Friday, January 25, 2008

ASIST Social Computing Summit - call for papers

ASIS&T Social Computing Summit - Call for Papers
April 10-11, 2008
Hyatt Regency, Miami, Fl


About the Summit

The First Annual ASIS&T Social Computing Summit will bring together researchers and practitioners of social computing for two days of discussion and exploration in Miami, Florida. The event will directly precede the 2008 Information Architecture Summit, providing attendees a complimentary opportunity to learn about and discuss emergent areas of social computing and software. The Social Computing Summit will feature a keynote address from Thomas Vander Wal, principal consultant at InfoCloud Solutions.

Social software and computing drives Web 2.0 technology, enabling global connections and providing rich social experiences. Social networking services challenge established notions of privacy, identity and relationship management. Beyond the browser, mobile devices promise new forms of ubiquitous connectivity and presence, offering unprecedented research and business opportunities. To understand the successful applications of tomorrow, we come together today to share research and insight. This summit aims to bring together thought leaders, developers, and scholars working in this rapidly changing area, facilitating the conversations required for tomorrow?s innovations.

Complementing the keynote addresses will be panels exploring the following topical areas: Social networking services, data portability/open social networks, mobile services, social computing and politics, global voices, social computing and the enterprise, and youth social computing. The summit will feature interactive sessions, as well as a poster session for sharing information about services and recent research. In bringing together a blend of experts from different disciplines, as well as enabling conversation, the ASIS&T Social Computing Summit offers something for everyone interested in this fascinating, fast-changing space.

Preliminary Speaker Lineup

Thomas Vander Wal, InfoCloud Solutions
Mary Madden, Pew Internet and American Life Project
Brian Oberkirch
Jevon MacDonald,
Micah Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum
Ramesh Srinivansan, UCLA
Fred Stutzman, UNC-Chapel Hill

Many more speakers to be announced as they confirm!

Call For Posters

The program committee invites submission of posters to be showcased at the 2008 ASIS&T Social Computing Summit. To be considered, authors should submit a 500-800 word poster abstract by Monday, February 25, 2008. Notification will be made on a rolling basis, with final notifications by Monday, March 11, 2008. Send submissions in PDF, DOC or TXT format to

Registration information

Member Full Conf. $300
Nonmember Full Conf. $450


Hyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Avenue
Miami, Florida, USA 33131-2197
Tel: +1 305 358 1234
Rates: $179 single or double (conference rate: mention ASIS&T Summit)

Time Warner Puts a Meter on the Internet

Time Warner Cable has confirmed that it will be rolling out metered pricing for Internet access in Beaumont, TX. On balance, we think this is a fair choice among a bunch of bad options. Providing transparent, metered access is certainly preferable to Comcast's arbitrary, undisclosed practice of selectively hobbling particular protocols.

Overall, business models that keep ISPs thinking of themselves as "pipe" rather than "content" are good. Better that your ISP worry about the tolls to pay for the highway, rather than scheming to force you to use their preferred offramps and eat in their preferred diners.

Transparency also encourages innovation and competition. Already, Verizon is gloating publicly, saying that its more modern FIOS fiber-optic service will not have caps. This also may encourage new broadband technology providers to enter the market, as they will have another way to differentiate their offering from cable broadband.

However, there are some serious potential drawbacks, too. First, if metered Internet access becomes widespread, it may discourage users from indulging in new, high-bandwidth
activities, thereby foreclosing innovative new technologies and markets. For example, we might never have had a YouTube or a Napster if people were fretting about their bandwidth

Second, much will depend on the pricing of these new metered plans. The new plans could beneficially be used to bring basic broadband in at a lower price, or it could be used badly as a cover for price increases on existing customers. And the pricing for "overages" should bear some relation to costs, rather than being exploited for windfall profits. Broadband industry observer Dave Burstein has pointed out that the wholesale price to Time Warner for 40gb for a month amounts to about $3.

The last word goes to Harold Feld: "The real solution, of course, is policies that build out more capacity so that it becomes too cheap to meter." Now if only we had a real national broadband policy to get us there.

For Howard Feld's blog post about Time Warner and metered pricing:

For the complete post from EFF Senior Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann:

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Real-time Collaboration (RTC) and Distributed Work - Call for Papers


Special Issue on "Real-time Collaboration (RTC) and Distributed Work"

International Journal of e-Collaboration (IJEC)

ISSN: 1548-3681 (online) 1548-3673 (print)

Submission deadline: March 15, 2008
Scheduled Publication date: Beginning of 2009

Guest editors:
Kai Riemer, The University of Muenster (Germany)
Volker Wulf, The University of Siegen (Germany)

IJeC editor:
Ned Kock, Texas A&M International University

The full call for papers can be downloaded here:


Today's work practices are undergoing significant changes due to trends of virtualization and the emergence of new communication technologies. Distributed settings are increasingly common in organizations. While virtualization offers benefits (e.g. remote and flexible interaction), the resulting work environments present a number of challenges such as a lack of awareness of co-workers' activities and locations. At the same time, with the number of available communication channels and devices growing, the communicative complexity increases likewise. People are faced with an increase in communication volume, more work interruptions, and at the same time with a poor availability of co-workers. The latter typically impedes information access and the free flow of knowledge.

Real-Time Collaboration (RTC) technologies are supposed to present an answer to these challenges. The idea of RTC technologies is to lessen the aforementioned problems through enabling instant (real-time) collaboration between people using various media and devices and by enabling the creation of awareness. RTC technologies comprise Voice-over-IP telephony, video conferencing and Instant Messaging with its text chat feature and presence information. Integrated RTC systems are the result of media convergence, device integration, and unified communications. By providing active presence management and rule-based message filtering, RTC systems try to re-empower users to be in control of their communication. Moreover, RTC systems show significant potential for integration with other software systems in order to enable contextual real-time collaboration in work processes (e.g. integration with other groupware systems, office software, and enterprise systems).

We are pleased to invite scholars from any methodological background to contribute papers that advance our knowledge of the design, diffusion, appropriation, usage and impact of RTC systems, particularly in the context of distributed work. We welcome theoretical, conceptual, design-oriented and especially empirical contributions using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research efforts might focus on different organization levels such as individuals, teams, corporations, networks, and informal communities and on different RTC technologies such as Instant Messaging tools, Voice-over-IP telephony, Video conferencing, Unified communications, Mobile RTC systems, or integrated RTC systems suites.

Typical RTC systems are:

- Small RTC tools: Skype, AIM, ICQ etc.; i.e. Instant Messaging and Voice-Call tools

- Integrated RTC systems: IBM Sametime, Siemens Hipath Openscape, Oracle Collaboration Suite etc.

- Related technologies: Video and web conferencing systems

Papers in this special issue might be concerned with any or all of the above mentioned RTC technologies (Instant Messaging, VoIP, Unified Communication systems, etc.) and might address, but are not limited to one or more of the following areas:

Usage, impact and effects of RTC technologies

- Presence and awareness in distributed work

- RTC and typical coordination problems in distributed work

- The time dimension in real-time collaboration

- Diffusion and adoption of RTC technologies in the market place

- Emerging new work practices based on the appropriation of RTC

- Inter-organizational support with RTC technologies

- Effects of RTC on social networks in and across organizations

- Effects of RTC on organizational culture

- Effects of RTC in bridging barriers created by virtualization

- Group level effects of RTC (e.g. reachability, visibility, identity building etc.)

- Individual level effects of RTC (e.g. control, interruptions and disturbance)

- Changing communication behaviors through RTC usage

- Shifts in media usage through introduction of RTC technologies

- Privacy and control issues of increased awareness of peoples' actions

RTC design and systems development

- User interfaces design challenges in RTC systems

- Development, application, and evaluation of RTC prototypes

- Design of presence signaling mechanisms

- Challenges of integrating different media in RTC infrastructures

- Case studies reporting on the integration of RTC with business processes

- Case studies reporting on the integration of RTC with other software systems

- Experimental research to explore user perceptions of RTC features

For specific topics and the submission guidelines please download the full CfP at

Who's Watching User-Generated Video?

User-generated videos (UGVs) tallied 22 billion views in 2007, up 70% over 2006, according to Accustream iMedia Research's "UGV 2005 - 2008: Mania Meets Mainstream" report.

Paul A. Palumbo, research director at Accustream, told eMarketer that the 22 billion views was a worldwide figure. In other words, user-generated videos on US-based Web sites drew 22 billion views from users worldwide.

Accustream said that user-generated videos had an average of 10,695 views in 2007., which emphasized category expansion and more professional content, had the highest average number of views among the sites measured, with 216,596 per video.

Who is watching all this homegrown video?

Harris Interactive asked US adult Internet users about the types of online video they would like to see more. The supply of UGV was apparently sufficient for most of those surveyed, since it drew the lowest response rates. However, young adults were most likely to want more user-generated video.

An even more detailed picture of UGV viewer demographics came from the "Annual Gadgets Survey 2007" by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which profiled active adult users of video-sharing sites where many UGVs are hosted. Pew found that more than half of these site visitors were 18 to 29 years old.

That is a far more lopsided age distribution than is found among online video viewers overall.

A separate Pew study found that while more than three-quarters of 18-to-29-year-old Internet users had watched some type of online video in February or March 2007, more than half of 30-to-49-year-old Internet users had viewed online video as well.

Nearly four out of 10 Internet users 65 and older had also tuned in, proving that the general online video audience is not exclusively young.

Online videos viewing in general is no longer a niche activity and is widespread among Internet users of all ages. Marketing that incorporates user-generated video, however, should probably still target young adults in particular.

[for the full article with graphs and stats click here]

47TH FITCE CONGRESS Liverpool September 2008

Come together with communications professionals from across Europe and the wider world at the 47th European FITCE Congress in Liverpool, European Capital of Culture, 2008.

Echo Arena & BT Convention Centre

September 3rd - 6th 2008, Liverpool, UK

The Magical Mystery Tour: Next Stop...True Convergence?

"The communications industry is undergoing one of the most exciting and fundamental transformations in its entire history. What new opportunities and challenges will be opened up by convergence and the transition to next generation services?”

Transforming Lives...
People are increasingly using technology to transform their lives at work, home, and at play. The combination of mobility and convergence is allowing people to do what they want, where they want, when they want, with the information and entertainment that they choose. Typically 70% of adults with broadband are already buying products and services online - but where does the digital society go next? Will "user-generated content" challenge broadcasting models? Will the communications industry really help to build sustainable businesses? How much difference will the electronic delivery of public services to citizens make in practice? Will transformational government cross the digital divide?

Transforming Services...
As the digital world blurs the boundaries between home and work lifestyles, people expect all of their communications services to be seamless, secure and straight-forward. Organisations face increasing pressure to reduce fraud-based risk whilst improving customer service at reduced cost. What needs to be done to give customers the peace of mind to use online services when more than one-third of European net users don't bank online due to concerns around fraud? Service bundling is now a well established trend in Europe but what’s next? Will triple play and quad play be the winning strategy or will the increasing array of bundles on offer simply confuse customers? Will wireless internet services offer something radically new? Will open standards really generate innovative and creative collaboration?

Transforming Networks...
The majority of European network players have turned their attention to developing Next Generation Network (NGN) strategies. How will this impact on traditional business models and processes in an all IP world? Does the arrival of ubiquitous broadband mean that smart softwarebased applications are the new competitive battle field? Do current web based VoIP offers need to improve their customer experience? Will the local loop remain a bottleneck restricting access speeds? Or will technology offer unlimited bandwidth to the home? What will vastly increased traffic mean for network design and management?

What is FITCE?
Originally formed some 46 years ago as a federation of engineers from European telecommunication national operators, FITCE* now provides a forum for the wide-ranging group of ICT professionals. FITCE embraces all of Europe's ICT industry including manufacturers, software developers, fixed, mobile and alternative network operators, Internet service providers, new players, consultants, and academics. FITCE continues to expand, with newly established associations in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, bringing the total to some 15 countries.

Please keep in mind that submissions which look at the applications and implications of technology and technology change are more likely to be selected than those that are overly technical.

Abstracts of proposed papers are now invited for the 47th European congress of FITCE. Submissions are welcome on any subject related to the congress themes - transforming lives, services and networks - and a non-exhaustive list of suggested areas is shown below.

Submissions should contain:
An abstract of 500 words (in English).
A brief biography of the author(s).
Full contact details (email, telephone, and postal address).
Name of the national association.

The papers will be selected on relevance and originality of content.

Submission of abstracts via web portal by 29th February 2008.
Authors will be advised of the outcome of the paper selection by early April 2008.
The full text of the selected papers (maximum 6 x A4 in English) is required by end of May 2008.

Free Screening of New Copyright Documentary + Negativland Shorts

In cooperation with the Media Education Foundation and La Lutta, Free Culture @ NYU is screening Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property at 9pm on Thursday, January 31.

Narrated by Naomi Klein, the film features interviews with Stanford Law’s Lawrence Lessig, Illegal Art Show curator Carrie McLaren, Negativland’s Mark Hosler, UVA media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan, and Free Culture @ NYU co-founder Inga Chernyak, among many others. This 53-minute documentary will be preceded by selections from Negativland’s new DVD, Our Favorite Things, and it will be followed by a Q&A with Freedom of Expression® author and director Kembrew McLeod and co-producer Jeremy Smith.

Freedom of Expression Screening and Q&A with Creators
Sponsored by Free Culture @ NYU, NYU ACM, and WiNC
Free and Open to the Public (bring ID if non-NYU)
Thursday, January 31, 2008
NYU’s Courant Institute
Room #109
251 Mercer Street b/w Bleecker and W. 4th

Visit for more about Freedom of Expression® (including video clips, a Creative Commons-licensed PDF of McLeod’s book, a CC-licensed version of “This Land Is Your Land” by the Mekons’ Jon Langford, an in-depth interview about copyright and culture with novelist Jonathan Lethem, additional educational resources, ordering information, and other fun stuff).

For more info on Negativland’s DVD, visit

About the documentary:
In 1998, university professor Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase “freedom of expression”—a startling comment on the way that intellectual property law can restrict creativity and the expression of ideas. This provocative and amusing documentary explores the battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of our cultural commons. Based on McLeod’s award-winning book of the same title, Freedom of Expression® charts the many successful attempts to push back the assault on free expression by overzealous copyright holders.


Call for authors on book(s) about digital culture

(Edited by Andy Kavoori, Grady College, University of Georgia, Athens, GA)

Book 1: Gaming: An International Communication Perspective

This edited book will address Gaming (video, on-line, single/multiple player) by examining its sociological relevance from a global perspective (most current books have an American focus). Papers should examine one or more of the following topics:

(a) History: Growth of gaming as a global industry, discourse and media product

(b) Representation: How gaming environments construct the world (this could be for example, a textual/content analysis of games that are international in content)

(c) Politics: The political universe of Games. Of special interest to the editor are case studies of Gaming and War/Terrorism (especially games like America's Army and Islamogames)

(d) Theory: Stand-alone theoretical essays that frame the field of Gaming using international communication theory (for example, political economy, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, globalization theory).

Please send abstracts by March 30th to and put in the subject line "abstract for international gaming book."

Book 2: The Digital Culture Reader

This edited book will examine the discursive content of on-line mass mediated digital culture. Essays are invited for four sections of the book which will be focused on:

(a) Stand alone theoretical essays on the subject of "digital culture" defined within the fields of digital cultural studies, technology studies, sociology/anthropology, and media studies. Essays examining institutional development, historical context, and international import are especially welcome.

(b) Essays on the "texts" of You Tube

(c) Essays on the "texts" of MySpace and Facebook and

(d) Essays on the "texts" of Second Life.

The methodological approach may include content, textual, rhetorical, discursive, ethnographic and other methods commonly used in digital cultural studies. Some specific questions that the textual analysis essays might address include:

(1) What happens to questions of identity politics (race, class, gender and sexuality) in the constructs of Youtube, Facebook/MySpace and Second Life? Does digital culture move the debate about identity politics beyond the big four (race, gender, etc) and construct new hybrid/virtual/idiosyncratic vocabularies for the presentation of identity politics?

(2) Does the digital imagination (the process of creating consumer generated content) reconfigure questions of democracy, citizenship, entertainment and representation?

(3) What are the ranges of discursive constructs across cultural / national and global contexts? Studies that examine non-western digital content on the above websites are especially welcome.

Please send an abstract by March 30th to and put in the subject line "abstract for digital culture book."

Book 3: Journalism/Gaming: Mapping the Intersection

This edited book seeks to bring together two of the most important contemporary industry trends—the rapidly changing nature of digital journalism and the world of Gaming, both centered on youth culture, practices and politics. The two industries have historically been seen as separate —with traditional mass media journalism, positioned as a place where the serious work of citizenship takes place and Gaming seen as a vehicle for consumption—and for its critics, a discursive dead end focused on violence and pleasure. Both industries have a very specific orientation youth culture—Gaming is at the heart of youth culture; traditional journalism appears to have little resonance with young people.

This book takes as its goal the articulation of a theoretical, empirical and political vision that argues that Journalism and Gaming need to be engaged – that new genres, modes of participatory culture, political action and ideas about citizenship need to be strategized in order to make such a connection possible.

To that end, the collection seeks essays that:

(a) articulate the terms, conditions and theoretical frameworks that may be usefully applied in "mapping the intersection" between Journalism and Gaming. The editor is especially interested in essays that apply theories of one field onto the other, i.e. theorists of Journalism writing essays about Gaming and theorists of Gaming examining Journalism.

(b) Case studies of Games (video, on-line, single, multiplayer) where "Journalism" broadly defined is taking place—this may include studies of the use games that build on contemporary news events or use of games such as "Palestine"

(c) cross-cultural and global trends in the use of Journalism/Gaming, especially as they relate to issues of media and war/Terrorism.

(d) Media education projects that emphasize the connections between these two industries.

Please send an abstract by March 30th to and put in the subject line "abstract for journalism/gaming book".

TIME LINE: Once abstracts have been collected, a formal proposal will be submitted to leading scholarly publishers (the editor has long-standing relations with a number of publishers and has initiated negotiations). Full papers will be sought from selected contributors once contracts have been signed (approximately, mid fall, 2008).

Anandam (Andy) Kavoori is an Associate Professor in the Grady College of
Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
His co-edited books include The Cell Phone Reader (Peter Lang), Media, Terrorism, Theory (Rowman and Littlefield), The Global Dynamics of News (Ablex) and Global Bollywood (New York University Press). He is the author of Thinking Television (Peter Lang).

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the winners of the first SPARKY Awards. The 2007 contest called on entrants to imaginatively illustrate in a short video the value of sharing ideas and information of all kinds.

The three winning entries offer a glimpse of student views on the importance of access to information, and feature an animated look at the most basic benefits of sharing, a film noir-style crime investigation using the Internet, and a tongue-in-cheek documentary on Open Access.

The winners are:

First Place
Written and directed by Habib Yazdi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

First Runner Up
"Pri Vetai: Private Eye”
Directed by Tommy McCauley and Max Silver, Carleton College

Second Runner Up
“An Open Access Manifesto”
Written and directed by Romel Espinel and Josh Hadro, Pratt Institute

“I decided to participate in the contest because I strongly believe in the value of sharing – especially with regard to information,” said Habib Yazdi, who is a senior communication studies major. “Through sharing what we have learned we can improve the lives of those who are less privileged. Being on a college campus, I have really come to appreciate how many students are willing to share knowledge with others.”

"Tommy and I had a lot of fun working on our film,” said Max Silver, a freshman. Being able to access information for free has vastly changed society, especially in the lives of students. It is important to realize this, and to keep moving in the same direction – to give as many people as much information as possible."

Josh Hadro, a student of library science, added, “While the focus of our class was academic librarianship, Open Access was a frequently recurring theme in our discussions, and one to which nearly all of the students in our small seminar-style class were sympathetic. Romel and I especially agreed with this idea of the inevitable progress of the Open Access movement, and used the opening of the video to highlight this. We enjoyed the thought of the Ken Burns-esque look back at a time before Open Access was a given.” Their film was made as a final project for a course in scholarly communication.

“Taking a look at student views on access to information through the contest entries was fun and enlightening,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. “Our winners’ entertaining and thought-provoking works will surely stimulate others to consider the power and importance of information sharing. Thanks to everyone who participated and to our esteemed judges.”

Submissions were judged by a panel that included:

• Peter Wintonick, award-winning documentary filmmaker and principal of Necessary Illusions Productions Inc.

• Karen Rustad, president of Free Culture 5C and a senior at Scripps College majoring in media studies

• Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC

• Rick Johnson, communications consultant and founding director of SPARC

• José-Marie Griffiths, Professor & Dean at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

• Aaron Delwiche, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas

Each of the winning entries is available under a Creative Commons use license, which enables creators to easily mark their work with the freedoms they want it to carry and tells users what rights they have beyond those under copyright.

For more details on the contest, including information on the 2008 competition, please see the SPARKY Awards Web site at

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC is a founding member of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition of patient, academic, research, and publishing organizations that supports open public access to the results of federally funded research – including research funded by the National Institutes of Health. SPARC is on the Web at

Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award


Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award

Sponsored by
Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for research papers and published works (i.e., books or articles) to be considered for Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award. To be considered for the Christians Award, submissions should interpret or address important theoretical issues in the areas of ethics, mass communication theory, and the relationship between media and technology and culture; interpret and apply concepts employed in Christians' work in new and insightful ways. Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Christians’ approaches and concepts, (2) originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge. Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four:

Dr. Lee Wilkins, University of Missouri
Dr. Robert Fortner, Calvin College
Dr. Deni Elliott, University of South Florida
Dr. Ronald Arnett, Duquesne University

Both single and co-authored works are accepted. Applications may only be submitted for award consideration once. Published materials submitted must have appeared no earlier than eighteen months prior to each year’s application. The Award winner will receive a Christians Award plaque to be presented in the 2008 Annual Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), or the National Communication Association (NCA).

Those interested please send six copies of the research papers or published works (if the publication is a book, six copies of the table of contents and of one chapter is sufficient) with a 100-word abstract to:

Shing-Ling S. Chen
Dept. of Communication Studies
Univ. of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Tel: 319-273-6021

Application deadline is February 29, 2008. Notification of the award will be sent out by May 31, 2008.

Questions and comments about Christians Award application, please contact Shing-Ling S. Chen, Dept. of Communication Studies, Univ. of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614; Tel: 319-273-6021; E-mail:


A special issue of ALT-J, Research in Learning Technology

Immersive virtual worlds (IVWs), such as Second Life, Active Worlds, Croquet and Forterra and massive multi-player games (MMPGs), such as EverQuest and World of Warcraft represent a paradigm shift in learning technology, and an important challenge to the world of education. They provide a platform with the potential to support a wide variety of activities, many of which have been adapted to learning and teaching, particularly in higher education. For some the spatial and social qualities of IVWs are exciting and attractive, for others, such as those involved in games-based learning, they can be seen as slow and troublesome. Nevertheless, interest in using IVWs and MMPGs in learning and teaching is growing rapidly.

The aim of this special issue of ALT-J is to develop and publish a timely collection of papers representing current research, developments and ideas in educational applications of IVWs and MMPGs. Of particular interest are papers that go beyond descriptions of objects and activities to build links between practice and pedagogy, and offer conceptual, methodological and analytical rigour. Example topic areas for inclusion in this special issue include, but are not necessarily confined to:

- Issues of embodiment
- Running IVWs and MMPGs cost effectively on a large scale
- Contexts in which use of IVWs is likely to be pedagogically effective
- Understandings of identity
- Research into learning and teaching in IVWs and MMPGs
- The impact of virtual quests
- Uses of collaborative simulation
- Collaborative construction
- The value of virtual laboratories
- Uses of virtual field work
- Group discussion in IVWs and MMPGs
- Problem-based learning in IVWs and MMPGs
- Geo-spatial representation of content
- The impact on learners and teachers
- Institutional aspects of IVWs and MMPGs
- How IVWs and MMPGs alter views of learning
- IVWs and MMPGs in schools

Full details of how to submit can be found at:

For queries and guidance relating to the call please contact:
Robert Ward
Maggi Savin-Baden

Important dates:
- Until 22 February 2008: Submission of abstracts and formal/informal response from Special Issue Editors.
- Submission of full papers: 31st March 2008.

Who Doesn't Use the Internet?

US consumers generally enjoy widespread Internet access. While the Web was once the playground of affluent early adopters, the demographic profile of the US Internet user now resembles that of most Americans.

Nonetheless, about one-quarter of Americans have no Internet access, according to a wide-ranging report titled "Information Searches That Solve Problems: How People Use the Internet, Libraries and Government Agencies When They Need Help" by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

For marketers working on multimedia campaigns, knowing who the non-users are can help determine media buys—and avoid wasting Web efforts targeting consumers who will never get the message.

Pew said that those with limited access or no access to the Internet tended to be older, less affluent and less well educated.

The organization also studied the demographics of those with "low access," meaning either no access or only dial-up access.

When dial-up users were added in, demographic differences fell away. In other words, the low-access group had similar characteristics to Internet users as a whole. As the researchers put it, "demographic predictors are evident only within the 24% of those with no access at all."

Pew's data lined up quite closely with that of other researchers. Pew's US broadband penetration number of 55%, for instance, is close to eMarketer's 2007 estimate of 53.6%.

[via - for the full report with graphs and stats click here]

Chinese-Americans Are 'Bilingual' Online

Chinese-language media may be the best way to target Chinese-Americans, but the language itself does not factor into important purchasing decisions.

That is the main finding announced in a January 2008 Global Advertising Strategies-Chinese Media Net study.

The firms found that Chinese-Americans consumed nearly equal amounts of Chinese- and English-language Internet content, while usage varied considerably for other media, partially based on content availability, not merely language preference.

Global Advertising Strategies said there were some sample characteristics that could affect their data and thus account for the high level of English-language media consumption.

For one, respondents were highly educated (69% reported having a post-graduate degree). Nearly all respondents were also foreign-born (mostly in mainland China). The 2000 US Census found that only 65% of Chinese-Americans at the time were born abroad.

Global Advertising Strategies said that respondents' language preferences indicated that mainland Chinese immigrants were adapting to both American and Chinese-American culture.

The firm also asked respondents how much time they spent online. About one-third said they spent one to seven hours a week online. Another 30% spent between seven and 24 hours online weekly. Nearly one-third said they were online for one day or more every week. Only 7% of respondents said they spent an hour or less online every week.

The figures agree closely with data for Asian-Americans overall from the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University's "Multicultural Marketing Equation Study 2007, Report No. 1."

The Asian-Americans in that study spent more time online than any other ethnicity, at over 21 hours total on average every week.

[via - for the full report with stats and graphs click here]

Political Web Ad Spending Could Hit $110 Million in 2008

A Lehman Brothers report on 2008 online political ad revenue published last week is bullish, especially when compared to another recent forecast. The analyst firm predicts political advertisers could spend over $110 million on Web ads this year, with less than half that amount coming from presidential election-related advertising. Indeed, Lehman Brothers Analyst Douglas Anmuth believes the portion of ad spending online by political campaigns, pegged at 3.6 percent, will double by the midterm elections in 2010, and could hit double digits by 2012.
The "Anmuth's Internet Inside Weekly" report states $42.5 million or 5 percent of all presidential campaign spending in 2008 will flow online. The remaining forecast $67.1 million in online political ad spending will come from other political advertisers, including congressional and public policy related campaigns. Mirroring other prognostications, the firm anticipates an incremental rise in online campaign ad expenditures moving forward.

Lehman Brothers also expects US online advertising to grow 24 percent to $26.2 billion in 2008, pointing particularly to presidential election and summer Olympics-related ad spending as key drivers.

The report suggests presidential campaigns will spend more of their ad budgets on the Web compared with statewide campaigns because they are national in scope. However, it's important to note the ability to target ads geographically down to the zip code level has been a draw to presidential candidate campaigns during the primary season. Geo-targeting will most likely continue to be an attractive option to these advertisers once party nominees emerge, since the campaigns typically target ads heavily in important swing states or other tight-race regions.

Overall, total political ad spending on all media in '08 is set to reach over $3 billion, with $850 million coming from the presidential campaigns, according to the report. Spending by US Senate campaigns across media will rise almost 8 percent from $302 million to $325 million, while US House spending will go up nearly 19 percent from $337 million to $400 million. Public policy and other state efforts will also drive political ad revenues this year. Ad spending by such groups, however, isn't always associated with a candidate campaign.

Lehman's estimate that 3.6 percent of political ad dollars will move online this year is higher than the 1.6 percent estimate published in a December PQ Media report. That forecast encompasses political ad spending on all media in 2007 leading up to the presidential primaries, as well as '08 revenues, totaling an estimated $4.5 billion across all media. Despite casting a larger net, PQ predicts just $73 million is expected to go towards the Web, compared with Lehman's $110 million forecast.

According to PQ, about 80 percent of all money spent by political advertisers on the Web will go towards e-mail marketing efforts, a primary method for online fundraising pitches and communicating with grassroots supporters. The Lehman report, which represents all forms of online advertising, notes, "our estimates are directly associated with the advertising budgets of each candidate." Anmuth added he thinks less Web spending is going towards e-mail than is estimated by PQ.

The Lehman report notes about 80 percent of the projected $3 billion in political ad spending will go towards TV, with the rest going to radio, print and the Web.

"We believe the major publishers such as Yahoo! and others are likely to benefit not just from campaign advertising, but also from increased traffic and engagement across their News and Elections coverage," predicts Lehman.

As reported by ClickZ News last month, Yahoo served up the lion's share of presidential campaign ad impressions in 2007, according to Nielsen Online AdRelevance information. Nearly 90 million ad impressions from the candidates, or 32 percent, ran across Yahoo, and MSN grabbed about 30 million or 11 percent of display ads run by presidential hopefuls. Excite and AOL also scored a chunk of ad dollars from the presidential campaigns.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Call for papers: Special issue of JCMC

Call for papers: Special issue of JCMC
for more info:

Young People, Mediated Discourse and Communication Technologies

Guest Editor:
Crispin Thurlow
University of Washington

Abstracts due: July 1, 2008
Full papers due: November 1, 2008
Publication: April 2009

After cybersex and e-commerce, perhaps the most widely discussed CMC-related issue is so called 'cyberkids' and the 'net generation'. Almost on a daily basis there are stories in the media addressing adult concerns about young people's involvement with new communication technologies like instant messaging, text messaging and social
networking sites. These popular representations are often speculative, anecdotal and exaggerated. Young people are typically caught in a no-win situation: on the one hand, they are depicted as being somehow naturally predisposed and automatically 'wired' to new technologies; on the other hand, they are viewed as being enslaved to technology, as either arch-consumers or tragic victims.

CMC and new media scholars know well that generalizations about technologically-mediated communicative practices are inherently problematic, conflating as they do important differences in the affordances and constraints of different technologies. By the same token, the homogenizing rhetoric of 'net generation' and 'cyberkids'
conceals the diversity of young people's lives and their experiences with communication technology. Most popular discourse also overlooks those disadvantaged young people who cannot simply take the internet and more recent technologies for granted.

This special issue of JCMC seeks to answer a simple question: what are young people really doing with new communication technology? Papers are sought which examine children and teenager's mediated discourse - in other words, their actual language and communication practices. Papers should therefore be empirically grounded, situated and contextual (e.g. user- and use-specific). By no means exhaustive, papers might address the following types of research questions:

- how are young people reworking standard linguistic forms and practices?

- how do young people themselves talk about new technology and/or its role in their lives?

- how are new technologies seen to be supporting young people’s interpersonal needs?

- how are young people using technologies for artistic, political and other creative purposes?

- how are new communication technologies connecting different groups of young people?

Papers reporting findings from diverse and under-represented social backgrounds are especially welcome.

Potential authors should submit a preliminary proposal of 500 to 750 words by June 1, 2008 to the guest editor Crispin Thurlow (thurlow @ - please put "JCMC Special Issue" in the subject line). Proposals should include the central research question, the theoretical and/or empirical basis for the paper and preliminary findings, interpretations or insights. Those interested in submitting a proposal are also encouraged to contact the guest editor with their questions and

Authors whose proposals are accepted will be invited (by August 1, 2008) to submit for review a full paper of roughly 7,000-10,000 words by September 1, 2008. The JCMC is an interdisciplinary journal and so authors should plan for papers that will be accessible to non-specialists and try to make their paper relevant to this audience.
Anticipated publication date for the issue is April 2009.

Final submissions should be emailed to the guest editor, Crispin Thurlow at thurlow @ Again, please put "JCMC Special Issue" in the subject line. The usual JCMC manuscript guidelines should be followed.

There is no shortage of scholarly research on college-age people - a convenient and often captive audience! As a consequence, it sometimes feels as if we know more about this period of the lifespan than we do about any others (Thurlow, 2005). In an attempt to redress this imbalance and to give voice to a major new-media constituency, this special issue will give priority to papers which make the experiences of children and teenagers a central focus - in other words, young people
under the age of twenty (to use an otherwise arbitary cut-off point). Papers which focus on young, colleage-age adults are encouraged to situate their data/analysis with reference to the broader lifespan.

Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse

Call for Papers

Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse

International Reality Television Conference

Location: Kadir Has University, Istanbul, TURKEY
Date: September 12, 2008 – September 14, 2008

When Survivor: Cook Islands (2006) in the United States premiered as a contest between races, discussions regarding racial inequality and how Survivor would reinforce or challenge racial stereotypes inevitably followed. The examples concerning how reality television may trigger political discussions are not limited to Survivor: Cook Islands. The place of reality television in the contemporary political discourses followed a variety of reality shows, such as Big Brother (surveillance and privacy), Beauty and the Geek (gender inequality and stereotypes), The Real World (religion, gender and homosexuality), American Idol (voting patterns), and The Apprentice (American dream)

Reality TV indeed is an international phenomenon. We are inviting scholars from all over the world to submit your completed manuscripts or abstracts that discuss whether/how reality programs serve as a platform for a political discussion in different cultural or national contexts. These issues include but are not limited to race, nationality, religion, gender inequality, privacy, copyrights. We aim to produce an edited volume out of the papers submitted for this conference.

Possible topics include:

· Whether and why reality television should or should not be any different from other genres as a platform for discussion of issues related to politics.

· Whether/how television viewers use reality television to form opinions about politics, race, etc.

· Whether fans of reality television find these discussions as central or peripheral to their enjoyment of the genre.

· How participants of reality programs feel about being a part of controversies about issues related to daily politics.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

· Dr. Annette Hill (Professor, University of Westminster)
· Dr. Mark Andrejevic (Associate Professor, University of Iowa)
· Dr. Marwan M. Kraidy (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania)

Submit a 500 word maximum proposal or paper to:
Lemi Baruh


For further information about the conference, contact:
Dr. Lemi Baruh (
Dr. Ji Hoon Park (

Flow Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 5 now online

We want to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture is available at

FlowTV is a critical forum on television and media culture published by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Flow’s mission is to provide a space where researchers, teachers, students, and the public can read about and discuss the changing landscape of contemporary media at the speed that media moves.

This issue, we feature columns from John W. Jordan, Tasha Oren, Mara Einstein, Anna Beatrice Scott, Tim Havens, and Kathleen Battles.

This issue's columns in brief:

"The Anachronism of Television Subsription Packages"
by John W. Jordan:
If television viewers are not able to use that medium to gain access to the content they want when they want it, then the medium itself can only continue to make itself an increasingly irrelevant part of that viewer's media lifestyle.

"Therapy is Complicated: HBO's Foray into Modular Storytelling with In Treatment"
by Tasha Oren:
Based on a hit Israeli TV show, HBO's In Treatment, about a therapist and his patients, invites viewers to mix and match their own viewing schedules.

"Is it Religion or is it Entertainment?"
by Mara Einstein:
An exploration of the blur between the sacred and the secular in current media.

"Revisitation and Constant Auditions: The Politics of Placing People"
by Anna Beatrice Scott:
How do we reward and protect creative labor while we insist on stripping it from the bodies that produce it?

"Where Babies Really Come From ..."
by Tim Havens:
A Baby Story, it would seem, has become a present-day ritual for at least some segments of the expectant-parent population in the U.S.

"On the Relevancy of Radio"
by Kathleen Battles:
Despite its influence, radio often remains marginal to media studies.

Issues in design research and design research methods

Journal: Artifact
Special issue: Issues in design research and design research methods


Design research is a challenging topic with many open issues concerning conceptual foundations and methodological practices. It is also a timely topic, given the current movement in art and design institutions towards articulation, conceptualization and research, where labels such as practice-based research abound.

We aim at compiling a special issue of Artifact that collects up-to-date experience and thoughts on design research, crucial issues for taking the field further, and best practices in design research methodology.

To be a little more specific, we might use the well-known distinction between research-into-design, research-for-design, and research-by-design that was introduced by British scholars in the 1970s. Even though it is somewhat debated, it helps in indicating the breadth of the design research field. Research-into-design refers to studies of the activity of designing, whereas research-for-design concerns the development of knowledge to support design practice and research-by-design refers to developing knowledge about a phenomenon by designing for it.

What we are looking for are contributions that report on theoretical and methodological findings in design research, or reflect upon theoretical and methodological issues in design research, rather than examples of design research per se. Here are some examples of questions to indicate the kind of contributions we have in mind.

- Research-into-design: How can we study the activity of designing? What are the methodological conclusions and caveats? What are the characteristics of designing that have an impact on the choice of research methods?

- Research-for-design: What is design ability and how can it bedeveloped? How can the development of design ability be facilitated by knowledge contributions from research? What does validation mean in relation to such knowledge contributions? What are the criteria for judging the quality of research results? How can we conduct research that leads to knowledge for design?

- Research-by-design: How can we conduct research by design? Can we construct knowledge about a phenomenon by designing for it? What is the nature of that knowledge? What is the role of the artifact in such knowledge construction processes? What does validation mean in relation to knowledge constructed by designing? What are the criteria for judging goodness of research results? What are the epistemological foundations of exploring possible futures?

There are, of course, also general questions to be addressed, such as:
What is design research? What should it be? What is the role of design research? What should it be? Our list of questions is by no means complete. It is provided merely for inspiration, to get your thoughts started on what could be a useful contribution to the special issue.


1. Submit your manuscript as a PDF file by email to both of us, no later than March 15, 2008. You can find our addresses below. The manuscript should be no more than 12 000 words and formatted for general readability. See the Instructions for authors at the Artifact web site (address below) for information on how to treat references and other aspects of manuscript preparation. Start the subject line with the words "Artifact special issue submission".

2. Your manuscript will be peer-reviewed and we will notify you of our decision no later than May 1, 2008. The manuscript can be accepted for publication (as-is or with minor revisions), accepted conditionally if you revise it according to our instructions, or rejected.

3a. Authors of accepted manuscripts submit final version of text and images for publication no later than June 1, 2008.

3b. Authors of conditionally accepted manuscripts submit final version of revised text and images for publication no later than June 1, 2008. We provide notification of acceptance no later than June 8, 2008.

4. We write an editorial introduction and hand it over to the general editors, together with the accepted manuscripts, on July 1, 2008. The articles appear in volume 2, issue 3, of Artifact, which is slated to appear in September, 2008.


If you have questions about this call for contributions, or if you have an idea for a contribution that you want to discuss with us before starting to develop it, we would be happy to talk to you. Please send us an email and we will get back to you. We are looking forward to your contribution!

The guest editors:
Jonas Löwgren, Malmö University, Sweden,
Yukari Nagai, Japan Adv. Institute of Science and Technology,

The journal Artifact is published by Taylor and Francis. It is an international peer-reviewed academic journal dealing with design. The journal addresses topical themes and issues that are of relevance to design researchers, practising designers, and manufacturers. It reflects the broad field that makes up design today by giving researchers from different disciplines the opportunity to debate and exchange ideas about specific areas and issues.

The aim of the journal is to promote transdisciplinary design research, encourage cross-fertilization, interconnections, and crossbreeding among different scientific disciplines, the design industry, and the arts. The journal embraces experimental research approaches to design, with a basis in, or view to applied design

More information about Artifact, including general instructions on manuscript preparation, is available at

Monday, January 21, 2008


European Communication Research and Education Association - ECREA

2nd ECREA CONFERENCE, Barcelona, 25-28 November 2008
Hosted by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)


The 'Digital Culture and Communication' section invites everyone who works on these issues, within the broad theme of ECREA's 2nd international conference, 'Communication policies and culture in Europe' to submit proposals.

The section 'Digital Culture and Communication' aims to further exchange and develop research at the European level in the field of digital media and informational culture as this is broadly defined. We welcome work that crosses disciplines and that operates at the boundaries of what might generally be allowed to constitute media/ communication systems. The section actively seeks both empirical and theoretical/critical work.

Digital media technologies allow us to rethink existing media and communication theories and approaches (as well as research methods). They also force us to redefine traditional boundaries and to explore new forms of interaction. We therefore encourage work based on interdisciplinary approaches that address the broad theme of the conference call, and the section's interests. We welcome proposals which reflect both theoretical and methodological challenges in digital culture and communication research as well as those exploring new boundaries within the field.

For further information about the section please visit our (relative stable) blog at: or email Maren Hartmann: and/or Caroline Bassett:, Kate O’Riordan:

This invitation is for proposals of pre-organized panels, posters, and individual papers 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,

Paper-presenters and panellists will be asked to confirm their intention to attend by registering before October 24, 2008.

Please note that, as a policy, ECREA Candidates can submit "one proposal as first author, and more as co-author (second, ...), chair or respondent of a panel - but a participant will be allowed only one paper presentation. The length of the individual abstracts is preferably 400 and maximum 500 words. A panel proposal combines a panel abstract with the individual abstracts, of each 400-500 words. Participants will indicate their preference for a specific section (where they want to present their paper / poster / panel)".

[via Digital Culture and Communication blog]

Play: A two-day international, interdisciplinary conference - Call for Papers

Play: A two-day international, interdisciplinary conference hosted by the
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of connversation.

Play is the exultation of the possible.
Martin Buber

What is play to the cat is death to the mouse.
German Proverb

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Jack Nicholson

Frivolous, serious, political, humorous, powerful: play permeates every aspect of contemporary culture and has become a central concern within the humanities, inspiring a variety of approaches and interpretations.

When do we play, or perhaps, when do we not play? Is contemporary culture characterized by its playfulness? Have we always been playing? What are the social and cultural functions of play? Can play be political or must it always be frivolous? Is it a universal and intrinsic human activity? How do different cultures play?

The Graduate School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh invites you to consider the notion of play and how it can illuminate topical concerns in the arts and humanities. Papers may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Play and identity:

* Playboys and playgirls: gender and sexual play.
* Playing with the self: race, gender, nation, class.
* The body as playground: transformations and decorations.

Play and the arts:

* Representations of play.
* The play's the thing: performance and theatricality.
* Playing with representation: from avant-garde to postmodernism.

Playing the game:

* Playing the field: sport and play.
* Leisure and organized play.
* From Mancala to Majong to Mario: the games people play.
* the internet as playground.

Play and philosophy:

* Philosophy in play; play in philosophy.
* The limitations of play: play as a finite concept.
* Language games.

Play and transgression:

* Playing with fire: dangerous play, serious play, subversive play.
* The carnivalesque.
* Parody and satire.

Keynote Speaker: to be confirmed.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Forum, the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts.

Please submit a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words by the 29th of February 2008 to Each paper should be approximately 20 minutes in length.

We also accept proposals for panels. To propose a panel, please include a an abstract consisting of no more than 500 words, outlining the proposed theme and formation of the panel, and including individual abstracts of no more than 300 words for each of the papers. Each panel should consist of three 20 minute papers.

IT Culture and Values: Occupational, Organizational and Societal

CFP: IT Culture and Values: Occupational, Organizational and Societal

AMCIS 2008 - Toronto, Ontario - 14-17 August 2008
Papers Due: March 3, 2008
Mini-track ID: AMCIS-MT-74-2008
Mini-track title: IT Culture and Values: Occupational, Organizational and Societal
Track: Social Aspects of IS

Conference web site:

The goal of research on culture and IT is diverse in both context and method. Rather than focusing on cross-cultural studies that compare IT development and use in different countries, the focus of this mini-track is to provide a forum for research that seeks to understand the values and assumptions embedded in both the technology, and the human group served by the technology (i.e. the occupational group, the organization, the society). Recent articles (e.g. Leidner & Kayworth, 2006) continue to call for more attention to values and cultural assumptions associated with IT if we are to be successful in addressing various types of conflict.

We would like to make AMCIS the main venue for reporting issues and research associated with occupational, organizational, and social cultural issues related to IT. Specifically, we would like to see a forum for exploration of changes in embedded values, assumptions and social change related to information and communication technologies. Even the concept of "IT culture" can be interpreted in many ways. We see this concept of "IT culture" as a complex organizational phenomenon that is suitable for an AMCIS mini-track.

Suggested topics:

- The IT culture, the information culture, the digital culture, the online culture, the geek culture, and culture in virtual environments

- Organizational culture, information systems and management

- IT cultural issues in organizations and in modern society, such as the "generational divide", and cultural change due to information and communication technologies

- IT Culture and other issues such as education, security, change, etc.

- IT culture and system conflicts within organizations and society

- Impact of IT culture on occupational, organizational and societal use of IT

- Occupational Culture, the IT workforce, end-user studies where culture matters

- Methodological issues conducting IT culture research (i.e. case studies, ethnography, mixed methods)

- An assessment of software for supporting culture studies

- Ethnography and culture in virtual environments

Papers Due: March 3, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: April 14, 2008
Camera Ready Copy Due: April 28, 2008

Mini-track Chair(s):
Michelle Lynn Kaarst-Brown, Syracuse University,
Indira R. Guzman, TUI University,
Mini-track gmail account:

A complete version of this CFP can be found here:

International Journal of Internet Research Ethics, 1.1, now available

The International Journal of Internet Research Ethics (IJIRE) is the first peer-reviewed online journal, dedicated specifically to cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural research on Internet Research Ethics. All disciplinary perspectives, from those in the arts and humanities, to the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, are reflected in the journal.

The IJIRE publishes articles of both theoretical and practical nature to scholars from all disciplines who are pursuing—or reviewing—IRE work. Case studies of online research, theoretical analyses, and practitioner-oriented scholarship that promote understanding of IRE at ethics and institutional review boards, for instance, are encouraged. Methodological differences are embraced.

The IJIRE is published at the Center for Information Policy Research, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Table of Contents of Issue 1.1

Introduction: Why IJIRE?
Elizabeth Buchanan and Charles Ess

Small Talk
Annette Markham

Ethical Approaches to Robotic Data Gathering in Academic Research
Gove Allen, Dan Burk, and Charles Ess

Data as Representation: Beyond Anonymity in e-Research Ethics
Annamaria Carusi

Researching the Researchers: Market Researchers, Child Subjects and the Problem of “Informed” Consent
Sara M. Grimes

Emerging Legal Issues in the Collection and Dissemination of Internet-Sourced Research Data: Part I, Basic Tort Law Issues and Negligence
Tomas A. Lipinski

Creating a Web of Attribution in the Feminist Blogosphere
Erin Hvizdak

Download Issue 1.1 here.

Cybermind Online Gender Project - Transforming Cultures ejournal

The latest edition of the Transforming Cultures ejournal is now live and available at:

The issue is called the Cybermind Online Gender Project and collects a group of papers which study the use of gender on an internet mailing list.

Comments, criticisms, elaborations etc most welcome, there is a section of this journal issue reserved for such feedback.


Gender in Online Worlds: An Introduction to, and Summary of, Cybermind Research
Jonathan Paul Marshall

'Dragging her dirt all over the net': Presence, Intimacy, Materiality V1.0
Esther Milne

Weavers & Warriors? Gender and Online Identity in 1997 and 2007 V1.0
Deirdre Ruane

The Mobilisation of Race and Gender on an Internet Mailing List V1.0
Jonathan Paul Marshall

The dynamics of gender perception and status in email-mediated group interaction V1.0
Alexanne Don


Elizabeth Barrette

Letters from 'Karen Crawford' V1.0, 25 Jan 2001++
Karen Crawford

Spam Agenda, V1.0
B. Dorris

Reflections on Cybermind, V1.0
Salwa Ghaly

Being a Girl Gamer - A Correspondence with Caitlin Martin V1.0
Caitlin Martin

Gender and You
Alan Sondheim

From the Internet Text: Gender, Embodiment and Ontology
Alan Sondheim

Cybermind Discusses Gender V1.0
Jonathan Paul Marshall

Symposium of Cultural Studies: calls for papers

Calls for Papers: Cultural Typhoon 2008 in Sendai

The 6th Annual Cultural Typhoon Symposium will be held in the Sendai Mediatheque (SMT), Sendai, Japan.

SMT is the one of the most famous architecture designed by the architect Toyo Ito, and was established in 2001 to promote active information exchanges through various media. It also aims at being a centre of cultural activities.

So, the theme of the symposium will be 'inter/space'.The meaning of inter/space includes a sense both of "empty" space and space "between things." By adding "inter" to "space", we hope to express conceptual aspects of "empty" and "in-between". Cultural Typhoon 2008 in Sendai aims at throwing light on aspects of life which have not been grasped within the existing discourse.

Symposium: June 28th (Sat.), June 29th (Sun.), 2008
Application deadline: February 20th (Wed.) for submitting a panel
proposal, and Mach 15th (Sat.) for submitting individual papers,
complete panel sessions, or exhibition and performance.

For further details, go to

JCER Special Issue on Media and Communication in Europe: Babel Revisited

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the
JCER Journal of Contemporary European Research

Media and Communication in Europe: Babel Revisited

Editor: Dr. Eamonn Butler, Department of Central and East European Studies,
University of Glasgow, U.K.

Guest Editor: Dr. Katharine Sarikakis, Institute of Communications Studies,
University of Leeds, U.K.

Sub-Editor: Agnes Inge Schneeberger, Institute of Communications Studies,
University of Leeds, U.K.

Editor for Book Reviews: Daithí Mac Síthigh, School of Law, Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

- Abstract deadline: Monday, 18 February, 2008
- Paper submission deadline for thematic workshop: Thursday, 3 April, 2008
- Date for thematic workshop for paper presentations, Centre for the Study of
Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol: Thursday, 10 April, 2008
- Article submission deadline: Friday, 1 August, 2008
- Publication Date: December, 2008

The JCER Journal of Contemporary European Research welcomes contributions for the December 2008 Special Issue 'Media and Communication in Europe: Babel Revisited'. This special issue is produced in collaboration with the UACES Specialist Study Group ‘Media and Communication in Europe’ (

Contemporary European societies undergo two important and related transformations: first, media, old and new, offer changing forms of political communication between rulers and ruled. That is, new media promises more direct links between citizens and political actors, among citizens themselves and across national borders. Further, established media adapts to the challenges of new media, but does not seem to sufficiently address the question of communicating political identities, therefore the search for transnational communication remains as does the perceived gap between citizens and their respective governments. Second, Europe, institutionally embodied in the European Union, constitutes a transformed space for political interaction, identity construction and debated public policies. Critical research questions on Europe and media, addressed by this special issue, are related to communicative processes. The European case of the ever changing relationships among political power centres and the mediation of political power to various sub systems and actors is Babel-like in at least two senses: Both the ambition in uniting a (culturally and politically) diverse continent and the looming failure of mutual misunderstanding and disintegration of the existing transnational political system.

The purpose of this special issue is to bring together current research that investigates the transformation of political processes in the EU and Europe through communication across these levels. Theoretical and structural aspects as well as political behaviour of different types of actors are of interest for this Special Issue.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Communication, participation and the Internet
• Media and Democracy in the EU
• European Integration in Public Spheres across Europe
• European identity formation
• European public opinion
• European media policy
• Communication and language barriers
• Communication and European cultural diversity
• European Citizenship

In preparation for this special issue, the UACES Specialist Study Group ‘Media and Communication in Europe’ organises a thematic workshop. This thematic workshop offers participants a presentation and discussion forum for their papers. Workshop participants will benefit from scholarly feedback from JCER editor Dr. Eamonn Butler and other participants to help develop their papers into coherent research articles. The workshop is also a great chance to expand professional and academic networks.

This call for papers therefore also includes deadlines for abstracts and workshop papers. Please find below an overview of all important dates and deadlines:

1. Abstract deadline for thematic workshop: Monday, 18 February, 2008
Authors may submit abstracts of up to 500 words until 18 February, 2008.
Please send abstracts to Agnes Schneeberger at and Julian
Weller at

2. Paper submission deadline for thematic workshop: Thursday, 3 April, 2008
Authors may submit papers of up to 5, 000 words in length to Agnes Schneeberger at and Julian Weller at
Papers will be circulated among other participants and editor Dr. Eamonn Butler for feedback preparation.

3. Thematic workshop for paper presentations, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol: Thursday, April 10, 2008
The workshop, organised by the UACES Specialist Study Group ‘Media and Communication in Europe’, will serve as a platform for paper presentation, discussion and feedback from JCER editor Dr. Eamonn Butler and other participants. Furthermore, Dr. Butler will explain the publication process and what authors will need to do to develop their papers into coherent research articles.

4. Article submission deadline: Friday, 1 August, 2008
Authors may submit full articles between 7, 000 to 8, 000 words to the JCER via
the journals online submission system. Please see for details. All
submitted articles will be peer-reviewed.

5. Publication Date: December, 2008
The JCER Special Issue ‘Media and Communication in Europe: Babel Revisited’ will
be published in December 2008.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Online Social Networks: Launch of New Majordomo List

Launch of Online Social Networks Majordomo List

During the past several years, online social networking sites have become quite pervasive within a variety of personal and professional communities. As noted by Wikipedia, *a social network service focuses on the building * of online social networks for communities of people who share interests and activities * . Most social network services * provide a collection of various ways for users to interact, such as chat, messaging, email, video, voice chat, file sharing, blogging,
discussion groups, * [etc.]*

The list is intended to serve as a forum in which individuals of any and all interests can discuss Any and All issues relating to Online Social Networks, most notably their current and potential use by libraries/librarians and/or their current/potential use within institutions of higher learning.

Significant discussion items will be highlighted in the Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services blog:

TO SUBSCRIBE to the OnlineSocialNetworks list send the following:

subscribe onlinesocialnetworks YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS


Once subscribed, subscribers can post messages by sending to

OnlineSocialNetworks is currently an UnModerated List.

Thanks for Your Interest!

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Green Pervasive 2008, Sydney - Extended Deadline


Pervasive Persuasive Technology and Environmental Sustainability Workshop to be held at the 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, 2008
May 19-22, Sydney, Australia

Environmental sustainability and climate change are issues which must no longer be ignored by anyone, any industry or any academic community. The pervasive technology, ubiquitous computing and HCI community is slowly waking up to these global concerns. The Nobel Peace Price 2007 was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”. The citation highlights the urgency of the fact that information and awareness around causes and implications are necessary but not sufficient to combat climate change. Action is required.

The key theme of this workshop around environmental sustainability will be addressed threefold:

1. Providing people with environmental data and educational information – via mass communications such as film, TV and print and new media, or micro communications such as pervasive sensor networks (cf. Participatory Urbanism and Ergo at; real-time Rome at;; – may not trigger sufficient motivation to get people to change their habits towards a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. This workshop seeks to develop a better understanding how to go beyond just informing and into motivating and encouraging action and change.

2. Pervasiveness can easily turn invasive. It has already caused negative consequences in biological settings (e.g., algae in lakes and oceans, kudzu vine in the southeastern US, rabbits and cane toads in Australia). Pervasive can be a dangerous term when the ecological impacts are disregarded. Pervasive technology is no different. In order to avoid further serious damage to the environment, this workshop aims to lay the foundations to start re-considering the impact of pervasive technology from an ecological perspective.

3. Addressing the 21st century Digital Divide: The mass uptake of pervasive technology brings about digitally networked and augmented societies; however, access is still not universal. Castells and others use the notion of the ‘digital divide’ to account for those whose voices are not heard by this technology. Initially, the divide was seen only between the first and third worlds and then between urban and rural, but with today’s near ubiquitous coverage, the digital divide between humans and the environment needs to be addressed. Virtual environments could give the natural world an opportunity to ‘speak’. How can we address imbalances? For example, sensors embedded in the environment could allow creeks and rivers to blog their own pollution levels, local parks can upload images of native bird life. Can the process of ‘blogging sensor data’ ( assist us in becoming more aware of the needs of nature? How can we avoid the downsides?

We kindly ask prospective participants to submit a position paper (2-4 pages total, in English, .doc, .rtf or .pdf file formats) related to one of the workshop topics to Marcus Foth at m.foth [AT] by Feb 8, 2008. Each submission should include a short biography stating the author’s background and motivation for attending the workshop. Papers will be reviewed by the workshop committee and selected on the basis of relevance, originality and impact. Accepted position papers will appear in the Pervasive 2008 Workshops Proceedings. A template will be made available at the Pervasive 2008 website. The workshops proceedings will also be
published online and distributed electronically at the conference (on a CD or memory stick). All workshop participants will need to register for the conference.

Further information is available at

Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
Christine Satchell, Queensland University of Technology
Eric Paulos, Intel Research Berkeley
Tom Igoe, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York
Carlo Ratti, SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT