Saturday, January 19, 2008

Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2008


Call for Papers

Date: 9-11 July 2008

Where: Wellington, New Zealand

Theme: Power and Place

ANZCA (Australian & New Zealand Communication Association) is an inclusive organisation and welcomes a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on communication, place, and power. See the conference website at inspiration and streams – including streams dedicated to organisational communication, gender communication, and cross-cultural communication.

Who: The ANZCA08 speakers are all leading names in communication and media, and cover the spectrum of approaches to power and place: Maxwell McCombs (famous for his development of agenda setting theory, still one of the most influential theories of media effects); Jennifer Craik (internationally renowned in cultural and media theory, including globally cited work on the cultural power of fashion); Nicky Hager (has changed the face of politics in New Zealand through his investigative journalism work, and continues to hold politicians and public relations operators from all sectors of the political spectrum to account in his best-selling books); Karen Ross (widely published on gender, power, and communication, and is the foundation editor of a new journal,Communication, Culture and Critique, which will launch in March 2008).

Andan opening address on issues of power and placeby Professor Ngatata Love (Professor of Business Development at Victoria University of Wellington). Professor Love has worked extensively on Māori land issues and Waitangi Tribunal cases, and is former Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Māori Development).

ANZCA08… Join us in Wellington for a conference that will inspire, inform, and challenge your thinking. REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN! See

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Google Hooks Students with Online Marketing Challenge

If you were a marketing student, what would you do with $200? Groups of students from colleges and universities worldwide will be given $200 to spend on AdWords campaigns for local businesses as part of a Google Online Marketing Challenge.

Participating students will team in groups of four to six to work with small or local businesses that have Web sites but are not already using AdWords. Each group will have three consecutive weeks between February 10 and May 24 to outline a strategy, run a campaign, and assess results for its designated business. Two competition reports, one at the start of the three-week period and a second at the campaign's conclusion, are required of participating teams.

Lee Hunter, product marketing manager at Google, hatched the idea after speaking to one of his college professors from his alma mater in Australia. Hunter and his professor kicked off a contest in his class with a similar format to the Online Marketing Challenge. "The feedback from the businesses was amazing," Hunter said. "They got new business, and didn't realize how easy it was to advertise online."

By the end of the three-week period, students are obligated to provide their local business clients with recommendations to further develop their online marketing plans. While Google clearly benefits from the influx of new business, the goal was "really just about creating an interesting teaching and learning opportunity," Hunter said.

"Giving students experience in a live working environment is invaluable to understanding how marketing really works," said Heidi Cohen, adjunct professor at New York University's Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing program and ClickZ columnist. NYU currently has three teams signed up to participate, and more are likely to be added before the entry period closes.

"While students can intellectually comprehend a subject, actually putting that knowledge to work makes the experience more real to them. I think that the Google Online Marketing Challenge is a critical component in teaching students how search really works because they can see the results of their actions. This is especially important for a subject like search," Cohen said.
As part of past years' curricula at NYU's Integrated Marketing program, students have worked on a variety of projects with companies such as SAP, Bookspan, 1-800 Flowers, Redcats, and PRWeb. Most recently Cohen's students developed online marketing plans for Tom Deierlen's TD Foundation, and students are able to participate in the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation's Collegiate Echo Awards.

Google's original goal for the Online Marketing Challenge was to have 200 participating classes worldwide. Mostly through word of mouth the challenge has drawn 724 university teams in the U.S. with two weeks remaining for new teams to enroll.

An international panel of professors will judge the contest. Global and regional winners will be announced in July. Winning team members will receive a trip to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. On Google's campus students will get to meet the team that created AdWords and be introduced to high-level Google executives, though the agenda may be left somewhat open. Hunter expects each student will want to do different things, and during their seven days at Google they will be "given the best opportunity possible."


APACSD 2008 Call For Papers

APACSD 2008 Call For Papers

The Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division (APACSD) invites thematic program proposals and papers focusing on Asian/Pacific American cultural issues and politics, strategies of engagement (both within and across communities), conflicts, challenges, as well as creative solutions. Of special interest is scholarship linking theory and action and proposing new perspectives for such issues as globalization, marginalization, othering, minority cultural politics, discrimination, forced assimilation, representation, and resistance through the lens of communication, as well as a literal, metaphorical, or virtual adaptation of the 2008 convention theme, “unCONVENTIONal.”

APACSD welcomes papers utilizing various methodologies and theoretical perspectives as well as encouraging submissions that seek to promote innovation, creativity, and imagination. Specifically, APACSD and NCA encourage submissions that discuss, plan, and promote collaboration between the academy and members of allied associations. Moreover, we encourage the submission of co-sponsored programs and program proposals with alternative or innovative formats (round table discussions, debates, among

Additionally, please indicate if your submission would be appropriate for the new Scholar-to-Scholar interactive sessions. Our division will review your submission but it may be scheduled during the Scholar-to-Scholar session. For more information about the Scholar-to-Scholar sessions, please read over the Scholar-to-Scholar call for papers.

Please include a title, a 250-500-word abstract, and a maximum of 25 pages of text (not including references, appendixes, and footnotes). Please do not include
information identifying the author(s).

Please include a title, a list of presenters and their affiliations. Themed Paper
Presentation Proposals should also provide the titles and abstracts for each presentation/paper as well as a rationale of no more than 250 words. Roundtable Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 75 words for the convention program and a rationale of no more than 250 words (if the submitters wish to create a separate rationale).

All papers and panel proposals must be submitted online using the All Academic
system using one of the following file formats in order to be accepted: Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, RTF. Compressed or zip files will NOT be accepted.

All submissions must be submitted online using the AllAcademic system, which can be accessed via the NCA website (
The deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

New Book: Democratic Communications: Cultural and Historical Resources and Possibilities in the Age of Capitalism

New Book: Democratic Communications: Cultural and Historical Resources and Possibilities in the Age of Capitalism

Lexington Books
Author: James Hamilton

While it has always been hard to do, asserting an essential distinction between mainstream media and alternative media has become even more difficult within the past twenty years. With the emergence of such efforts as open publishing, web-logging and video-logging, video-posting websites, citizen journalism, creative-commons initiatives, and image-focused anti-corporate activism, this traditional distinction is increasingly unable to navigate within this emerging media landscape.

The growing inability to adequately map this landscape using this distinction demands that these lines be reconsidered. New ways must be formed for probing implications of these new media outlets and means for democratization and global-justice movements.

This book reconstitutes the cultural and historical roots of this protean media landscape and assesses its relevance to democratic communications. Using a comprehensively argued cultural and historical analysis, the book rethinks long-standing assumptions about alternative media and democratic communications. By providing greater understanding of historical resources, limitations, and possibilities, this book makes a key contribution not only to scholarship in this area, but also to this pressing social, political, and cultural issue.

Table of Contents

* Preface
* Acknowledgements
* Introduction: The Problem of the Mainstream and the Alternative

Part One—Market Formations

* Introduction to Part One
* 1. Providentialism and Rationalist Empiricism in Early Modern England
* 2. The Emergence of Broadcasting and the Rationalization of Participation

Part Two—Struggling Against the Market

* Introduction to Part Two
* 3. Philanthropy, Professionalization, and Social-Reform Communications
* 4. Community Media Projects and the Containment of the Mass-Culture Critique
* 5. Modernism and the Aestheticization of Dissent

Part Three—Toward New Formations

* Introduction to Part Three
* 6. Market Radicalism and the Struggle of Participation
* 7. Democratic Communications as Critical, Collective Education

* Afterword: Utopia and Inspiration

* Bibliography
* Index

Advance commentary on the book:

"Democratic Communications is a must read for all students and scholars of media, and all activists interested in developing challenges to the mainstream media. The book adds historical depth and important new insights to old questions, and will forever change the way you think about 'alternative' media."
— T.V. Reed, author of The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle

"There is no more thoughtful historian of the notion of alternative media than James Hamilton; his erudition and intelligence are on full display in Democratic Communications. This book should be read by every scholar committed to understanding the history and meaning of progressive media. If you think you already know what you're talking about when you discuss alternative media, reading Hamilton's book will make you think again; if you don't think much of the promise of alternative media, Hamilton will make you rethink that too."
— John Nerone, professor, College of Communications Scholar, and director of graduate studies for Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"This book is splendidly chewy, offering both an absorbing array of historical specifics and arguments, and of conceptual challenges. It lends considerable muscle to the rapidly growing debate on social movements and their media."
— John Downing, director of the Global Media Research Center and professor of international communication at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

"Democratic Communications is one of the most thoughtful and literate studies of alternative media to date. Hamilton's work carries us across the centuries, inviting reflection on what it means for media to serve public needs rather than private wealth. One is not only impressed with the rigor of his research but also with the breadth and subtlety of his analysis."
- Michael Curtin, author of Playing to the World's Biggest Audience and Redeeming the Wasteland

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Computational Aesthetics 2008 - CAe'08

Computational Aesthetics 2008 - CAe'08
18-20 June 2008, Lisbon, Portugal

Keynote Speakers: Pat Hanrahan, Stanford; Ernest Edmonds, UT Sydney

You are invited to participate in the fourth annual Symposium on Computational Aesthetics that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 18-20 June 2008.

Computational Aesthetics bridges the analytic and synthetic and integrates aspects of computer science, philosophy, psychology, and the fine, applied & performing arts and seeks to facilitate both the analysis and the augmentation of creative behaviour. It investigates the creation of tools that can enhance the expressive power of the fine and applied arts and furthers our understanding of aesthetic evaluation, perception and meaning.

Invited talks will be given by individuals involved in the technical, artistic and theoretical aspects of this young field to help participants to better understand what aesthetics is, what computer technology is currently capable of delivering, and to appreciate what is involved in the creative process.

Technical submissions are invited across the broad range of areas covered by Computational Aesthetics. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:

* Computational analysis and modelling of creative behaviour (AI, A-life)

* Artistic Image Transformation Techniques (colours, edges, patterns, dithering)

* Image Analogies, Style Transfer Methods

* Image Style and Salience Analysis (Paintings, Photographs, others)

* Visualization (perceptual or aesthetics based)

* Sketching, Simplification techniques (artistic, cognitive)

* Composition, Visual Balance, Layout

* Non-Photorealistic Rendering

* Empirically based Metrics of Aesthetical Attributes

* Applied Visual Perception (Colour Appearance, Spatial Vision, and other aspects)

A call for artist's presentations, artworks, performances, posters and demos will be issued later or visit the website.

Paper Submission:
Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work. The manuscripts must be written in English, must be formatted according to the EG publication guidelines, and should be no longer than 8 pages. The accepted technical and art papers will be presented at the symposium and will appear in the proceedings, which will be published in the Eurographics Workshop and Symposia Series and appear in the Eurographics and ACM Digital Libraries. Revised and expanded versions of selected papers will be published as a special issue of the Computers and Graphics Journal, to appear in 2009. For more information including paper formatting and submission guidelines see the website at

Important dates:
Submission deadline (Full Papers/Short Papers/Panels): 15 February 2008
Acceptance notification: 30 March 2008
Artist's Presentations/Artworks/Performances/Posters/Demo Proposals: 15 April 2008
Camera-ready deadline: 30 April 2008
Conference: 18-20 June 2008

Conference Chairs:
Joaquim Jorge, INESC-ID, Portugal
Bruce Gooch, University of Victoria, Canada

Program Chairs:
Technical Program:
Douglas Cunningham, University of Tübingen, Germany
Victoria Interrante, University of Minnesota, USA

Arts Program:
Paul Brown, University of Sussex, UK
Jon McCormack, Monash University, Australia

Publicity Chair:
Tobias Isenberg, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Local Chair:
Adérito Marcos, U Minho

Further Information:


New Views 2: Conversations and Dialogues in Graphic Design

Second Call for Papers/Posters

Web site now online!

New Views 2: Conversations and Dialogues in Graphic Design

An international symposium defining graphic design for the future

9-11 July 2008
London College of Communication
University of the Arts London
United Kingdom

New Views 2 seeks to look in depth at the broader questions that graphic designers are facing today in terms of the profession and educational practices. At the same time, the symposium is meant to generate debate and to identify what new challenges might lay ahead for practitioners, academics, industry and the profession overall.

Themes to be addressed might include:

· Who are we? Problems of defining terminology: visual communication, communication design, graphic design, information environments

· the role of graphic design for the 'real world'

· graphic design and interdisciplinarity

· graphic design and research methods

· design writing/criticism and repositioning debates

· practice-led PhD research in the field of graphic design

· responsive curriculums and shifting paradigms

· research, innovation and new critical thinking

An accompanying exhibition of posters from designers, students and academics opens in London 9th - 21st July, 2008 and then travels to RMIT, Australia. A digital exhibition will also be presented via the conference website.

Deadline for Paper Abstracts: 1 February 2008

Deadline for intention to submit posters: 1 March 2008

For full details:

Or, contact the co-organisers:

Professor Teal Triggs
Head of Research, School of Graphic Design,
London College of Communication

University of the Arts London Research Unit for Information Environments,
London, UK

Dr. Laurene Vaughan
Director of Research and Innovation, School of Applied Communication,

Executive Member
RMIT Design Institute
Melbourne, Australia

Workshop on Pervasive Visual, Auditory and Alternative Modality Information Display


Workshop on Pervasive Visual, Auditory and Alternative Modality Information Display

to be held at the 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing
19-22 May 2008, Sydney, Australia

A new research direction is currently emerging in which pervasive display technology is used to reveal information about wearers and inhabitants, their activities or their surrounding environment. Such applications tend to be multidisciplinary in nature, and often focus on the “output” side of pervasive computing, as a multimodal “feedback” mechanism for the wearer or any other person in their vicinity. Pervasive display technology often experiments beyond the use of simple LCD or pixel-based displays, instead utilizing a wide set of alternative output technologies such as LED arrays, e-textiles, electroluminescent wires, thermo-chromatic inks, shape-changing materials, inflatables and complex sound generators.

This workshop wants to bring together people from different domains interested in the visual or auditory representation of information for users in the pervasive realm. We also hope to explore how novel visual, auditory and alternative modalities (e.g. tactile, olfactory, visceral) materials can function as a communicative layer in the design of artifacts, garments and spaces that are truly pervasive.

We invite submissions from researchers, practioners, industry and artists. Submissions can include works in progress, research contributions, position statement or demonstrations in the form of a 4 to 6-page position paper.

Submissions due: January 25th 2008
Acceptance notifications: February 29th, 2008
Final versions due: March 21st, 2008

Andrew Vande Moere, The University of Sydney.
Kirsty Beilharz, The University of Sydney.
Bert Bongers, University of Technology, Sydney.
Stephen Barrass, University of Canberra.


Gender and Communication




The Gender and Communication Section cordially invites all scholars who address issues within the broad theme of ECREA's 2nd international congress - Communication policies and culture in Europe - from a gender perspective to submit proposals. (To visit the conference website and read the general call for papers go to:

The Section Gender and Communication aims to bring together scholars who approach issues within the field of communication with a specific interest in gender. Gender is conceptualized in a broad sense. The section specifically seeks inclusivity in relation to gender studies issues (among which: ethnicity, identity politics, queer studies, gender in media industries, feminist media studies, popular culture studies, post-structural theory, philosophical questions).

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and innovative studies in all areas of media and communication research (media production, media texts and media use and/or reception) that address the broad theme of the congress. Questions of gender within the field of communication and media can be approached at theoretical, methodological and/or empirical levels (for more information about the Gender and Communication Section visit our website at:, or mail to Tonny Krijnen at

This invitation for proposals is for individual papers and posters as well as for pre-organised panels, from established academics, young scholars, practitioners and postgraduate research students.

Individual paper proposals, individual poster proposals and panel proposals can be submitted at the official conference website (

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in mid-April 2008, and registration will open after December 1, 2007.

Paper-presenters and panellists will be asked to confirm their intention to attend by registering before October 24, 2008, in order to be able to finalise the conference programme.

Debate: Social Networking Technologies Will Bring Large [Positive] Changes to Education

"Since its inception The Economist has challenged readers to engage with the world's business, political, scientific, technological and cultural affairs and uncover the connections between them. We now challenge you to bring your knowledge to the floor of our online Oxford-style debates. Your participation shapes the contest and your votes decide the winner. "


The Third Debate In The Series Started January 15th 2008 [Yesterday]

Social Networking: Does It Bring Positive Change To Education?"

Schedule of Events

Jan 15th / Debate begins.
Jan 18th / Rebuttals posted.
Jan 23rd / Closing arguments.
Jan 25th /Final winner announced.

Robert Cottrell, Deputy Editor of
Robert Cottrell has been deputy editor of for the past two years, and online editor of Intelligent Life magazine since its re-launch this year. He is based in New York.

Speaker PRO
Ewan McIntosh, National Adviser on Learning and Technology Futures for Learning and Teaching Scotland Writes for the Guardian newspaper and the BBC on social media and learning issues, speaks internationally and consults for organisations on how social media can be harnessed for to improve learning in the organisation.

Speaker CON
Michael Bugeja, Director of Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University. Author of 21 books, with research often being cited by New York Times and International Herald Tribune to name a few, Dr. Bugeja was among the first to analyse the use
of Facebook before many professors realised that most of their students were already registered and of Second Life before many students had ever heard of it.

[via Friends:Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services]

International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Textual Studies


*4th International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Textual Studies*

5 - 7 June 2008
Dublin City University
Dublin, Ireland

The conference focuses on new interdisciplinary ways of looking at text and is aimed exclusively at first-time presenters. It intends to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas as well as an environment for examining the research process under the guidance of experienced researchers.

To this end we invite abstracts for paper presentations and/or workshop participation in the broad range of Translation and Interpreting Studies & Textual Studies.

Abstracts for paper presentations: 300-500 words.
Presenters will receive feedback on their work and presentation skills.

Proposals for workshop participation: Approx 1,500 words on your research to date, problems encountered and expectations from the workshop.

Participation in workshops is strongly encouraged and welcomed, as they will provide an opportunity for up-and-coming young researchers to share and explore their ideas and findings with panels of their peers and also with senior experts in the various subject fields.

Important dates
15 February 2008: Deadline for submission of abstracts for papers and/or workshops
31 March 2008: Presenters will be notified of acceptance
5-7 June 2008: Conference

For more information:

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Communication and Space/Place - Call for Papers

Communication and Space/Place

2nd Postgraduate Conference
University of Leeds, Institute of Communications Studies
Leeds, United Kingdom
Friday, 6 June 2008

Following the great success of last year's first PhD conference, the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS) at the University of Leeds will be hosting a second post-graduate conference for research in communications and media. We invite students from all disciplines at the Master's or Doctoral level to present research that pertains to the conceptualisation and/or observation of space/place in relation to communication, media and culture.

Although Space and Place can be understood broadly, the theoretical and material implications of their relationship to media and communications are important to studies in this field. The two words, taken either together or separately, are crucial to all manner of media and communications structures/ networks/ economies/ policies, such as the discursive 'space' of contemporary politics, shifting conceptions of public and private 'places', the focus on flows between locales in a global capitalist economy, the importance of creative 'space' in the culture industries, the decentralised 'space' of online 'citizen media', and so on. While a look at various definitions of either word reveals at once their potential compatibilities and irreconcilabilities, the linguistic convergence marked by each word's functionality as both verb and noun presents us with myriad possibilities of thinking Space and Place.

Spaces and places may be 'real' or 'virtual' environments and locales; sites of expansion or contraction; material realisations or policies of freedom or restriction. Space/Place can also be understood in terms of culture and discursive relationships; they can be formations where the identities of groups and individuals are explored and/or constructed, and where notions of human agency encounter forces and ideologies that influence and are influenced by the ways that social actors and institutions communicate.

The following are some possible areas of inquiry:

- The problematic dichotomies of public-private, 'real'-virtual, spaces and places for the use/ consumption of media.

- Meaning/Representation: The spaces and places in which media and communication are produced and consumed have a profound relationship to how 'meaning' is derived from them. How are people from different cultures, ethnicities, etc. represented by and in media and communications?

- What are the policies that shape the relationship of communication, space/place, and 'stakeholders' (public, state, market, NGOs etc) how is space/place regulated? How do space/place relate to prohibition of communication, or the use of various media as propaganda?

- The spaces and places in which media and communication are produced and consumed have a profound relationship to how 'meaning' is derived from them. To what extent, and in which ways, are media and communications spaces/places contingent (or not) on aspects of each other and on media producers and consumers?

- Are there barriers to participation in certain media/communications spaces/places? How does power operate in these spaces/places? How are new formations of power relationships developed with relation to space/place? How are old formations changing or being reinforced in contemporary media?

- What happens at the edges and intersections of spaces/places, i.e. when traditional media meet the Internet, or when communications cross over between genres and media? Does a place necessarily constitute a space, and vice versa? Are they fluid; are they mutually exclusive?

Please submit an abstract by 28 January 2008 with a general description of your research paper, indicating your topic, theoretical framework, research questions or hypotheses, and methodological considerations. The abstract should not exceed 500 words and should be attached to your email in a common document format (MS Word compatible, Word Perfect). Should your proposal be accepted, we will ask you to provide a full paper before the conference.

All accepted full papers will be read, discussed and commented on by members of the academic staff from the Institute of Communications Studies who have expertise in your topic, method, or theoretical framework. This can be a golden opportunity for you to refine your thoughts, openly share your concerns, and receive constructive critique from professors and fellow postgraduate students working in your area. It is also a great chance to start building or expanding your professional and academic network. Following the conference your paper will be published in the forthcoming ICS Postgraduate Conference proceedings open access online journal.

Contact Information:

Conference Website:

Important Dates:

Abstracts: 28 January 2008
Acceptance Notification: 3 March 2008
Full papers: 30 April 2008

Please indicate the following in the body of your email:

Title of presentation as it appears on the abstract
Affiliaton (program and university)
Level and year of study (ex. Master's, 2nd year)
Phone number
E-mail address
Mailing address
A/V requirements (computer/projector, film projector, VCR/DVD, stereo, etc.)
Other requirements (table, easel, hooks, display materials).
Mobility and other special needs requirements (wheel chair access, etc.)

We look forward to receiving your abstracts, and thank you for your interest!

Young Adults Hit Online Video Sites

"Did you see the new video on YouTube?" If you heard that question a lot last year, there's a reason.

Nearly half of Internet users surveyed in December 2007 said they had visited a video-sharing site such as YouTube, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

That's up from the year before when one-third of Internet users said they had visited such sites.

YouTube usage generally increased in 2007, according to Harris Interactive data released at the same time as the Pew study.

But while many Internet users have dipped their toes into the video-sharing pool, a solid majority of YouTube users surveyed still said they had visited only once or a few times.

The Pew study also captured demographics for active video-sharing site users. As might be expected, they skewed younger.

"The fact that younger Internet users are far more likely to be regular visitors to video-sharing sites points to a fork in the road,” said David Hallerman, senior analyst at eMarketer.

"On the one hand, marketers looking to target the under-30 demographic can more reliably find them on these video sites.

"On the other hand, the door is open for big content providers—mainly the TV networks, both broadcast and cable—to bulk up their online offerings, both in quantity and quality," Hallerman said.

He also said that such counter programming could help attract the over-30 audience, which is accustomed to traditional TV content.

Such content could draw ad dollars from marketers who want online-video ad inventory that is consistently appropriate for marketing, as opposed to a lot of user-generated content found on video-sharing sites.

for the full article with graphs and stats, click here.

Socio-Economic Barriers to Web Access Narrows

Factors such as education, income, age, gender, and place of access have typically influenced Internet usage and broadband access worldwide. A report on how broadband access is changing households, released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, finds that some socio-economic barriers to Internet usage are disappearing.

While previous studies found college and graduate school-educated individuals are more likely to adopt broadband than those with less education, this study finds that education is less of a factor affecting Internet adoption, for instance, in Sweden and Denmark.

Internet access, especially high-speed service, is considered a technological advance that has a major economic and social impact on people's lives.

The report finds that people in older age groups won't be handicapped by a technological device as they work longer and have the educational background to understand new technologies. Thus, a person's retirement age appears to be more of a factor than the person's age, the study finds.

While older people may use the Internet as much as younger people, there's one difference: older people are less likely to go online to shop and for entertainment. Men are more likely than women to download software, and women are more likely to engage in health-related activities and online shopping.

Plus, men are more likely to access from both home and work in many of the OECD countries. Women are more likely to access the Internet from educational establishments.

Home remains the most common place to access the Internet in the majority of the OECD countries, with a few exceptions. Work and Internet cafes substitute for home access in some countries. In the Slovak Republic, Internet access from home is lower than other locations, and work is used for access almost as much as home in the Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal, and Spain. Despite high home usage rates in Korea, many access the Internet in commercial access facilities to socialize and participate in online gaming.

The report was prepared for the Working Party on the Information Economy and the OECD Information Technology Outlook 2008.

[via] to Add Online Protections for Users

News Video: to Add Online Protections for Users
A news report from the Associated Press

The social networking website has agreed to change its site to prevent sexual
predators from gaining access to users. It will also add technology to verify the age of users.

(this video won't work in RSS readers, please visit the site to watch the video).

Monday, January 14, 2008



International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
Copenhagen, Denmark


Workshops / Doctoral Colloquium: October 15th, 2008

AoIR. conference: October 16–18th, 2007

Deadline for paper submissions: February 8th, 2007

In the past few years, new forms of net-based communities have emerged, distributed on various websites and services, and making use of several media platforms and genres to stay connected. Now, as mobile and location-based technologies are reintroducing "place" as an important aspect in the formation of communal and social activities, it is time to consider and rethink the concept of online or virtual communities. Not forgetting the lessons we have learned from studying the early virtual communities, how do we describe, analyse, theorise and design the communities and social formations of the early 21st century? How do we address the blurring of boundaries between places and communities on- and offline?

We call for papers, panel proposals, and presentations from any discipline, methodology, and community, and from conjunctions of multiple disciplines, methodologies and academic communities that address the conference themes.

Sessions at the conference will be established that specifically address the conference themes, and we welcome innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on those themes. We also welcome submissions on topics that address social, cultural, political, economic, and/or aesthetic aspects of the Internet beyond the conference themes. In all cases, we welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions as well as international collaborations from both AoIR and non-AoIR members.

We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions. We welcome proposals for traditional academic conference papers, but we also encourage proposals for creative or aesthetic presentations that are distinct from a traditional written ‘paper.’

We also welcome proposals for ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS that will focus on discussion and interaction among conference delegates, as well as organized PANEL PROPOSALS that present a coherent group of papers on a single theme.

All papers and presentations in this session will be reviewed in the normal manner. Detailed information about review and submission will be available through the conference submission website: in early January 2008.

- PAPERS (individual or multi-author) - submit abstract of 600-800 words

- CREATIVE OR AESTHETIC PRESENTATIONS - submit abstract of 500-750 words

- PANEL PROPOSALS - submit a 600-800 word description of the panel theme, plus 250-500 word abstract for each paper or presentation

- ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS - submit a statement indicating the nature of the roundtable discussion and interaction

Papers, presentations and panels will be selected from the submitted proposals on the basis of multiple blind peer review, coordinated and overseen by the Program Chair. Each individual is invited to submit a proposal for 1 paper or 1 presentation. A person may also propose a panel session, which may include a second paper that they are presenting. An individual may also submit a roundtable proposal. You may be listed as co-author on additional papers as long as you are not presenting them.

Several publishing opportunities are expected to be available through journals, including a special issue of "Information, Communication & Society", based on peer-review of full papers. The website will contain more details.

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Any student paper is eligible for consideration for the AoIR graduate student award. Students wishing to be a candidate for the Student Award must send a final paper by June 30, 2007.

Ph.D. students will also want to consider participating in the Doctoral Colloquium:
Following the very successful examples of previous Doctoral Colloquia, we will again aim to offer an all-day Doctoral Colloquium on October 15th 2008 (Wednesday) for Ph.D. students who wish to present their current work for critical evaluation by their peers and senior scholars. Submission and registration details will be available on the conference website as soon as possible.

Prior to the conference, there will be a limited number of pre-conference workshops which will provide participants with in-depth, hands-on and/or creative opportunities. We invite proposals for these pre-conference workshops. Local presenters are encouraged to propose workshops that will invite visiting researchers into their labs or studios or locales. Proposals should be no more than 1000 words, and should clearly outline the purpose, methodology, structure, costs, equipment and minimal attendance required, as well as explaining its relevance to the conference as a whole. Proposals will be accepted if they demonstrate that the workshop will add significantly to the overall program in terms of thematic depth, hands on experience, or local opportunities for scholarly or artistic connections. These proposals and all inquiries regarding pre-conference proposals should be submitted as soon as possible to both the Conference Chair and Program Chair and no later than March 31, 2007.

Submission site available: January 10, 2008
Proposal submission deadline: February 8, 2008
Presenter notification: March 31, 2008
Final workshop submission deadline: March 31, 2008
Submission for student award competition: June 30, 2008
Submission for conference archive: July 31, 2008

Program Chair: Dr. Brian Loader, University of York, UK
Conference Chair: Dr. Lisbeth Klastrup, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

President of AoIR: Dr. Charles Ess, Drury University
Association Website:
Conference Website:

OII 2008 Summer Doctoral Programme

The 2008 Summer Doctoral Programme will be held in Oxford at the Oxford Internet Institute (July 13th-26th, 2008), with an over-arching academic theme of 'Web Science'.

Held in conjunction with the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) and involving partners at the University of Southampton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it will seek to explore the multi-disciplinary nature of the emerging field of Web Science, and in particular, will aim to facilitate collaboration between technologists and social scientists.

Academic Programme
The 2008 programme will be broadly similar to previous years' programmes with daily research seminars and panel sessions given by leading academics. Students will have the opportunity to present their research to their peers in informal seminars: break-out sessions will allow groups to focus more narrowly on research questions of mutual interest.

The Programme will facilitate deep discussion of both substantive and methodological research issues, and help students frame their research questions and direct their research. It will also seek to generate dialogue and debate between students from different disciplinary backgrounds on themes relating to Web Science with a view to identifying topics for fruitful collaborative research and shaping curricula in this emerging field.

Further details will be made available as they are finalised.

Programme Tutors
- Professor William Dutton, OII
- Professor Yorick Wilks, OII
- Dr Ralph Schroeder, OII
- Professor Jonathan Zittrain, OII and Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
- Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee (tbc)
- Professor Hal Abelson, MIT
- Dr Daniel J. Weitzner, MIT
- Professor Wendy Hall, University of Southampton
- Professor Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton
- Professor James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
- Professor David de Roure, University of Southampton
- Dr Les Carr, University of Southampton

Elligibility for the Programme
Up to 25 places are available to PhD students who are working on Web-related research in areas such as Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Web Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology, Economics, Politics, Law, Biology, Sociology, Ecology, Communications and Media. Preference will be given to students at an advanced stage of their doctorate who have embarked on writing their thesis. All teaching will be in English, so all applicants should be able to demonstrate their competence in this language.

How to Apply
- SDP2008 Application Form (Microsoft Word, 50kb)
- SDP2008 Application Form (pdf, 50kb)

Please either complete the SDP2008 Application Form electronically and email it (in a single email with all relevant attachments) to:, or print off and mail a hard copy (with accompanying documents) to: Summer Doctoral Programme 2008, The Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK.

All student applications must be supported by one or more of the students' current doctoral programme advisors or dissertation supervisors. Students should be able to clearly explain how their doctoral studies will benefit from the Programme.

All applications must be received by 5pm GMT on Wednesday, 20 February 2008. Successful applicants will be notified by April 4th, 2008.

Fees and Scholarships
The course cost of £1300 covers accommodation (13-25 July, inclusive), and all tuition fees. Accommodation is at Lady Margaret Hall, a 15 minute walk from the OII. Lunch will be provided on week days, and several dinners and social events are also included in the cost. Please note that travel to and from Oxford is not included.

Some bursaries (provided by HEFCE) will be available to help support students who could not otherwise afford to attend. Scholarship requests do not have to be made at the application stage: this will be dealt with once the selection process has been completed.

Alternatively, students from Oxford, Southampton, MIT and Harvard universities may apply for a grant from the Web Science Exchange Programme (see below: applications for this grant should be made in your SDP2008 Application). The SDP2008 fees are covered by the WSRI grant.

The Web Science Exchange Programme
The Web Science Research Initiative has a number of EPSRC funded bursaries (to a maximum of £6000) available to enable students to spend up to three months during Summer 2008 at one of the following participating institutions: University of Southampton (UK), University of Oxford (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT (Boston, USA), Harvard University (Cambridge, USA). Thanks to this grant, the SDP2008 will be the starting point for several weeks of exchange activities and collaborative study in summer 2008 for PhD students from these participating institutions, with up to 10 funded places on the SDP2008 set aside for these students. Applications are sought from excellent students at all other universities for the remaining 15 places.

Students will begin the exchange programme by attending the SDP2008, spending the remaining time at one of the participating Institutions. Bursaries will cover the costs of attending the SDP2008, and travel and subsistence during the exchange activities. Application criteria:

- Students must be registered with one of the four participating institutions
- UK students may spend their period of study in either the UK or the US; US students must spend their period of study in the UK
- Students must demonstrate that the proposed research is inter-disciplinary and will contribute to the Web Science research agenda
- Students must have the support of their graduate supervisor
- The host institution will nominate an appropriate supervisor during the exchange programme period of study
- Students will be required to write a report within 30 days of completion of the exchange programme

To apply for the Web Science Exchange Programme, please complete the SDP2008 Application Form, ensuring that you have filled in Section 3 correctly.

Please direct enquiries to:

In addition to the partner institutions listed above, we are continuing our collaboration with colleagues at the Berkman Center for Internet& Society (Harvard Law School), the USC Annenberg School for Communication (University of Southern California) and the Center for Global Communication Studies in the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania).

International Conference & Exhibitions on Mobile Society

The First International Conference & Exhibitions on Mobile Society
18 - 19 September 2008
Sheraton Voyager, Antalya, Turkey

Submissions Deadline : 1 May 2008

Shaping the future`s psychology and the society

Mobile Society refers to the emerging trends of the collective-life on earth driven by the technology of networked mobile phones and other mobile devices. These technologies and its fast and wide adoption is influencing the way we live in the society, we run businesses and the way we are as individuals.

The First International Conference on Mobile Society (mSociety 2008) aims to be a platform for presenting, exchanging and disseminating the newest developments, ideas, applications and services involving all aspects of practice and research in mSociety.

The mSociety 2008 organization invites all professionals having interest in how mobility influences the society: both positive and negative. Possible perspectives may include, but not limited to, technology diffusion and adoption; dissemination of mobile content, applications and services for business and entertainment; economical, sociological and psychological impact of mobility on society.

Who will attend?

- Researchers economists, technologists, sociologists and psychologists from academia and other research organizations.

- Private Sector professionals from, for example, mobile telco`s, infrastructure, hardware, content, applications and service providers to the individuals and organizations.

- Members of Civil Society Organizations.

Conference Content and Format

The first International Conference on The Mobile Society aims to focus on psychological and sociological impacts of mobile technologies, especially mobile phones, on individuals and the society.

The conference will have two major streams: Research and Practice streams. The research stream will promote discussions and exchange of ideas on significant and recent research on Mobile Society. The Practice stream will focus on content, applications and services.

The Research Sessions: These session aims to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, promote discussions and support wider reach of mobile society issues. There will be a number of high quality keynote, case study, policy and research presentations.

Practice Sessions:The industry/exhibition/demo session aims to get professionals to exhibit current developments in mobile IT solutions, and demo of mobile applications and services influnecing the society and the individuals.

The Conference also invites proposals for panels, posters, demos, tutarial, special sessions and exhibitions. Please refer to relevant pages on this site for specific instructions.

Further information

for topics, committees, submissions, participation, partnership, sponsorship and exhibitions....

Please visit
Conference Secretariat:

Organized and Supported by

- The Mobile Government Consortium International, UK
- Department of Computer Engineering, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey

Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Ventures in Virtual Worlds - Call for Papers

MISQ will be publishing a special issue on the topics of virtual worlds. Here is the call for papers.
MISQ is considered one of the premiere journals for MIS researchers.

New Ventures in Virtual Worlds
Call for Papers
MISQ Special Issue

Guest Editors

Sirkka Jarvenpaa, The University of Texas at Austin,

Dorothy Leidner, Baylor University,

Robin Teigland, Stockholm School of Economics,

Molly Wasko, Florida State University,

Virtual worlds are becoming increasingly sophisticated, enabling organizations and individuals to “step into the internet”. A virtual world is a computer-based simulated environment where individuals assume an identity as an avatar. Avatars inhabit the virtual worlds and interact with each other via computer-based chat or more recently, voice. Virtual worlds are common in multiplayer online games (such as Citypixel), virtual environments (such as Second Life) and role-playing games (such as Lineage). Due to increasing broadband internet access, virtual worlds are rapidly emerging as an alternative means to the real world for communicating, collaborating, and organizing economic activity. For example, one of the most popular teen worlds, Habbo Hotel, has approximately 7.5 million unique users; and Cyworld, a combination of Second Life and MySpace, has more video traffic than YouTube and boasts that 96% of all 20-30 year olds in Korea are users. In the virtual world Second Life, more than 50 multinational organizations, such as Adidas, BMW, IBM, and Vodafone conduct operations; Harvard is holding classes; over 400 individuals earn more than USD 2,000 in net profit monthly through their online activities; and Anshe Chung, the avatar for a Chinese-born woman living in Germany with 25 employees in China, became the first USD millionaire resulting from her virtual real estate activities. Companies such as Protonmedia and Qwaq provide Fortune 500 companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Motorola, Intel, completely secure, private virtual business worlds to collaborate and conduct economic activities.

Virtual worlds have risen so quickly that there has been limited time to examine impacts on the workplace. A critical question for organizations and investors burned by the dotcom era is “are we seeing a new internet revolution or is this simply another bubble of irrational exuberance?”

Increasingly, the borders between work, play, and learning dissolve as the demands of the virtual gaming generation are fundamentally changing how and where work gets done (Beck & Wade 2006, Johnson 2006). Gartner Group predicts that by 2012, 80% of all active internet users and Fortune 500 enterprises will have an avatar or a presence in a virtual world. Virtual world development is still in its infancy, and we are just beginning to explore and understand how activities in a virtual world enhance or replace real world economic and social activities. There is a pressing need to develop an understanding of emerging virtual world dynamics and potential competitive, organizational, and legal issues.

This special issue of MISQ is designed to stimulate discussion and investigation of virtual worlds, and the potential business and organizational issues related to competitive advantage, organizational design, legal rights, etc. All lenses of inquiry into the nature of virtual worlds are encouraged, including strategic, organizational, behavioral, legal, economic, and technical. The special issue welcomes theoretical, analytical, and empirical (using any kind of research method, including case studies, simulations, surveys, and so on) examinations of topics in this area. Submissions must relate to the editorial objective of MIS Quarterly (i.e., the enhancement and communication of knowledge concerning the development of IT-based services, management of information technology resources, and the economics and use of information technology with managerial and organizational implications) and to be rigorously executed with significant theoretical and practical contributions to information systems research. The research topics addressed in the papers might relate to some of the issues above or could also include:

- What are the new business models and strategies that are likely to thrive in virtual worlds (or not)?

- Do virtual worlds represent a disruptive innovation for organizations, or just an additional channel to support electronic commerce?

- What products and services translate effectively to virtual worlds?

- What are the implications for image, branding, and advertising, especially in the areas of product and concept development and testing in virtual worlds?

- What are the dynamics underlying consumer behavior and consumer acceptance in virtual worlds?

- How do organizational boundaries blur through customer integration and collaboration in virtual worlds?

- What are the potential areas of cross-selling in real and virtual worlds?

- How are organizations using virtual worlds to support their human resources function, e.g., recruiting, training, education?

- How can organizations leverage virtual world dynamics to support intra-organizational virtual teams?

- To what degree are virtual worlds influencing the workplace and how and where work gets done?

- How do individuals coordinate and cooperate in ad hoc virtual teams?

- How/why do communities develop in virtual worlds and what are their dynamics?

- How are educational institutions leveraging virtual worlds?

- What are the necessary financial systems, investments, and currency exchange requirements to support growth and innovation in virtual worlds?

- What are the key technical and security issues emerging around the development and use of virtual worlds?

- What are the legal and ethical issues concerning intellectual property and how are organizations protecting and managing copyright and trademark laws in virtual worlds?

- Where do we see convergence between real and virtual worlds?


September 15, 2008 - Papers Due
December 15, 2008 - First Round Reviews Complete
March 15, 2009 - First Round Revisions from Authors Due
March 26, 2009 - Special Issue Workshop at University of Texas at Austin
April 15, 2009 - Feedback from Workshop sent to Authors
July 1, 2009 - Second Round Revisions from Authors Due
September 1, 2009 - Second Round Reviews Complete
November 1, 2009 - Final Decision on Papers to be Included in the Special Issue


Authors will receive an initial screening, and only papers deemed to have a reasonable chance of acceptance after 2-3 rounds of accelerated review will enter the process. Papers that do not pass this initial screening will not be considered further. A maximum of three rounds of review will be undertaken. If papers are not accepted by the end of the third round of reviews, the papers will be rejected. The third round of revisions will be undertaken if changes are relatively straightforward and do not encompass major revisions to the paper. Authors are expected to adhere to the schedule above for submission and revision of papers. Papers that miss the deadlines will be removed from the review process.

The first round of reviews will be provided within 3 months of original submission. The authors will have 3 months to complete the revision and will be invited to a workshop at the University of Texas at Austin approximately two weeks after the First Round Revisions are submitted. The authors will be responsible for paying for their travel and accommodations in connection with the workshop. Only meals during the workshop will be provided. Feedback from the workshop will be sent to the authors approximately 3 weeks after the workshop, and Second Round Revisions will then be due 2.5 months later. The second round of reviews will be provided within 2 months of the receipt of second round revisions. A final decision will be made within two months of the receipt of the second revision of the paper.

Associate Editors
Brian Butler, University of Pittsburgh
Pei-yu Chen, Carnegie Mellon University
Mike Chiasson, Lancaster University
Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University
Ram Gopal, University of Connecticut
Marleen Huysman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Blake Ives, University of Houston
Vijay Mookerjee, University of Texas at Dallas
Bonnie Nardi, University of California at Irvine
Peter Axel Nielsen, Aalborg University
Winseok Oh, McGill University
Paul Pavlou, University of California at Riverside
T.S. Raghu, Arizona State University
Matti Rossi, Helsinki School of Economics
Franz Rowe, University of Nantes
Suprateek Sarker, Washington State University
Noam Tractinsky, Ben Gurion University
Tunay Tunca, Stanford University
Cathy Urquhart, University of Auckland
Ramesh Venkatraman, University of Indiana
Kevin Zhu, University of Irvine