Friday, August 8, 2008

Post-Doctoral & PhD Research Positions @ CNGL, IRELAND

Localisation is the adaptation of digital content to culture, locale and linguistic environment. The Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) is a large Academia-Industry partnership, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Industry Partners, with over 100 researchers developing novel technologies addressing the key localisation challenges of volume, access and personalisation.

The major research strands within the CNGL are Integrated Language Technologies (ILT), Digital Content Management (DCM), Localisation Technologies and Processes (LOC) and Systems Framework (SF). We are currently recruiting:

Post-Doctoral Research Positions:

3 Post-Doctoral Positions in ILT (MT, NLP)

1 Post-Doctoral Position in DCM (Ontology Induction)

3 Post-Doctoral Positions in LOC (Workflow, Translation, Multilingual Content)

Post-Doctoral positions are fixed term contracts. Salary: €38,623-45,401 per annum (depending on experience). Starting dates: now – November 2008.

PhD Studentship Research Positions:

5 PhD Studentships in ILT (MT, NLP)

5 PhD Studentships in DCM (IR/IE, QA, Ontology Induction)

8 PhD Studentships in LOC (Workflow, Translation, Multilingual Content)

PhD positions are typically for 4 years. Stipend: €16,000 (tax free) plus payment of registration fees. Starting dates: now – November 2008.

CNGL provides state-of-the-art research facilities and supports travel to present at conferences. Please visit for more detailed information on each position.

The successful candidates will join well established research groups at Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and University of Limerick, Ireland.

Deadline for applications: 31st August 2008

To apply send CV and contact details of 2 referees to quoting the appropriate reference (see Please also use for informal inquiries.

MySpace Criminal Charges Risk Dangerous Ramifications for Consumers

Misuse of Computer Crime Law Could Turn Millions of Americans into Federal Criminals

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of academics and public policy groups are urging a judge to dismiss computer crime charges in a case with dangerous ramifications for millions of people who use the Internet.

The defendant in the case, Lori Drew, is charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by using a fictitious name and age on a MySpace account and using that account to make hurtful comments to a teenage girl. Tragically, the girl later took her own life. Federal prosecutors claim Drew broke federal law by violating MySpace's terms of service and that the MySpace communications were responsible for the girl's death. In an amicus brief filed Friday, EFF argues that criminal charges for a terms of service violation is a dramatic misapplication of the CFAA with far-ranging consequences for American computer users.

"This is a novel and unprecedented response to what everyone recognizes as a tragic situation," said EFF Civil Liberties Director Jennifer Granick. "The CFAA is aimed at penalizing computer trespassers, but under the government's theory, the millions of people who disregard -- or don't read -- the terms of service on every website they visit could face computer crime charges. That's a big blank check to give federal prosecutors."

For example, this interpretation of the law would attach criminal penalties to anyone under the age of 18 who uses the Google search engine, because Google's terms of service specify all users must be of legal age to enter into a contract.

"Websites' terms of service are notoriously frivolous and overreaching, often hard to find, and routinely written in legalese bound to confuse a non-lawyer. Many courts have found them unenforceable in civil cases. They certainly should not be the basis for a criminal prosecution," said Granick

EFF's amicus brief was also signed by the Center for Democracy and Technology, Public Citizen, and 14 individual faculty members of law schools across the country.

For the full amicus brief:

via EFF

Registration deadline: Continuity & Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism

Just a reminder that Registration for 'Continuity & Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism' ends in one week on 15th August.
Please circulate this reminder to your colleagues, post-doctoral researchers and post-graduate students.

Continuity and Innovation:
Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism

5th - 7th September 2008, University of Reading Film Conference


There is now a draft schedule for the conference available, along with the registration form, at:

Details of the conference are given below. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting and intellectually stimulating conference.

This conference seeks to consider the critical challenges contemporary film form poses for us as film critics and theorists, in an approach rooted in the detail of the film text itself. In addition, the conference wishes to reflect and engage with the diversity of contemporary aesthetic choices and filmmaking practices.

The conference will explore the continuities and innovations in contemporary film style, to move towards an account of contemporary cinema's aesthetic practice and the ways in which these formal elements shape the production of meaning. The conference will provide an important opportunity to explore and extend the continuities and innovations possible in contemporary film criticism.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Gilberto Perez:
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. M.A., Princeton University. Author of The Material Ghost: Films and Their Medium; film critic for The Yale Review and writer of numerous articles for such journals as the London Review of Books, Raritan, The New York Times, The Nation, The Hudson Review, Artforum, Cineaste, and Sight and Sound; recipient of a Noble fellowship for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the Museum of Modern Art, a Mellon Faculty fellowship at Harvard University, the Weiner Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities at the University of Missouri, and Hewlett-Mellon and Bogert grants for released time at Sarah Lawrence College. Head of Film department, Sarah Lawrence College.

Douglas Pye:
One of the key members of the Movie editorial board from its inception in the 1960s, Douglas Pye has been teaching film at the University of Reading for many years. Recently retired from his post as Senior Lecturer he remains closely involved with the Department. He has written a range of important essays on film and film analysis, including 'Seeing by Glimpses: Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia' (1988), 'Film Noir and Suppressive Narrative: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt' (1992), 'In and Around The Paradine Case: Control, Confession and the Claims of Marriage' (2004), and the influential 'Movies and Point of View' (2000). His books include:
The Movie Book of the Western (1996, co-edited with Ian Cameron), Style and Meaning: Studies in the Detailed Analysis of Film (2005, co-edited with John Gibbs). He is series co-editor (with John Gibbs) of Close-Up, an innovative and accessible new annual series devoted to the close analysis of film and television, in which his own groundbreaking study 'Movies and Tone' was published in 2007.

Dr. Adrian Martin:
Since 1979, Dr. Adrian Martin has combined work as a professional writer and film critic with a university career. He was film reviewer for The Age between 1995 and 2006. For his numerous books, essays and public lectures he has won the Byron Kennedy Award (Australian Film
Institute) and the Pascall Prize for Critical Writing, and his PhD on film style won the Mollie Holman Award. He is the author of four books and hundreds of essays on film, art, television, literature, music, popular and avant-garde culture. His books include: Phantasms: The Dreams and Desires at the Heart of our Popular Culture (1993); BFI Modern Classics: Once Upon
a Time in America (1998); Movie Mutations: The Changing Face of World Cinephilia (2003, co-edited with Jonathan Rosenbaum); Australian Screen Classics: The Mad Max Movies (2003)

Film practitioner: Award-winning German director Birgit Grosskopf.
Her feature film Prinzessin (2006) has won various prizes including: German Independence Award at the Oldenburg Film Festival (2006), the Saarland Minister President's Award at the Max Ophüls Film Festival (2006), Edinburgh Film Festival First Steps Award for best German debut feature (2006). She has also several short films: Babies in Pockets (1999), The Pilot (2000), Live Boys (2001), Tabula Rasa (2003). Further details of other practitioners discussing their work will follow.

Film Screenings: There will be a screening of Birgit Grosskopf's debut feature film Prinzessin which is currently unavailable in this country. During the conference weekend there will also be other screenings of films to be discussed at the conference. Details of these will be announced
nearer the event.

In addition to the familiar pattern of panel discussions and plenaries, the conference will include workshops in which speakers will present frameworks for analysis of the detail of a movie, as an introduction to discussion.
Titles of films to be discussed in these workshops will be circulated in advance.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the conference website:

Enquiries should be directed to the conference organisers Lisa Purse and John Gibbs at


The 'Social Virtual' World's A Stage
A Film by Gary Hayes © Personalizemedia 2008

Gary Hayes says: I am doing a commercial report and curriculum development on the evolving range of social virtual worlds and have recently ventured into fifty of them to review and sample the culture, creative, business and educational potential. On my travels I got out my virtual camera and decided to capture a bunch of small vignettes which quickly turned into a body of audio visual delights - so decided to create a nice seven minute video for posterity.

I thought I would share the video publically as it demonstrates how ubiquitous, popular and streamlined many of these spaces are becoming across the intraweb / ‘cloud’. With over 300 million frequenting or registering for the non-game based worlds and millions of new investment in 2nd and 3rd generation services there seems to be no stopping them…Enjoy

75MB MP4 Download available at

"This is not a Game" - Music composed and performed by
Gary Hayes

Post about the video here:

Over 50 virtual worlds featured including:
Second Life, HiPiHi, Kaneva, Twinity, ActiveWorlds, LagunaBeach vMTV., Habbo, Google Lively, FootballSuperstars, Weblin, AmazingWorlds, CyWorld, Whyville, Gaia Online, RocketOn, Club Penguin, YoVille, Webkinz, BarbieGirls, Prototerra, IMVU, Spore, vSide, Tale in the Desert, SpineWorld, Stardoll, The Manor,, ExitReality, Vastpark, Qwaq, PS3Home, GoSupermodel, Grockit, Croquet, Metaplace, Coke Studios, Dreamville, Dubit, Mokitown, Moove, Muse, The Palace, Playdo, Sora City, Voodoo Chat, TowerChat, Traveler, Virtual Ibiza

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

Presented at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008 by Michael Wesch.
More info at:

0:00 Introduction, YouTube's Big Numbers
2:00 Numa Numa and the Celebration of Webcams
5:53 The Machine is Us/ing Us and the New Mediascape
12:16 Introducing our Research Team
12:56 Who is on YouTube?
13:25 What's on Youtube? Charlie Bit My Finger, Soulja Boy, etc.
17:04 5% of vids are personal vlogs addressed to the YouTube community, Why?
17:30 YouTube in context. The loss of community and "networked individualism" (Wellman)
18:41 Cultural Inversion: individualism and community
19:15 Understanding new forms of community through Participant Observation
21:18 YouTube as a medium for community
23:00 Our first vlogs
25:00 The webcam: Everybody is watching where nobody is ("context collapse")
26:05 Re-cognition and new forms of self-awareness (McLuhan)
27:58 The Anonymity of Watching YouTube: Haters and Lovers
29:53 Aesthetic Arrest
30:25 Connection without Constraint
32:35 Free Hugs: A hero for our mediated culture
34:02 YouTube Drama: Striving for popularity
34:55 An early star: emokid21ohio
36:55 YouTube's Anthenticity Crisis: the story of LonelyGirl15
39:50 Reflections on Authenticity
41:54 Gaming the system / Exposing the System
43:37 Seriously Playful Participatory Media Culture (featuring Us by blimvisible:
47:32 Networked Production: The Collab. MadV's "The Message" and the message of YouTube
49:29 Poem: The Little Glass Dot, The Eyes of the World
51:15 Conclusion by bnessel1973
52:50 Dedication and Credits (Our Numa Numa dance)