Friday, January 23, 2009

EU Kids Online - Call for Papers

EU Kids Online: European research on cultural, contextual and risk issues regarding children and the internet

An international one-day conference for researchers, policy makers, industry, educators, NGOs and government to address the policy issues and research findings about children and the internet.


When and where
Thursday June 11th 2009, London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Conference theme
Are all children benefiting from the internet and if not, why not? What new literacies are they developing? How strong is the evidence for the risks to children of going online? Why do risks differ from country to country? How can parents and policy makers better balance the online opportunities and risks for children? And what do children themselves want from the internet?

The conference will report final results and recommendations from three year's work by EU Kids Online network of 60 researchers in 21 countries funded by the EC Safer Internet plus Programme.

It will also showcase the latest current research in Europe and worldwide:

Keynote speakers

* David Finkelhor (University of New Hampshire)

* Lelia Green (Edith Cowan University, Australia)

* Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics)

* Charo Sádaba (University of Navarra, Spain)

Call for papers

Researchers are invited to submit empirical papers about children's experience of the internet on these topics:

* Social networks, online identities and e-participation

* Learning, creativity and media literacy

* Mobility, computer games and other emerging platforms

* Parental and peer mediation

* Risks, victims and perpetrators

* Regulation, empowerment and protection

Registration and submission details
Registration now open at
No conference fee; lunch and evening reception provided.

To submit a paper, please send an abstract (300-500 words) to by 15th February.

We look forward to welcoming you to LSE to celebrate the end of our project and to debate the future agenda for research and for evidence-based policy.

Microsoft to cut 5% of work force

AP News Video.
Microsoft will cut 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months, a sign of how badly even the biggest and richest companies are being stung by the recession.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Denis Mitchell: Pioneer of Poetic Documentary

The Centre for Broadcasting History Research will host a tribute to documentary filmmaker Denis Mitchell at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Wednesday 25 March 2009. Marking the 50th anniversary of the television documentary Morning in the Streets, the retrospective will focus on Mitchell’s little-known and fascinating BBC radio work during the mid 1950s, as well as his later television work for the BBC and independent television companies during the late 1950s and 1960s.

There will be screenings of film prints of Morning in the Streets and several other documentaries, which will be introduced by key colleagues and friends of the filmmaker.

Several keynote speakers will give papers, including:

- Michael Darlow on his experiences of working with Mitchell at Granada

- Philip Purser on Mitchell’s place in television history

- John Corner on Mitchell and ‘documentary voices’.

The event will explore vital issues surrounding the representation of the working classes on radio and television, as well as wider issues in documentary and broadcasting history. The event will be of particular interest to students of radio, film and television production. Denis Mitchell is still regarded as the most influential British television documentarian, and this an ideal opportunity to pay tribute to his unique contributions to the form.

For tickets (£10, £8 concessions) please contact
Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on 0844 406 8666.

The Centre for Broadcasting History Research will host a tribute to documentary filmmaker Denis Mitchell at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Wednesday 25 March 2009. Marking the 50th anniversary of the television documentary Morning in the Streets, the retrospective will focus on Mitchell’s little-known and fascinating BBC radio work during the mid 1950s, as well as his later television work for the BBC and independent television companies during the late 1950s and 1960s.
Institute for Media & Communication Research

Game Studies/Game design postdoc at Concordia

Concordia Research Initiative in Technoculture, Art and Games
Job Opening: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies
Concordia University, Montreal

The Research Initiative in Technoculture, Art and Games at Concordia University in Montreal invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in game design/game studies. The position is for one year (June 2009-2010) with the possibility of renewal for one more year. The postdoctoral researcher will work as designer/design consultant and researcher on projects related to gestural interface design in digital gaming and/or non-realist documentary expression in games. At Concordia, these projects are led by Bart Simon, Lynn Hughes and Elena Razlogova, and are part of a broader initiative involving several researchers working in game studies, digital culture and new media arts and design.

Responsibilities would involve developing one or more game prototypes and demonstrations in connection with one or more TAG based projects. We seek candidates with backgrounds in fields such as game design, game studies, new media arts, digital humanities, communications, media studies and computer science who have some experience working in an interdisciplinary and teamwork based setting. The ideal candidate would be an experienced game designer working within the broader context of digital game studies. The position will be full time, with a yearly salary of $28-35,000 plus benefits, and the researcher will be expected to be in residence in the Montreal area.

Applications may be sent electronically and should include a CV, a cover letter including a personal statement, and a brief statement of research interests and experience related to game design/game studies. Two signed letters of recommendation should also be sent directly by the writers via regular mail or fax. International applicants are most welcome but are subject to Canadian Immigration requirements regarding work visas. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 28, 2009.

For applications or queries regarding TAG or the postdoctoral position
please contact:

Dr. Bart Simon, TAG Director
Fax: 1-514-848-4539
Phone: 1-514-848-2424 x2164
Mail: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University,
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8.

Global Internet Censorship in 2009

Article written by Danny O'Brien from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Across the world, politicians perennially declare their intention to purge or blacklist websites they fear are damaging to children or the public welfare. The call for censorship hasn't stopped, despite many years of evidence that pervasive Net censorship is invasive, infeasible, and economically damaging. Nor is it likely to be stopped by today's Internet Safety Technical Taskforce Report on protecting children from internet predators, which reinforced that Net censorship is an ineffective solution to an exaggerated problem.

Accordingly, this year sees continuing plans by governments across the world to limit Internet traffic by content type, or expand existing systems of control. China heads the list of censoring states in the public consciousness. Last week, its Ministry of Public Security demanded action and an apology from search engines for failing to take "efficient" measures against "vulgar content". Baidu apologized, and Google committed to "working with the community to establish a healthy social climate". Smaller blogging sites like were simply shut down.

Even in a state with such pervasive government censorship infrastructure, asking search engines and ISPs to proactively identify and eliminate all pornography online is asking the impossible. Nonetheless, the Chinese government has once again publicly demonstrated its continuing political power to demand that any site or link disappear from servers operating within China's control.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region lies outside the Great Firewall and China's mainland censorship system. Its government is currently completing public consultations on how it should update its regulation of obscene and indecent material for the digital age. (The consultation ends on January 31st).

The Hong Kong consultation is currently leaning towards a narrower censorship regime, similar to that adopted by many countries: it would not require mandatory censorship infrastructure, but rely on opt-in filters that can be used by end-users to stop minors from viewing such content. There is one new twist, however. One of the suggestions for publishers of offensive or indecent articles:

may involve limiting the bandwidth made available to such offenders or imposing temporary suspension or termination of service in case of contravention of contractual terms;

Regular followers of the global battle against "three strikes" policies will recognise this language as that suggested by IP rightsholders against alleged infringers.

It's not unexpected that when one group proposes controlling content online, others will pick up on the techniques they propose. And if there's one thing to look out for in the censorship rhetoric of 2009, it will be the ongoing efforts of IP rightholders to build multi-interest coalitions to advocate the same suite of blocking and filtering initiatives that we've seen elsewhere.

In Australia, Senator Conroy's proposed compulsory filtering system continues to advance, with recent comments indicating that his plans include controlling peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic. In the United Kingdom, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham hinted at plans for a universal categorisation system for the Net, covering both "harmful content" and "copyright".

The demands for Internet censorship never seem to go away. Neither do the obvious threats they pose to citizens' privacy, freedom of expression and online freedom. The danger is that there are now many groups with an interest in pervasive and pre-emptive control over online content. Who else will join 2009's global censorship chorus?

original article with many resources and links here.

Free Your Cell Phone campaign

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is asking for the public's help in their new campaign to free cell phones from the software locks that stifle competition and cripple consumers.

Hundreds of thousands of cell phone owners have modified their phones to connect to a new service provider or run the software of their choosing, and many more would like to. But the threat of litigation under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(DMCA) has driven them underground.

On the campaign's website,, people can sign EFF's petition to the Copyright Office and share their stories about cell phone frustrations. EFF will also help people officially submit those stories to the Copyright Office before the February 2 deadline.

For the full press release visit:

For more on the Free Your Phone campaign:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Call for Papers: In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity

In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female
Edited by Diane Negra and Su Holmes

Proposals are sought for an edited collection on the politics of female celebrity across a range of contemporary, historical, media and national contexts. From Reality TV, gossip blogging and media scandals, to narratives of the celebrity 'trainwreck' or breakdown, women are positioned at the centre of contemporary celebrity culture.

Although film studies and media studies have long since examined questions of gender at the level of star or celebrity image, attempts to explore the wider 'gendering' of fame as a concept, set of ideologies and representational practices have been marginal. Indeed, in 2000, Christine Geraghty observed how women are 'particularly likely to be seen as celebrities [rather than 'stars'] whose working life is of less interest than their personal life' (Geraghty, 2000: 12) - in part because women are more identified with the private sphere, and their value as 'workers' in the public sphere has historically had to struggle for cultural legitimacy. Yet despite the fact that the media and cultural fascination with the 'private' lives and identities of the famous has accelerated substantially since Geraghty was writing, and despite the fact that the apparently devalued currency of celebrity - the now familiar laments regarding the decline of 'talent' and 'work' - have been articulated with increasing fervor, there has been little academic analysis of the significance of the gendered politics of celebrity.

This collection will seek to interrogate the representational tropes and map the broad terrain of female celebrity.

Questions/ topics may include, but are not limited to:

* How is the perceived uncoupling of talent from fame a particularly gendered phenomenon? Is it postfeminist?

* To what extent has Reality TV function to articulate gendered forms of fame?

* How do codes for celebrity representation articulate sexist logics (and how might these intersect with discourses of race, age, class and sexuality)?

* To what extent are these discourses 'new', and how can we excavate historical precedents?

* How are gendered constructions of celebrity particularized within national contexts?

* What contemporary/ historical views about 'appropriate' forms of femininity are articulated via the representation of female celebrities?

* How does the surveillance of the female celebrity body - in such forms as plastic surgery narratives, celebrity magazines and internet gossip blogging - function within this context?

* What drives the fascination/repulsion for 'bad' women/girls in celebrity culture?

* How do new delivery systems such as YouTube, and older ones like celebrity magazines, favor and foster the spectacle of female 'train wreck' celebrity?

* How do discourses of motherhood, maternalism, family, the 'work/life balance' and the concept of the celebrity couple shape images of female celebrity?

* How are female celebrities placed in an expanded environment of paparazzism and mainstreamed tabloid media?

Please send proposals (maximum 300 words), accompanied by a short biographical note, to Dr Su Holmes ( and Professor Diane Negra ( by 28 February, 2009.

Google scraps newspaper ad sales service

Google scraps newspaper ad sales service

Google is to shut down its scheme to sell advertising space on behalf of newspapers and magazines, after disappointing results.

The search engine announced on Tuesday that it was closing Print Ads, which launched almost three years ago aimed at revolutionising newspaper and magazine advertising in the same way Google changed online ads.

"While we hoped that Print Ads would create a new revenue stream for newspapers and produce more relevant advertising for consumers. The product has not created the impact that we – or our partners – wanted," said Spencer Spinnell, the director of the project, in a statement on Google's blog.

The Print Ads scheme let advertisers buy space in newspapers and magazines in the same way that Google auctions space through its other services: advertisers picked their ideal spot then submitted bids for space in the publications they had been matched with.

More than 800 publications in the US signed up to the scheme, including The New York Times, the Tribune company, Gannett and the Washington Post.

They hoped that partnerships with the internet giant could help them recover some of the profitability that had been lost in recent years.

But it never delivered the level of returns required – particularly for cash-strapped newspapers which had lost vast amounts of classified advertising to websites such as Craigslist and Google itself.

Despite the announcement, Spinnell said that the Silicon Valley company "remained dedicated" to working alongside publishing groups.

"We have teams of people working with hundreds of publishers to find new and creative ways to earn money from engaging online content … these important efforts won't stop."

Other experimental Google services to provide advertising to other traditional media – such as radio and TV – are set to continue.

The move comes just days after Google closed down a series of other projects and laid off 100 recruiting personnel, as it seeks to focus on its core products during the recession.
article source Guardian

read what Google says about it on the offical Google blog

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pirate Philosophy: Culture Machine 10


Tenth Anniversary Issue, edited by Gary Hall

This tenth anniversary issue of Culture Machine explores how the development of various forms of digital culture and ‘internet piracy’ is affecting notions of authorship, intellectual property, copyright law, publication, attribution, citation, accreditation, fair use, content creation and cultural production that were established pre-internet.

Contributors address the theme of piracy in the content and/or by playing provocatively with the form of their texts.

The ‘Pirate Philosophy’ issue features:

* Gary Hall,
‘Pirate Philosophy (Version 1.0): Open Access, Free Content, Free/Libre/Open Media’

* Adrian Johns,
‘Piracy as a Business Force’

* Jonas Andersson,
‘For the Good of the Net: The Pirate Bay as a Strategic Sovereign’

* Don Joyce, Negativland,
‘Vapor Music’

* Kembrew McLeod,
‘Crashing the Spectacle: A Forgotten History of Digital Sampling, Infringement, Copyright Liberation and the End of Recorded Music’

* Alexander R. Galloway,
‘Debord’s Nostalgic Algorithm’

* Mark Amerika,
‘Source Material Everywhere: The Alfred North Whitehead Remix’

* Gary Hall, Clare Birchall and Pete Woodbridge,
‘Liquid Theory TV’

* Gary Hall and Clare Birchall,
‘New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader’


The Culture Machine journal publishes new work from both established figures and up-and-coming writers. It is fully refereed, and has an International Advisory Board which includes Geoffrey Bennington, Robert Bernasconi, Sue Golding, Lawrence Grossberg, Peggy Kamuf, Alphonso Lingis, Meaghan Morris, Paul Patton, Mark Poster, Avital Ronell, Nicholas Royle and Kenneth Surin.

Culture Machine welcomes original, unpublished submissions on any aspect of culture and theory. All contributions to Culture Machine are refereed anonymously. Anyone with material they wish to submit for publication is invited to contact:

Culture Machine c/o Dave Boothroyd and Gary Hall
e-mail: and

Culture Machine is part of Open Humanities Press

For more information, visit the Culture Machine site at:

EuroITV 2009 'Networked Television' - Call for Papers

EuroITV2009 - “Networked Television”
7th European Interactive TV Conference

June 3rd to 5th 2009
Leuven, Belgium

(for information about keynotes, workshops and tutorials, see below)

Important upcoming deadline:

January 30th:
- Short papers
- Posters
- Demos
- Doctoral consortium

Call for Papers

The EuroITV conference brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines that include human-computer interaction, media studies, computer science, telecommunications, audiovisual design and management. The organizing committee invites you to submit original, high quality papers addressing the special theme and topics, for presentation at the conference and inclusion in the proceedings. The main conference proceedings will be published by ACM.

The special theme is "Networked Television", which will be addressed from a technological as well as a user point of view, including economical and business aspects.

Important Dates:

Short Papers, Posters, Doctoral Consortium, Demos:
January 30th, 2009

“ITV in Industry” submissions:
March 1st, 2009

Papers are solicited from, but not limited to the following topics:

• Beyond the home context, extended home, Mobile TV

• Ambient intelligence, ambient media environments

• Social TV, sociability, usability and user experience

• Digital content production, HDTV and digital cinema

• Asset management, metadata and content enrichment

• Entertainment computing, games, betting, game shows

• Broadband, IPTV, 3DTV and VR systems

• Audience research, television studies, ethnography, user studies

• New advertising and revenue models for television

• Accessibility, universal access, multimodal interaction

• Business models, media management, media economics, t-commerce, t-learning

• Web2.0, social media, community television, user-generated content

• Communication services, video conferencing, messaging

• Content management, digital rights management

• Interactive storytelling, interactive advertising

• Electronic program guide, video search, video navigation

• Enhanced TV (news, weather, sports)

• Changes in technical requirements and infrastructures (ubiquitous and mobile)

• Standards (TV-Anytime, MPEG-4, MPEG-7, SMIL)

• Multimedia, graphics, broadcast and video technology

• Personalization, user modeling, intelligent user interfaces

• Ethical, regulatory and policy issues

• Everyday life practices by family, elderly, youngsters and children

• Digital divide and e-inclusion issues

• Methods for digital television research and design

Paper submissions will be peer-reviewed. The main proceedings with full papers and short papers will be published by ACM, and be made available in the ACM Digital Library ( Extended versions of selected papers will be considered for a special issue in a journal.

This year's conference consists of three academic tracks, each with their own program committee and a separate track chair, coordinated by an overall Program Chair. Full papers, short papers and posters have to be submitted in one of these academic tracks, to optimize the review process. If not sure, choose the track which is closest to the main topic of your submission, and of which you feel that community is most appropriate to review your work.

Track 1: Human-Computer Interaction (Chair: Lyn Pemberton)
Track 2: Media, Social and Economic Studies (Chair: Jo Pierson)
Track 3: Systems and Enabling Technologies (Chair: Cristian Hesselman)

Keynote speakers:

Jan Van Bogaert (Alcatel-Lucent)
"The Connected Home redefines the TV experience"

Rich Ezekiel (Yahoo! Connected TV)
"The Internet Revolution Will Be Televised"


- Think positive - designing and understanding enjoyable interactive media experiences

- The Dynamics of a Networked Television Market

- Enhancing Social Communication and Belonging by Integrating TV Narrativity and Game-Play

- Defining the Architecture for Next Generation Inclusive Television


- User Experience in TV-centric Services: What to consider in the Design and Evaluation?

- Standardized IPTV services in Managed IP Infrastructures

- Ambient Media

- How to create an iDTV campaign

- Designing and Evaluating the Sociability of Interactive Television

Conference Organizing Committee:

General Chair: Prof. Dr. Dirk De Grooff (K.U.Leuven, Belgium)
Program Chairs: David Geerts (K.U.Leuven, Belgium) and Pablo Cesar (CWI, The Netherlands)
Tutorials Chair: Regina Bernhaupt (University of Salzburg, Austria)
Doctoral Consortium Chair: George Lekakos (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)
Demonstration Chairs: Erika Reponen (Nokia, Finland) and Hendrik Knoche (University College London, UK)
Short Papers & Posters Chairs: Christof van Nimwegen (K.U.Leuven, Belgium) and Judith Masthoff (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Workshop Chairs: Gunnar Harboe (Motorola Labs, USA) and Marianna Obrist (University of Salzburg, Austria)
iTV in Industry Chairs: Karin Slegers (K.U.Leuven, Belgium) and Artur Lugmayr (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Arts Chair: Konstantinos Chorianopoulos (Ionian University, Greece)
Track Chairs: Lyn Pemberton (University of Brighton, UK), Jo Pierson (Free University of Brussels, Belgium) and Cristian Hesselman (Telematica Institute, The Netherlands)

Program Committee:


For up to date information and further details please visit:

Send any inquiry about the conference to:

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Centre for User Experience Research (CUO), IBBT / K.U.Leuven



Rich Ling & Heather A. Horst, guest editors

We are seeking papers for a special edition of the journal New Media & Society focusing on mobile communication and media, and its impact on the developing world. We are interested in papers that empirically describe the use of mobile practices as well as the convergence of mobile and other platforms in the developing world (e.g. Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe or other locations in the "global south"). Successful papers will examine the integration and use of mobile communication technology and its implications (both positive and negative) in individuals' lives. We are seeking papers that investigate the global as well as the local appropriations of mobile media use and its relationship to social change and/or development.

Papers might address issues such as:

* What are the social, cultural, gender related and political dimensions of mobile communication in the developing world?

* What are the determinants, obstacles and implications of the adoption and use of mobile communications?

* What are the dimensions of inequalities and how does mobile communication address these inequalities?

* How does mobile communication facilitate activities such as care giving, coordination, social cohesion, money transfer, commerce, locally and globally?

Submissions may be in the form of empirical research studies or theory-building papers and should be 5000 - 7000 words (in English). Papers must reflect new scholarship and not have been previously published (it is possible to submit revised conference papers).

Authors interested in submitting to the special issue should send their 200-word abstract to either guest editor (Rich Ling or Heather Horst) on or before 1 March 2009. A sub-set of these abstracts will be selected for further development. Papers based on the abstracts that have been accepted for further consideration, will be due on 15 July 2009. Authors of papers selected for formal review may be invited to participate in a Pre-Conference Workshop at Association of Internet Research meetings on 7 October 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA.

About the editors of this NM&S special issue:

Rich Ling ( is a sociologist at Telenor's research institute located near Oslo, Norway, and a guest Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He has also been the Pohs visiting professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the recently published book New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile communication is reshaping social cohesion as well as The Mobile Connection: The cell phone's impact on society, and along with Scott Campbell he is the editor of The Reconstruction of Space and Time Through Mobile Communication Practices.
For the past fifteen years, he has worked in the research arm of Telenor and has been active in researching issues associated with new information communication technology and society with a particular focus on mobile telephony.

Heather A. Horst ( is a sociocultural anthropologist at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-author (with Daniel Miller) of The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication that examines the implications of mobile phones for development in Jamaica and is co-author with Mizuko Ito, et al. of a forthcoming book published by MIT Press, entitled Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media
She received her Ph. D. in Social Anthropology from University College London. Before joining UCHRI, she worked as a research fellow at the University of the West Indies and University College London and a postdoctoral scholar at University of Southern California, and University of California, Berkeley where her focus has been on the appropriation of new media and communication technologies in Jamaica and the United States.

Digital Cities 6: Concepts, Methods and Systems of Urban Informatics - call for papers

Digital Cities 6: Concepts, Methods and Systems of Urban Informatics
Workshop at the 4th International Conference on Communities and Technologies
Penn State, USA, 24 June 2009

April 16th, 2009 Workshop position papers due
May 18th, 2009 Author notifications sent
June 24th, 2009 Workshop

1 Theme

2 Topics
Relevant workshop topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Civic and community engagement strategies to support urban planning

• Public sphere, participation and online deliberation systems

• Urban e-government, e-governance, e-participation, e-democracy approaches

• u-City: Ubiquitous computing, pervasive technology, wireless internet and mobile applications

• Locative media, navigation and space

• Urban informatics design and development methods and epistemologies

• Multi-format user-generated content (narratives, photos, videos, multimedia)

• Neogeography and 3D virtual environments for urban design and planning

• Simulations to reproduce and analyse complex social phenomena and city systems

• Social networking, collective intelligence and crowd sourcing in the urban context

• Environmental, economic and social sustainability

• Citizen science

• Access, trust, privacy, safety and surveillance

• Implications for residential architecture and the design of cities and public spaces

• Ethical considerations scrutinizing the assumptions behind urban informatics

3 Organisation and Submission Details
This is a full day workshop. We will start off with a keynote address by an eminent speaker. Rather than formal conference-style paper presentations, we will follow the successful peer interview format and ask each participant to interview another contributing author. Pairs will be assigned in advance to prepare questions and engage with the paper. After lunch, there will be a range of group activities and a closing plenary discussion at the end. The workshop can accommodate a maximum number of between 25 to 30 participants including presenters in order to provide an environment that is conducive to debate and interaction.

We are interested in three types of contributions:

Concepts: Essay style papers discussing theoretical and conceptual ideas and innovation within a cross-disciplinary framework.

Methods: Papers reporting on novel approaches in the area of urban informatics, e.g. network action research, shared visual ethnography, urban probes, cross-disciplinary methods, etc.

Systems: Reports of systems and case studies that ground findings in practice and experience.

Prospective participants are asked to submit a position paper (2-4 pages total, in English, ACM SIGCHI 2-column format, same as for the C&T full papers) related to one of the workshop topics. Each submission should also include a short biography stating the author’s background and motivation for attending the workshop. Workshop position papers are due on April 16th, 2009 and will be reviewed and selected by the organisers with the support from an international program committee. Accepted authors will be notified by May 18th, 2009 – to leave enough time to qualify for the early bird conference registration. The acceptance of a workshop position paper implies that at least one of the authors will register for both the workshop and the Communities & Technologies 2009 conference. The workshop takes place on June 24th, 2009. After the workshop, selected contributors are invited to submit a full paper by October 1st, 2009. Full papers will undergo double blind peer review before being published. Arrangements for an edited book or a special issue of a relevant international journal are currently underway.

4 Bibliography
Each Digital Cities workshop has produced an edited volume containing selected workshop papers and other invited contributions as follows:

Digital Cities 5 -- Foth, M. (Ed.) (2009). Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global.

Digital Cities 4 -- Aurigi, A., & De Cindio, F. (Eds.). (2008). Augmented Urban Spaces: Articulating the Physical and Electronic City. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Digital Cities 3 -- van den Besselaar, P., & Koizumi, S. (Eds.). (2005). Digital Cities 3: Information Technologies for Social Capital (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 3081). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Digital Cities 2 -- Tanabe, M., van den Besselaar, P., & Ishida, T. (Eds.). (2002). Digital Cities 2: Computational and Sociological Approaches (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 2362). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Digital Cities 1 -- Ishida, T., & Isbister, K. (Eds.). (2000). Digital Cities: Technologies, Experiences, and Future Perspectives (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 1765). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

5 Organisers
Marcus Foth
Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Laura Forlano
Kauffman Fellow in Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, USA

Hiromitsu Hattori
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto
University, Japan

Monday, January 19, 2009

TELEMATICS AND INFORMATICS: Special Issue on Digital Cities - Call for Papers

TELEMATICS AND INFORMATICS: An Interdisciplinary Journal on the Social
Impacts of New Technologies, by ELSEVIER

Call for Papers
Special Issue on Digital Cities

Aims and Scope
During the last years, extensive broadband network infrastructures are being constructed in more and more cities worldwide, offering high-speed connectivity to public organizations, businesses and citizens, that allow the deployment of highly useful applications and electronic services. These e-services aim at both economic objectives (such as enhanced competitiveness and growth) and social objectives (such as higher quality of life, better services to various groups, social networking and inclusion, environmental protection). It is important to analyze systematically these digital cities projects (usually including both network infrastructures and applications/e-services). Gaining knowledge from them is going to be useful for improving both design and implementation of future attempts, and also public policy making in this area.

In particular, it is important to gain a deeper understanding of the main motivation and objectives of these projects, the main difficulties and challenges they faced, the business models they adopted and the role of both public organizations and private companies, and assess their social, economic and other city/municipality-related impact and value.

This Special Issue of the Telematics and Informatics solicits original high-quality papers investigating the above issues of digital cities, with main emphasis on the following topics:

- Motivation and objectives for developing broadband infrastructures and applications/e-services on them

- Detailed analysis of such broadband infrastructures or electronic service development projects in municipal contexts

- Adoption of applications / e-services by the public and factors affecting it

- Main challenges and difficulties faced during digital cities projects

- Reports on achievements, current situation analysis of digital cities projects

- Mobile applications and field force automation in government based on broadband infrastructures

- Assessment of social, economic and other city-related impacts of such projects

- Decision-making tools and models for assisting elected representatives and city officials in digital planning and management

- Approaches for managing digital transformation and policy support for municipalities

- Business models, role of public companies and private organizations (such as municipalities and government)

- Projects and initiatives specifically targeting e-Inclusion or minimization of Digital Divides, at municipal level

- Specific applications and lessons learnt in developing countries or regions

- Future, forward looking approaches and initiatives for digital cities

Authors are invited to prepare original manuscripts of 5000 to 6000 words (exluding references), adopting the guidelines defined in the website of Telematics and Informatics(

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submitted papers will be refereed through a peer review process. All papers should be submitted via the Journal's online submission and peer-review systems ( Please follow the instructions given on this site.

* Submission deadline:
March 31, 2009

* Completion of first review:
May 31, 2009

* Revisions deadline:
June 30, 2009

* Final decisions notification:
July 15, 2009

* Final manuscripts deadline:
July 30, 2009

Guest Editors
Assistant Prof.. Euripidis Loukis University of the Aegean, Greece

Dr Yannis Charalabidis National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Associate Prof. H. Jochen Scholl University of Washington, Information
School, USA Email:

Eighth international EGOV conference 2009

Eighth international EGOV conference 2009,
Linz (Austria), August 30 - September 3, 2009
Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals

The international EGOV conference annually presents the state of e-Government and e-Governance research and practice. Thereby, the conference provides important guidance in this fast-moving domain of study.

The EGOV conference brings together leading researchers and professionals from all over the globe and from many disciplines. Over the years, the interest has increased tremendously. The 2008 conference attracted some 130 participants from more than 30 countries from all over the world including developing countries, with 32 contributions in outstanding research, 25 contributions in ongoing research, 10 projects contributions and 5 workshops. Also, 10 PhD papers were accepted and presented at the doctoral colloquium preceding the conference. Every year the EGOV Conference proves its capacity to serve as a platform for academics and professionals and as an important ground for networking in the community.

Organizational and user-related issues long discussed among researchers have finally gained influence on practice. Conversely, e-Government practice has influenced and inspired e-Government research. A wide range of topics has received scholarly attention. In recent years, the assessment of e-Government efforts, the prospects of e-Government as a research discipline, and the role of information and communication technology for development rank among the top topics on the research agenda. These themes will also be well-received contributions at EGOV 2009. The eighth EGOV conference includes, but is not limited to the following topics around e-Government and e-Governance and other fields of ICT application in the public sector:

- Research theories and frameworks for public sector modernization with the support of ICT

- Research methods, method integration and techniques

- Analyzing and assessing contemporary research in e-Government and e-Governance

- Designing systems for the public sector: innovative cases and systems

- Studying ICT usage, acceptance and performance of technology-supported public sector activities: methods and contemporary case analyses

- Future directions in research and practice of ICT in the public sector

- Innovation management, change management and complexity management in shaping public sector advancements

- Transformation, customer-driven public sector reengineering and change management

- Mass collaboration of stakeholders in government modernization: participative governance, simulation, animation, gaming and policy modeling

- New ways of innovative developments: crowd sourcing, grid computing, social software etc.

- Economics, evaluation and stakeholders

- Theories, concepts and solutions to deal with specific challenging topics in the application field: complexity, system dynamics, evolution, change management, mobile technologies, information preservation, trust and privacy, information management, ICT4D, information quality, adaptability and agility, integration and interoperation, systems and enterprise architecture, domain-specific social networking cases and solutions, semantic technologies, etc.

- Crises management, emergency and disaster response, public-private cooperation, transnational government

- Education, training courses, and curricula

The EGOV Conference Series hosts four distinct formats of contributions: Scientific papers (distinguished between completed research and ongoing research); project presentations, and workshops. These formats encourage scientific rigor and discussions of the state of the art in the study domain, but also welcome innovative research in progress, and studies of practical e-Government or e-Governance projects, as well as system implementation. We seek innovative and rigorous contributions. Accepted papers of high-quality, completed research will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS.) Ongoing research and project papers will be published in the Trauner (Linz) proceedings. Read more in the submission guidelines and review criteria

The conference will again host a PhD student colloquium providing doctoral students with an international forum for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration.

Submission of papers:
February 28, 2009

Submission of workshop/panel proposals:
April 15, 2009

Submissions to PhD colloquium:
April 15, 2009

Notification of acceptance for papers:
April 15, 2009

Notification of acceptance for workshops/panels/PhD submissions:
May 15, 2009

Camera-ready papers due:
Papers in LNCS proceedings: May 31, 2009
Papers in Trauner Druck proceedings: June 15, 2009

For 2009, EGOV will be first time co-located with ePart, the new International Conference on e-Participation, which will be dedicated to topics on e-Participation and e-Democracy. ePart will be parallel to EGOV at the conference venue.

To submit a paper to EGOV, please consult

To submit a paper to ePart, please consult

The deadline for contributions in the categories completed research, ongoing research, projects and cases, and issues of general development is 28th February 2009. Workshops, panels and PhD proposals may be submitted until the 15th April 2009.

We would appreciate if you could spread the word about the open calls and open submission system to your colleagues, collaborators and communities.

2nd Workshop on Legal Informatics and Legal Information Technology

2nd Workshop on Legal Informatics and Legal Information Technology (LIT 2009)
in conjunction with 12th International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2009)

Poznan, Poland
April 27 or 28, 2009

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2009

The Legal Informatics and Legal Information Technology workshop weld as part of the 12th International Conference on Business Information Systems. The BIS Conference is held annually and is a leading world conference in the area of Business Information Systems. Submissions are rigorously refereed. Accepted papers are published in the Springer's Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing Series. After a long hiatus, the domain of Law and Information Technology is finally receiving much attention, not only from researchers, but also from practitioners. Hence there is a need for forums that discuss new research and innovative applications in Law and Information Technology. The workshop is receptive to all papers dealing with any topic in the interdisciplinary domain of Law and Information Technology.


* Automated semantic indexing, information extraction and categorization of legal documents

* Computational models for legal reasoning

* Information Technology and Dispute Resolution

* Information Technology and Crime Prevention

* Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in Law

* Knowledge management in the legal domain

* Legal argumentation

* Legal discourse modeling and legal reasoning

* Legal electronic agents

* Legal Expert Systems

* Legal ontologies and their creation and use

* Legal reasoning and its computer representation

* Natural language processing in law

* Online Dispute Resolution

* Question answering retrieval in law and governmental services

* Risk management in law

* Semantic Web technologies for law and e-government

* Specialized knowledge representation and logics for law

* Text mining and knowledge extraction in law


* Long papers: max. 12 pages
* Work-in-progress reports: max. 6 pages
* Demo papers: max. 4 pages

Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to Springer LNBIP template available from

Submission system is available at

Papers approved for presentation at LIT 2009 will be published in BIS 2009 workshop proceedings, as a volume in Springer's Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series.


All authors of accepted papers as well as other participants will be asked to read accepted papers abstracts before the workshop (papers will be available on-line in advance) to facilitate discussion. Workshop participants will be also invited to take part in the BIS conference and other BIS workshops.


* February 1, 2009 - submission deadline for papers
* February 22, 2009 - notification of acceptance/rejection
* March 15, 2009 - submission of final papers
* April 27 or 28, 2009 - the workshop


* Poznan University of Economics, Department of Information Systems (


* Piotr Stolarski
* Tadeusz Tomaszewski

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be extended)

* Emilia Bellucci, Victoria University, Australia
* Tania Cristina D'Agostini Bueno, Presidente da Diretoria Executiva IJURIS, Brasil
* Hugo Hoeschl, IJURIS Research Group, Brasil
* Arno Lodder, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
* Rafal Morek, University of Warsaw, Poland
* Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna, Austria, Austria
* Piotr Stolarski, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
* Andrew Stranieri, University of Ballarat, Australia
* Tadeusz Tomaszewski, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action - call for papers

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action
"The New Cooperativism"
Call for papers for issue #3

Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2009

Issue editor: Marcelo Vieta (

Since at least the mid 19th century, cooperative modes of organizing social and economic life have proved promising alternatives to capitalist norms of production and distribution. These have included worker, agricultural, and consumer coops; mutual societies; credit unions; cooperative daycares and educational initiatives; artist-run centres; health care coops; and other forms of service-oriented cooperatives controlled and co-owned by their members. Despite the entrenchment of the neoliberal global order in the past four decades, cooperative practices and values that both challenge the neoliberal status quo and create alternatives to it have returned in recent years–both within and beyond the cooperative movement.

Examples of contemporary groups practicing both reclaimed and new cooperative values of autonomy, direct-democracy, self-reliance, equity, and solidarity include Brazil’s landless peasants’ movements, Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises, the Zapatistas and other indigenous autonomist movements around the world, North America’s intentional communities and housing cooperatives, and Europe’s myriad autonomous social centres and squats. We might call these experiments that both resist neoliberal enclosure yet also prefigure different forms of economic organization the new cooperativism. What is the genealogy of these new cooperative movements? What do these new yet historical-materially rooted experiments in collectivity, cooperation, and cooperativism look like? Where are they to be found within today’s neoliberal global reality?

Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action invites cooperative practitioners, members of artist collectives, activists engaged in affinity groups, and academics working within anarchism, Marxisms, critical theory, indigenism, feminism, or other traditions, to submit either theoretical papers or case studies that analyze and demonstrate how cooperation, cooperativism, or cooperatives are being re-imagined by groups committed to sustainable alternatives to
neoliberalism and the capitalist nation-state.

Broad questions that might be taken up include:
• What promising cooperative experiments exist today that both challenge the state and corporate models and prefigure another economic reality—another possible world?

• What does the new cooperativism look like? How are contemporary groups, movements, and communities struggling to rethink alternatives to the current economic order around the globe re-imagining economic and creative life through the concept of cooperativism and the practices of cooperation? That is, how are they actually practicing cooperative forms of production?

• How can the new cooperativism be theorized? For example, what does it mean to reorganize life (productive, economic, artistic, and creative life) cooperatively, both within and despite our current neoliberal conjuncture?

• Can cooperatives help reconfigure creative, economic, and productive life in more sustainable, more equitable, less racist, less hetero-sexist, and more directly democratic realities?

• How are the practices of the newest cooperatives engaged in the (co)production and (co)invention of “solidarity economies” or, as J.K. Gibson-Graham terms it, “community economies” that exist beyond the productivist and ethically bankrupt standards of “capitalocentrism”?

• As with the “coming communities,” can we equally speak of the “coming cooperative economies”?

• How is self-management (autogestión) being (re)conceptualized within the new cooperativism?

• What do networks of economic solidarity look like today, where are they located, and how do they embody the values of new cooperativism?

Other concepts and practices that may also be taken up include, but are
certainly not limited to:

• Mutual aid and the new cooperativism

• Horizontalism

• Subsidiarity and the new cooperativism

• Associated labour

• The new-cooperativism and self-reliance

• Redistributive surplus

• The new cooperativism and DIY communities

• New communication technologies and the new cooperativism

Format and Deadlines

• Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2009
• Submissions can be made via the journal website at Information on the submission process and formatting requirements are available on the site.
• Please direct any further inquiries to the issue editor: Marcelo Vieta (

Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics

Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics
by Danah Boyd

The full dissertation can be downloaded here:

Abstract: As social network sites like MySpace and Facebook emerged, American teenagers began adopting them as spaces to mark identity and socialize with peers. Teens leveraged these sites for a wide array of everyday social practices - gossiping, flirting, joking around, sharing information, and simply hanging out. While social network sites were predominantly used by teens as a peer-based social outlet, the unchartered nature of these sites generated fear among adults.

This dissertation documents my 2.5-year ethnographic study of American teens' engagement with social network sites and the ways in which their participation supported and complicated three practices - self- presentation, peer sociality, and negotiating adult society.

My analysis centers on how social network sites can be understood as networked publics which are simultaneously (1) the space constructed through networked technologies and (2) the imagined community that emerges as a result of the intersection of people, technology, and practice. Networked publics support many of the same practices as unmediated publics, but their structural differences often inflect practices in unique ways. Four properties - persistence, searchability, replicability, and scalability - and three dynamics - invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, and the blurring of public and private - are examined and woven throughout the discussion.

While teenagers primarily leverage social network sites to engage in common practices, the properties of these sites configured their practices and teens were forced to contend with the resultant dynamics. Often, in doing so, they reworked the technology for their purposes. As teenagers learned to navigate social network sites, they developed potent strategies for managing the complexities of and social awkwardness incurred by these sites. Their strategies reveal how new forms of social media are incorporated into everyday life, complicating some practices and reinforcing others. New technologies reshape public life, but teens' engagement also reconfigures the technology itself.