Thursday, March 20, 2008

Vintage Internet TV documentary

Here we have an episode of the TV show Internet Power from the year 1995, which in Internet years is ancient.

It's quite funny to see this show, especially for people who weren't around for the web 1.0

ALso visit the site for more info on different segments of the show.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

MindTrek 2008: Entertainment and Media in the Ubiquitous Era

MindTrek 2008: Entertainment and Media in the Ubiquitous Era

11th MindTrek Conference
Call for Position Papers, Workshops, Workshop Contributions

October 7th to 9th 2008 in Tampere, Finland

We are happy to invite you into MindTrek Conference in October 7–9, 2008. MindTrek is a three day conference to explore current and emerging topics of social media, ubimedia and games. MindTrek includes a workshop day, three main tracks, plenary sessions and invited presentations. MindTrek is a leading Northern new media festival and conference series,
arranged already for more than a decade, since 1997. Interdisciplinary and open for innovation, MindTrek is a meeting place where experts and thinkers present results from their latest work regarding the development of Internet, interactive media and information society.

MindTrek brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines that are involved in the development of media – from sociology, economy, to technology. The organizing committee invites you to submit original high quality papers addressing the special theme and
the topics, for presentation at the conference and inclusion in the proceedings.

The submitted papers will be selected for the following streams of the conference:

• Social media
• Gaming
• Ubiquitous and ambient media

Feel free to suggest workshops which are co-organized with the MindTrek 2008. Workshop proposals should include organizing committee, one page description of the theme of the workshop, short CV of organizers, duration, proceedings publisher, and schedule.

Important Dates:

31st May 2008: submission of position papers (abstract, 1000 words) and workshops
16th June 2008: review statements
29th August 2008: camera ready papers from authors (5 pages)
7th-9th October 2008: conference

Conference Themes:

1. Social Media

• business models, service models, and policies

• questions related to identity, motivation and values

• blogs, wikis, and collaboration designs in practice

• user-created content and social networks

2. Ubiquitous and ambient media

• ubiquitous and ambient services, devices, and environments

• business models, service models, and policies

• context aware, sensing, and interfaces for ubiquitous computation

• ergonomics, human-computer interaction designs, and product prototypes

• software, hardware and middleware frameworks

• digital television, digital film production, and new media systems

• pervasive and ubiquitous games

• ambient intelligence applications and services

• artistic works related to ubiquitous computation

• entertainment and experiences

• new human-computer interaction models

3. Games

• Theoretical and analytical contributions to the study of games and play

• Novel approaches to the design research of games

• Discussions of gaming technologies from user- or player-centred perspectives

• Studies of social play and role-play

• Analyses of online, mobile, casual and cross-media gaming

• Research into user-created game content

• Studies of pervasive games

Position paper submissions will be peer-reviewed as abstracts, and full versions of papers will be published both in conference proceedings and online by an international scholarly organization. Future edited versions of selected papers will be considered for special issues in journals, or as book chapters. Further possibilities for publication are currently under assessment.

Conference venue:

MindTrek takes place at Hotel Scandic Rosendahl, in Tampere, Finland. The organiser of the conference has booked quota for the conference delegates from this hotel. More information on accommodation and registration will be made available in our website. Please note that the
accommodation is not included in the participation fee. There is also other accommodation available in Tampere, ranging from modern first class hotels to smaller traditional hotels and dormitories. If you select one of these options, you should make the reservations by
yourself with that specific hotel. For more, see:

Conference Organizing Committee:

Artur Lugmayr (Scientific Chair)
Frans Mayra, Katri Lietsala, and Heljä Franssila (Conference Co-chairs)


Artur Lugmayr,

For up to date information and further details please visit:

Send your contributions and any inquiry about the conference to:

Supported by: City of Tampere, Ubiqutious Computing Cluster, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere University, TAMK, PIRAMK, Technology Centre Hermia, Neogames, COSS, Gemilo, B105.


MindTrek Association (

NET Institute Summer Grants 2008

The NET Institute will fund a number of scientific research projects in the areas of network industries, including wired and wireless networks, “virtual networks,” electronic commerce, telecommunications, and the Internet. Proposed research may be either theoretical or empirical, and may also analyze issues of public policy and antitrust. The deadline for proposals is May 25, 2008. Decisions will be announced by June 25, 2008. The expected output of funded research should be available by September 30, 2008. There will be a strong preference for young researchers.

The topics of research include theoretical or empirical research on telecommunications, including new technologies such as voice over Internet Protocol (“VOIP”), the Internet and related issues, cable networks and digital convergence, market structure in industries with network effects including wireline and wireless networks, “virtual networks,” financial networks and B2B and B2C exchanges, pricing in the presence of network effects, pure and mixed bundling in markets with network effects, incentives for vertical integration and effects on social welfare in markets with network effects, dynamic competition and pricing in markets with network effects, the choice of technical standards and compatibility, quality and variety competition in the presence of network effects, security and reliability of networks including the Internet, electronic commerce, and competition policy issues in network industries.

Additionally, the NET Institute strongly encourages proposals that model the effects of entry and potential entry in markets with network effects. Of particular interest is the interaction of innovation and entrepreneurship with entry.

Proposed research need not be limited to the topics above, but has to be in the general area of networks, “virtual networks,” electronic commerce, and telecommunications.

Proposals should include

(i) a description of the proposed project, including

(a) an executive summary, up to two pages long;

(b) a clear description of the objective(s) of the project;

(c) a clear description of the expected output of the project;

(d) the scientific techniques expected to be used in the proposed project; including models and modeling techniques;

(e) a detailed outline of the steps necessary to reach the expected conclusions; many successful applications have included a detailed description of the proposed research, including conjectures, preliminary results and attached past relevant research; no page limit.

(f) an assessment of the likelihood that the research will be accomplished in the time allocated; and

(ii) a curriculum vitae of the researcher, indicating

(a) relevant previous scientific work; and

(b) educational background.

Only proposals submitted electronically will be considered and evaluated. Proposals and all supporting materials can be submitted to in either (i) Acrobat pdf format; or (ii) MS-Word format; or (iii) Rich text file (“rtf”) format.

Each funded proposal will receive up to $15,000 of financial support from the NET Institute. Successful proposals will receive 1/3 of the awarded funds when the project is approved for funding by the NET Institute and the remaining 2/3 of the funds upon successful completion of the project and delivery of the output of the research.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cybercitizens: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities of Participation in the Information Age.

NetSafe is pleased to invite you to the stunning winter resort of Queenstown to the first international conference on “Cybercitizens: Risks, Rights, and Responsibilities of Participation in the Information Age”.


Citizenship is a cornerstone of participation in modern democracies. It is awarded on the basis of meeting specific civic responsibilities. It affords the citizen the rights to safe passage and protection from unlawful harm.

Although Cyberspace is a virtual space, it is real. Just as citizens in physical territories experience risk, have rights to protection, and need to honour responsibilities, citizens in Cyberspace experience risk, have rights to protection, and need to honour responsibilities.

The Conference

This conference aims to consider a range of topics relating to the concepts of cybercitizenry and cybersafety. We seek papers, presentations, and workshops on a broad range of topics related to the risks, rights to safety, and responsibilities of citizens in the information age.

We welcome a broad audience, including educators, researchers, industry, web developers, government, and non-government organisations, to collaborate on considering the challenges and opportunities Cyberspace can offer for citizens in the information age.

Call for Papers

Citizenship is a cornerstone of participation in modern democracies. It is awarded on the basis of meeting specific civic responsibilities. It affords the citizen the rights to safe passage and protection from unlawful harm. Historically citizenship was granted via an ancient and enduring doctrine of jus soli - the concept that “right of ground” resulted from birth in a particular territory. Over time concepts of nationhood and citizenship have evolved, and people may have citizenship in more than one territory.

In the last 2 decades, many people have migrated into a new and expanding territory: Cyberspace. Cyberspace represents the digital space that is produced by the internet and information communication technology. Just as citizens in physical territories experience risk, have rights to protection, and need to honour responsibilities, citizens in Cyberspace experience risk, have rights to protection, and need to honour responsibilities.

We seek papers, presentations, and workshops on a broad range of topics related to the risks, rights to safety, and responsibilities of citizens in the information age.

Themes may include (but are not limited to):

- Conceptualising cybercitizenship

- Promoting cybercitizenship

- Risks and risk management in Cyberspace

- Rights for safety in Cyberspace Responsibilities in Cyberspace

Topic areas may include (but are not limited to):

- Contexts of ICT-use

- Mobile internet

- Social networking

-Virtual worlds/environments


- Gaming

- Enforcement

- Inappropriate content

- Intellectual property

- Fraud

- Time management/problematic ICT use

- Harrassment and victimisation

- Cyberbullying

- Cyber-sexual offending and grooming

- Protection from harm

- Computer security

- Financial security

If you would like to present at the conference please follow the guidelines for submission.

A document of conference proceedings will be published online after the conclusion of the conference. Inclusion in the conference proceedings is voluntary.

The deadline for submission is the 31st of May 2008.

NBC Sets Sights On Niche Video Audiences

NBC Universal's investment in driverTV, announced yesterday, is more than just another digital media investment by a major media company. Chief digital officer George Kliavkoff said it's also the first in a series of moves by NBC to lure niche audiences with well-produced video content.

Kliavkoff told ClickZ the new strategy will involve both the aggregation of existing content and the creation of new material geared toward important ad categories. He said those categories won't necessarily focus on products, but rather will speak to "things that people are passionate about or have affinities for, that also happen to fit the criteria for a top advertising category that we think is underserved by professional quality video.

"For us this is only one of multiple business models that we're going to embrace to create niche digital networks," Kliavkoff said, comparing the initiative to how NBC built cable networks. "It's focused on creating great high quality programs that attract the audience in that niche. What we've tried to do is replicate that model."

A related announcement may come as early as this week, he said. In niches where NBC owns endemic content, NBC will aggregate that material to create a new network. In areas where it doesn't, Kliavkoff said NBCU will invest in creating original programming for these niche networks.

The investment deal, under which NBCU will claim a 35 percent stake in the New York-based driverTV, will see distribution of the firm's manufacturer-approved auto videos on and possibly other NBC owned properties. DriverTV also announced a deal to distribute the clips on MySpace TV as a branded channel there.

Two-year-old driverTV produces its car-specific video content for multiple platforms, but has mainly focused on video on demand deals with major cable players including Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, and The Hotel Network. It also operates a Web site at

DriverTV owns the content and cuts distribution deals directly with cable and Internet partners. The auto manufacturers are permitted to approve the content for accuracy.

"We own it but they have some usage rights," said Jan Renner, CEO and founder of driverTV. Renner said car companies view the firm's content as both media and advertising.

"It's all very neutral, just-the-facts content," Renner said. "[Manufacturers] don't feel intimidated by it because it is editorial-neutral." He said in the view of advertisers a video view "results in a hand-raising event," moving consumers further down the purchase funnel.

Ad products available on will be familiar to Detroit media buyers. Marketers can buy placements on their own brand and detail pages, or on car comparison pages. Additional placements are available on category and budget listings pages.

DriverTV's online deployments appear as an embedded player on partner sites. Specific models may be customized to match the site's audience. An upscale demo could feature luxury cars, while a family demo might profile minivans.

NBC's Kliavkoff said the network sees an additional opportunity for overnight programming from driverTV on its networks, which he referred to as "DVR Theater." He said people might set their digital video recorders to record the content while they sleep.

The deal does not cover distribution on Hulu, the premium video site NBCU launched in joint venture with News Corp.


Massive Signs Multiyear Deal with EA

Microsoft's in-game advertising unit, Massive, extended its longstanding relationship with Electronic Arts with a multiyear agreement for games through 2010. The long-term contract suggests the commitment publishers are making to in-game advertising.

Under the agreement, Massive will handle dynamic in-game advertising for EA video games and PC games during the period. Two years is among the longer deals signed to date between an in-game ad network and game publisher. It signals to marketers that planning can be done more than a few weeks or months in advance, and that publishers are dedicated to the channel.

"We've already done several fairly significant upfront deals on an annual basis [with media buyers]," said Jay Sampson, Massive's VP of global sales. "Now marketers can begin to plan against this medium and their network on an annual and multiyear basis." He said dynamic in-game advertising is typically bought on a 60- to 90- day horizon, and can happen further out through deals like this.

"We needed to come up with a predictable programming model," Sampson said. "We needed to talk to them about what's in your programming mix about six or 12 months in advance, so they can go back and plan accordingly. That's the maturation point we're seeing."

Whether media is bought more than a few months in advance, long-term deals aid in planning. Brian Bos, SVP and convergence director from WPP'S Mindshare Team Detroit said it helps him better align creative and think in terms of sequential messaging.

Media buyers see the deal with a publisher of EA's standing as significant. "I'd like to see more publishers in the space begin to take this medium into consideration and expand upon it," said Bos.

Sampson said the network has been fairly steady at 50 titles. However, within the network Massive adds new games and sunset others, or the dynamic advertising goes dark.

A stable of EA titles exist on Massive's network. The relationship dates back to 2006. The deal includes any EA game that's ad relevant; it will come under the Massive network. While some games released by the publisher will be deemed not appropriate for the network, any appropriate title will grow the network, potentially past the 50 titles.

Going forward, Massive's focus for triple-A, or high profile titles, will likely be to sign longer or multi-year contracts. Though for newer franchises there may be more flexibility. "Our aspiration is to lay a foundation of predictable programming, so there is a trust, but at the same time, make sure we are really attentive that if there is a hot title coming out we can bring that into the network as well," said Sampson.

Revenue is shared between Massive as the ad network and EA as the publisher; EA can then pass revenues down to the game developer. Details of the revenue sharing agreement weren't disclosed.

Dynamic advertising is currently running on the Xbox 360, PC, and to some extent on the Xbox platform.


EBay Takes Affiliate Program In-House

In a blow to ValueClick and its Commission Junction affiliate network, eBay has decided to manage its mammoth affiliate marketing program in-house. Will Martin-Gill, the program's senior manager, said the decision is motivated by a desire to offer greater customization to its affiliate publishers while saving money and exerting more control over traffic quality.
"The more you can see your customers and how they're reacting [to banner and search ads], the better you can target them and work with them," said Martin-Gill.

Dave Osman, Commission Junction's SVP of operations, said losing the eBay account didn't come as a surprise, adding the financial ramifications have already been baked into the company's financial guidance. Both companies said eBay will continue to rely on ValueClick for ad serving and custom projects through its Mediaplex division.

"We never like to use a customer, especially a long-term customer like eBay," Osman said. "We've enjoyed a very fruitful relationship with them."

The new program, called eBay Partner Network, will serve more than 100,000 individual affiliates globally. Publishers will be able to register beginning April 1, and they have been asked to migrate to it fully by May 1. The in-house migration includes the affiliate program for, the eBay-owned marketplace for used CDs, DVDs, books, and video games.

Martin-Gill said eBay expects to offer its affiliates new capabilities involving the ad format and landing pages. Publishers operating in multiple countries will be permitted to register and manage their accounts centrally.

Among the products eBay will launch with its new partner network is a geo-targeted banner ad. When the ad is served to a consumer in a foreign country, eBay will direct responding traffic to its site for that country. In testing, the format has resulted in a conversion rate four to five times higher than serving an ad specific only to the affiliate publisher's site, said Martin-Gill.

"You multiply that across all the different countries we have, you have a pretty interesting lift," he said.

Martin-Gill noted eBay at one time outsourced its paid search advertising, and he said the company decided to bring that in-house for the same reason: "We want closer control of data," he said.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Digital Divide/s and Inclusion/s CFP- HICSS-42 (2009)

January 5-9, 2009

Mini-Track Chairs:
Karine Barzilai-Nahon - University of Washington - - [Primary Contact]
Narcyz Roztocki - State University of New York at New Paltz -

The mini-track calls for papers that study the digital divide in different levels, methods and perspectives. Possible investigations of the digital divide may focus on international, national, local, sector, communal, and individual level. Both empirical and theoretical papers are invited. Potential contributions related to the digital divide may include, but are not limited to the following:

Conceptualization and theory of digital divide, digital spectrum and eInclusion

* Indigenous communities and technology

* Cultural, Socio-demographic and context factors - gender, age, education, income, ethnic diversity, race diversity, language diversity, religiosity

* Social and governmental support - for example the use of supportive initiatives, policy and applications to bridge the gap, or how society and community impact eInclusion

* Access and technology - infrastructure factors

* Affordability

* Use - skills, frequency and time, locus, autonomy of use, what do users do online and for what purpose

* Accessibility focusing mainly in populations with special needs

* Measurements index - e-readiness, KAM, DiDix and more

* Comparative analysis of policy

* Comparative cross-country or cross-region research

* Country or region specific case studies

* The mini-track page -

* Papers from previous years -

Important Deadlines:

* Abstracts - Authors may contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content at anytime.

* June 15, 2008

Authors submit full papers to the Peer Review System, following Author Instructions found on the HICSS web site ( All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. Papers undergo a double-blind review.

August 15, 2008
Acceptance/Rejection notices are sent to Authors via the Peer Review System.

September 15, 2008
Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission instructions on the Peer Review System web site. At least one author of each paper must register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference to present the paper.

January 5-9, 2009 - HICSS-42 (Hawaii)

HICSS conferences are devoted to advances in the information, computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice. Invited papers may be theoretical, conceptual, tutorial or descriptive in nature. Submissions undergo a double-blind peer referee process and those selected for presentation will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Submissions must not have been previously published.
This mini-track is part of the Digital Media track.
For the latest information visit the HICSS web site at:

Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair

Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator



The Northumbria University Journal of Information Rights Law and Practice is a resource aimed at lawyers, academics and practitioners across the field of Information Rights Law. The Journal aims to provide an expert resource dealing with issues of data protection and security, access to information both under Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
legislation, privacy, data sharing, information and records management and related issues. Contributions are invited, but are not limited to, the following topics:

1. Analysis of recent developments in the law or practice related to information rights issues.

2. Research or case studies on the implementation of information rights or records management issues in the practical context.

3. Analysis and case reviews of decisions of the Information Commissioner, Information Tribunal or the Courts.

Material for publication should be submitted to the Editor, Andrew Watson, School of Law, Northumbria University, City Campus East, Newcastle, NE1 or by e-mail to Submission by E-mail is preferred. When submitting articles for publication it would be helpful if authors could observe the following guidelines:

Form of Manuscript
All articles should be typed with double line spacing with a one inch margin on all sides. Articles should be no longer than 5000 words although longer articles will be considered at the Editor’s discretion.

Footnotes and References

Footnotes to sources should be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals and placed at the foot of the page. Footnote style must conform to the standards set forth in a Uniform System of Citation, published by Harvard Law Review Association. The publishers are unable to check the accuracy of references and the onus of the accuracy falls on the author.


It is the responsibility of the author to obtain any permission necessary to reproduce or quote from published work and suitable acknowledgment should always be made.

Important dates

Submissions are accepted throughout the year. The Journal is published twice yearly, in the Summer and Winter months.

Contributors should note that the Journal is published twice per year and that all articles submitted for publication will be refereed by at least one member of the Editorial Board.

The Editorial Board consists of the following members:

Andrew Watson (Editor)
John Angel, Chairman of the Information Tribunal
Jenny Carpenter, DEFRA
Philip Coppel, Barrister
Henry Fitzhugh, Lay Member of the Information Tribunal
David Goldberg
Ibrahim Hasan, Solicitor
Susan Healy, National Archives
Elizabeth Lomas, Researcher
Professor Julie Mcleod, Northumbria University
Phil Michaels, Friends of the Earth
Adrian Nuttall, Environment Agency
Timothy Pitt-Payne, Barrister
Alan Stead
Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner
Marcus Turle, Solicitor
Susan Wolf, Northumbria University

Video Vortex: Audio and Video Documentation now available!

Video Vortex: Audio and Video Documentation now available!

Audio and video documentation for all Video Vortex sessions are now available on this website. The files can be found on the Documentation page.

Each presentation is available to be viewed individually as a flash video. The Documentation page also contains all presentations as mp3 audio files. These can be played in your Internet browser, or be downloaded.

Video Vortex has been blogged extensively by the tireless Masters of Media bloggers:

Pictures taken at the event can be found on Flickr, feel free to join the photo pool and upload your own Video Vortex photographs:


Friday Program

Opening Session
Introduction by Geert Lovink
Tom Sherman - Vernacular Video
Rosemary Comella - Home-Grown History
Florian Schneider - Imaginary Property

Online Video Aesthetics
Andreas Treske - Detailing and Pointing
Tal Sterngast - Karasek Speaks: The Aesthetics of Videoblogging
Stefaan Decostere - Far from Impact
Helen Kambouri - Making Violent Practices Public: An Analysis of User-Generated Video Content

Alternative Platforms and Software
Matthew Mitchem - Video Social: Amateur Video and Virtuosity in Collaboratively Produced Media
Valentin Spirik - Open Source Ways of Producing, Distributing and Promoting Online Video
Philine von Guretzky - Bridging the gap: Redefining the Platforms for Moving Image
Jay Dedman - Show-In-A-Box, WordPress Video Distribution System
Tatiana de la O - Independent Media Sites
dotSUB Presentation by Michael Smolens

Saturday Program

Cinema and Narrativity
Thomas Elsaesser - ‘Constructive Instability’, or The Life of Things as the Cinema’s Afterlife?
Dan Oki - Cinema as a Research Database
Jan Simons - Video Vortex: The Linguistic Re-Turn?

Curating Online Video
Thomas Thiel - Curator as Filter/ User as CuratorSarah Cook - Broadcast Yourself
Patrick Lichty - Online Video, Tradition and Audience
Emma Quinn - Home-Made Content and the Arts

Participatory Culture
Tilman Baumgärtel - Video Piracy and Independent Cinema in South East Asia
Ana Peraica - Avi and DivX Art
Dominick Chen - Toward digital Prochronism: How to Share Creative Processes
GAMA Presentation by Gaby Wijers

Conference on Television and the National

Conference on Television and the National
Call for Papers

(Melbourne 19- 21 November 2008)

Convened by La Trobe University and the Project for Australian Television History (PATH), an Initiative of the Cultural Research Network.

19 November. Symposium: Television, Comedy and the National (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).

Keynote: Andy Medhurst (Sussex). Medhurst's main research interests are British popular culture, gender and sexuality, the genre of comedy and constructions of Englishness. His most recent book is A National Joke: Popular Comedy and English Cultural Identities (Routledge 2007).

20 November. Panels and Forum: Television, Nation, History

(Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

Keynote: Koichi Iwabuchi (Waseda). Iwabuchi's main research interest is in media and cultural globalisation in East Asia. His English publications include: Recentering Globalisation: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism (Duke University Press 2002), Feeling Asian Modernities: Transnational consumption of Japanese TV Dramas (ed. Hong Kong University
Press, 2004), Rogue Flows: Trans-Asian Cultural Traffic (co-ed. with S. Mueke and M. Thomas 2004) and East Asian Pop Culture: Analysing the Korean Wave (co-ed. with C. Beng Huat 2008).

21 November. Papers and Panels: Television Research

(Venue to be confirmed)

This conference builds on the Television Studies conference (University of Queensland, Brisbane 2000) and the Television History Conference (Powerhouse, Sydney 2005). It aims to bring researchers together to discuss a broad range of topics in the following strands:

. television history and historiography

. television and the national

. television and the transnational

. television and genre

. television comedy

Issues to be addressed include but are not limited to: new approaches to television historiography; the extent to which television history is bound up with the national (in terms of audiences, ratings, formats, critical reception, popular memory, policy, regulation); the proposition that some television genres, such as comedy, variety, sport and current affairs, are
less likely to join the global flow of television than others; the extent to which international trade in television formats is underpinned by ideas of the trans/national.

Abstracts for individual papers or joint submissions for pre-constituted panels (of three speakers) are welcomed on any of the conference themes listed above

Panel proposals and abstracts of 250 words should be sent via email on or before April 11 2008 to

Please include the following information in your abstract:

. Title of paper or panel

. Author(s) and/or panellists, and a contact email address

. Three to four keywords

. A short (maximum 100 words) biography

WPCC: Media and Foreign Policy

Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC)

Volume 5, Number 3, September 2008

Call for papers: Media and Foreign Policy

EXTENDED Deadline: Friday 28 March 2008

The role of the media in foreign policy-making remains one of the most neglected areas in foreign policy literature. Extensive research on the topic has only been conducted in the US and it has mainly emerged from the field of political communication.

This literature suggests that coverage of international politics follows the frames of reference of either the executive branch of the government or reflects wider elite opinion in Washington when the elites disagree on the policy.

However, in the absence of sufficient comparative research, it is unclear whether the findings and theories developed in the US have wider relevance internationally. Meanwhile, research conducted outside the US has remained rather fragmented and has, similarly to the research in the US, tended to focus on foreign policy crises.

WPCC invites both national studies and comparative research across countries that contribute to broadening the understanding of the interplay between media and policy-makers in the conduct of foreign affairs.

Particularly welcomed are original, research-based contributions that attempt to incorporate into the analysis the theoretical approaches emerging from the fields of Communication Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations or other relevant disciplines.

Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following issues:

- What is the relationship between media content and government policy line and/or elite opinion(s)?

- Do media provide accurate, impartial and pertinent information on matters relevant to foreign policy?

- Does media coverage influence public opinion on foreign and security policy issues?

- Who are the sources of information for the media?

- Who sets the agenda?

- Is there public debate on foreign policy issues?

- Who has access to foreign policy debate in the media?

- Do media circulate news and opinion at odds with the government policy?

- In which circumstances is media coverage critical of government policy?

- What influence, if any, do the media have over foreign policy?

Applicants may submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Issue's Editor Janne Halttu at

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 28 March 2008. For accepted articles the deadline for submission is 10 June 2008.

Further details of WPCC, as well as previous issues, are available at

Archidemo and Digital Design Competiton

The Result of "Digital Design Competiton" by Nikkei Architecture was announced.

"Digital Design Competition" is the last event of Archidemo.

This was epoch-making design competition of Virtual-Worlds, by large amount of money prize (about 20,000 dollars in all) and famous cross-field Japanese jury member. I took charge of the judge and the competition project member.

The result of competition was published in the Website of Nikkei Business Publications and Nikkei Architecture magazine. All articles are only Japanese, but, the automatic translation version can be seen here.