Saturday, August 25, 2007

Text Annotation for Political Science Research - Call For Papers

Call for Papers

A special issue of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics

"Text Annotation for Political Science Research"



Text is an important data source for political science research. Large, digitized text collections are becoming increasingly common. Yet most political scientists have little familiarity with the language-processing methodologies available to support research using these collections.

Specifically, we are interested in methodologies from the fields of information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning. These techniques facilitate the automatic searching, organizing,categorizing, and extracting of information from digitized text.


At a high level, the goal of language-processing is to provide one or more semantic annotations on the text. The political science question of interest can then be explored using these annotations.

Text annotation techniques vary not only according to the type of semantic annotation required, but also according to the degree of manual intervention involved in the annotation process: text annotation tasks can be accomplished entirely manually ( i.e., via human content coding), entirely automatically (e.g. via keyword-based search or text clustering algorithms), automatically after a manual training period (i.e. via "supervised" machine learning methods), or semi-automatically ( e.g. via "weakly supervised" machine learning methods that acquire automatic annotation systems from very small amounts of manually labeled text).


Although the potential of text annotation methods for political science research is enormous, it is understandably difficult for researchers to know where to start. In addition, in contrast to other research methodologies in the social sciences, the criteria for evaluating social science results that rely on automatic text annotation systems are not widely known, accepted, or appreciated.

Keyword searches, for example, are commonly used to trace changing political attention across time, but rarely is attention given to their reliability or accuracy, raising doubts about the validity of researcher inferences.


The aim of the special issue is to solicit and publish papers that provide a clear view of the state of the art in text annotation and evaluation, especially for political science. How do the techniques map onto major questions addressed by political scientists? What kinds of problems have been addressed in existing work and what text annotation methods have proven most successful? Are standard statistical measures of accuracy, recall, and precision adequate for evaluating the performance of the text annotation technique, or are new evaluation procedures needed that simultaneously consider the social science question being investigated?


Given these interests, we therefore encourage submissions in the following areas:

• tutorial-style surveys of state-of-the-art techniques in human language technologies and text annotation;
• surveys of the state-of-the-art in the application of language-processing
techniques in the social sciences, particularly in political science;
• comparisons of competing text annotation methodologies on the same corpus/corpora;
• innovative evaluation and diagnostic methods;
• studies of text annotation methods that try to limit the amount of costly,manually annotated data for training automatic annotators, e.g. active learning;
• specific applications and evaluations of language-processing and text annotation techniques;
• applications of the text-processing techniques on non-social science problems that point the way to innovative social science applications; and
• surveys of the available language-processing tools and resources with guidance for when to use them.


All submissions must be prepared according to the submission guidelines available at: http://www.jitp.net

The initial submission is due by November 1, 2007

The guest editors for the special issue are:

Claire Cardie, Professor
Computer Science and Information Science
4130 Upson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853-7501
cardie@cs.cornell.edu

John Wilkerson, Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
101 Gowen Hall
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-353530
jwilker@u.washington.edu

Friday, August 24, 2007

Digital Copyright & the Consumer Revolution - book launch

Matthew Rimmer (Senior Lecturer, ACIPA, The Australian National University College of Law, Australia), will be talking about his new book "Digital Copyright & the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod" at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, 21 September 2007

http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2007/08/digital-copyright-consumer-revolution.html


Abstract
‘Rimmer brings the tension between law and technology to life in this important and accessible work. Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution helps makes sense of the global maze of caselaw and copyright reform that extend from San Francisco to Sydney. The book provides a terrific guide to the world’s thorniest digital legal issues as Rimmer demonstrates how the consumer interest is frequently lost in the crossfire.’ – Professor Michael A. Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-Commerce Law, the University of Ottawa, Canada

This book documents and evaluates the growing consumer revolution against digital copyright law, and makes a unique theoretical contribution to the debate surrounding this issue.

With a focus on recent US copyright law, the book charts the consumer rebellion against the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act 1998 (US) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 (US). The author explores the significance of key judicial rulings and considers legal controversies over new technologies, such as the iPod, TiVo, Sony Playstation II, Google Book Search, and peer-to-peer networks. The book also highlights cultural developments, such as the emergence of digital sampling and mash-ups, the construction of the BBC Creative Archive, and the evolution of the Creative Commons.

Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution will be of prime interest to academics, law students and lawyers interested in the ramifications of copyright law, as well as policymakers given its focus upon recent legislative developments and reform proposals. The book will also appeal to librarians, information managers, creative artists, consumers, technology developers, and other users of copyright material.


Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The dead poets society: copyright term and the public domain

2. Remote control: time-shifting and space-shifting

3. The privateers of the information age: copyright law and peer-to-peer networks

4. The grey album: copyright law, digital sampling, and mash-ups

5. Grand turismo in the high court: copyright law and technological protection measures

6. Agent smith and the matrix: copyright law and intermediary liability

7. Google: search or destroy?

8. Remix culture: the creative commons and its discontents

Conclusion. A consumer's manifesto: the declaration of innovation independence ...


You can get the book from Amazon US/UK/DE here:

Women, Power and the Media conference

WOMEN, POWER and THE MEDIA
Aston University (room MB 118)
15th of September 2007


The conference fee is £25 for staff and £15 for students.
If you are interested in attending, please download the registration form from their website at: http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/whatsnew/womenpowerandthemedia/registration.jsp
and post or fax it by 10th of September to:

Dr Pierre Larrivee
School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 3766



Conference Programme

10h15-11h15 Registration

11h15-11h30 Welcome word

Session 1, Chair: Mercedes de Grado

11h00-11h30
Jemima Anderson, Grace Bota & Afrakoma hMensa (University of Ghana, Legon),
Powerful Women in Powerless Language: Media Misrepresentation of African Women in Politics. The Case of Liberia

11h30-12h00
Sally Berrisford (The Robert Gordon University),
Women MSPs; A Perception of their Role, Image and Representation through the Scottish Media.

Lunch

Session 2, Chair: Pamela Moores

13h30-14h00
Joaquin Garrido (Universidad Complutense de Madrid),
Gender in media discourse. A contrastive analysis of multimodal news on French presidential elections

14h00-14h30
Gerard O'Grady (Swansea University),
The Unfolded Imagining of Ségolène Royal

14h30-15h00
Núria Fernández García (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona),
Leader media construction. Ségolène Royal media treatment analysis in Le Figaro and
Libération


15h00 - 15h20 Coffee / tea break

Session 3, Chair: Angela Kershaw

15h20-15h50
Ekaterina Nossenko Hercberg (Université Paris Descartes),
The 2007 presidential campaign in France: language, media, and sexual discrimination

15h50-16h20
Béatrice Fracchiolla (Université de Paris 8, Laboratoire du SYLED – Université de Paris 3 & MSH Paris nord),
The debate Royal / Sarkozy

16h20-16h50
Julian Barnes & Pierre Larrivée (Aston University),
Arlette Laguiller: Does the mainstay of the French political far-left enjoy linguistic parity with her male counterparts?

17h20-18h20 Plenary discussion


For further information, see our website at:
http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/whatsnew/womenpowerandthemedia/

Lyrics sites out of tune with copyrights

How does that song go? We've all used the Internet to search for the lyrics to songs whose tune we know but whose words we just can't muster.

Often the Web sites we end up on have misspellings or incomplete and inaccurate lyrics, not to mention annoying pop-up and flashing ads. But there's another problem with the sites--many of them are violating copyright by republishing the lyrics without permission. And they are making money from the Google text ads that appear on the site.

That's money that could be going into the pockets of people like Alexander Perls Rousmaniere, a Los Angeles-based artist who writes and produces dance club tracks, including some pop hits.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, Google--the company that's been sued for $1 billion by Viacom because of its YouTube video unit and has been the target of increasingly testy attacks from all sorts of publishers--finds itself in the center of yet another copyright storm. This time, it's the people who write music--some of them well-known and some of them obscure--complaining that the search giant is helping others step on their copyrights.

"Google is selling advertising on all the big copyright-infringing lyric Web sites," Rousmaniere said. "It may seem like small potatoes, but lyrics are a huge search term on the Internet--these sites (and Google) are probably pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly, all on the back of copyrighted material."

Rousmaniere has complained to Google, repeatedly, with limited success--Google has removed some ads on sites publishing his lyrics but then the ads go back up, he said. Google told him it is his responsibility as copyright holder to police the infringing sites and file additional complaints when the old lyrics or new lyrics of his appear without his permission, he said.

"It would literally be two to three hours a day for the rest of my life" monitoring the Web for copyright violations, Rousmaniere said. Many of the Internet service providers for the sites are located outside the U.S., making it difficult for him to ask them to shut the sites down, he added.

A Google spokesman said he could not comment on any particular copyright holder's complaint.

"We take copyrights very seriously. In accordance with our policy, we disable ads on websites in our content network when we are made aware that they appear next to copyrighted content," the company said in a statement. "Copyright holders who find their copyrighted material appearing next to Google ads can find more information about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down requests on our AdSense Web site. Hundreds of thousands of Web site publishers responsibly abide by our policies and we're committed to preventing those who don't from using our program."

continue reading this article at news.com

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pearl Jam not first to be censored by AT&T

AT&T’s controversial edit of comments about President Bush from a Webcast of Pearl Jam’s performance at Lollapalooza last week was not the first time the telecommunications giant has silenced political statements by musicians.

An AT&T spokeswoman initially characterized the sudden audio edit that silenced Eddie Vedder’s lyrics “George Bush, leave this world alone” and “George Bush, find yourself another home” during Pearl Jam’s performance in Grant Park last Sunday as “an unfortunate mistake” and “an isolated incident.”

But yesterday, a reader e-mailed the Sun-Times saying AT&T’s Blue Room Webcast also had silenced comments during two performances at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee last June, cutting remarks by the John Butler Trio bemoaning the lack of federal response to Hurricane Katrina and comments about Bush and the war in Iraq by singer Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.


continue reading this article over at the Chicago Sun-Times or watch an Associated Press news video over at NewsVids.

Feminisation of the Internet

The Guardian writes:

Forget the 20-something man playing online fantasy football and selling motorbike parts on eBay. The internet has a new user.

For years cyberspace has been tailored to an audience of mainly young men but for the first time women webusers have taken the lead in key age groups. At the same time an army of silver surfers has emerged and the over 65s are spending more hours online than any other age group.

The latest snapshot of Britain's communications market by regulator Ofcom turns the established assumptions about web users upside down. It also shows all of us spending more time online and on our mobiles than ever before.

Watching television, surfing the web, making phone calls and listening to the radio now take up an average 50 hours a week. While TV watching, radio listening and home phone use have all fallen since 2002, our daily minutes on the web have doubled.

The UK has the most active internet population in Europe thanks to widely available broadband connections that are getting cheaper every year.

The boom in web use is nothing new. But what website owners such as newspapers, TV companies and travel agents have to get to grips with is a new type of surfer.

One significant trend that stands out is an apparent feminisation of the internet. "Ever since it kicked off in the early 90s the web has been male-dominated. For the first time this year women are spending more time on the internet than men," says Peter Phillips, strategy and market developments partner at Ofcom, referring to web users in the 25 to 49 age bracket. "It's a big shift and has implications for the kind of content that content providers want to have on the internet."

Among 25- to 34-year-olds, women now spend more time using the internet than men, according to the Ofcom report published today. Although men account for the majority of web time in most other age groups, women have also taken a slight but significant lead in the 35-49 bracket.

Ofcom's researchers put the changing pattern partly down to young women finding more sites online that are relevant to them.

"Women in that age group are also more likely to be at home and have more time to spend online," says the watchdog's director of research, James Thickett.

In the teenage bracket, a growing female presence online is being driven by the emergence of new sites specifically tailored to teenage girls. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of these surfers' favourite destinations are social networking sites where they can extend the school day's gossip sessions late into the evening at home.

Indeed, the social networking phenomenon Bebo is taking up more of UK surfers' time than any other website barring the auction site eBay.

Ofcom's research proves it is easier than ever for children to conduct large portions of their life online. Almost one in six 13- to 15-year-olds now have their own webcam, for example. Mobile phones are even more widespread, 75% of 11-year-olds have one as well as their own TV and games console.

Much has been made of the trend among children to use various media simultaneously, such as browsing the web while watching TV. But for all the multitasking, their growing take-up of mobile phones and the web, where they spend an average two hours a day, still comes at the expense of older media. Playing on computer games and watching DVDs have both fallen.

Radio has been hardest hit. The proportion of 8- to 15-year-olds listening has halved to just 20% over the last two years. Luckily for broadcasters, there is still one age group listening to more radio. The over-55s are listening to 5.5% more than five years ago. But more striking is the older age-group's take-up of newer media.

One in six over-65s uses the web, particularly in search of news and local information. Pensioners have predictably come late to the internet just as they did to mobile phones and digital TV. But once online, they make use of their retirement to spend longer surfing than anyone else. Their 42 hours online every month dwarfs the 25 hours teenagers spend on the web.

Again the changing audience brings new challenges for website owners, who had grown accustomed to a younger user.

Key trends
· Britons are the most active web users in Europe and spend an average 36 minutes each online every day, up from 14 minutes in 2002.
· Three-quarters of 11 year-olds have their own TV, games console and mobile.
· Two-thirds of children do not believe they could easily live without a mobile and the internet.
· Some 15% of UK households have a digital video recorder and 78% use it to fast-forward through adverts.
· Some 16% of over-65s use the web. They surf for 42 hours every month, more than any other age group. One quarter of UK web users are over 50.
· Two-thirds of phone owners use its alarm function instead of a clock.

The mentioned research by OFCOM can be found on the OFCOM website.

Record industry dismay as allofmp3.com boss is acquitted by Russian court

The record industry today attacked a decision by a Russian court to clear a music website boss of copyright infringement in a test case for the country's fight against piracy.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said it was "extremely disappointed" that the court had failed to convict Denis Kvasov, who ran the download site allofmp3.com, claiming that the site was "in clear violation of Russia's law."

Mr Kvasov, a former director of Media Services, the company which ran allofmp3.com, was being tried for intellectual property infringement after pressure record labels put pressure on Russian prosecutors to bring the case.

The site, which had reportedly become the second most popular place for UK residents to pay for music downloads - after iTunes - before it was shut down in July, had been singled out by the US as a barrier to Russia joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

"The prosecution did not succeed in presenting persuasive evidence of his involvement in infringing copyright law," Yekaterina Sharapova, presiding judge in the Cheremushkin District Court, in Moscow, said in her verdict.

Ms Sharapova said, however, that she wanted to "draw attention to the sloppy job done by prosecutors in collecting and analysing the facts," adding that lawyers had to be "careful in collecting evidence in connection with intellectual rights violations."

The IFPI reiterated its view that the allofmp3.com was in breach of the law, and said it hoped the prosecutor would appeal the ruling and that the decision would be reversed.

"This ruling in no way affects the illegality of allofmp3.com and similar services that reproduce and make available music without the consent of the artists and record producers that created it," Jo Oliver, vice president for litiagation and regulatory affairs at the IFPI, said.

continue reading the article at The Times Online

Colleges Perfect for Word of Mouth

Young adults seek friends' recommendations.

College students, like many young people, are strongly influenced by word of mouth and look to their friends for advice. With the rise of social networking, blogs and viral video, this group has many new user-generated sources for information about products and services.

According to Youth Trends, word of mouth is the top way students like to learn about new products and services. TV advertising ranked second, although it was a more powerful driver for females than males.

"The fact that students favor word of mouth, combined with their use of social networking, indicates that they are a strong audience for online word-of-mouth marketing efforts," said eMarketer senior analyst Debra Aho Williamson.

Word of mouth also figured strongly in the results of William Blair's "Millennials Survey" with 85% of college students saying they primarily learned about new products this way. The next most frequently cited source was in-store marketing, with close to 70% choosing this method. William Blair conducted the study between September and November of 2006.

Both Facebook and MySpace are moving in the direction of online word of mouth. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told Time magazine that "people are trying to communicate in a certain way on Facebook—they share information with their friends, they learn about what their friends are doing—so there's really a whole new opportunity for a new type of advertising model within that."

In a Ketchum-Annenberg Center study of the types of media US adults had used to gain information in the past month, word of mouth was far more common among young adults. Half of those age 18 to 24 and 24 to 34 had received advice from family or friends, compared with 39% of those 55 to 64 and 29.6% of those 65 and older, according to the study.

In fact, young people 18 to 24 were nearly as likely to get information from friends and family as they were to get it from local newspapers or local TV news. Among people 35 to 44, by comparison, newspapers and TV news were much more likely than word of mouth to be used for information.

for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

M/C - Media and Culture Journal: VOTE - Call for Papers

M/C - Media and Culture
http://www.media-culture.org.au/

is calling for contributors to the 'vote' issue of

M/C Journal
http://journal.media-culture.org.au/


M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal. In 2007, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth year in publication.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains all the issues released so far, at http://journal.media-culture.org.au/.

To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit
http://journal.media-culture.org.au/journal/submission.php.



Call for Papers: 'vote'
Edited by Graham Meikle


Please select from the following options. Click here. Press start. Call the number you see on-screen. Push the red button. Is this correct? Press one.

We all vote all day long. From ATMs to phone jail, from Digg to Slashdot, from restaurant menus to speed dating - expressing a preference is a constant obligation.

Except, perhaps, in elections.

In 2007, Australia faces a federal election likely to be fought around issues of inclusion and exclusion, of 'values' and 'identity'. But compulsory voting will again mask the scale of electoral disillusionment that makes people elsewhere stay at home on the day.

In the 2005 UK general election, Tony Blair's Labour Party got 35% of the vote - but 39% of eligible voters didn't bother to show up. In 2006, Taylor Hicks won the fifth season of American Idol in a finale that drew almost 64 million votes - more than the 62 million George W. Bush managed in the 2004 election. But between hanging chads and hacking Diebold machines, perhaps American Idol just has the better technology.


The Idol franchise, along with Big Brother and other reality shows, are at the forefront of exploiting the convergent media environment, in which registering a preference by SMS is cast as 'people power'. But is this any more empowering than using a jukebox? And does this same question apply to national elections?

Most studies of the media have assumed a paradigm in which information flows from the few to the many. But more and more this pattern is reversed, as the many get to send the information to the few - we click here, we press hash, we push the red button. We vote.

What does it mean to vote in the twenty-first century? Is McDonald's the only kind of franchise that matters any more?


This issue of M/C Journal invites articles that respond to any and all connotations of the word vote.

If you need help, you can press the star key at any time, or contact the editors: vote@journal.media-culture.org.au.

Submit papers of 3,000 words in length to the editors at vote@journal.media-culture.org.au.

Article deadline: 19 October 2007
Issue release date: 12 December 2007

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998 as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind peer-reviewed.

In-Game Advertising on Console Systems to Spike

In-game advertising on next-generation gaming systems is expected to grow to $852 million by 2011, fueled largely by connectivity enhancements in the consoles. The projection is part of a forecast released by ABI Research.

"The growth and interest in this generation [of game consoles] is in part because the number of connected consoles are much, much greater," said Michael Wolf, research director, digital home, at ABI Research. "Attach rates for consoles are around 50 percent for this generation. When you have that many consoles connected to the Internet, it delivers a much wider base to deliver advertising to."

The $852 million spending forecast for 2011 represents a more than ten-fold increase over the $80 million ABI expects this year. Earlier reports placed the category at $56 million in 2005.

Escalating development budgets for console game titles will contribute to the growth, Wolf said. "You have the publishers who are much more interested in diversifying the revenue base than selling games at retail. Advertising is a relevant revenue stream."

Connected consoles create more opportunities for dynamic in-game advertising, where ad placements can be updated with new campaigns and advertisers. It also allows advertisers to commit to a particular title closer to release date, or even after a game is in stores.

While revenues have continued to grow each year, Wolf said ad placements are now served into only about 20 to 30 percent of games on the market. "Percentage-wise, you're seeing it rise gradually; in a couple years you'll see it over 50 percent of games," he said.

Console manufacturers are also finding additional revenue streams by selling advertising real estate on the console's dashboards and scoreboards.

Microsoft's year-long lead in the current console cycle has given its online console portal Xbox Live a lead for both branding opportunities and the creation of mini-versions of classic and casual games. Sony and Nintendo, however, have a larger catalog of games from legacy systems release.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Second Life Educational Resources on the Internet

A group of Purdue University graduate students has created a website which is dedicated to collecting resources for Second Life educators.

On their site you can find a bibliography, various course prompts, and other useful links and resources. They have categorized the information into these categories:

Articles of General Info

Blogs

Conference Papers/Presentations

Listservs/Boards/Community

Organizations/Media Companies

Pedagogy

Research

Virtual Campuses

Wikis


Although there are some duplicates (because some articles fit more than one category), this is a well researched site and you should give it a click if you're doing any Second Life research.

You can help build the resource by submitting either your own favorites or even your own website. Send email to Mark Pepper (e-mail on the site) with submissions, tips, dead links, or suggestions.

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~mpepper/slbib

MySpace still a winner even as Facebook gains

When Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. acquired MySpace nearly two years ago for a relative steal at $580 million, the social networking site's explosive user growth made many competitors envious.

Now that closely held rival Facebook has become the latest networking darling, some industry observers have wondered whether MySpace's audience gains have peaked and how that would affect its overall financial picture.

The latest audience data show that it continues to expand faster than most top competitors except for Facebook, in a sign that there is more upside for the social networking heavyweight. News Corp. brass and Wall Street folks said MySpace has managed to boost its advertising rates and thereby profitability, making it less dependent on big future audience growth.

In July, MySpace's unique audience stood at 61.3 million, up 33% year-over-year, with time spent per person up 36% to two hours, 51 minutes and five seconds.

Facebook saw its unique audience rise 129% to 19.5 million, a clear No. 2, but time spent was up only 7% to slightly more than an hour.

"Unique audience" data include anyone who went to a site or used a Web application during the month at least once. Additional visits from that person are not counted again.

News Corp. this month earned Wall Street raves, saying that its Fox Interactive Media unit would exceed $1 billion in revenue in the recently started new fiscal year, with MySpace pitching in more than $800 million. This should boost FIM's operating profit from $10 million in the latest year to more than $200 million, management said.

"MySpace is making headway in both monetization and demand by advertisers," Banc of America Securities analyst Jonathan Jacoby said in a recent report, pointing out that AOL and Yahoo management have mentioned increasing ad competition from social networking sites.

Echoed Goldman Sachs analyst Anthony Noto: "MySpace traffic continues robust trends, and fiscal fourth-quarter operating results point to strong progress in improving monetization to normalized levels."

Noto said slower traffic growth at MySpace is no real concern as long as its profitability keeps improving. "The fiscal-year 2008 growth story for FIM is less reliant on a continuation of fiscal 2007's traffic growth than it is on continuing to right-size its monetization," he argued, pointing out that if the site grows revenue per thousand page views to $1.50, its traffic only needs to edge up 25% in the new fiscal year to hit the company's growth guidance.

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YouTube Introduces 'InVideo' Ads

In a big first, YouTube has decided to let advertisers inject their messages inside the video frame for select content on its site. The new offering, dubbed InVideo Ads, mimics the clickable ad overlays introduced in recent months on ad networks like VideoEgg and YuMe.

In testing for several weeks, the ad product consists of animated bars that obscure the bottom 20 percent of the video frame for a given clip. They initiate 15 seconds after the beginning of a clip, an interval YouTube selected because "it takes users 10 seconds to become acclimated to what they are watching," according to Shiva Rajaraman, YouTube Product Manager. InVideo overlays are "80 percent transparent" and remain visible for approximately 10 seconds before shrinking to a small button users can later click to view the marketing message again.

YouTube has set a $20 CPM for InVideo ad buys consisting of an InVideo ad accompanied by a tiny in-player companion ad and an adjacent in-page unit. Brands advertised in the testing phase include Universal Studios' "Evan Almighty," Twentieth Century Fox's "The Simpsons Movie," BMW's 3 Series convertible, NewLine's "Hairspray" and approximately 15 others. Select content providers taking part in InVideo -- and in any ad revenue it generates -- at launch include Ford Models, Warner Music Group and Roadrunner Records. Several of the content examples YouTube shared during a press briefing consist of ads placed within music videos.

Rajaraman said the field of participating content owners is "significant," but declined to identify their exact number or to estimate the volume of ad impressions YouTube expects to offer media buyers under the new program. But he insisted reach is not a concern.

"Our main goal is to support a range of genres and advertisers, and frankly to support any size campaign," he said. "Given the inventory there, we're comfortable with supporting large as well as highly targeted campaigns."

Clicking on an overlay ad pauses the current video and launches one of two experiences brands can choose between. One is a new clip superimposed over the video in progress via a player-within-a-player interface. When the paid clip ends or is closed, the original automatically picks up where it left off. Rajaraman said 76 percent of those who click the overlay and watch the video ad viewed the entire trailer for NewLine's "Hairspray."

The other option is a Flash-based interactive experience in which the user is invited to navigate an interactive menu. Warner Bros. created such a unit where users can flip through selected album covers (click for example).

During YouTube's research process, Rajaraman said, "One of the key things we found, not surprisingly, is that when a video is playing on YouTube their attention is [locked in to the video frame]. When we came up with an ad format, we realized that... it needs to be in the player."

Yet when the Google-owned video portal tested pre-roll placements, YouTube users abandoned video clips at a more than 50 percent rate. The overlay, by contrast, results in an abandonment rate under 10 percent. Not only that, but click rates are five to 10 times greater than standard display click-to-video ads, according to Rajaraman.

He added YouTube also gathered data during the test period by monitoring comments, speaking directly with some users, and observing navigation patterns.

YouTube says it serves 3 billion minutes of video each month, creating "a lot of opportunities for advertisers." The vast majority of that content will not support its new InVideo ads, however, owing to the adjacency concerns so often raised by agencies on behalf of their most blight-sensitive brands. Those same concerns are no doubt also behind the YouTube decision not to insert ads in partner content that users choose to embed on other sites, such as blogs and MySpace pages.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

More Newspaper Sites Add Online Video

Old media gets hip to the new.

More newspapers are adapting to the multimedia challenge by adding video to their Web sites.

That was the major finding of The Bivings Group's "American Newspapers and the Internet: Threat or Opportunity?" report. Bivings analyzed the sites of the top 100 newspapers in the United States, as determined by Audit Bureau of Circulations data.

"Major newspapers and wire services have plunged into the online video space in direct competition with TV news sites, even though the print vehicles generally do not have existing content to leverage," said eMarketer Senior Analyst Paul Verna.

Bivings found that 92% of America's top 100 papers now offer video on their sites. That number is up from 61% in 2006.

Just over one-quarter of the sites used Associated Press video streams. Thirty-nine papers offered original content, 13 featured local news outlet video, four papers used all three technologies and 10 papers used a mixture of two different types of video.

News sites were the third-leading source of online video in the US, behind YouTube and TV networks, according to a Harris Poll conducted in December 2006.

News is the leading video content online, followed by movie and TV trailers, music videos, user-generated content, and jokes and bloopers.

These content formats play to the strengths of the Internet as a distribution platform and of the PC as a viewing device as they are short form and not dependent on the picture quality that consumers expect from their TV screens.

With online video comes online ads. The Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, USA Today, Reuters and AP sites offer video content with pre-roll or display ads from such brands as Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiffer.com, Hilton, Nationwide Insurance, BlackBerry, Paramount Pictures and Cirque du Soleil.

The New York Times site offers video content with virtually no ad support, other than small sponsorship tags from FedEx and eTrade, for example, alongside the site's internal search engine.

for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

Yahoo's Exec Departures: Brain Drain or Natural Exodus?

While talk of Yahoo's executive moves lately has focused on the departure of CEO Terry Semel and his replacement by co-founder Jerry Yang, at least ten additional execs have moved to other firms in the last few months, many to much smaller startups. Even before the CEO switch-up, analysts and media outlets made allusions to a "Yahoo brain drain."

Execs have taken on new positions at companies including small ad network AdBrite, online video outfit Veoh and most recently Publicis Groupe's digital consultancy Denuo, which launched last year.

In May, SVP and GM of Yahoo HotJobs Dan Finnegan said he'd leave the firm. Later that month CTO Farzad Nazem announced he'd depart Yahoo to spend more time with family.

Next came U.S. Chief Sales Officer Wenda Harris Millard, who decided to quit Yahoo after over five years with the firm. Millard has since gone on to head Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as president.

July brought a wave of goodbyes and new CEOs. Yahoo's former Madison Ave liaison Jerry Shereshewsky, who had reported to Harris Millard, became CEO at Grandparents.com, a social network site for baby boomers. Also that month, ex-Yahoo ad exec Steve Mitgang took the CEO seat at Web video startup Veoh; since then former Yahoo Communications Director Gaude Lydia Paez has agreed to head up PR at Veoh. In addition, Bill Demas, SVP and GM for Yahoo's publisher network group, moved in July to virtual computing firm Moka5 to fill the CEO spot. It was also reported that ex-GM of Yahoo Local Paul Levine would shift to a position with ad network AdBrite.

"When a company is going through some changes…we tend to see more resumes from those firms," said Tim Welo, senior recruiter at Victoria James Executive Search, a recruitment firm specializing in the Internet industry, among others. Though he wouldn't speak to Yahoo specifically, he did speak on more general terms. "When something's going on," he continued, "the smart people look early, the less smart people wait a little longer, and some people put their heads in the sand."

Another four moves have taken place so far this month, including the most recent transition by former Yahoo Media Group Executive Producer Todd Krieger, who will now work with Publicis Groupe's Denuo as SVP. Yahoo Media Group exec Geraldine Martin-Coppola meanwhile has ditched Yahoo for a gig as head of interactive for BermanBraun, a production firm co-founded by her former colleague and media group head, Lloyd Braun.

Organizational confusion probably isn't helping. Yahoo announced a major restructuring in December. The company decided to reorganize into three operating groups, an Audiences Group, an Advertiser and Publisher Group and a Technology Group. Former Yahoo CFO Susan Decker was named as the Ad and Publisher lead. Then-CTO Farzad Nazem was to continue heading the tech division, but he's since parted ways with the firm.

As for the Audiences segment, the company said in December it was on the lookout for someone to run it. Also at that time, Yahoo COO Dan Rosensweig said he'd quit; he's since taken the position of operating principal at buyout firm Quadrangle Capital Partners.

Then the plates shifted yet again. Decker was named President, and is now heading both the Advertiser and Publisher as well as the Audiences Groups. This eliminates the need to seek out a head for the Audiences Group, and, as a Yahoo spokesperson told ClickZ, "eliminates an extra layer."

Which brings us all the way back to the "Peanut Butter Manifesto," a leaked internal memo attributed to a senior exec who bemoaned, among other things, the "massive redundancy that exists throughout the organization" at Yahoo. The "overly bureaucratic" structure and "overlapping responsibilities," wrote the exec, "slows us down and burdens the company with unnecessary costs." Lack of recognition for top performers and a history of rewarding weak ones, the author continued, had led to "employees that we really need to stay (leaders, risk-takers, innovators, passionate) [to] become discouraged and leave."

"Yahoo has really great people," said a former Yahoo executive who asked to remain anonymous. "But if times start getting a little tough, it's those great people who have opportunities on the outside." The source said most ex-Yahoos probably aren't bitter towards the firm; they just "want to see growth and think they're making an impact on that growth."

Some observers see the exodus as part of the natural flow that occurs when a company comes under new leadership, as it did when Yang took over in June.

"Isn't there a new guy in charge for a reason?" asked JupiterResearch Analyst David Card, who said it doesn't make sense for people to be overly concerned about people leaving Yahoo. Considering the struggles the company has been experiencing, even with its core display ad business, he added, "Maybe they should shake things up a little bit."

According to a Yahoo spokesperson, the firm has hired several new execs recently. "Yahoo continues to attract top talent across all areas of the company, and nearly 90 percent of the job offers we extend are accepted," wrote a Yahoo spokesperson in an e-mailed statement.

One anonymous ex-Yahoo exec told ClickZ he realizes a lot of industry watchers are down on the company these days, but wondered, "Do they want everything to go through Google?"

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Politics: Web 2.0 - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference

Hosted by the New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London.

http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk/politics-web-2-0-conference/


April 17-18, 2008.



Has there been a shift in political use of the Internet and digital new media - a new Web 2.0 politics based on participatory values? How do broader social, cultural, and economic shifts towards Web 2.0 impact, if at all, on the contexts, the organizational structures, and the communication of politics and policy? Does Web 2.0 hinder or help democratic citizenship? This conference provides an opportunity for researchers to share and debate perspectives.


Potential themes could include (in no particular order):

- Theorizing Web 2.0.
- Changes in political journalism, news production, and consumption.
- Social networking (MySpace, Facebook) and election campaigning.
- Citizen activism from the local to the transnational.
- Blogs, wikis, and user-generated content.
- Changing social, cultural, and political identities.
- Social software and social media: design, technologies, tools, and techniques.
- Social network analysis.
- Surveillance, privacy, and security.
- Security, foreign policy and international communication.
- Hacktivism.
- Radical transparency.
- The impact of online video.
- E-government, web 2.0, and new models of public service delivery.
- New models of social and political organization.
- 'Little brother' phenomena.
- Political life in virtual worlds.
- Netroots versus the war room model of election campaigning.
- New challenges for media regulation.
- Collaborative production of political knowledge networks.
- Changing party, interest group, and social movement strategies.
- Web 2.0 and political marketing.
- Collective intelligence, smart mobs, crowdsourcing.
- Fragmenting audiences, the long tail, and the political economy of web 2.0 media.
- Civil society, civic engagement, and mobilization.
- Web 2.0, ICT4D and the changing digital divide.
- The politics of intellectual property.
- Hyperlocalism.
- The political aesthetics of Web 2.0.



Journal of Information Technology and Politics special issue

Conference presenters will be invited to submit their papers to a peer review process for publication in a special issue of the new Journal of Information Technology and Politics. http://www.jitp.net.



Submitting a paper or panel proposal

Paper proposals should be submitted via the secure online form at:
http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk/web-2-0-conference-form/

Please include:

1. Name and title.
2. Institutional affiliation and mailing address.
3. Email address.
4. Title of proposed paper and abstract of up to 300 words.
5. Please state if you are a graduate research student.

Full panel proposals are also welcome. If you would like to propose a panel of three papers on a common theme, with or without a discussant, please email the proposal to the Conference Convenor: Dr. Andrew Chadwick (Andrew.Chadwick@rhul.ac.uk).

**Deadline for all proposals: November 2, 2007**


Further information, including details of keynote speakers and plenary sessions will be released in early autumn. Details of accommodation packages will be released early in 2008.



About the New Political Communication Unit

Led by the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, the New Political Communication Unit was created in the Spring of 2007. Our research agenda consists of three strands:

Comparative and international political communication: the Internet's impact on political mobilization, campaigning and identity; the relationship between media, war, new security challenges and conflict; audience reception studies in the context of the proliferation of media; the dynamic between citizens' changing uses of media and a transforming news environment; citizen journalism; technology and mobilities.

Communication and comparative governance: e-government, e-democracy and the changing interface between representative institutions, public bureaucracies and citizens; changing organizational practices shaped by new patterns of communication.

Comparative and international communication policy: Internet and new media governance and regulation; privacy, surveillance and security, the political economy of new media; cultural diversity policy; digital divide and development issues.

We offer a taught Masters stream in New Political Communication and PhD supervision in our areas of expertise.

The Unit's network inside Royal Holloway incorporates academic staff from the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Department of Media Arts, the School of Management, the UNESCO Centre for ICT4D in the Department of Geography, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Computer Science.

Our external networks include scholars and practitioners in a wide variety of organisations and countries.

For more information, please visit http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk



About Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway is one of the major Colleges of the federal University of London and is among the elite group of ten university institutions whose departments all hold the top three ratings for research, with scores of 4, 5 and 5*. Our beautiful parkland campus is about 15 minutes by taxi from London Heathrow airport, and about 35 minutes from central London by train. For further information visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/

Anglo French Cinematic Relations since 1930 - Conference


Upcoming Conference

Anglo-French cinematic relations since 1930

An International conference hosted by Film Studies, University of Southampton, and supported by the AHRC

September 14-16 2007



Despite the close geographical, political and cultural links between France and Britain, the dynamics of Anglo-French cinematic relations remain critically understudied. While numerous Anglophone studies have been written on French film - and indeed Francophone studies on British film - rarely do these works account for the dialectical interplay between the two at the levels of production, distribution, exhibition and reception.

In order to redress this balance, this conference is aimed at an examination of the two-way flow of cinematic traffic between France and Britain from 1930 to the present day, filling significant gaps in our knowledge of British and French film and film personnel in transit, and what this reveals about the respective cultures.

The conference will hopefully also have implications for the study of Anglo-French relations more generally, and the study of European cinema as a whole, as it moves away from the Hollywood / Europe axis which has dominated studies of cross-cultural traffic, replacing it with an engagement with inter-European exchange.

The event will run in conjunction with a special exhibition, 'French Cinema in Britain, 1930-present' and a series of screenings, to take place at the Harbour Lights Cinema, Southampton.
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema_home_date.aspx?venueId=hlsh


Keynotes
Keynote addresses will be given by:

Sarah Street
http://www.bris.ac.uk/colonialstudies/people/personal/sstreet.html

Robert Tombs
http://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/academic_staff/further_details/tombs.html

Ginette Vincendeau
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/film/staff/vincendeau.html


Registration is now open


Download: conference registration form
http://www.film.soton.ac.uk/francebritain/registration_form.doc
(Word doc, 44Kb)

Download: conference programme
http://www.film.soton.ac.uk/francebritain/prog.doc
(Word doc, 82Kb)

Please return registration forms with payment to Catherine Wheatley, Film Studies, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

Email C.Wheatley@soton.ac.uk with any queries.

Monday, August 20, 2007

1970s British Culture - Call for Papers

Call For Papers

1970s British Culture


The School of Creative Arts, Film and Media at University of Portsmouth have been awarded a large research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to write the history of British visual culture in the 1970s. This is headed up by Professor Sue Harper.

Part of the project is to run an interdisciplinary conference on the 1970s exploring the relation between the society of the period and its culture in the broadest sense. This conference will take place in Portsmouth on 1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2008.

We are looking for papers on the following areas:
• Cinema
• Video
• TV
• Avant-Garde Practices
• Media (Radio/Magazines/Journalism)
• Design/Graphics/Architecture
• Literature (Novel/Poetry)
• Fashion
• Politics
• Theatre/Performing Arts/Dance
• Sexual and Gender Politics
• Music
• Race/Class/National Identity
• Sub-cultural practices
• History of Theory

This list is not exhaustive so please forward abstracts for other areas relating to 1970s culture that are not included.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to:
Peri Bradley – Peri.Bradley_at_port.ac.uk
& Professor Sue Harper – Sue.Harper_at_port.ac.uk

The deadline for abstracts is 31st January 2008. Please ensure you include your name, affiliation, email address and a brief biography at the top of your abstract

For more information please visit our website: www.1970sproject.co.uk


Supported by CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research) University of Portsmouth

Television as Digital Media - Call for Papers

Call For Papers

Television as Digital Media

Editors: James Bennett (London Metropolitan University) and Niki Strange (University of Sussex/Cogapp Ltd


Contributions are solicited for the publication of an edited collection that ties in and builds on the forthcoming Television Studies Goes Digital conference at London Metropolitan University (www.digitaltvstudies.org.uk).

Television is increasingly becoming a digital media, making a 'new media' out of a technology that has often been positioned as the old technology par excellence. Without taking a technologically determined view of television's new digital form, we seek contributions that assess how television's digitalization, as part of a wider cultural change, do bring about significant shifts in the ways we understand, theorize, use, watch and enjoy television.

From the production practices and industrial strategies of the television industry, through to its regulation, uses and place in the lives of its audiences, television is changing and requires us to re-think our understanding of it with these changes.

The Television Studies Goes Digital conference provides the book with an excellent core of contributors, including leading international scholars such as John Caldwell, William Boddy, Karen Lury, Jeanette Steemers and Helen Wood, as well as newly emerging academics in the field. Contributions are therefore solicited that expand the conference's interests to form this edited collection.

These include:
• What is the television, and what is the television studies, of digital TV?
• What are the texts of digital television?
• What is the place and purpose of public service broadcasting in the digital landscape?
• What are the changes in the production practices, cultures and strategies of the digital television industry?
• Who, or what, are the audiences/users of digital television?
• What is the place of television in everyday life?
• What are the screens and sites of television?
• What are the ontologies of television: liveness, real-time, download streams?


We particularly welcome papers that take a cross-disciplinary approach, converging fields of film, television, new media, cultural and media studies scholarship together with other disciplines that digital television increasingly asks us to touch upon. Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- New 'television' technologies: YouTube, Joost, Internet protocol television and filtering technologies etc;
- Public service broadcasting in a European context;
- The development of DTV outside of the US and UK;
- Television's use by specific groups: subcultures, diasporas, migrants etc.;
- Digital television in a global context: e.g. global formats, digital distribution across borders; Bit-torrent, TV Without Frontiers Directive;
- Television programming/distribution as software

Final essays will be approx 7,000 words in length, with drafts due in March of 2008 and final submissions by 1st of July 2008. Authors should submit abstracts of no longer than 500 words by October 1st 2007, together with a brief biography. For more information go to http://www.digitaltvstudies.org.uk/cfp.htm or please contact James Bennett at: j.bennett_at_londonmet.ac.uk

Internet Fiction(s): Collection to be published with the Cambridge Scholars Press - Call for Papers

Call for Papers:
Internet Fiction(s): Collection to be published with the Cambridge Scholars Press

Deadline for Submissions: Sept. 15, 2007
Deadline for finished articles: Jan 15, 2008



A small number of contributions is still being sought for a collection of essays on Internet Fictions, under contract to the Cambridge Scholars Press and due to be published in 2008.

The collection combines a historical and a systematic perspective on fiction and the Internet, and is divided into the following sections:

- Classic Points of Departure
- Appropriations and Inflections of the Classic Patterns
- Theoretical Takes on Internet Fiction
- Customers and Victims: Fictions and Financial Interests


For section two, we still require a contribution from the field of Gender and Internet Fiction (slash and/or straight and anything that might lie in between).

The editors also see a certain scope for considering proposals for additional contributions to these sections that might enrich the collection and broaden its frames of reference.

Deadlines: Please send a one-page abstract to the editors by Sept. 15, 2007.
We will respond to you by the end of September.
The deadline for the finished articles is Jan 15, 2008.



Here, for your reference, is the blurb for the projected collection:

The Internet remains a massive, amorphous, rhizomic collection of information, fantasy, madness, debate, criminal energy, big business, stupidity, brilliance, all in all a seemingly limitless multiplication of voices, all clamouring to be heard.

As such, it is a medium which proliferates stories, narratives, fictions, in ways which are both new and familiar. It is as a generator of fictions that the Internet seems to be just waiting to be explored by the disciplines of literary, cultural and linguistic studies: Fan-fiction, slash and straight; scam baiting; fan sites; *wild* or *rogue* interpretive universes; gossip.

As a singularly unstructured - and hence as yet uncanonizable - body of texts, the stories told on the Internet have a distinct element of *grass-roots* fictionalization and so offer an unprecedented opportunity to access, hear and investigate the stories and fantasies woven by non-professional writers alongside their more formally recognized colleagues.

As a medium which is beginning to investigate itself by means of various meta-debates within the vast community of Internet fictionalizers, it is also a location where emergent phenomena may be debated in their process of being generated.

This collection seeks to explore this for the most part uncharted territory in creative, innovative, theory-savvy ways using the manifold fictions the Internet generates.

Its intended readership will be found in the field of academic debate, but as the internet fictions environment does show a marked tendency of providing and researching its own theories and meta-discussions, its practitioners can also be expected to exhibit a certain interest in our academic discussions.

We are therefore committed to producing texts of sufficient linguistic accessibility and lucidity to be of use to non-specialized readers.

Please send one-page abstracts to any one of the editors by Sept. 15:
Ingrid Hotz-Davies: ingrid.hotz-davies@uni-tuebingen.de
Anton Kirchhofer: anton.kirchhofer@uni-oldenburg.de
Sirpa Leppänen; sleppane@campus.jyu.fi

IFIP WG 9.5 International Working Conference on Virtuality and Society - Call for Papers

IFIP WG 9.5 International Working Conference on Virtuality and Society: Massive Virtual Communities

Organizers: Niki Panteli, Martin Warnke

Date: July 1st and 2nd, 2008

Place: Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany



Scope & Theme
Prominently within the gaming community, but also within other communities on the internet, very huge virtual communities begin to evolve.

In games, an average number of people that is comparable to a smaller city is online at the same time, thus forming a proper society. People share their pictures and videos, they meet and date in virtual communities.

In Second Life, even big companies start virtual branches to enhance customer relations. It is likely that this phenomenon will become even more significant in the near future for gaming, for business and private purposes, maybe even for administrative and political functions.

It is already obvious that those massive virtual communities will have a substantial impact on society, economics, art, and -last but not least -technology. The workshop will bring together experts of that field to collect insights on a emerging major subject.


Program committee
Wolfgang Coy (Humboldt University Berlin, D)
Velvet Landingham (Kent State University Geauga, USA)
Niki Panteli (University of Bath, UK)
Claus Pias (University of Vienna, A)
Bryan K. Temple (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)
Martin Warnke (Leuphana University Lueneburg, D)


The papers are published online as preprints. A book publication is intended.

Important dates
Deadline for full papers (previously unpublished material, not exceeding 12 pages single spaced, pdf format: January 15th, 2008, to be sent by e-mail to
warnke@uni-lueneburg.de

Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2008

Conference fee: 100 Euro including an evening program at the first day of the conference and coffee breaks

Venue
Lueneburg is a smaller city in northern Germany, near Hamburg. It has a lively university and a medieval city centre. The famous Lueneburg heath is not far away. There will be a limited number of hotel rooms at special rates when booked early.

Details on http://www.leuphana.de/ifip_mass_virt_comm/accommodation

Sponsored by IFIP 9.5 Working Group "Virtuality and Society"
http://www.ifip95wg.org/
Co-sponsored by the Gesellschaft fuer Informatik e. V., Section Computers and Society, Working Group "Computers as Media"

Immediately afterwards, at July 3rd to 5th 2008, the Working Group "Computers as Media" will have its annual Workshop "HyperKult 17" at the same location.

Digital Embodiment, Performativity and Globalization - Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Digital Embodiment, Performativity and Globalization

Title: Everyday 3D Lives: Digital Embodiment, Performativity and Globalization

Editor : Radhika Gajjala
http://personal.bgsu.edu/~radhik


In the recent past, there has been much talk of “web 2.0 “ and “web 3D” as new media.

Educators and researchers all over the world are debating the pros and cons of such environments.

MMORPGs (Massive(ly) multiplayer online role-playing games) such as World of Warcraft (WoW) and online 3D environments for social and economic activity.

Immersive environments such as secondlife are being examined from multiple disciplinary lenses.

This edited will include articles based in examinations of embodiment, performativity, gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and globalization critically, and will be open to multiple disciplinary intersections.

for more info on this call - see http://cyberdiva.org/blog/2007/08/18/call-for-papers-edited-collection-on-digital-embodiment-performativity-and-globalization/

The Merchants of Cool - Watch it for free online!

How businesses market to American teenagers, and the effect they have together on popular culture.


About the documentary:
They spend their days sifting through reams of market research data. They conduct endless surveys and focus groups. They comb the streets, the schools, and the malls, hot on the trail of the "next big thing" that will snare the attention of their prey--a market segment worth an estimated $150 billion a year.

They are the merchants of cool: creators and sellers of popular culture who have made teenagers the hottest consumer demographic in America. But are they simply reflecting teen desires or have they begun to manufacture those desires in a bid to secure this lucrative market? And have they gone too far in their attempts to reach the hearts--and wallets--of America's youth?

FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff examines the tactics, techniques, and cultural ramifications of these marketing moguls in "The Merchants of Cool." Produced by Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin, the program talks with top marketers, media executives and cultural/media critics, and explores the symbiotic relationship between the media and today's teens, as each looks to the other for their identity.

Teenagers in America number more than 30 million and command over 150 billion dollars in disposable income. They are exposed to over 3000 advertising messages in an average day. In contrast to adults, teenagers respond to whatever is "cool", as determined by the trend-setters of the moment.

This documentary examines how businesses seek the ever-elusive "cool" and use it to sell products to teens. Alas, once corporations find cool, it soon ceases to be so; this means marketers are forever searching for new products and strategies to capture the attention of their target audience. This documentary also looks at how real life and TV life are blurring together, acting like a feedback loop to push popular teen culture towards more violent and sexual behaviors.


Watch it here for free, online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/


You can still buy the DVD, of course:

10th International GOR Conference - Call for Papers

Call for Papers
10th International GOR Conference
March 10-12, 2008
Hamburg University, Germany



Conference topics include theories, methods, and findings pertaining to social and business aspects of the Internet and mobile communication. The aim of the conference is to document the progress of Internet science, innovative developments, and practical experience.

Traditionally, GOR conferences have been excellent opportunities for dialogue between:
- researchers and users of Internet science
- universities and companies
- customers and suppliers.

Conference Languages: English, German


Topics

A: The Internet as a Tool for Market, Opinion and Social Research
- Method Effects in Online Data Collection
- Mobile Data Collection
- Statistical Biases in Online Sampling
- Best Practice Examples and Case Studies from Market Research
- Innovative Data Collection Tools
- Online Access Panels
- Quality Standards
- Data Mining
- Online Experiments
- New Methods of Qualitative Research
- Cultural Effects in Cross-National Studies
- Mixed Mode Studies

B: Internet Metrics
- Indices of the Digital Divide(s) and Digital Inequality
- Measurement of Online Social Networks
- Use of Logfiles and Databases
- Indices of the Information Society
- Measurement of Coverage
- Diffusion of Visual Online & Mobile Communication

C: The Internet in its Context
Internet, Mobile Communication, and Civil Society
- Online Groups & Online Communities
- Social Networks and Relationships Online & Offline
- Digital Inequality
- E-Democracy
- Internet, Social Movements, and Collective Action
- Internet & Science

Electronic & Mobile Business
- E-Business
- Evaluation of Web-Sites and E-Commerce
- Mobile Commerce
- Electronic CRM and its Relation to Online Market Research

Internet & Mobile Communication in Everyday Life
- Mobile & Online Entertainment
- Social and Psychological Effects of Internet Use
- E-Health
- E- & M-Learning
- Web 2.0
- New Forms and Formats: Internet-TV, Blogs, Podcasts, RSS etc.

Internet & Mobile Communication in Organizations
- Online Employee Surveys
- Virtual Teams & Online Communities of Practice
- Online Knowledge Exchange and Knowledge Management


Types of Contributions
1.) Papers:
Paper presentations of research results include an oral presentation of max. 20 min plus 10 min for discussion.

2.) Posters:
Posters will be discussed in designated time slots.

3.) Sessions:
There is the opportunity to propose a group of (3-5) interrelated papers within one session.

4.) Roundtable Reports:
These 10 min oral presentations without slides include work in progress reports. 3-5 related reports will be discussed at one Roundtable.

5.) Workshops:
You may propose teaching a 2.5 or 5 hour pre-conference workshop covering key methods of Internet science.


Awards and Publications
An independent jury will award a prize for the best poster(s).Total prize money: EUR 500,-. A prize will be awarded for the best paper from market research practice.
Selected contributions on Mobile Market Research will be invited for publication in an edited volume.


Workshops
There will be tutorial workshops covering key methods of Internet Science. The workshops will take place on the eve of the GOR (March 10, 2008) and throughout the GOR. Participation in workshops is not free of charge, and the number of participants is limited. Registered visitors of the conference have priority. More information is available at http://www.gor.de.


Exhibition Stand Space
Companies will have the opportunity to book exhibition stand space for presentations of products or services. More information is available at office@dgof.de.


Social Events and Membership Meeting
The traditional Early-Bird-Meeting takes place in the evening of March 10, 2008. Visitors and participants will have the opportunity to socialize with colleagues and meet with other researchers.

On Tuesday evening (March 11, 2008) there will be a social event with dancing.
During the conference there is a meeting of the members of the German Society for Online Research. Members will receive additional information about the meeting at a later date.


Submission Guidelines
If you would like to contribute to the conference by presenting a paper, roundtable report, a poster, a complete session, or by teaching a workshop please submit (an) abstract(s) electronically no later than September 30, 2007 at http://www.gor.de

Abstracts, which should be in the English language, may be up to 350 words long. An additional German language version is appreciated.

To enable a thorough review, abstracts should be informative. Where applicable, include the design, methods, and main results.

Authors may present in English or German. At any rate, the slides of the papers need to be in English.

Abstracts can only be submitted via the Web-based tool located at the GOR website. All abstracts will be reviewed by an international board.
Authors will receive notification of acceptance by December 1, 2007.
A preliminary program will be posted by January 1, 2008 at http://www.gor.de
Transparencies or slides in English that accompany accepted oral presentations are to be sent by February 17, 2008.


Conference Fees and Registration
Conference fees include tax, conference materials, two lunches, the evening event, drinks and snacks during breaks.
Researchers: 180 Euros
First authors: 145 Euros
Students: 90 Euros
Commercial participants (e.g., company representatives, free-lancers, consultants): 465 Euros

Early registrants (i.e., registration by January 15, 2008) get a 15% discount. DGOF members get a 20% discount, which cannot be combined with the early registrants' discount. For participants other than first authors, day tickets are available, as well. Registration for all participants begins December 1, 2007 at http://www.gor.de.
First authors must not register later than January 31, 2008. First authors will have to pay full conference fees in advance.


Important Deadlines
09/30/2007 deadline for abstract submission
12/01/2007 feedback on acceptance / registration begins
01/01/2008 preliminary program available
01/31/2008 deadline for first author registration
02/17/2008 deadline for sending in slides
03/10 - 03/13/2008 conference and workshops


How to Get in Touch
Conference website, abstract submission, workshops: http://www.gor.de
Business activities and any further questions: office@dgof.de

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dance/Migration Studies Conference, NYC Nov. 8-11, 2007

CORD 40th Anniversary Conference

Barnard College, New York City

Sponsored by Barnard College with the José Limón Institute


November 8-11, 2007

For REGISTRATION information and COMPLETE PROGRAM & SCHEDULE see:
www.barnard.edu/dance/cord

It is with great excitement that I invite you to join over 250 dance scholars, performers, educators and critics from over twelve countries at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City on November 8-11, 2007 for the 40th Anniversary CORD Conference.

Sponsored by Barnard College Department of Dance with the José Limón Institute, “Choreographies of Migration: Patterns of Global Mobility” will feature a full program of panels, lecture-demonstrations and performances dedicated to the life and work of José Limón to kick off the celebration of the centennial of the choreographer's birth. Company members past and present will be in attendance.

The conference will also feature over 50 panels, roundtables and lecture demonstrations dealing with issues of im/migration, exile, diaspora and other forms of social im/mobility, such as:

• Immigration and the Social Dancer

• Exile, Emigration & “Home-coming” of Jewish Dancers and Dance Critics

• Bharatanatyam in Exile, At War, and in Diaspora

• European Modernism Abroad: Laban, Jooss, Wigman

• Migrations of 'Authenticity' and 'Tradition": Re-inventing Performance in Ghana, Guinée and Nigeria

• Balanchine’s Americas

• Migration Studies and Balkan Dance

• Screening Social Movements

• Dancing through, in and beyond the Middle East

• William Forsythe: Moving Theory

• Global Centers of Learning

• Caribbean Migrations

• Asian Choreographers in New York City

• How to make a U.S. American Body

• Embodied Migration: The navigational dance project BIRD BRAIN


Other conference highlights include:

• Keynote Address by José Moya, Professor of History and Director of the Forum on Migration, Barnard College, Columbia University

• Choreographies of Migration Dance Concert, featuring the José Limón Dance Company; Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co.’s Tracings, an homage to the first Korean Americans commissioned by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Kennedy Center; and a performance by New York-based choreographer and performance artist Sita Frederick.

• Plenary lecture-demonstration of Folk Feet: Dancing Diaspora in Brooklyn, presented by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Folk Arts

• Awards Luncheon honoring 2007 CORD Awardees, including Robert Farris Thompson, Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art, Yale University (Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research); Susan Leigh Foster, Professor, Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA and Editor of Discourses in Dance (Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research); George Dorris, co-Editor Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts (Outstanding Service to Dance Research)

• Film Screenings, including Meredith Monk’s Ellis Island and John Bishop’s Seasons of Migration

Mobile Advertisers Embrace the iPhone

Are declarations about the iPhone changing mobile an overstatement? Perhaps. But Omar Hamoui, CEO and founder of mobile ad network AdMob, said the iPhone is definitely opening some exciting doors.

"What's important for mobile advertising is, obviously, to have the eyeballs or user base to consume the advertising," said Hamoui. "The original assumption behind the iPhone was you can browse the entire Web on your iPhone. What a logical person would think, therefore, was that the iPhone was going to have the same advertising you see on the Web. So why would a company design special ads for the iPhone? There is no need."

But Hamoui, whose company just released a special ad unit designed for the iPhone, said the assumption was wrong.

Just because iPhones have browsers capable of rendering the "real" Internet and not just WAP sites doesn't mean there's no need for ad units specially designed for iPhones. "We run a mobile ad network," he said. "We started to see a significant amount of iPhone traffic on those formatted-for-mobile sites," said Hamoui. "On top of that, we started to see a whole bunch of applications for iPhone, Web apps, being created."

He noted Facebook and Netvibes just announced iPhone-enhanced interfaces.

Additionally, companies began asking AdMob about creating ads specially-designed to take advantage of iPhone's unique features. "There are a whole host of consumer sites coming out with iPhone- friendly spaces, plus we were getting requests to our sales force asking, 'How can we engage with iPhone users?'"

Apple's new gadget isn't cheap, so companies can safely assume iPhone owners have money and are willing to spend it. That makes them a demographic worth targeting. "We saw supply from publishers and demand from advertisers," noted Hamoui.

AdMob's new iPhone ad unit allows interactivity that can't be created on other mobile devices. "It's a much more interesting and enriched type of mobile advertising than we could do before," said Hamoui. "Because the iPhone has Javascript, the iPhone ad units are capable of doing sophisticated stuff."

For example, AdMob's new iPhone ad unit for Starbucks includes a Starbucks ad that, when clicked, slides down allowing the user to enter a Zip Code. Doing that opens the iPhone's Google Maps application which directs the owner to the nearest Starbucks.

The key to making iPhone-enhanced mobile ads is to allow them to leverage the Safari browser's functionality without using too much bandwidth, said Hamoui. The AT&T EDGE network being used by iPhones isn't the fastest. "What we're really doing is basically taking advantage of a full-featured browser and just making the interface iPhone-sized, making it lightweight," he said.

Clearly, AdMob is not alone in hopping on the iPhone bandwagon.

Ingenio, which operates a pay-per-call ad network, recently released an application for the iPhone called TouchCall. Company CMO Marc Barach said TouchCall simplifies phone number searching for iPhone owners. "Simply tap on a button that says 'florist' and connect to a florist in a given market," he said, noting the searches are also monetized by Ingenio audio ads.

Then there's HarperCollins, which just announced it is making digital book content available for the iPhone platform in a program called Browse Inside. The company said it will initially offer iPhone-enhanced samples -- the first 10 pages of chapters one and two -- from 14 new books. The books can be purchased or pre-ordered right from the iPhone.

"The Browse Inside feature for the iPhone is part of the ongoing effort to advance technology, and allows mobile consumers to tap into the power and convenience of online book discovery," said HarperCollins in a statement. "We are excited to be a part of it."