will further build the coalition amongst institutions and stakeholders that crystallized at the first landmark conference, help set the agenda for A2K policy and advocacy, and deepen the understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of access to knowledge issues. The A2K2 conference program is focused around mobilizing different spheres of society: Industry, Civil Society, Governments, and Technologists. The policy panels focus on a diverse set of A2K issues and are oriented towards tangible legal and technological solutions and collaborative strategies for policy makers and individual institutions.

Plenary panels:

- Welcoming Address & Keynotes
* Harold Koh - Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
* Jack Balkin - Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School
* Yochai Benkler - Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law, Yale Law School

- The Social Movement of A2K
* Margaret Chon - Professor of Law & Director, Center for the Study of Justice in Society (CSJS), Seattle University
* Ahmed Abdel Latif - Second Secretary, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
* Ronaldo Lemos - Director of the Center for Technology & Society (CTS), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro
* James Love - Director, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
* Sisule Musungu - World Trade Institute, University of Berne
* Jerome Reichman - Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law, Duke University Law School
Moderator: Amy Kapczynski - Post-Doctoral Fellow in Law and Public Health, Samuelson Fellow in the Information Society Project, Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health

- Mobilizing Industry
* Brad Biddle - Senior Attorney, Intel Corporation
* Andrew McLaughlin - Head, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google Inc.
* Nagla Rizk - Associate Professor and Chair, Economics Department, American University in Cairo
* Pam Samuelson - Professor, School of Information and Boalt Hall School of Law and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, University of California, Berkeley
* Jule Sigall - Senior Attorney, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corp.
* Brent Woodworth - Worldwide Segment Manager, Crisis Response Team, IBM Corp.
Moderator: Colin Maclay - Managing Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

- Mobilizing Governments
* Getachew Mengitsie Alemu - Director General, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
* Irina Bogdanovskaia - Faculty of Law, State University Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Member, Russian Committee of the UNESCO Program Information For All
* Carlos Correa - Director, Masters Program on Science and Technology Policy and Management, University of Buenos Aires
* David Gross - Ambassador, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
* Luis Villaroel Villalon - Copyright Legal Advisor, Ministry of Education, Chile
Moderator: Shamnad Basheer - Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor in Law, George Washington University Law School

- Mobilizing Technologists
* Getachew Mengitsie Alemu - Director General, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
* Irina Bogdanovskaia - Faculty of Law, State University Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Member, Russian Committee of the UNESCO Program Information For All
* Carlos Correa - Director, Masters Program on Science and Technology Policy and Management, University of Buenos Aires
* David Gross - Ambassador, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
* Luis Villaroel Villalon - Copyright Legal Advisor, Ministry of Education, Chile
Moderator: Colin Maclay - , Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford

- Mobilizing Civil Society
* Gwen Hinze - International Affairs Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
* Nnenna Nwakanma - Cabinet Member & Regional Coordinator, African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS)
* Josh Silver - Executive Director, Free Press
* Sherwin Siy - Staff Attorney and Director, Global Knowledge Initiative, Public Knowledge
* Madhavi Sunder - Professor of Law, University of California, Davis
Moderator: Becky Lentz - Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Policy panels:

-- Partnerships for Access to Information
* Serge Bounda - Chief Librarian , Sergio Vieira de Mello Library, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya
* Hala Essalmawi - IPR Officer, The Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Egypt
* Jason Phillips - Associate Director for International Library Relations, JSTOR (Journal Storage)
* Crispin Taylor - Executive Director, ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists)
Moderator: Ann Okerson - Associate University Librarian, Yale University

-- Internationalized Domain Names
* Wei Mao - Computer Network Information System, Chinese Academy of Sciences
* Ram Mohan - CTO & VP Business Operations, Afilias Limited
* Milton Mueller - - Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
* Hong Xue - Microsoft Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
* Peter Yu - Associate Professor of Law and founding director of the Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program, Michigan State University College of Law
Moderator: Robert Guerra - Managing Director, Privaterra

-- Patent Quality
* Tahir Amin - Co-founder, Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK)
* Daniel Ravicher - Founder and Executive Director, Public Patent Foundation
* Frederick Abbott - Edward Ball Eminent Scholar, Florida State University College of Law
* Arti Rai - Professor of Law, Duke University
Moderator: Joshua Sarnoff - Assistant Director, Glushko- Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and Practitioner-in-Residence, Washington College of Law, American University

-- Open Access Literature
* Achal Prabhala - Consultant, Lawyers Collective, India
* Binyavanga Wainaina - Writer-in-Residence, Union College, New York
* Gary Dauphin -,, AOL Black Voices
* Rob Spillman - Editor, Tin House magazine and Executive Editor, Tin House Books
* Michael Vazquez - Advisory Editor, Transition magazine
Moderator: Manon Ress - Director, Information Society Projects, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

-- Search Engines
* Judith Dueck - Vice-Chair, Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems International (HURIDOCS)
* Niva Elkin-Koren - Vice-Dean, Faculty of Law, Haifa University, Israel
* Michael Geist - Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada.
* Robin Gross - Executive Director, IP Justice
* Richard Owens - Director, Copyright E-Commerce Technology and Management Division - WIPO
Moderator: Sudhir Krishnaswamy - Head, Centre for Intellectual
Property Rights Research and Advocacy (CIPRA), National Law School, India University, Bangalore

-- Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources
* Anetta Bok - Gender Representative for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee-IPACC
* Graham Dutfield - Herchel Smith Senior Research Fellow in Intellectual Property Law Queen Mary, University of London
* Abena Dove Osseo-Asare - Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley
* Elpidio Peria - Associate, Third World Network (TWN) - Philippines
* Antony Taubman - Head, Global Issues Division, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
Moderator: Anupam Chander - Professor of Law, University of California, Davis

-- Community Media & the Global Public Sphere.
* Murali Shanmugavelan - Head, Information Society Project, Panos London.
* Sasha Costanza-Chock - Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
* Ethan Zuckerman - Researcher, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School.
* Natasha Primo - Chair, Association for Progressive Communications (APC); Executive Director, Women's Net.
* Wijayananda Jayaweera - Director, Communication Development Division, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Moderator: Fazila Farouk - Head, Civil Society Information Programme, Southern African NGO Network (SangoNet)

-- Broadband Wireless in Developing Countries.
* Susan Crawford - Associate Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York
* Willie Currie - Program Manager, Communications and Information Policy, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
* Satish Jha - Co-Chair, World IT Forum (WITFOR)
* Kaili Kan - Capacity Development Officer, IICD
* Caio Pereira - Researcher and International Relations Coordinator FGV-Sao Paulo Law School
Moderator: Diana Korsakaite - Director, Strategy Department, Communications Regulatory Authority, Lithuania

-- Agriculture & Intellectual Property
* Fleur Claessens - Programme Officer - Intellectual Property, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
* Daniel Kevles - Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University
* Susan Sell - Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
* Dalindyebo Shabalala - Staff Attorney and Director, Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Project, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Moderator: Andrea Glorioso - Assistant Researcher, Politecnico di Torino

-- The Political Economy of Digital Archives
* Glenn Otis Brown - Products Counsel, Google, Inc.
* Paul Gerhardt - Project Director, Creative Archive, BBC
* Magdy Nagi - Head of ICT Sector, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
* Denise Nicholson - Copyright Services Librarian, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
* Guy Pessach - Lecturer, The Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator: Teresa Hackett - Manager, eIFL-IP, Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL)

-- Education in the Digital Age.
* Titilayo Akinsanmi - Program Manager, Global Teenager Project, Mindset, Johannesburg, South Africa
* Saskia Harmsen - Capacity Development Officer, IICD
* Geidy Lung - Legal Officer, Copyright Law Division, Copyright and Related Rights Sector, WIPO
* Mira Sundara Rajan - Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Law, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
* Andrew Rens - LINK Centre, Creative Commons, South Africa
Moderator: Jack Lerner - Fellow, Samuelson Clinic, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley

-- Access to Scientific Knowledge
* Chris Armbruster - Founder and Executive Director, Research Network 1989
* Subbiah Arunachalam - Distinguished Fellow, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, India
* Juan Carlos de Martin - Associate Professor, Politecnico di Torino
* Larry Peiperl - Senior Editor, PLoS Medicine (Public Library of Science)
* Sibusiso Sibisi - President and CEO, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa
Moderator: Dan Burk - Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

**Remote participation in the A2K2 conference on the accompanyong Wiki: We invite you to contribute background materials on access to knowledge issues and to suggest questions to be addressed on the individual panels.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

CALL FOR PAPERS: Web 2.0 and Social Software in Distance Education


Special Issue of The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE)

(ISSN: 1302-6488; Vol. 8, No. 3)

"Web 2.0 and Social Software in Distance Education"

Guest Editors:
Mark J. W. LEE, Charles Sturt University, AUSTRALIA
Hakan G. SENEL, Anadolu University, TURKEY

'Web 2.0' epitomised by such nascent technologies as blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, as well as tag-based folksonomies, social networking, collaborative editing and peer-to-peer (P2P) media sharing applications, is purported to be redefining the way we conceive and make use of the Internet, and is enjoying considerable attention and popularity in both mainstream society and in education spheres. Its advent and continued growth may have specific implications for the field of online and web-based distance education. Submissions are invited for an internationally peer-reviewed Special Issue of the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE) on
the use of Web 2.0 and social software in distance education.

Questions/themes that are of interest in this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:
* Does Web 2.0 represent a major conceptual or paradigm shift in how we conceive and make use of the Internet as a means of delivering teaching, learning and assessment? Are they the just the same old technologies in shiny new wrapping, or do they actually have anything new to offer us in the way of improving and/or enhancing the way we teach, learn and assess at a
distance? How to avoid coasting on fashion and falling prey to a 'technology-driven pedagogy' (Salaberry, 2001)?

* Is the emergence of Web 2.0 changing the culture of, and/or redefining the competencies that are needed by, distance education teachers and learners?

* Does Web 2.0 have the potential - more so than its predecessors - to address the traditional issues/challenges faced by the field of distance education, and if so, how can this potential be best harnessed? How can the technology be used to capitalise on the unique strengths and opportunities of distance education?

* What are existing examples of 'best practice' and 'good principles' in this area, if any, and how can we learn from them?

* What are the major issues facing institutions in terms of strategy, policy and infrastructure for Web 2.0-enhanced distance education? What are the implications for teachers and learners?

Scholarly articles in the form of reports of empirical/evidence-based research are sought for publication in this Special Issue pending favourable review. Meta-analyses, as well as case studies or reports of works-in-progress supported by a sound theoretical foundation and
incorporating an extensive literature review, will also be considered.

All articles will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity and soundness. Successful contributions will not focus merely on the technology or the technical aspects of Web 2.0-based distance education applications, but rather will engage deeply with pertinent questions and issues from a pedagogical, social, cultural, philosophical and/or moral/ethical perspective. Approximately 7 to 11 articles will be selected for this 4th Special Issue of TOJDE.

Paper Specifications and Submission Guidelines
For details, consult the TOJDE guidelines:

Please note that since TOJDE is an online publication, there is no specified word limit for submissions; however, authors are reminded that clarity and succinctness of expression will be highly valued.

Key Dates
Article submission deadline: May 1, 2007
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2007
Submission of final articles for publication: June 1, 2007
Publication of Special Issue: July 1, 2007

Guest Editors
Mark J. W. LEE is an Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Education, Charles Sturt University, and an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, University of Ballarat. He was previously a Lecturer in Information Technology in the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. Prior to that he was Head of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Martin College, the vocational education division of Australia's largest private education provider, and national IT coordinator for the La Trobe University and Oxford Brookes University programs offered by the Australian Campus Network in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Mark's research focuses on educational technology and e-learning, in particular pedagogical uses of 'Web 2.0', as well as in mobile learning and digital game-based learning. He formerly served on the executive of the Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia.
Mark J. W. LEE
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6933 2441, Fax: +61 2 6933 2888
Hakan Güray ŞENEL was born in Eskisehir, Turkey, in 1968. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1990, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. From 1991 to 1997, he was a Teaching Assistant with Vanderbilt University, studying image processing. Since August 1997, he has been on the faculty of the Electrical
Engineering Department of Anadolu University, Eskisehir. From 2001 to 2005, he held a position of assistant manager at the Computer Research and Development Center (BAUM) of Anadolu University. He was promoted to manager of BAUM in 2006. His current interests are software engineering, high performance computing and image processing.
Hakan G. SENEL,
Anadolu University, Eskisehir, TURKEY
Tel: +90 222 335 0581 ext. 1361

Call for Papers: Making Links Conference 2007


Making Links 2007

Tuesday 30th - Wednesday 31st October 2007
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney

The 4th annual Making Links conference is one of Australia’s leading forums for workers in the not-for-profit and community sectors to showcase their work and to explore current and emerging new media and information and communications technology (ICT). This two-day conference has regularly attracted delegates and presenters from many fields including health, environment, education, business, government, philanthropy and human services to discuss their experiences with ICT, multimedia and web technology. This year we are adding a peer reviewed academic stream to the conference and look forward to also welcoming practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
*Community networking, community development, community capacity building
*Technology for social action, transformation and community activism, including online campaigning
*Social capital
*Open source software for non-profit and community organisations
*Online deliberation, community consultation and engagement
*Web-based training, education, e-learning and professional development
*New Media, community arts and community cultural development
*Client / constituent relationship management
*Technology infrastructure, implementation and maintenance
*Strategies of using ICT to give marginalised communities a voice
*Practical workshops in IT, web development and/or multimedia

Academic paper submissions (max 5000 words, APA 5th style) will be subject to a double blind review process and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality, and clarity of writing in accordance with DEST E1 requirements. This review will be based on the full text of the submitted paper. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the academic journal 3CMedia. It is necessary for at least one author of any accepted submission to register and attend the conference to have the paper published in the proceedings. Submissions should be emailed to
Marcus Foth at m.foth [AT]
01 June 2007: Full academic paper submissions due
20 August 2007: Notification of acceptance and review reports sent to authors
01 October 2007: Revised, camera ready papers due. Program announcement and close of early bird registration

We seek proposals for non-peer-reviewed oral paper presentations, workshops and interactive multimedia displays. A computer lab and video lounge will be available for multimedia and film presentations.
Abstracts and proposals should be submitted at and will be reviewed by the conference committee.
02 July 2007: Abstracts and proposal submissions due
03 September 2007: Notification of acceptance
01 October 2007: Program announcement and close of early bird registration

Conference Chair
Jill Sergeant, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)

Academic Program Chair
Marcus Foth, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of
Technology (QUT)

Organising Committee
Simon Gee, CommunIT, Community Information Strategies Australia (CISA)
Jan Reiher, Infoxchange Australia
Liliana Ruti, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE)
Juan Salazar, Media Studies and Production, University of Western
Sydney (UWS)

Investigating Responses to Antagonism on YouTube

I came across this interesting paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology this year.

The paper is entitled:
Commenting on Comments: Investigating Responses to Antagonism on YouTube

Scholars suggest that certain “lessons” supposedly learned from studying textbased information technologies may be applied to video-mediated environments. Some scholars believe that a key limitation of online text-based environments is a prevalence of anonymity which directly spawns antagonism.

According to this view, increased amounts of identity information, such as ability to see faces and bodies in online encounters, will decrease communicative hostility. Examining video sharing practices on YouTube shows that such an assumption is flawed in multiple ways and is rooted in misunderstanding about the source of online hostility.

For these researchers, hostility results from assumed online anonymity rather than from social or culture dynamics which may occur offline as well as online. The assumption ignores years of research that has demonstrated how embodied identity information is available and interpreted through textual exchange (Herring et al. 1995; O’Brien 1999; Baym 2000).

Through an investigation of antagonistic or “hating” behaviors and reactions to it on YouTube, this paper argues that the addition of facial and bodily information in video does not guarantee cordial interaction. In addition, not all participants perceive online hostility or “hating” as a “problem” to the same degree. Despite the pain that hating causes for many people in the YouTube community, participants are often wary of implementing corrective mechanisms
because they may complicate free speech and limit access to desired critical feedback.

For many YouTube participants, certain regulatory mechanisms for ensuring cordial video reception and commentary are not perceived as effective or universally desired.

Download the paper:

The talk was also podcast. The podcast, paper, and slides are available at:

Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology published

The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology, edited by Adam Joinson, Katelyn McKenna, Tom Postmes and Ulf Reips and published by Oxford University Press, is now officially published.

Buy it from Amazon UK

Buy it from Amazon US

Publishers note:

* The first book to map out the whole field on internet psychology, covering the key areas in this burgeoning area
* Presents cutting edge research from leading researchers in the field
* Will lay the foundations for a science of internet psychology
* Part of the successful and critically praised Oxford Handbooks series

Over one billion people use the Internet globally. Psychologists are beginning to understand what people do online, and the impact being online has on behaviour. It's making us re-think many of our existing assumptions about what it means to be a social being. For instance, if we can talk, flirt, meet people and fall in love online, this challenges many of psychology's theories that intimacy or understanding requires physical co-presence.

"The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology" brings together many of the leading researchers in what can be termed 'Internet Psychology'. Though a very new area of research, it is growing at a phenomenal pace. In addition to well-studied areas of investigation, such as social identity theory, computer-mediated communication and virtual communities, the volume also includes chapters on topics as diverse as deception and misrepresentation, attitude change and persuasion online, Internet addiction, online relationships, privacy and trust, health and leisure use of the Internet, and the nature of interactivity.

With over 30 chapters written by experts in the field, the range and depth of coverage is unequalled, and serves to define this emerging area of research. Uniquely, this content is supported by an entire section covering the use of the Internet as a research tool, including qualitative and quantitative methods, online survey design, personality testing, ethics, and technological and design issues. While it is likely to be a popular research resource to be 'dipped into', as a whole volume it is coherent and compelling enough to act as a single text book.

"The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology" is the definitive text on this burgeoning field. It will be an essential resource for anyone interested in the psychological aspects of Internet use, or planning to conduct research using the 'net'.

1. Introduction: Adam N. Joinson, Katelyn Y. A. McKenna, Tom Postmes and Ulf-Dietrich Reips

Section 1: Interaction and Interactivity
2. Social interaction and the internet: A comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain , Ronald E. Rice, Adrian Shepherd, William H. Dutton and James E. Katz
3. Love letters: The development of romantic relationships throughout the ages , Monica Whitty 4. Trust and social interaction on the internet , Melanie C. Green
5. Trust in mediated interactions , Jens Riegelsberger, M. Angela Sasse and John D. McCarthy
6. Assessing interactivity in CMC research , Sheizaf Rafaeli and Yaron Ariel McCarthy
7. Social psychology of interactivity in human-website interaction , S. Shyam Sundar

Section 2: Groups and Communities
8. Characterizing online groups , David P. Brandon and Andrea B. Hollingshead
9. Social networks and online community , Caroline Haythornthwaite
10. Online social support groups , Martin Tanis
11. Psychology, discrimination and hate groups online , Karen M. Douglas
12. The psychological dimensions of collective action online , Tom Postmes

Section 3: Personality, Self and Identity
13. Personality. individual differences and internet use , Yair Amichai-Hamburger
14. Through the internet looking glass: Expressing and validating the true self , Katelyn Y. A. McKenna
15. Impression management and identity online , Andrea Chester and Di Bretherton
16. Self-disclosure, privacy and the internet , Adam N. Joinson and Carina B. Paine
17. CMC and social identity , Russell Spears, Martin Lea and Tom Postmes

Section 4: Psychological Aspects of Internet Use
18. Attitude change and social influence on the net , Kai Sassenberg and Kai J. Jonas
19. Digital deception: Why, when and how people lie online , Jeffrey T. Hancock
20. Phantom emotions: Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the internet , Azy Barak
21. Internet use and abuse and psychological problems , Janet Morahan-Martin
22. Examining the role of the internet in health behaviour , Elizabeth Sillence and Pam Briggs
23. Toyko youth at leisure: Online support of leisure outings , Diane J. Schiano, Ame Elliott and Victoria Bellotti

Section 5: Internet-based Research
24. The methodology of internet-based experiments , Ulf-Dietrich Reips
25. Designing internet-based experiments , Michael H. Birnbaum
26. Gathering data on the internet: Qualitative approaches and possibilities for mixed methods and research , Claire Hewson
27. Context effects in internet surveys: New issues and evidence , Jolene D. Smyth, Don A. Dillman and Leah M. Christian
28. Personality testing on the internet: What we know, and what we do not , Tom Buchanan
29. Technical considerations when implementing online research , William C. Schmidt
30. Using online panels in psychological research , Anja S. Goritz
31. Internet research ethics , Charles Ess

Monday, April 16, 2007

Call for Papers: Surveillance & Society

Surveillance & Society – Call for Papers
Special Issue on Surveillance and Inequality: Issue 5(4)

(Guest editors: Torin Monahan and Jill A. Fisher)

Publication date: December 2007

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2007

Many domains of social life are being transfigured by new technologies of identification, monitoring, tracking, data analysis, and control. The lived experiences of people subjected to surveillance, however, can vary widely along lines of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and nationality. This can be seen with the enforcement of different types of mobilities for different categories of people, whether at borders, on city streets, or on the Internet. It can also be observed with the increasingly invasive monitoring and discipline of those accessing public services, such as welfare, public education, or healthcare, especially in the U.S. It can be perceived in security-screening and police-profiling practices, which continue to rely upon racial markers of “risk.” Or inequality can be found in the uneven treatment of individuals by insurance providers, credit agencies, service centers, or other commercial entities. Regardless of the domain, new surveillance systems appear to amplify existing social inequalities and establish rationales for increased control of marginalized groups in societies.

The journal Surveillance & Society is seeking papers that examine issues of surveillance and inequality. The editors are especially interested in research papers that address the differential effects of surveillance upon marginalized and privileged social groups. Whereas surveillance studies inquiry often begins with technology as a starting point for analysis, we welcome papers that start with descriptions of power relations in any social settings and then move to illustrate the role of surveillance technologies or practices in the regulation of those settings.

We further encourage contributions that theorize the relationship of the political economy to surveillance and inequality, whether by attending to globalization processes, neoliberal policies, or military operations.

Finally, we are also quite interested in papers that seek to demonstrate or theorize the empowering potential of surveillance systems to correct social inequalities.

Possible papers could investigate the role of surveillance in:

* The regulation of gender or status relations in places of employment.

* Socio-spatial segregation in cities,

* The restructuring or elimination of public programs and spaces (or citizen rights) by neoliberal policies – which could include a focus on schools, welfare, healthcare, voting, etc.

* Racial or ethnic profiling by police, security personnel, or immigration agents.

* The enforcement of differential mobilities (along with inquiry into the relationship of mobilities to the life chances and well-being of travelers).

* The automatic prioritizing of services, rights, and mobilities in software-sorted service domains.

* The control of women’s bodies, especially in regard to reproduction.

* Monitoring of children or the elderly – or the monitoring of those charged with taking care of them.

* The militarization of borders and the corresponding dangers faced by undocumented immigrants, refugees, and others.

Submissions should be sent electronically to Emily Smith, at by 15
July 2007 with a publication date of December 2007.

We welcome full academic papers, opinion pieces, review pieces, poetry, artistic, and audio-visual submissions. Submissions will undergo a peer-review and revision process prior to publication. Submissions should be original work, neither previously published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. All references to previous work by contributors should be masked in the text (e.g., “Author, 2007”).
Please see: for further submission guidelines.

Torin Monahan
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
School of Justice & Social Inquiry




Aims & Objectives:

Wiki technology is increasingly explored as a means of supporting collaborative learning activities. The flexibility of wikis' open architecture, the social and democratic aspects of authoring shared spaces and texts, and the potential to expand functionalities through the design of metadata holds enormous appeal for schools, universities, museums, workplaces and virtual communities. The aim of this workshop is to identify emerging issues and perspectives in CSCL research that are central to the development and design of wiki technology as a platform for knowledge advancement.

Topics Include:
The workshop will draw on CSCL research to explore two interrelated themes: design and knowledge advancement. The knowledge advancement theme explores the educational use of wikis inside different kinds of institutions and knowledge domains. How do the open architecture and shared authorship features of wiki software challenge the structure of classroom cultures and established concepts of accountability in collaborative knowledge building? The design theme explores the balance and design of affordances and features such as prompts and reminders to support cognitive development and social interaction in wikis. Designs that afford spaces for teachers and other types of experts will also be in focus.

Participants will be invited to contribute to a 'wiki on wiki research' in advance of the full-day workshop. Topics raised in the wiki will inform the planning of workshop activities. Speakers will briefly introduce and lead a series of moderated discussions to exchange ideas and debate these central issues. Redesign of the 'wiki research wiki' as a CSCL resource is planned as a topic.

Contact person:
Andreas Lund, InterMedia, University of Oslo

Last Call for Papers: Transforming Audiences


Identity Creativity Everyday Life

6–7 September 2007, University of Westminster

in association with the Audience and Reception Studies section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), and the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).

'Audience' is now widely recognised as a concept in crisis. The traditional notion of families gathered around the television set has crumbled, to be replaced by much more complex models of dispersed and fragmented audiences, 'users', or 'participants', who may take the role of producer as well as audience, and who use traditional and new technologies in a mix of communication, consumption and creativity.

At the same time, audiences survive. Today's diverse range of media forms continue to have audiences, and media theorists continue to produce important work about the connections between media and identities, everyday life, and responses to current and global affairs.

Plenary speakers will include Sonia Livingstone and Joke Hermes.

Confirmed speakers include Martin Barker, Göran Bolin, John Corner, Knut Lundby, Peter Lunt, and Maire Messenger Davies.

Conference organisers: Caroline Dover, David Gauntlett, Annette Hill, and Roza Tsagarousianou (CAMRI, University of Westminster), with Geoffroy Patriarche, Chair, ECREA Audience and Reception Studies section, and Lynn Schofield Clark, Chair, ICA Popular Communication Division.

See full details at

Deadline for proposals: 20 April 2007

Update on Communities and Technologies 2007 Invited Speakers

The C&T 2007 Web Site ( now features updated information on the invited speakers. On each of the three conference days from June 28-June 30, a keynote talk will highlight facets of the community and technology relationship of interest to both researchers and practitioners, including research tools, managing online communities, and theoretical issues related to community technology design. Speakers, titles, abstracts and short speaker biographical statements are provided below for your convenience.

Early registration, featuring a $50 discount on fees, is open now.
Further details and an online registration system are available on the site. For additional information, please contact conference organizers at

With best regards,
Charles Steinfield, Brian Pentland, Mark Ackerman, and Noshir Contract
C&T 2007 Conference Organizers

Communities and Technologies 2007 Invited Speakers

Thursday, June 28, 5:30-6:30pm
Invited Workshop/Keynote
Marc Smith
Microsoft Research, Community Technologies Group

Illustrating Digital Traces: Visualizations of patterns generated by computer-mediated collective action systems

Abstract: An explosion of collectively authored content is absorbing a growing slice of people's daily lives, from email, email lists and text messages to blogs, wikis, photos feeds, and tag collections. These systems leave behind rich archives containing patterns of interaction. In raw form, terabytes of messages or other units of interaction are nearly incomprehensible. Using data mining and visualization tools a range of insights and agendas for research are possible. In this workshop I will introduce a range of tools both from the Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group and related work that bring patterns and structured inherent in masses of artifacts of computationally mediated interactions. Students will receive a DVD with a sample dataset and a visualization browser (along with related materials).

About Marc Smith: Marc Smith is a Senior Research Sociologist leading the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. Marc's group focuses on computer-mediated collective action. He studies and designs enhancements for social cyberspaces. In particular he is interested in the emergence of social organizations like communities in online conversation and annotation environments. His goal is to identify the resources groups need in order to cooperate roductively. He is co-editor of Communities in Cyberspace, with Peter Kollock, which explores identity, social order and control, community structures, dynamics, and collective action in cyberspace. He also developed software called Netscan that measures and maps social spaces in the Internet, starting with the Usenet. A related project called Project AURA allows users to associate conversations (and more) with physical objects using mobile wireless devices and web services. Marc was a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Sociology. More information is available at Marc's Microsoft Research Page.

Friday, June 30, 9:20 - 10:20am
Keynote Talk
Rob Malda and Jeff Bates

The Life, Times and Tribulations of Slashdot

Abstract: Join Rob Malda and Jeff Bates as they discuss the incubation of Slashdot and the emergence of user-driven content long before this whole Web 2.0 thing. Slashdot in the last ten years has seen the rise and fall of the .com Bubble, and the re-emergence of the Internet as well as being the forerunner of the social networking/user generated content websites so popular today. Rob and Jeff will be talking about the history of Slashdot, its unique editorial and user systems and talking with the audience about the site is headed now.About Rob Malda, Jeff Bates and Slashdot (from "In the beginning there was no Slashdot. Bored and confused geeks would scribble 'First Post' in the sand. Grits were strictly for consumption and there wasn't a place to get nerd oriented news. Then in September of 97 Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda changed all that. With the help of Jeff 'Hemos' Bates and others, Slashdot has stumbled forward with the simple mission to provide 'News for Nerds. Stuff that atters'." "Today Slashdot is owned by OSTG, but it is still run by many of the same people as it was 'Back in the Day'. Today we serve millions of pages to hundreds of thousands of readers. But the goal is still the same."

Wikipedia's entry about Slashdot notes that "Slashdot ... is a technology-related news website which features user-submitted and editor-evaluated current affairs news with a "nerdy" slant. It is known for the Internet forum-style comments section attached to each story; Slashdot was one of the first popular websites to include a commentary section in such a prominent manner." It further states that "Though the site antedates the modern concept of the weblog, Slashdot's architecture is commonly compared to that of modern blogs. Slashdot is notable in that its commenting system is much more robust than most blogs, with threading and user moderation having been introduced before these were commonplace in modern weblog packages."

Saturday, June 30, 10:20 - 11:20am
Keynote Talk
Judith Donath
MIT Media Lab, Social Media Group

Agents and Faces: The Reliability of Online Signals

Abstract: Much of what we want to know about other people is not directly observable: are you a nice person? do you really like the cake I baked? will you return this loan? Instead, we rely on signals, which are observable,though not always reliable, indicators of these qualities of interest. Signaling theory is an approach for analysing the reliability of such cues.

Understanding signals is particularly important when designing for online communication, for here almost everything is a signal; I cannot, for example directly observe your height but must instead rely on the signal of a photograph or self description.

In this talk I will introduce signaling theory, then show how it can be used in both the analysis of existing communication technologies and the design of new ones. The focus will be on signals of social idenitity - what type of person are you and - of growing concern online - are you, in fact, a person?

About Judith Donath: Judith Donath is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Sociable Media research group. Her work focuses on the social side of computing, synthesizing knowledge from fields such as graphic design, urban studies and cognitive science to build innovative interfaces for online communities and virtual identities. She is known internationally for pioneering research in social visualization, interface design, and computer mediated interaction. She created several of the early social applications for the web, including the first postcard service ("The Electric Postcard"), the first interactive juried art show
("Portraits in Cyberspace") and an early large-scale web event ("A Day in the Life of Cyberspace"). Her work has been exhibited at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston and in several New York galleries; she was the director of "Id/Entity", a collaborative exhibit of installations examining how science and technology are transforming portraiture. Her current research focuses on creating expressive visualizations of social interactions and on building experimental environments that mix real and virtual experiences. She has a book in progress about how we signal identity in both mediated and immediate situations. Professor Donath received her doctoral and master's degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, her bachelor's degree in History from Yale University, and has worked professionally as a designer and builder of educational software and experimental media.

New Network Theory Conference in Amsterdam

The full program, abstracts and biographies of the three days New Network Theory conference in Amsterdam (June 28-30, 2007) is now availabe online. Also a list has been opened where you can follow the debates in preparation of the event (perhaps of interest in case you can't make it). A poster and short version of the program on the backside will be printed this week. There will be live bloggers and streaming facilities (at least during the first day).

If you want to join the (temporary) discussion list on network theory, please visit:

Thursday 28 June - Public Event

De Zwijger Warehouse grote zaal

Doors open, coffee & tea

Welcome by Geert Lovink, Richard Rogers, Jan Simons

10:30 – 13:00
Morning session
Moderator: Richard Rogers
Siva Vaidhyanathan
Tiziana Terranova
Wendy Chun

13:00 – 14.00

14:00 – 15:30
Early afternoon session
Moderator: Geert Lovink
Alan Liu
Anna Munster
Martin Kearns

15:30 – 16:00

16:00 – 17:30
Late afternoon session
Warren Sack
Olia Lialina
Florian Cramer

Friday June 29

UvA Oude Manhuispoort (OMHP)
UvA Turfdraagsterpad

9:30 – 9:45
Introduction by Geert Lovink, Richard Rogers and Jan Simons at UvA OMHP

9:45 - 11:30
Plenary Session at UvA OMHP
Moderator: Richard Rogers
Nosh Contractor
Valdis Krebs
Katy Börner

11:30 – 13:30
Parallel sessions at UvA Turfdraagsterpad/UvA OMHP

A: Network Theory
Moderator: Geert Lovink
Tincuta Parv
Marianne van den Boomen
Leslie Kavanaugh
Verena Kuni
Mirko Tobias Schaefer

B: The Link
Moderator: Richard Rogers
Iina Hellsten
Astrid Mager
Clifford Tatum & Kirsten Foot
Charli Carpenter
Leah A. Lievrouw & Lilly Nguyen

C: Locative Media
Moderator: Jan Simons
Adrian MacKenzie
Claire Roberge
Nancy Nisbet
Sophia Drakopoulou

13:30 – 14:30

14:30 – 16:30
Parallel sessions at UvA at Turfdraagsterpad/OMHP

A: Networks and Subjectivities
Bernhard Rieder
Michael Goddard
Konstantinos Vassiliou
Franz Beitzinger, Natascha Zowislo and Jürgen Schulz
Ulises Ali Mejias

B: Networking and Social Life
Yukari Seko
Kristoffer Gansing
Alice Verheij
Kimberly de Vries

C: Art and Info-Aesthetics
Olga Kisseleva
Wayne Clements
Jacob Lillemose
Katja Mayer
Olga Goriunova

Saturday June 30

UvA Oude Manhuispoort (OMHP)
UvA Turfdraagsterpad

10.00 – 12.00
Parallel sessions at UvA Turfdraagsterpad/UvA OMHP

A: Actor-Network Theory and Assemblage
Moderator: Noortje Marres
Thomas Berker
Adolfo Estalella
Marijke de Valck
Betina Szkudlarek
Michael Dieter

B: Networks and Social Movements
David Garcia
Paolo Gerbaudo
Megan Boler
John Duda

C: The Global and the Local
Ramesh Srinivasan
Jana Nikuljska
Ali Mohammad Javadi
Deborah Wheeler

12:00 - 13:00

13.00 – 15:00
Parallel sessions at UvA Turfdraagsterpad/OMHP

A: Anomalous Objects and Processes
Greg Elmer
Jussi Parikka
John Johnston
Tony Sampson

B: Networks and movements: an interdisciplinary conversation
Moderator: Mario Diani
Claudia Padovani & Elena Pavan
Giorgia Nesti & Matteo Cernison
Stefania Milan
Francesca Forno
Claudius Wageman & Manuela Caiani

C: Mobility and Organization
Moderator: Sebastian Olma
Marga van Mechelen
Jean-Paul Fourmentraux
Desiree Hoving, Gertjan de Werk, Danny Soetanto, Dirk-Jan Peet & Heleen
Robert van Boeschoten

15.30 - 17.30
Closing session conference at UvA OMHP

Noortje Marres
Matthew Fuller