Thursday, April 10, 2008

Creating Value: Between Commerce and Commons

Creating Value: Between Commerce and Commons

25-27 June 2008
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Deadline extended - Closing date for Abstract and Full papers is now 21 April 2008

Call for Papers Guidelines

Detailed abstracts (up to 500 words) for papers are now called for. Deadline is April 21 2008. Abstracts will be refereed. We will be considering selected papers for publication (subject to separate negotiation). Please seperate author identifying information from the abstract proper.

There is also an option to submit a full paper which will be subject to double-blind peer review. If accepted it will qualify as a 'refereed conference paper'.

Full papers should be (at most) 3,000 words, including an abstract and full reference list. Please ensure that all submissions clearly state which theme they fall under. Please separate author identifying information from the paper proper.

Please send abstracts and full papers by 21 April 2008 to:

Dr Jean Burgess, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology and also to Jodie Rapley, CCi Coordinator

Conference themes

We are planning six broad strands of themed content at the conference. These are not separate mini-conferences; programming will be designed to cross-fertilise approaches and interrupt disciplinary comforts. Papers are solicited for all strands. Further details about each theme are available click here.

Cultural Science
Convened by John Hartley (research director of CCi and leader of its citizen-consumer program)

Creative Capital and Workforce Futures
Convened by Erica McWilliam (leader of CCi creative workforce program)

Legal Issues for Social Networks and Creating Public Value
Convened by Brian Fitzgerald (leader of CCi legal frameworks program)

Citizen Journalism: Diversifying Information? Democratising Conversation?
Convened by Terry Flew (leader of ARC-funded citizen journalism Linkage project)

Broadband innovations and the creative economy
Convened by Julian Thomas (leader of CCi international [global and regional] program)

Creative Industry development agendas: design as value-add
Convened by Stuart Cunningham (director of CCi and leader of its innovation policy program)

Privacy & Surveillance: Monitoring Humans and Monitoring Human Rights?

People Power for the Third Millennium: Technology, Democracy and Human Rights

BioCentre is pleased to invite you to the third symposium of the series:

Privacy & Surveillance: Monitoring Humans and Monitoring Human Rights?

Monday 12th May 2008
House of Lords, Westminster

As we all become more familiar with the 'online' lifestyle matters of security become more important. When we do venture outside, the number of surveillance cameras monitoring our every move evokes questions over the emergence of a 'Big Brother' state.

The development of Radio frequency identification Devices (RFIDs) offer endless opportunities for data collection but with no real boundaries to how far they could be used. Paying for the bus may be one thing, but monitoring our shopping preferences is something quite different. Like never before, issues of privacy and surveillance are very much at the forefront of people's minds.

In light of such developments, privacy laws must reflect the progress of technological developments and not lag behind. As digital surveillance increases, the nature of what surveillance entails also changes. The barriers to surveillance that once existed now seem to be rapidly diminishing as the prospect of tracking the precise movements and behaviour of every individual seem to be a very real prospect.

Who should decide what information is collected and monitored? Is privacy a thing of the past? Is the society that George Orwell depicted a model to aspire to or a case study to avoid at all cost?

Hosted by Lord Neill of Bladen, BioCentre invites you to an assessment of the issues surrounding privacy and surveillance informed by key academics and industry specialists within this field of study.

Professor Nigel Gilbert
University of Surrey and the chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering's working group on privacy and surveillance

Speaking on: title tbc

Professor Roger Brownsword & Professor Karen Yeung
School of Law, King’s College London

Speaking on: 'Privacy, Fair Processing and Confidentiality in an Information Society'

Mr. Simon Holloway
CEO at Holloway Consulting, Industry Analyst at Bloor Research

Speaking on: title tbc

RSVPs are required. Please include your name and the organisation that you represent in your response. There is no charge for the event.

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Twenty Years at the Margins: The Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model and Critical Media and Communication Studies, 1988-2008

Northumbria University
Politics and History Division, School of Arts and Social Sciences


Twenty Years at the Margins:
The Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model
and Critical Media and Communication Studies, 1988-2008

2008 marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Manufacturing Consent by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky (Pantheon, 1988). In this book, updated and republished in 2002 (Pantheon), Herman and Chomsky advanced a Propaganda Model to explain media behaviour in the United States. This study forms part of a proud tradition of critical media and communication studies, which in Britain can be traced back to the founding of the Media, Culture and Society journal in 1979. This one-day conference aims to celebrate the media analyses of Herman and Chomsky, to critically assess the application and ongoing relevance of the Propaganda Model in the 21st century, and to take stock of the achievements of critical media and communication studies over the past few decades. Keynote speakers will include James Curran, Alison Edgley, David Miller, Peter Wilkin and (hopefully) participation in some form by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky.

Date: Friday 19 December 2008, 9.30am – 5pm

Venue: Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Papers are invited on the following themes:

- Is the Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model still relevant?

- Is the Propaganda Model applicable in the British context?

- Revising and updating the Propaganda Model for the 21st century

- Criticism and limitations of the Propaganda Model.

- The five filters (ownership, advertising, sourcing, flak and ideology).

- Is the Propaganda Model applicable in terms of alternative and new media?

- History of critical media and communication studies.

- Impact and/or neglect of critical media and communication studies.

- The importance of a political economy framework for media analysis.

- The impact of the cultural/postmodernist turn on critical media and communication analysis.

There will be a special issue of the Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture based on selected papers that are presented at the conference. This event will also see the launch of the CHOMSKY STUDY GROUP.

Please submit a detailed paper proposal/abstract (500 words) to Dr Andy Mullen (email to or post to Politics and History Division, Lipman Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST) no later than Friday 12 September 2008. Conference registration details to follow. To register your interest in attending, please email Dr Andy Mullen (

Velvet Light Trap - Failures, Flops, and False Starts

Call for Papers: Velvet Light Trap, Issue #64, Fall 2009—Failures, Flops, and False Starts

Histories of the moving image tend to highlight financial, critical, and popular successes: films that generated monumental revenues at the box office, television series that were acclaimed by critics and adored by audiences, technologies that revolutionized the ways in which we exhibit and consume narratives and images, etc. Yet, new media, failed or abandoned projects, hardware, institutions, businesses, or content can serve as constructive ways in which to examine oppositional discourses, alternative conceptions, failed visions and botched efforts, as they pertain to the construction, distribution, exhibition, and consumption of the moving image. By examining failures we can get a better sense of the true impact of successful projects and programs, as well as an improved understanding of marginalized or contradictory modes of production, discourse, and reception.

We welcome an inclusive definition of failures, flops, and false starts capable of illustrating not only what was and didn’t work, but also what could have been. Projects that lacked funding, artistic movements or business strategies that went nowhere, and programs that never reached fruition can sometimes be more revealing than a finished product and a job well done. The category of brilliant but cancelled—or, conversely, terrible but produced nonetheless—envelopes an untold number of media products and visions, revealing insights to industrial processes of production and promotion, and cultural practices of organized protest, advocacy and activism. The losers of a format, hardware, and programming war (such as HD DVD or Beta) punctuate the economic risks of attempting technological innovation.

For every success, there are innumerable failures. The Velvet Light Trap invites submissions for a special issue on Failures, Flops, and False Starts that helps us to better understand the ways in which unsuccessful film, television, and new media projects, technologies, and strategies can improve our understanding of the haphazard, opposing, and unlikely ways in which media forms, criticism, industries, and practices have developed.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Failed formats and exhibition spaces
Technological failures (e.g. exhibition upgrades, delivery systems, and media formats)
Marketing failures
Critical and commercial flops
Failures of taste
Failed media theories or disciplines
Breakdowns in the production, distribution, or exhibition processes
Short-lived experiments and painful transitions
Losers in format wars
Ill-fated attempts to pursue new audiences/demographics
Miscommunications, misunderstandings, and mistranslations
Troubled collaborations
Unproduced, unreleased, or unrealized properties and projects
Funding miscalculations
Startups that didn’t and new studios that weren’t
Brilliant but cancelled (e.g., killed franchises, series and networks)
Aborted manifestos, unproductive movements, and unrealized revolutions

Papers should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words (approximately 20-25 pages double-spaced), in MLA style with a cover page including the writer's name and contact information. Please send four copies of the paper (including a one-page abstract with each copy) in a format suitable to be sent to a reader anonymously. All submissions will be refereed by the journal's Editorial Advisory Board. For more information or questions, contact Germaine Halegoua (, Heather Heckman (, Josh David Jackson (, or Mark Minett ( Submissions are due September 15, 2008, and should be emailed to the above addresses, or sent to:

The Velvet Light Trap
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Department of Communication Arts
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI USA 53706-1497

The Velvet Light Trap is an academic, peer-reviewed journal of film and television studies. Issues are coordinated alternately by graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin. The Editorial Board includes such notable scholars as Peter Bloom, David Desser, David Foster, Sean Griffin, Bambi Haggins, Charlie Keil, Michele Malach, Dan Marcus, Nina Martin, Joe McElhaney, Tara McPherson, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Steve Neale, Karla Oeler, Aswin Punathambekar, Malcolm Turvey, and Michael Williams.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Your questions to Intel boss

Intel chief executive Paul Otellini answers BBC Website readers' questions about the future of computing and the chip making firm. BBC News Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones put your questions to the firm's leader.

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Yahoo! Previews Powerful New Online Advertising Management Platform

AMP! from Yahoo! aims to transform the online advertising industry by dramatically simplifying processes for advertisers, agencies, ad networks and publishers

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AMP! is a new advertising management platform designed to significantly simplify the process of buying and selling ads online. Central to Yahoo!'s strategy to be the partner of choice for advertisers, agencies, publishers and networks, AMP! will take the pain and complexity out of advertising online by providing an integrated, web-based solution that allows unprecedented ease of cross-selling across a large ecosystem of buyers and sellers. It will allow advertisers to precisely yet easily target audiences while enabling publishers to better monetize their content.

"While online advertising grows more sophisticated, the process of doing business today is surprisingly cumbersome and manual," said Hilary Schneider, EVP, Global Partner Solutions, Yahoo!. "AMP! from Yahoo will enable advertisers and publishers to connect with each other and their exact target audiences across the increasingly fragmented Internet, in a way that's not possible with current solutions. We believe AMP! will deliver a faster, easier, and more automated and integrated way to create, buy, and sell advertising and do so across a transparent global marketplace. And with the time saved, the industry can better focus on developing great creative.

The AMP! platform will ultimately help marketers buy across search, display, local, mobile, and video inventory - all from a single, integrated interface. It will have the ability to deliver highly relevant advertising to consumers across the entire Web, driving better results for marketers. It will provide a suite of tools that easily allows precise geographic, demographic, and interest-based targeting across a vast network that includes Yahoo! owned-and-operated inventory and more than 600 U.S. newspapers in the Newspaper Consortium. An open platform available to any participant, AMP! will ultimately include Yahoo!'s network of premium publishing partners, agencies, ad networks, and thousands of other smaller publishers from across the web.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Computer History - A British View

This is a British film about computers from 1969. It is presented here as a historical look at how computers used to be in the 1960's when PC's and Macs were over 10 years away.

Shown in three parts. Sorry, but the 16mm print is rather battered!

A great video for a cold and wet afternoon. Or a lazy Sunday.

Computer History - A British View - Part 1 of 3

Computer History - A British View - Part 2 of 3

Computer History - A British View - Part 3 of 3