Saturday, February 2, 2008

PhD Studentships in Social aspects of computing and gaming

PhD Studentships in Social aspects of computing and gaming

City University London is offering a range of full-time PhD studentship awards that will last 3 years. One of research areas covered by these studentship awards is Social aspects of computing and gaming.

Applications in the following areas are particularly welcome:

Social aspects of computing and gaming

- Studying and modeling (quantitatively or qualitatively) human behaviour in computer games and 3D virtual worlds (e.g. SecondLife, World of Warcraft)

- Studying and modeling (quantitatively or qualitatively) social support in computer games and 3D virtual worlds (e.g. SecondLife, World of Warcraft)

- Computer Mediated Communication and the application of innovative methods in analysing them

- Analysis of online Social Networks (e.g. facebook, myspace etc.)

- Studying and modeling social interaction in online support communities (including support communities for people with special needs or the elderly)

For informal enquiries for the Social aspects of computing and gaming theme, contact Panayiotis Zaphiris (

City University is a leader in the research of HCI with a strong record of journal and conference publications. More information about our work can be found at the Centre's website

Applicants will be considered for both PhD studentships to be awarded by the University and EPSRC-funded studentships available in the School of Informatics. Details of the studentships can be found at

The closing date for applications is 14th March 2008.

Microsoft Stuns Industry with $44.6 Billion Bid for Yahoo

Microsoft's stunning $44.6 billion bid today for rival Yahoo makes its once-whopping $6 billion aQuantive acquisition seem wimpy. If accepted, Microsoft would purchase outstanding shares of Yahoo common stock for $31 per share, 62 percent higher than the closing price of the stock yesterday.

In its continuing quest to become a dominant player in the online advertising industry, Microsoft believes the best way to catch up with Google is to join forces with Yahoo. The two competitors have tossed around the idea of forming an alliance in the past.

Calling the proposal "unsolicited," Yahoo issued a statement noting its Board of Directors will evaluate the offer "carefully and promptly in the context of Yahoo!'s strategic plans and pursue the best course of action to maximize long-term value for shareholders."

The ultimate goal from Microsoft's point of view is to morph the two firms' search indexes and ad platforms to reduce redundancies in support systems, improve efficiency, and ramp up publisher yield and ad inventory to a potentially massive scale for advertisers.

"In late 2006 and early 2007, we jointly explored a broad range of ways in which our two companies might work together...While a commercial partnership may have made sense at one time, Microsoft believes that the only alternative now is the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! that we are proposing," wrote Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a letter sent to Yahoo's board of directors yesterday.

At that time, a merger had also been proposed, but was rejected by Yahoo's board, according to the missive. However, as noted in the letter, Yahoo's board has expressed interest in an acquisition by Microsoft since February 2007.

Yahoo has struggled to keep up with the changing pace of the interactive ad industry. Although the company has shown dedication to righting its course, constant restructuring and staff turnover, in addition to a series of disappointing financial reports, have dogged the firm.

Adding to the disruption, Chairman and former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel ended his chairmanship on Thursday, the day Microsoft's letter reached members of Yahoo's Board. Board member Roy Bostock will take his place.

During Yahoo's Q4 2007 earnings announcement this week, CEO Jerry Yang said "profound changes" are on the horizon for the company, including layoffs of about 1,000 staffers by mid-February. The company currently has some 14,300 employees.

Microsoft said it has put an integration plan in place, and intends to offer retention packages to key Yahoo employees. According to Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division, the integration plan is based on recent integrations of digital ad services firm aQuantive and voice-enabled mobile search provider Tellme.

Ballmer suggested the combined companies would create broader scale in search and non-search ad offerings, operational efficiencies, and technological prowess. "The combined talent of our engineering resources can be focused on R&D priorities such as a single search index and single advertising platform," he wrote, adding, "Our combined ability to focus engineering resources that drive innovation in emerging scenarios such as video, mobile services, online commerce, social media, and social platforms is greatly enhanced."

Until its name was finally mentioned, Google seemed like the elephant in the room during a conference call Microsoft held this morning to discuss the proposition. "The fact is the industry will be better served by having a more credible alternative" in search and advertising, said Johnson, without actually uttering the G-word.

Eventually, though, Google was named outright. Because of its towering market share, "Google's clearly prevented by the antitrust laws from buying Yahoo or buying this business from Yahoo," Johnson continued.

While Google's acquisition of DoubleClick remains stalled by the European Commission, Microsoft believes its proposed Yahoo buy would pass regulatory inspection by second half of calendar year 2008.


Friday, February 1, 2008

PhD position: “Cultural, Political and Religious Ideologies and the Appraisal of New Media”

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for a Ph.D. Student (M/F, full time) for the project “Cultural, Political and Religious Ideologies and the Appraisal of New Media”

The PhD position is part of a prestigious and exciting international research project in philosophy named “Evaluating the Cultural Quality of New Media”. This five-year project, which includes six researchers and involves collaboration with leading international scholars and research centres, has as its aim to develop a framework for better normative analyses of new media and new media culture, especially in relation to their contribution to the quality of life (“the good life”) and the quality of society. Project leader is Prof. Dr. Philip Brey. The project is part of a new international Centre of Excellence in Ethics and Technology ( of the departments of philosophy of Twente University, Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology.

The aim of the PhD project is to perform a study of interpretations and evaluations of new media and their consequences that are made by representatives of major ideologies or worldviews, with the aim of assessing how they relate to conceptions of the good life and the good society held by these ideologies. It will involve a study of liberal, communitarian, conservative, religious and post materialist evaluations of new media, and the assessment of what the benefits and harms of new media cultures are and how these can be evaluated within these ideologies. It will also provide normative critiques of current ideological stances regarding new media.

A Master’s degree or equivalent degree in philosophy, preferably with a background in ethics and/or social or political philosophy.

Consideration will also be given to candidates with a multidisciplinary Master’s degree on a topic relevant to the project and some background in philosophy, and to exceptional (international) candidates with only a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

Demonstrable interest in philosophical issues relating to information technology and new media (but previous work in this area not required). Good analytical skills. Good communication skills in English, in writing as well as orally. Good team spirit. Creativity, open-mindedness, and an ability to develop new ideas.

A four-year full-time Ph.D. position, preferably starting April 1, 2008. The gross salary is € 2.000,- in the first year going up to € 2.558,- in the fourth year (€ 27.456,- and € 35.699,- per annum, respectively, including vacation pay and end-of-year bonus). The position also comes with a personal budget of € 8.000,- for travel and conference attendance.

Information and application
A description of the PhD project, the overall project of which it is a part and a FAQ can be retrieved from Applicants are advised to read these texts before applying. For questions not answered on the website please contact the project leader, Prof. dr. Philip Brey (e-mail:

Your application should contain the following documents: a letter of application which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it, as well as some suggestions on how you would want to approach the project you apply for; a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number of one of your professors, preferably the supervisor of your master’s thesis; a copy of your thesis; copies of publications, if any; an academic transcript that contains a list of subjects taken and grades received (this may be an unofficial version or scanned copy; we can request the original later).

Your application can be sent before March 7, 2008 by e-mail (preferred) or by normal post to dr. ir. J.F.C. Verberne (e-mail:, managing director of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, the Netherlands. Vacancy number: 08/035.

Job interviews will be held on March 13 and/or 14, 2008. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


The Third International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law (LSPI)


Date: September 3-5, 2008 Place: Prague

The International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) and the University Economics Prague invite you to participate in the 3rd Intl. Conference on legal, security and privacy issues in information technology law.

The Conference is an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants to come together, exchange ideas, and discuss emerging issues in IT law and the emerging technological environment. We invite contributions focusing on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues of IT, including:

• Jurisdiction in Cyberspace
• E-signatures
• E-forensics and Evidence
• Email monitoring and privacy issues in the workplace
• Data retention & protection
• Cybercrime
• Intellectual Property Rights
• Contract and Tort
• Virtual Companies
• E-commerce law
• Media & entertainment law
• Data mining
• Internet Freedom
• Phishing,virus,malware etc.
• Trustmarks
• Legal risks and protection strategies

• Mobile technology
• Robots &Intelligent agents
• Consumer Protection
• Cross-border ADR and Litigation
• Content Regulation and Liability Issues
• Telecommunication law and technology
• Licensing and franchising
• IT Outsourcing
• Taxation of cross-border transactions
• Jurisdictional barriers to regulation and enforcement
• E-trade
• Audio-visual technology
• Broadband technology
• Virtual worlds: regulation and taxation issues

The conference committee is seeking submissions of papers for oral presentations at the conference in two major categories:

Academic, peer reviewed papers
- these papers will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee and other independent reviewers (where necessary) and will be published in the under a non-exclusive copyright agreement in the edited conference proceedings with ISBN. Selected papers will also be published in several leading international law journals. Case studies, abstracts of research in progress, as well as full research papers will be considered for the conference program for presentation purposes. However, only complete papers will be published in the proceedings.

Non-academic papers
- these papers will not be peer reviewed. These papers will be selected on merit by the program committee. This category covers corporate papers, best practices, new technologies, policy issues etc.

For complete papers, authors must provide about 150 word abstract and five keywords. There is a maximum page limit of 12 pages (single-spaced, Times Roman”10”). All photos, tables and figures must be in jpg format. Papers must be submitted in the correct template, which may be downloaded from the website. All information enabling the identification of authors must be removed from submissions undergoing academic peer review. Please send in a separate attachment in a word document, the following information:
Title, Affiliation and Author’s Name.

Send submissions by electronic mail in a Word document to: or

For further information, please contact:
Sylvia Kierkegaard ;


Submission Deadline for Full Research Papers: August 1, 2008
Submission Deadline for Abstract Presentations: August 15, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: August 3, 2008
For papers submitted before the deadline, authors will be notified 7 days after submission
Final Camera-Ready (Proceedings) Version and Registration: August 10, 2008

For further details about the Conference:

Stelarc event - Coventry School of Art and Design


A lecture by the international performance artist STELARC organised by the Department of Media and Communication Studies and the Centre for Media, Arts and Performance at Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK.

Date: Wednesday, 27th February, 2008
Time: 5pm
Venue: Ellen Terry Building, room 233 (the theatre), Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB.

The event is free and open to the public, but places need to be booked by emailing Laura Rienesl-Sherwin at

Stelarc is an Australian artist who has used prosthetics, robotics, VR systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. Some of his projects include the THIRD HAND, the STOMACH SCULPTURE, EXOSKELTON, the EXTRA EAR and the PROSTHETIC HEAD.

Recently he has performed and exhibited in “Transfigure” (ACMI, Melbourne); the “Clemenger Contemporary Art Award” (NGV, Melbourne); the Yokohama Triennale; the “Microwave Media Arts Festival” (Hong Kong); and “Ars Electronica”. In 1997 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate and was artist-in-residence in the Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Caulfield.

He is currently Chair in Performance Art, School of Arts, Brunel University, and Senior Research Fellow & Artist in Residence MARCS Laboratories, University of Western Sydney. He is a recipient of a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for 2005-2007. His artwork is represented by the Sherman Galleries in Sydney.

The talk will focus on Stelarc’s recent projects, which tentatively and imperfectly explore alternate anatomical architectures that incorporate physiologically plausible structures and re-wirings. They also postulate hybrids of biology and technology and actual-virtual chimeras, i.e.
operational and living systems as mixed and augmented realities.

In so doing they raise questions about the obsolescence of the body and its present form and functions. The Prosthetic Head, the Partial Head, the Extra Ear and the Walking Head are indicative of virtual, partially living and hybrid robotic systems that exhibit varying degrees of

Stelarc’s website:

School of Art and Design, Coventry University

Centre for Media, Arts and Performance

Take part in the Pew Internet survey on the future of the internet

The Pew Internet Project and Elon University are conducting an ongoing survey of stakeholders about the future of the internet, and they would like to include your views in their research.

This web-based survey about international concerns and the internet follows two previous surveys of thousands of internet stakeholders that measured the expected impact of the internet over the next decade (to see the results, please go to

They hope you'll take 10 to 15 minutes to fill out their survey (to participate, you must use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari as your browser). You will find the survey at:

The survey asks you to assess several potential scenarios tied to the future of the internet and to contribute your own thoughts about what you believe should or will happen by the year 2020. This is a confidential survey, however, they encourage you to take credit for your thoughts. After each question, you are invited to explain or expand on your views. Each elaboration you provide will remain anonymous unless you put your name at the start of it.

The Pew Internet Project will issue a report based on this survey in the spring; they expect the results to be useful to policy makers, scholars and those in the information technology industry. Material from this survey will be added to the Elon University/Pew Internet website, Imagining the Internet (

They will not use your name or email address for any purpose other than this research project, and they will not share your information with outside solicitors.

The Good Life in a Technological Age - International workshop


Multidisciplinary Workshop at the University of Twente, The Netherlands
June 12-14, 2008

Call for Papers

Organized by Philip Brey (chair), Adam Briggle, Ed Spence, Johnny Soraker
Department of Philosophy, University of Twente and 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, the Netherlands.

Maximum number of participants: 32

This workshop will consider the implications of contemporary technology for the quality of life, and will examine approaches from philosophy and social and behavioural science for studying the quality of life in a technological age. Since the industrial revolution, modern technology has seriously impacted day-to-day life and has engendered changing ideals of the good life. In recent years, new technologies in the information, medical, industrial, and other sectors have further
impacted everyday life. In this workshop, different disciplinary perspectives, from philosophy, psychology, economics and other fields, will be employed to interpret and evaluate contemporary relations between technology and the quality of life.

- Philip Brey, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands
- Luigino Bruni, Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
- Charles Ess, Interdisciplinary studies, Drury University, USA
- Jeroen van den Hoven, Department of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
- Anton Tupa, Department of Philosophy, University of Florida, USA
- Ruut Veenhoven, Department of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Peter-Paul Verbeek, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands

More invited speakers will be announced on


• Philosophical and empirical methods for studying the good life and quality of life in a technological culture

• Implications of modern technology for the quality of life

• Hedonist, desire-satisfactionist and objective list accounts of contemporary life

• Quality of life, consumer culture and consumer technologies

• Quality of life, political philosophies and technology policy

• Quality of life, sustainability and the environment

• Quality of life and information technology

• Quality of life and biomedical technology

• New technologies and changing ideals of the good life

• Welfare economics and technology

• Happiness studies and technology

We are looking for contributions that employ conceptions of the quality of life or well-being that go beyond traditional social-economical quality-of-life indices, and that consider either the subjective preferences and psychological states of persons (as in psychology and welfare economics) or particular normative ideals of the good life (as developed in philosophy).

Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (1000-1500 words). The abstract should be in doc, rtf or pdf format and be submitted by email to before March 10, 2008.

Each participant will give a short presentation followed by discussion.
For invited papers a commentator will be assigned. There will be a plenary discussion at the end of the workshop.

We are currently considering reputable publishers for a book consisting of the best papers from the workshop. Full papers for inclusion in the book should be submitted before November 1, and will be peer-reviewed.

March 10 Extended abstract submission deadline
March 21 Notification of acceptance
June 12-14 Workshop
November 1 Submission of full paper (optional)

There is no registration fee for the workshop, but participants cover their own expenses for travel and accommodation (inexpensive accommodation will be available). More information about transportation and local accommodation can be found on our Website: If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please direct them to

Call for Participation - DIAC-2008 / OD2008

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium
and Conference on Online Deliberation

Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and UC Berkeley School of Information

Partners: National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)

University of California, Berkeley
June 26 - 29, 2008

DIAC-08 combines CPSR's 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal organizations to large social movements.

We are especially interested in technology development that is already being tested or fielded. We are also interested in theoretical and other intellectual work that helps build understanding and support for future efforts. In addition to exploring social technology, we must at the same time understand and advance the social context of technology, including its design, access, use, policy and evaluation, as well as intellectual frameworks and perspectives that inform technological as well as social innovation including requirements, case studies, critique and selfreflection, and infrastructures for future work.

For more detail see the complete call for participation at:

Research papers are due February 15, 2008
Demonstration and Workshop proposals are due March 15, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Computer Games, Law, Regulation and Policy Symposium

Computer Games, Law, Regulation and Policy Symposium

14-15 February 2008
QUT, Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation presents a symposium to explore:

* struggles over the use and reuse of IP
* rights and responsibilities of modders and machinima creators
* cross-jurisdictional issues
* the clashes between developers and lawyers in creating terms of access
* the legitimacy or legality of terms in End User Licence Agreements and Terms Of Service
* the legitimacy of secondary markets
* the status of ephemeral and user-created content with classification boards and internet regulators
* in-game governance and exclusion policies
* integrating amateur content into production and the implications for professionals
* privacy, data mining and surveillance
* appropriate government support for the emerging games industry

This symposium will offer a chance to discuss the issues of game governance, from code through to government policy, and to explore an integrated set of solutions to the current problems. Bringing together people from creative industries, media studies, law, business and IT faculties, industry, government and player groups, the emphasis will be on exploring and suggesting alternatives to current practices.

Speakers include:
Fred von Lohmann, Senior Intellectual Property Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Dr Terry Cutler, President ACMI, Industry consultant and strategy advisor
Professor Brian Fitzgerald, QUT Law School, Lead in Creative Commons Australia
Professor Stuart Cunningham, Director Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation.
Dr Sal Humphreys, Convenor, Games and Law Research Group, QUT
Dr John Banks, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Games researcher, QUT
Industry representatives, Government Representatives, Player representatives

To register: email symposium convener Sal Humphreys:

For more information visit the symposium website at

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors

M/C - Media and Culture is calling for contributors to the 'equal' issue of M/C Journal

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal. In 2008, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth anniversary.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains all the issues released so far, at
To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit

Call for Papers: 'equal'
Edited by Bruno Starrs and Sean Maher

Equal is a value that has been scrubbed into many of us since childhood. A paragon of human virtue in democratic society, equal has become synonymous with equality and the cleansing panacea, or justification, of a globalised age.

The concept and catholicon of being or attaining the status of 'equal' is rarely questioned as a fundamental goal of civilised society. What we would like to explore in this issue of M/C Journal is how the ideals associated with all things being equal coexist with the competing ideals of diversity, pluralism, difference, and the contrasts and disparties that underpin vibrant cultural ecologies. Does every advantage gained in moving closer to the venerated status of equal produce trade-offs that threaten to erase differences, iron out diversity and standardise the multifarious quality of culture?

We are calling for essays of up to 3000 words in length addressing the word 'equal,' as it applies to your understanding of media and culture, and as viewed through the lenses of your own particular academic disciplines.

Submit papers of 3,000 words in length to the editors at

Article deadline: 7 March 2008
Issue release date: 7 May 2008

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

Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2008 and 2009:

'able': article deadline 2 May 2008, release date 2 July 2008
'publish': article deadline 27 June 2008, release date 27 August 2008
'country': article deadline 22 August 2008, release date 22 October 2008
'recover': article deadline 10 October 2008, release date 10 December 2008
'still': article deadline 16 January 2009, release date 11 March 2009
M/C - Media and Culture is located at
M/C Journal is online at
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.

Storytelling: Playful Interactions and Spaces of Imagination in Contemporary Visual Culture - Call for Papers

Storytelling: Playful Interactions and Spaces of Imagination in Contemporary Visual Culture


Graduate Student Symposium, October 10-12, 2008, History of Art and Architecture Department, University of Pittsburgh

World contemporary art practices and screen media increasingly entail open-ended stories, fragmented narrative sequences, personal confessions, references to literary texts, as well as the design of large-scale fantasy environments and playground-like spaces that undermine contemplative viewing experience. While some artists invent stories and project utopian places as a means of escape from quotidian circumstances, others rely on half-real, half-fictional narratives in order to raise the awareness of grim political circumstances, urban alienation, social enclosure, or aggravating environmental problems. This symposium aims to investigate the reasons for this persistent interest in narrative transposition of personal experiences and public events, as well as the stimuli for playful spectatorial interaction within contemporary visual culture.

We invite paper submissions on the following topics:

-storytelling and ludic participation to art projects as redemptive therapy: the intermingling of reality and fiction; writing history through tales, archival investigations, and memory-work

- intertextuality and hypertextuality: intersections between literature, film, and art practices at the level of appropriations and adaptations; interweavings of classical myths and contemporary myths

- wonderlands: immersive environments, utopic and dystopic worlds, virtual reality spaces, modes of inhabiting and subverting the white cube/black box

-artists as trickster figures and mythmakers: artists' avatars and fictional personas

-ethics and spectacle: carnivalesque representations and moral ambiguity; types of spectatorship; participatory responsibility and interactivity; relational aesthetics and relational antagonism

We encourage paper submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any discipline. We also encourage MFA students to send in presentations of art projects related to these themes. Abstracts should be under 350 words. Final presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts and CVs to by March 17th, 2008. We will notify selected speakers by March 30th.

For updated information on the graduate student symposium, visit:

Web_site Histories: Theories, Methods, Analysis - Call for Papers

Conference title: Web_site Histories: Theories, Methods, Analysis

Call for Papers

One-day conference, October 14th 2008. The main purpose of Web_site Histories is to place the new and emerging field of Web History on the research agenda and to map the field of historical website studies.

Organizer: The Centre for Internet Research, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

The conference is associated the AoIR 9.0 conference "Rethinking Communities, Rethinking Place" in Copenhagen (

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Kirsten Foot, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Steven Schneider, Professor, State University of New York

Title: Object-Oriented Web Historiography.

Abstract: Foot & Schneider will present a keynote address that focuses on their proposal of an “object-oriented” approach to researching and writing Web history. They will consider the various meanings of object entailed within the notion of object-oriented Web historiography in order to advance both the theoretical foundation and methodological rigor of developmental analyses of Web artifacts in their hyperlinked contexts.

Developmental analyses of any aspect of the Web, whether engaged in contemporaneously or retrospectively, entail dynamics within and between the (co)producers of Web artifacts, production practices and techniques, and Web artifacts themselves. These dynamics make it difficult but very important for scholars to identify and situate their object(s) of analysis historically and theoretically. See extended description at

Kirsten Foot and Steven Schneider are the authors of Web Campaigning (MIT Press 2006) as well as a number of articles about Web Sphere Analysis.

A panel will round off the conference by discussing the future directions of studies of Web History. Besides Kirsten Foot and Steven Schneider panel participant will be Niels Brügger, Associate Professor, the Centre for Internet Research, University of Aarhus.

The main purpose of Web_site Histories is to place the new and emerging field of Web History on the research agenda and to map the field of historical website studies. The focus on the Web can be seen as a specialization within the larger field of Internet History, but with another subset of questions and challenges. The underscore in the title reflects the uncertainty and variability of the object of study – are we talking about the Web in general, Web Spheres, individual websites, or web pages?

The conference welcomes papers on any of these approaches or any other theme, topic or idea connected to the theories, methods or analysis of Web History. Theoretical approaches could be discussions of the object of study or reflections on doing historical research on this particular subject.

Methodological approaches may include abstract or more specific considerations of the range of applicable methods, both old and new, to Web History. Finally, the analytical approach welcomes contributions exploring the practical hazards and possibilities of this special kind of empirical material, as well as papers on
concrete empirical studies.

Papers are also welcome on a wide array of historically-grounded themes. The topics below are examples of the kinds of issues paper presenters are invited to address — but are not intended to limit topics suitable for paper submissions:

· General as well as more specific histories of the development of the Web, focusing on, for instance, technology, graphic design, culture etc.

· The history of the Web as a subset of the history of the Internet, with emphasis on, for instance, the development of hardware, software and protocols

· The organizational architecture of the Web in a global, national, transnational or local perspective

· Defining moments and events on the Web, either in terms of how the Web was conceived and built, or in terms of how it is or was perceived and used

· Demographical, social, cultural, or other factors influencing Web use and uptake

· Political, economic, institutional or personal histories of the Web

· The growing popularity of social networking sites in a historical perspective

· Interactivity, genre and media discussions in relation to the Web

· The histories of expectations in pre-web time meeting the reality of the Web

· Source availability and validity – the archiving of the Web

· The history of the Web in the larger framework of media history

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by April 15th 2008 (further instructions at After a process of double-blind peer review, authors will be notified of accepted papers by May 15th. Full papers will be due by August 31st 2008. Please note that there is a maximum of 30 participants, and priority will be given to paper presenters. Paper presentations will consist of short presentations with opponents/discussants and roundtable-style discussions. Presenters are therefore also expected to act as opponents/discussants.

Participation in the conference is free, and coffee and lunch is included (yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch). Following the conference, papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited volume on Web Histories.

The conference takes place at the University of Aarhus, two days before the start of the AoIR 9.0 conference in Copenhagen ( Aarhus is situated west of Copenhagen and is the second largest city in Denmark with a population of approximately 300,000. It is accessible by train or by air via the Aarhus or Billund airports. Read more about Aarhus and the university: and

The Centre for Internet Research is located at the Institute of Information and Media Studies, and was established in September 2000 in order to promote research into the social and cultural implications and functions of the internet. Read more about the Centre:

Conference website:

The conference is sponsored by:

· 'The Knowledge Society', a joint research priority area at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Aarhus,

· the Institute of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus

· the Centre for Internet Research, University of Aarhus.

About the organisers:
Niels Brügger (PhD, MA) is Associate Professor at the Institute of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, and co-founder of the Centre for Internet Research. His primary research interests are website history, web archiving, and the internet and media theory, and he recently started the research project "The history of, 1996-2006" (read more at

Vidar Falkenberg (MSc) is a PhD fellow at the Institute of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, and a member of the Centre for Internet Research. His research is on the development of online newspapers in Denmark (read more at

Myspace proves hard to leave

Myspace proves hard to leave

Graduate Kris Athi recalls problems he had cancelling his account on MySpace social networking site.

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Click looks at governance of the internet

Click looks at governance of the internet

There's no denying it - the world wide web is a modern miracle. A source of boundless information; a publishing place for budding authors, musicians, movie makers and opiners. The problem is - when any old Joe can contribute to the global information bank, how can we trust what we find? It was one of the topics under discussion at the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil.

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Hubdub Has Users Wager on News Stories

Hubdub Has Users Wager on News Stories

Hubdub is a new Web site where customers will bet for fun, not money, on the outcomes of real news stories.

People convinced they know whether a rogue trader will be convicted or if pop star Britney Spears will remarry can now put "Hubdub dollars" where their mouths are, in a new online betting game.

Jerome Kerviel's fate after being branded a "rogue trader" that cost France's most respected bank billions of dollars and the saga of Spears' personal life are among the hot news stories turned fodder for wagers at

Edinburgh-based publically launched on Monday at a technology start-up conference in California, creating an online parlor for playful betting on the news.

"Betting odds always seem to cut to the core of a story," Hubdub co-founder Nigel Eccles told AFP.

"Hubdub makes a person more of a participant than a consumer. It accents what people are discussing and gets them more involved in the news."

Membership at Hubdub is free, with users receiving upon sign-up 1,000 "Hubdub dollars" for betting on how major stories in the news will play out.

Members post questions based on topics in the news, adding links to recent stories. Similar to the website Digg, member votes for news stories at Hubdub dictate story rankings, with popular tales getting top viewing positions.

Unlike other user-contributed news websites, Hubdub lets members put play money and real reputations at risk by betting on the answers to questions.

Hubdub has a "leader board" to give winners bragging rights and inspire losers to win back credibility.

"We want to appeal to people who don't want to risk money on predictions but want to back their opinions," Eccles said.

"One of the things we discovered is that people value reputations more than they do cash. It is an even bigger currency."

To help people build up betting reserves, Hubdub credits members 20 play dollars every day they log into the website.

Eccles said he got inspiration for Hubdub from working at online sports wagering websites Flutter and BETDAQ and for the editorial group that owns The Scotsman newspaper.

"I've always been a heavy news consumer, but I wanted to do something more," Eccles said. "I thought it would be great if you could bring the passion and enthusiasm of sports betting across to news and politics."

News categories at Hubdub include technology, entertainment, politics, science, business, and sports.

Bets being taken include whether Hugo Chavez would still be president of Venezuela by year's end; what a falling satellite will hit on Earth, and when Osama bin Laden will be found.

Hubdub, which began private testing two weeks before its public launch, already boasts more than a thousand members.

"It's been amazing," Eccles said. "People have really grabbed the idea. We have a ton of users."

Hubdub's four-person team is curious whether high-profile bloggers -- online commentators -- will put their opinions to the test in the betting arena.

"We are really interested to see if prominent bloggers want to bet on their views of the news," Eccles said. "I have a feeling they won't want to."

Hubdub plans to build on the community aspect of the website, giving people forums to debate.

Eccles also envisions a premium service where people can pay to join "fantasy leagues" based on news topics, with prizes awarded to those with the best records when playing seasons end.

Hubdub is aiming at the huge US market and is being careful to obey the nation's laws regarding gambling, according to Eccles.

The website is a frugal operation backed by investors and is relying for now on online advertising for revenue.

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Monday, January 28, 2008




EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Hakikur Rahman


The AKCSN is an international book series that publishes high-quality original research about knowledge communities and social networks. This book series calls for a knowledge based perspective adopting concepts belonging to advancement on information science, knowledge communication and knowledge management pertaining to multi-disciplinary aspects. This series will cover, but not limited to knowledge management, knowledge communications, knowledge economy, information society, information dynamics, information processing, information retrieval, digital divide, grass-roots communities, developing countries, mobile computing, e-governance, e-commerce, e-society and e-applications.

To improvise the effects of information revolution and reach out to the general community, this book series will try to establish innovative model of approaches in understanding the dynamics of knowledge communication, drawing upon knowledge gains from the various branches of information science and the cognitive arena. The book series will try to provide an analytical approach to the holistic situation of the newly emerged knowledge perspectives featuring innovative models of technology transfer focusing upon the concepts of knowledge communication processes. When knowledge is a good to exchange through technological communication, then understanding of the dynamics influencing knowledge intelligibly become the premier issue to initiate high-end researches. In this context, the book series will aim to investigate which functions the knowledge-intensive services will form a major research area within the process of knowledge communication. It will also promote a systemic focus on the communication process underlying knowledge transmission, within the broader framework of the knowledge-based economy.

By becoming a contributor to the Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series, you will be granted an opportunity that a few have ever gained. Your work will be showcased in a collection that finds wide acceptance by both libraries and international indexes, and a diverse international editorial advisory board will support it. As major audience of books under this book series will be comprised of academics, scientists, technologists, and policy makers, it is highly likely that your edited book will be used as guide in the national and regional development processes reinforcing different tiers of knowledge implementations. I welcome you to consider submitting your research to this series in hopes of providing the field of E-Government with collections of pivotal applications, methods and technologies.


Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series

Editor-in-Chief: Hakikur Rahman, ICMS, Bangladesh

Associate Editors:
Baanda A. Salim, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
A.V.Senthil Kumar, CMS College of Science and Commerce, India
Yanbo J. Wang, The University of Liverpool, UK

International Editorial Advisory Board:
Anne-Marie Oostveen, Oxford Internet Institute, UK
James Piecowye, Zayed University, Dubai
Ali Serhan Koyuncugil, Capital Markets Board of Turkey, Turkey
Robert A. Cropf, Saint Louis University, USA
Arla Juntunen, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
Deborah L. Wheeler, United States Naval Academy, USA
Vincenzo Ambriola, University of Pisa, Italy
Tsegaye Tadesse, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Alemayehu Molla, RMIT University, Australia
Subhajit Basu, Queen's University, UK
Claude Ghaoui, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Teresa Sancho Vinuesa, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Lucas Walsh, Deakin University, Australia
Agusti Cerrillo Martinez, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain


The Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series is a
multi-disciplinary international book series that aims to publish high-quality, original research about knowledge management. The AKCSN will provide an analytical approach to the holistic situation of the newly emerging knowledge dynamics featuring innovation in knowledge acquisition, knowledge communication and knowledge management focusing upon the concepts of the knowledge communities and social networks.

The coverage of AKCSN Book Series is international and focused on original research in knowledge communications, applications, management, policies and implications. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

· Knowledge Management and Business Improvement
· Knowledge as Capacity for Action
· Knowledge as a Symbol/Model of Development
· Knowledge as an Empirical Problem Solving Tool
· Agent-mediated Knowledge Management
· The Framework of a Pragmatic Conception of Knowledge
· Knowledge as a Competitive Force
· Flourishing Knowledge Creation Environments
· Measuring and Evaluating Knowledge Assets
· Technology Orientation and Capitalization of Knowledge
· Current State and Future Development of the Institutional Knowledge Management
· Knowledge Management Practices and Future Perspectives
· Challenges of Knowledge Management
· Methods, Measures and Instruments of Knowledge Management
· Conceptual Role of ICTs in Knowledge Communication and Management
· Organizational Knowledge Communication and Knowledge Transfer as the Focal Point of Knowledge Management
· Distributed Knowledge Management Business Cases and Experiences
· Knowledge Management System Architectures, Infrastructure and Middleware
· Strategic Management and Business Process Analysis
· Networks as Institutionalized Intermediaries of KC
· Organizational Knowledge Communication
· Communication of Knowledge in Organizations
· Knowledge Communication and the Role of Communities and Social Networks
· General Importance and Role of Knowledge Communities
· Importance and Role of Knowledge Communities in R&D and Innovative Knowledge Creation
· Supporting Virtual Communities of Practice and Interest Networks
· Methodologies to Analyze, Design and Deploy Distributed Knowledge Management Solutions
· Social Models to Design and Support Knowledge Intensive Collaborative Processes
· Meta-data Representation and Management (e.g., semantic-based coordination
mechanisms, use of ontologies, etc.)
· Knowledge Acquisition Systems and Networks
· Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Deployed Systems
· Networks and Knowledge Communication in R&D Environments
· Communication and Management of Knowledge in R&D Networks
· Application of Social Network Analysis as a Knowledge Management Tool
· Leveraging Knowledge Communication Networks – Approaches to Interpretations and Interventions
· Whole-Network Properties and Knowledge Communication
· Knowledge Communication and Impact of Network Structures
· Roles and Positional Models of Knowledge Communication Networks
· Leveraging Knowledge Communication in Social Networks
· Epistemology of Knowledge Society
· Citizens’ eParticipation in Local Decision-Making Processes
· eCapacity Building Programmes to Ensure Digital Cohesion and Improved eGovernment Performance at Local Level
· Broadband Infrastructure and the New Wireless Network Solutions
· Local eGovernment Interoperability and security
· Generation of Municipal Services in Multi-Channel Environments
· Introduction to Mobile Computing
· Business Process Modeling
· Information and Data Management
· Communication and Agent Technology
· Best Practices for Mobile Computing
· Information Policy Overview
· Communications and the Internet
· Knowledge Chains
· Community Practices
· Learning Utilities
· Advanced Researches in Knowledge Communities

Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished manuscripts will be considered. Final decision regarding acceptance /revision/rejection will be based on the reviews and assessment of the publisher, IGI Global. All submissions must be forwarded
electronically to by ****** NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 15, 2008 ******


Your 5-10 page (not including your CV) book prospectus should contain the following information:

1. 3-5 SUGGESTED TITLES for your proposed publication
2. A SYNOPSIS of your proposed publication, including a concise DEFINITION of the subject area
4. 5-10 INDEXING KEYWORDS for your proposed subject area
5. Overall OBJECTIVES AND MISSION of your proposed publication
6. SCHOLARLY VALUE AND POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTION to information science, technology and management literature
7. PURPOSE AND POTENTIAL IMPACT on your field of research
8. UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS of your proposed publication
9. PROSPECTIVE AUDIENCE for such a publication
10. POTENTIAL BENEFITS readers will gain from your proposed publication
11. EXISTING COMPETING PUBLICATIONS and their advantages and disadvantages in comparison to your proposed publication
13. PROJECTED TOTAL PAGE/WORD COUNT for proposed publication
14. TENTATIVE TIMETABLE for the entire project
15. POTENTIAL CHANNELS OF CALL DISTRIBUTION for the procurement of submissions and contacts (List-Servs, Universities, etc.)
16. COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS, phone, fax and e-mail information FOR EACH EDITOR/AUTHOR
17. A COPY OF YOUR VITAE, listing education and publication records FOR EACH EDITOR/AUTHOR

The Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series is published by IGI Global, publisher of the “IGI Publishing,” “Information Science Publishing,” “IRM Press,” “CyberTech Publishing” and “Information Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Please forward proposals and submission inquiries to:
Hakikur Rahman
Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series
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US Internet Users Are Glued to Video

Young men are the most frequent online video viewers, but US Internet users of all ages are getting into the act. That is the main finding of BurstMedia's "Online Insights" report, conducted in December 2007.

BurstMedia found that more than seven out of 10 adult US Internet users surveyed had viewed online video content. A majority of all age segments had watched online videos, including more than half of respondents age 65 and older.

Young men were viewing most often. More than a third of the 18- to-24-year-old male online video viewers in the survey reported that they watched once a day or more.

The good news for advertisers is that more than half of online video viewers recalled seeing in-stream advertisements in content they had watched.

But more than three-quarters of respondents said in-stream advertisements in online video were intrusive, and about one-half said advertisements in video content disrupted their Web surfing experience. Women were more likely than men to say advertisements in video content disrupted their surfing.

One-half of respondents stopped watching an online video once they encountered an in-stream advertisement.

More than two-thirds of respondents said they paid about the same or less attention to in-stream video advertisements than to standard creative units on the same page.

"Marketers need to tread carefully with online video advertising," said Jarvis Coffin, CEO of BurstMedia. "It’s pretty clear from our research that most online video consumers are not yet willing to sit through advertising to get the content they seek."

The online video viewer demographic characteristics reported by BurstMedia differed somewhat from Internet users who visited video and movie Web sites.

Nielsen Online's "NetView" report, cited by the Center for Media Research, found a nearly even split by gender among the site visitors surveyed.

These are apples-to-oranges comparisons, since Burst was asking about frequency of viewings among online video viewers and Nielsen profiled unique Internet users visiting video sites.

Yet the Nielsen study indicated that 18- to-24-year-olds comprised a small portion of visitors to such sites. What can be said is that, as a result of their frequent online video viewing, 18-to-24-year-olds represent an outsized percentage of all video views compared with their numbers in the population as a whole.

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





Cape Town (South Africa)
Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 September 2008

Hosted by
__ Cape Peninsula University of Technology
__ University of Cape Town
__ University of the Western Cape


Nairobi (Kenya)
Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 September 2008

Hosted by
__ African eDevelopment
__ Cape Peninsula University of Technology
__ University of Cape Town
__ University of the Western Cape

The year 2008 sees the 10th consecutive World Wide Web Applications Conference. To highlight this milestone anniversary, the event will be celebrated in two places.

The programme will kick-off in Cape Town and then continues the week after in Nairobi - reinforcing the Conference's engagement with African Web developments as a whole.

Although papers will not be duplicated, both conferences will reflect the same features and themes:

__ Prominent keynote speakers from abroad as well as from the local scene
__ Various appropriate and applicable programme tracks
__ Peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as invited presentations
__ Poster presentations
__ Proceedings published in electronic format
__ Selected papers published in a special 10th anniversary conference issue of The Electronic Library: International Journal for the Application of Technology in Information Environments

The Conference Programme Committee invites authors to submit proposals of ±500 words for papers or posters (±250 words) of their original and unpublished work, research results innovations, ideas, and problems or issues that require solutions from any field in which
the World Wide Web is applied or used as a tool or system.

Submit your abstracts at
(follow the Call for Papers link)

Topics might relate to trends and developments over the last ten years; for example the growing number of "foreign" language sites; the politics of the Web; censorship and legal issues; new methods of access and device and network convergence; search engines and search
techniques; emerging Web technologies, developments and trends; Web 2.0; and e-anything (government, commerce, marketing, learning, society, entertainment).

Target dates:

Peer-reviewed papers

__ Submission of abstracts (±500 words): 31 March 2008
__ Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 April 2008
__ Submission of full text papers for peer-reviewing: 31 May 2008
__ Notification of acceptance of papers: 31 July 2008
__ Submission of updated version of accepted papers: 25 August 2008


__ Submission of abstracts (±250 words): 10 August 2008
__ Notification of acceptance: 15 August 2008

Further enquiries:

Cape Town:

Prof Pieter van Brakel
Conference Chair
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Cape Town
+21 82 966 0789 (mobile)
+27 21 469 1015 (office)


Mr Harry Hare
Mr Andrew Karania
Directors: African eDevelopment
+ 254 72565004 (mobile)
+254 72 270 2187 (mobile)

Conference Secretariat:

Elizabeth Danckwerts
Conference Secretariat
PO Box 2760
South Africa
Phone +27 21 683-5522
Mobile +27 82 468 7504
Fax +27 21 674 3269

Adaptation in Film and Performance - call for papers

Cultures of Translation: Adaptation in Film and Performance

An interdisciplinary and international conference
University of Glamorgan, Cardiff

26-28 June 2008


Contributions are invited to an international conference which focuses on various aspects of adaptation into film, performance, television, radio and other media.

Adaptation – the reworking of a verbal text or another artefact for a new audience in a different genre or media – is as old a practice as cultural production itself, yet its systematic study – adaptation studies – is only a recently emerging discipline. The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries with its strengths in drama, music, media and communication and having strong links with the creative writing unit of the university is the editorial home of Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance and is now hosting a major international and interdisciplinary conference that will shape the formation of this neglected field of research.

The event is open to scholars from as diverse, yet closely interconnected areas as the study of film, theatre, opera, music, dance, television, radio, games and graphic narratives. Whereas some
of the most recent research in the field focused on the connections between adaptation and appropriation, this conference also addresses analogies and differences between adaptation and translation processes.

The conference embraces a plethora of perspectives characteristic of the encompassed disciplines and facilitates a negotiation between these stances, whether they emphasise the creative or the interpretive aspect of translation and adaptation. Both the concepts and
independent cases of adaptation and translation will receive attention. The event will provide room for the investigation of transformative strategies both against the respective cultural and
historical settings and generic or media-based criteria.

The conference therefore offers a range of platforms to participants, including plenaries, papers, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions, screenings and performances so as to initiate dialogue between theoretical and more practice-based approaches to adaptation and translation.

Provisional keynote speakers include:

Dr Deborah Cartmell (De Montfort University)

Professor Steffen Hantke (Sogang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Professor Graham Ley (University of Exeter)

Dr John Milton, (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Dr Anthony Minghella (British Film Institute, London, UK)

Professor Eckart Voigts-Virchow (University of Siegen, Germany)

The conference is organised by Professor Richard Hand (University of Glamorgan), Dr Katja Krebs (University of Bristol) and Dr Márta Minier (University of Glamorgan).

Please send enquiries, abstracts for papers (max. 250 words) and proposals for masterclasses/workshops, book stalls, screenings, performances or any other platforms of presentation to by Friday 29 February 2008.

To inspect the inaugural issue of Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance please visit or to order a hard copy please contact Luke Roberts:

Second Issue of Networking Knowledge, Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network

Papers from the fourth annual MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference held at the University of the West of England on 12-13 July 2007 have now been published in the second issue of the e-journal of the MeCCSA PGN, 'Networking Knowledge' (ISSN 1755-9944).

Building on previous events in Ulster, Cardiff and Birmingham, the two day event featured 68 papers on a range of topics across the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. We are delighted to now present a selection of the papers given at the conference, organised thematically by panel. Compiled and edited by Daniel Ashton, Iain Robert Smith and Einar Thorsen.

The second issue of the journal can be accessed directly at:


Steve Jobs: the human logo
- Chloe Peacock

Interpersonal Communication Competence in SME Internationalization
- Pipsa Purhonen

One Form, Many Letters: Fluid and transient letterforms in screen-based typographic artefacts
- Barbara Brownie

Dressing up as Vampires: Virtual vamps - negotiating female identity in cyberspace
- Maria Mellins

The Playwright as Filmmaker: History, Theory and Practice
- Othniel Smith

The evolution of Hollywood's representation of Arabs before 9/11: the relationship between political events and the notion of 'Otherness'
- Sulaiman Arti

"Little Englander" : Fawlty Towers - A textual analysis of nationalistic ideology
- Matthew Bartley

Reducing the difference between citizens and consumers: a critical discourse analysis of the Communications White Paper 2000
- Simon Dawes

The Ideology of Objectivity: Constructs of Language in the Popular Press of Early Twentieth-Century Britain
- Claudia Heske

Explaining Media Frames of Contested Foreign Conflicts: Irish National 'Opinion Leader' Newspapers' Frames of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 2000 to July 2004)
- Mary O'Regan

The Killer Father and the Final Mother: Womb-Envy in The Cell
- Shweta Sharma

Photojournalism as a Creator of Values: otherness in Sámi representations
- Heli Lehtela

Music, identity, and oblivion
- Gerry Moorey