Friday, April 27, 2007

Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2007)

Call for Posters and Discussion Sessions

Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2007)
July 18-20, Pittsburgh, PA

SOUPS posters and discussion session proposals are due May 18. See details below.

SOUPS registration is now open. The early registration deadline in June 5.
A preliminary program will be posted soon.


We seek poster abstracts describing recent or ongoing research or experience in all areas of usable privacy and security. Submission of late breaking results and work in progress is especially encouraged. Submissions should follow the same formatting instructions as refereed papers, but should be at most two pages and should not include categories and subject descriptors, general terms, or keywords. They should include a copyright block. Accepted poster abstracts will appear in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series. Please follow the final submission formatting instructions when preparing your poster abstract to avoid the need to revise poster abstracts after acceptance decisions are made. In addition, SOUPS will include a poster session in which authors will exhibit their posters. Note, poster abstracts should be formatted like short papers, not like posters. Authors of accepted posters will be sent information about how to prepare and format posters for the conference.


SOUPS will feature parallel, moderated breakout sessions (similar to Birds of a feather sessions) in which symposium participants will discuss a topic related to usable privacy and security. These sessions may include a brief introduction to the topic by the moderator, but otherwise will not include formal presentations. Discussion session topics may include, but are not limited to, definitions or metrics, design critiques, research agendas, or frameworks for collaborative
research. We seek proposals for discussion session topics. Proposals must include a one paragraph statement of the topic to be discussed and a one paragraph bio of each proposer that describes their experience or interest in the topic. Optionally, proposers may submit up to two pages of background material that can be distributed to participants and posted on the SOUPS website. Authors of accepted proposals will be expected to moderate their discussion session and provide a brief report on their session for posting on the SOUPS web site after the symposium.

Kelvin Grove Urban Village design competition

Kelvin Grove Urban Village design competition


The Kelvin Grove Urban Village Project Team is conducting a design competition, seeking ideas and proposals for an installation (or multiple / distributed installations) at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village that will “display visual evidence of connectivity within the community”. This competition aims to attract students and professionals who have an interest in the visual and multimedia applications of Information and Communication Technology.

The competition has two streams. The student stream is available for full-time or part-time Australian secondary or tertiary students and offers a prize of AUD 2,000. The open stream is available for everyone including businesses and offers a prize of AUD 5,000. The indicative budget for creation and installation is AUD 40,000.

The competition commences on 1 January 2007 and closes on 31 May 2007. For further details or to obtain an entry form visit the Kelvin Grove Urban Village website.

Dr Marcus Foth
Australian Postdoctoral Fellow
Kelvin Grove Urban Village Information and Communication Technology Committee
Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Queensland University of Technology (CRICOS No. 00213J)
Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane QLD 4059, Australia
Phone +61 7 313 x88772 - Fax x88195 - Office Z6-511 -

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Carl Couch Internet Research Award 2007

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2007


A student award competition
Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that
(1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to Internet studies,
(2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies as advocated by Couch, and/or
(3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions.

Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of
(1) mastery of Symbolic Interactionist approaches and concepts and Couch's theses,
(2) originality,
(3) organization,
(4) presentation, and
(5) advancement of knowledge.

Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four:
Dr. Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Dr. Katherine M. Clegg Smith, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Lori Kendall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Dennis Waskul, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30 pages (approximately 7500 words) in length, including references and appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year.

The top three papers will receive Couch Awards to be presented at the 2007 meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers ( in Vancouver, BC. The top paper will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize of $300 US, runner up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $200 US, and a third paper will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $100 US. All three authors will be invited to present their work at a session of the AoIR conference, October 18-20, 2007.

Those interested should send a copy of their paper, with a 100-word abstract, electronically to Mark D. Johns at
Application deadline is extended to May 14, 2007.
Notification of award will be sent by June 15.

Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please contact:
Mark D. Johns
Dept. of Communication Studies
Luther College
Decorah, IA 52101
Tel: (563) 387-1347

AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2007

Call for Participation

Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
Annual Conference 2007, Vancouver, Canada

Doctoral Colloquium


The AoIR 8.0 Doctoral Colloquium offers Ph.D. students working in internet research or a related field a special forum on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 where they will have a chance to briefly present their dissertations-in-progress and discuss them at length with peers and established senior researchers. Interested students should prepare a 2 page summary of their research. This should provide a context for the research, describe the methods being used, the progress to date and expectations and hopes from the colloquium.

Faculty mentors include:

Ronald Rice, Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, University of California-Santa Barbara, United States.

Maria Bakardjieva, Associate Professor. Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, Canada.

Mary Bryson, Associate Professor, Education & Counselling Psychology and Special Education, The University of British Columbia, Canada.

Robert Burnett, Professor and Chair, Media and Communication Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden.

Lori Kendall, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States.

We hope to announce additional mentors shortly.

Please submit your 2 page application by Friday, May 25 2007 to:
Nancy Baym : nbaym [at]

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 June 2007. Successful applicants will be asked to prepare an 8 page paper on their research and the issues they wish to discuss by 1 August 2007.

For further details please visit the conference website at or contact the organizer of the AoIR Doctoral Colloquium, Nancy Baym : nbaym [at]

The AoIR 8.0 Doctoral Colloquium is sponsored by Microsoft Research.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sensorium: Embodied Experience versus Digital Media

The Centre for Research into Material Digital Cultures at the University of Sussex, Public Lecture:

'Sensorium: Embodied Experience versus Digital Media'

Speaker: Caroline Jones, Professor of Art History, MIT

Respondent: Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London.

Welcome: Professor Sue Thornham, University of Sussex/Caroline Bassett, Director, Centre for Research in Material Digital Cultures

Chaired by Dr Michael Bull, founding editor of Senses and Society.

Monday 21st May 2007
At 5:30 at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

All Welcome.
RSVP to Vanessa Sammut so we can keep track of numbers:

The Centre for Research into Material Digital Cultures

Inclusive Design of Interactive Systems (call for book proposals)

Advances in Technology and Human Interaction Series (ATHI) Book Series

Call for Edited Book Proposals
Publisher: IGI Global
Series Editors-in-Chief: Dr. Panayiotis Zaphiris (City University, UK)
Series Operational Editor: Chee Siang Ang (City University, UK)

Technology has rapidly become more and more pervasive in almost everybody's lives. There are many daily activities that can be performed much more comfortably.

For example, much of the power of the Web comes from the fact that it presents information in a variety of formats and, therefore, is theoretically accessible by users using a variety of technologies, devices, and computer applications. The Web also becomes a medium to disseminate information in more places and times, and to more people of varying characteristics than any other media can ever achieve.

For that reason, the key objective of this call for book proposals is to publish books in the area of inclusive design and evaluation of interactive systems by focusing on the user aspect of Universal design and interaction, and to present the wide range of advanced technology that can help disadvantaged users get access to technology.

Inclusive design in this context refers to the approach to the design of interactive products, technologies and services to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.

Editorial Review Board:
Editors-in-Chief: Dr. Panayiotis Zaphiris (City University, UK)
Series Operational Editor: Chee Siang Ang (City University, UK)

Associate Editors:
Daniel Cunliffe
Claude Ghaoui
Epaminondas Kapetanios
Tom McEwan
Mats Edenius
Anabela Sarmento

International Editorial Advisory Board:
Willem-Paul Brinkman
Bendik Bygstad
Anita Greenhill
Sunil Hazari
Carolyn Jacobson
Lynette Kvasny
Seamas Kelly
Deborah Lafky
António Lucas Soares
Diane Murphy
Michael Waltemathe

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: 1st of June 2007

The Advances in Technology and Human Interaction (ATHI) Book Series provides a platform for publication of books that address the broad topics of Human-Computer Interactions (HCI). The type of books that the series intends to publish is therefore broad and interdisciplinary and can include aspects from a wide variety of disciplines. These disciplines range from more classic HCI ones such as usability and accessibility evaluation, user modelling, user interface design to non-classic HCI domains like social computing and online communities, interaction with computer games, CSCW, ethnographic study of human-computer interaction and human interaction from the point of view of sociology or philosophy. We are primarily interested in edited volumes that provide a forum for multiple views and voices to be heard. But we are also happy to consider authored books. It is open to all research paradigms, be they empirical or conceptual, but requires that they be accessible and reflected.

Among topics to be included (but not limited) are the following:

Access to education and learning
Accessibility guidelines
Accessible network communities
Adaptive and augmented interaction
Alternative I/O techniques
Ambient intelligence
Architectures and tools for universal access
Computer-mediated virtual spaces
Context-aware, personalized computing
Designing for diversity
Development methods
Disappearing computer
Economics of universal access
Environments of use
Intelligent user services
Interaction techniques, platforms and metaphors
Modality-independent interaction
Multi-sensory interfaces
Privacy issues in sensor-augmented environments
Proactive computing
Smart artefacts and smart environments
Ubiquitous access
Universal design

Prospective editors are invited to submit proposals for possible edited volumes in the Advances in Technology and Human Interaction (ATHI) Book Series. Prospective editors should note that only original and previously unpublished manuscripts will be considered. Edited books usually contain approximately 15-20 comprehensive chapters of 7,000-10,000 words each. All proposal submissions will be evaluated by the series editorship.

Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews and assessment of the publisher, IGI Global. All submissions must be forwarded electronically to by 01 June 2007.

Your (5-10 page) prospectus should include:

1. TITLES: 3-5 suggested titles
2. A SYNOPSIS of your proposed publication, including a concise DEFINITION of the subject area
3. INTRODUCTION: An introduction to the subject area
4. OBJECTIVES: Overall objectives and mission
5. 5-10 INDEXING KEYWORDS for your proposed subject area
6. CONTRIBUTION AND SCHOLARLY VALUE: Novel input to the topic field
7. PURPOSE AND POTENTIAL IMPACT on field of e-business research
8. UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS of your proposed publication
9. AUDIENCE: Projected audience
10. POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Readers will gain from your proposed publication
11. EXISTING COMPETING PUBLICATIONS: Existing publications (competitors) and those publications' advantages and disadvantages
12. CONTENTS: Tentative table of contents
13. PROJECTED TOTAL PAGE/WORD COUNT for proposed publication
14. TIMETABLE: Tentative timetable for the entire project
15. POTENTIAL CHANNELS OF CALL DISTRIBUTION for the procurement of submissions and contacts (List-Servs, Universities, etc.)
16. CONTACT INFORMATION: Mailing address, phone, fax and e-mail of editor(s)
17. CURRICULUM VITAE: A copy of your CV listing your education and publication records

Should you have any questions, please contact us (

The Advances in Technology and Human Interaction (ATHI) Book Series is published by IGI Global, publisher of the "IGI Publishing," (formerly "Idea Group Publishing"), "Information Science Publishing," "IRM Press," "CyberTech Publishing" and "Information Science Reference" (formerly "Idea Group Reference") imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Political and Policy Ethnography - ECPR Summer School

Course: Political and Policy Ethnography

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Monday, 23 July to Saturday, 4 August 2007

Short Description:
This advanced seminar in interpretive research methods is intended for students who are embarking on a field research project or finishing one up and who are thinking about, starting to or working on writing up their field notes and/or research "reports." Political and policy ethnographies include traditional ethnographic or participant-observer studies, such as a community or organizational study, but also "shadowing" a political leader or policy-maker, formal interviewing (conversational interviewing, not administering a survey questionnaire), and/or the use of ethnographic methods to generate data which are then analyzed using some other method (e.g., discourse analysis; metaphor, category or other language-focused analysis; space analysis; and so on). Course topics will include: writing as method; questions of reflexivity and positionality; power and politics in researcher roles; and the interpretive ontological and epistemological presuppositions and philosophies underlying these methods. The final course requirement is a draft of a conference-type paper or thesis/dissertation chapter.

A basic course in interpretive (or "qualitative") methods; some field research experience (i.e., observational, with whatever degree of participation, including conversational interviewing and/or document analysis as appropriate to the research question). Longer description follows below; additional information on the course (a daily schedule plus readings) is available at the website below, on the course page.

Registration and other details:

Long outline:
Participant-observer ethnographic methods - central among the many methods that fall under the umbrella of interpretive research methods - have been "borrowed" from sociology and anthropology into many fields in political science, including comparative governmental studies, area studies, international relations, public policy (domestic/state, regional, and local, international, EU, etc.), public administration/local government studies, organizational studies, and public law/legal studies. They are not new to political science, however, having been employed since the 1950s, if not earlier. They are useful in a wide range of settings for research questions that seek to explore the meanings of particular political practices, concepts or processes to situational actors, often in order to illuminate a wider-ranging or more theoretical issue of political concern. These might include studying how policy-makers or legislators actually think about the decisions they make and how they go about them; how workers shape their work practices and their relationships to managers; how organizational administrators implement national policies; and so on.

The course is designed for students who are about to embark on a field research project, are in the midst of conducting one, or have just come out of the field and who are thinking about, starting to or working on writing up their field notes and drafts of dissertation chapters. Students might have conducted a traditional ethnographic study or a participant-observer study - a community or an organizational study, for example; the study may have involved "shadowing" a political leader or policy-maker; it might have included formal (expert, elite or other) interviews as well. (Note: This means conversational interviewing - engaging people in talk - not administering a survey questionnaire.) Students may also have used ethnographic methods (observing, with whatever degree of participation; talking to situational members) along with reading topic-relevant documents to generate data which they are intending to analyze using other methods (e.g., discourse analysis; metaphor, category or other language-focused analysis; space analysis; and so on).

We will focus on several of the concepts and issues central to current debates about political and policy ethnography.
These include:
* questions of reflexivity and positionality, especially as these bear on the generation of data, and the trustworthiness of one's truth claims;
* power and politics in the conduct of field research, especially with respect to its relational character;
* writing as method, but also reading as method - looking at one's truth claims and their evidentiary base, and the ways in which these are presented from the perspective of a prospective reader, whether situational member or colleague.

One lecture will be devoted to situating these methods in interpretive ontological and epistemological presuppositions andthe philosophies they emerge from, including how these philosophies engaged questions of knowledge and truth claims being debated at the time of their development. Throughout the course, we will be addressing what is perhaps the central question today for those doing such work: in what ways is political and policy ethnography similar to and different from participant-observer ethnographic research as done in anthropology or sociology?

Classes will be conducted as a seminar, with the exception of the opening meeting and the lecture on 26 July. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings and to draw links between them and their own research designs and field experiences. The final course requirement will be a draft of a conference-type paper discussing issues emerging from the research, a draft of a methods paper that might appear in a thesis/dissertation or conference panel, or some equivalent to be determined.

Course readings:
1. Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, eds., Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn (Armonk, NY: M E Sharpe, 2006; YSS in the reading list).
2. Other journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters.

Mobile Media 2007 Conference in Sydney

Registration is now open for

'Mobile Media'- an international conference on social and cultural aspects of mobile phones, convergent media, and wireless technologies

2-4 July 2007
The University of Sydney, Australia

convened by Gerard Goggin (USyd) and Larissa Hjorth (RMIT)

Full program, registration, and all details at:

Featuring eleven keynotes from leading scholars and over seventy papers, the conference aims to analyse and debate mobile media – exploring its emerging structures, features,practices, value chains, producers and audiences, delving into its social, cultural, aesthetic and commercial implications, and debating its futures.

As well as over seventy papers on contemporary mobile & wireless & online media, the conference will feature keynote presentations from leading scholars including Genevieve Bell (Intel), Stuart Cunningham (Queensland University of Technology), Shin Dong Kim (Hallym University), Leopoldina Fortunati (University of Undine), Leslie Haddon(London School of Economics), Dong-Hoo Lee (Incheon University), Rich Ling (Telenor), Shin Mizukoshi (University of Tokyo), Raul Pertierra (Ateneo de Manila and University of Philippines), Misa Matsuda (Chuo University) and Judy Wajcman (Australian National University).

Spaces are strictly limited for the conference, so we encourage to secure your registration as soon as possible.
Enquiries to:

Monday, April 23, 2007

Public Practices, Social Software: Examining social practices in networked publics

Public Practices, Social Software: Examining social practices in networked publics

Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities and Technologies Conference

DEADLINE: May 7, 2007
WORKSHOP: June 28, 2007

Description: (abbreviated; full description on website)
This full-day workshop proposes to bring together researchers interested in studying social software. We use this term loosely to include social network sites (e.g., Cyworld, MySpace, orkut, and Facebook), contemporary online dating services (e.g., Friendster, Spring Street Personals,, blogging services (e.g., LiveJournal, Xanga, Blogger), tagging tools (e.g., Digg) and media sharing sites(e.g., YouTube, Flickr). Although the functionality of these sites differs greatly, there are some common features: a user-generated profile, visible linkages between users, public communication forums(such as message boards or comments), and persistent traces of user behavior.

Although we intend to appeal to broad range of researchers, we expect that we will primarily draw the attention of those studying social network sites. At the same time, we recognize that there is a lot of crossover between social network sites and the broader realm of social software. We are hoping that cross-pollination would be helpful to both. While we are aware of and have access to dozens of researchers interested in social network sites, we are not certain of the number of researchers looking at other forms of social software.

This workshop will have two parts. The first half will focus on presentations and the second half will involve small group breakouts. Those who apply to this workshop and are accepted will be given a presentation slot. In order to make this workshop more accessible to attendees of the conference, the presentation section will be open to observers. In the afternoon, only those who have been pre-selected will be allowed to participate. Those interested in being a part of the second half must apply to the workshop.

Workshop Goals and Application Process:
The goals of this workshop are to enable cross-fertilization among researchers studying related technologies. Participants will be exposed to new ideas, methodological approaches, and theories. We will try to complicate the ways in which people are engaging with different features.

To submit an application:
Please send the following to all three organizers (dmb [at] , nellison [at] , scott.golder [at]

* A brief biography of approximately 150 words
* A 400-500 word research statement addressing your research project, methods, findings, and future research questions and goals
* 3 research questions about social software which you find especially provocative and engaging. These should be questions that you'd like to discuss with other researchers and practitioners.

Workshop homepage:
Conference homepage:

Workshop Organizers:
* danah boyd, University of California-Berkeley
* Nicole Ellison, Michigan State University
* Scott Golder, HP Labs

* Workshop proposals: May 7, 2007
* Decisions on participants: May 21, 2007
* Workshop date: June 28, 2007

3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies

Call for papers: 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies
June 28-30, 2007, Michigan State University

Workshop: Memory practices in computer-mediated communities: a research methods workshop

Full description at:

Community depends on memory; computer mediated community (CMC) depends on digital memory. Human memory is limited, corporeally bound, and subject to forgetting. As a consequence, communities develop other means of maintaining memory. Bowker (2005) argues that memory practices are infrastructure tools used to preserve memory in scientific communities. Information technologies are examples of memory practices that support community.

In this workshop, we seek to explore the concept of memory practices in the study of community and broaden it beyond the scientific community to include CMC: communities of practice, interest communities, professional communities. We invite researchers of CMC to submit 5 page position papers:

~ Describing the communities they are studying
~ The memory practices on which they are focusing, and
~ The methods they are employing to study these practices.

We welcome submissions in three broad areas.

Theme One: Historical work on memory practices, technology and communities:
Theme Two: Memory practices in communities of practice:
Theme three: Memory practices in interest communities – gamers, shoppers, serious leisure and other interest groups – driven by social infrastructures.

To participate send an abstract of 500 words or less to by May 4. Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 18.

Questions or comments:
Elisabeth Davenport, School of Computing, Napier University, Edinburgh EH10 5DT (

Howard Rosenbaum, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN47405 (

Conference web site:

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weekend roundup at IMM

Every Sunday we present you a weekend roundup of interesting articles you might have missed during the week, a selection of the best content that we presented here to you on Internet: Marketing and Messages (IMM).

Here goes:

New Network Theory Conference in Amsterdam
click here for story

Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology published
click here for story

2nd Annual Access to Knowledge Conference (A2K2) Yale Information Society Project
click here for story

Communication, participation and impact in the Social Web: Weblogs, Wikis,
Podcasts and Communities in an interdisciplinary view Call for Chapters (book)

click here for story