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Call For Papers – Special Issue of tripleC ( Information and Communication Technologies and the Current Crisis: How Are They Connected?

The Crisis that began in 2007 continues to convulse the world. Labelled by some as merely a recession, yet it is associated with dramatic changes in national and global power. Others frame the Crisis as merely a consequence of over-promoting a narrow range of financial transactions associated with subprime mortgage instruments. These were indeed overly aggressively oversold by deregulated bankers, but this was likely only an important trigger of the Crisis, not the primary cause.


Electronic Journal of Communication Special issue: Social media in news discourse

As professional media producers pay more attention to social media, from personal blog entries and tweets to Facebook updates and YouTube videos, journalists are faced with numerous decisions. Among these are how to integrate personal and often-relationship-focused media with the public and fact-centred discourse of the news. This special issue of the Electronic Journal of Communication invites contributions exploring the conventions that are emerging around the use of social media by news organisations, and the implications of those conventions for public communication. Contributions will have as their central concern whether or not the encounter with social media is changing aspects of news journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

IADIS International Conference – ICT, Society and Human Beings 2010
Freiburg, Germany
29 – 31 July 2010


Call for Papers:

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have changed our lives significantly over the last few decades, and they will continue to do so. ICTs influence the way we live, work, and organize. These changes we are facing as societies (and as individuals) bear positive and negative side effects that concern academia as well, since science and research serve a function in and for society.

Deadline for full paper submission: February 28th, 2010.
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A three day symposium to be held at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 25-27 June 2010
From the CfP, Deadline Dec 7:

New media innovations in participatory politics
Democratic politics worldwide are increasingly being conducted and re-configured through the domain of digital communications networks. The socio-technical developments, such as Web 2.0, facilitating these media-saturated public spheres are in little doubt. What is highly contested however is the interpretation of what these profound changes offer for democratic governance in the twenty-first century. At its heart is the recognition that these new media networks are themselves the crucial site for a historical confrontation between opposing political and/or business interests and discourses intent upon forging new forms of social relations.

May 26-28, 2010
University of Pforzheim

GOR 10: Brief portrait

The focus of the General Online Research (GOR) is the discussion of basic research, innovative developments, and practical experiences in the field of online research. Online research covers a) all methods, instruments and theories that are dealing with the collection of data via online networks and b) effects of online applications and technologies on all levels of society. That involves mobile communication as well. The annual GOR conference involves research mainly within the social and behavioral sciences. GOR 10 supports the exchange of knowledge not only in an interdisciplinary way, but also between researchers and practitioners as well as between universities and companies.


April 6 – 9, 2010
University of Vienna

organized by the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
in cooperation with the
International Federation for Systems Research

Cybernetics – “the study of communication and control in the animal and the machine” (N.Wiener) – has recently returned to the forefront, not only in cyberspace and cyberpunk, but, even more important, contributing to the corroboration of various scientific theories. Additionally, an ever increasing number of research areas, including social and economic theories, theoretical biology, ecology, computer science, and robotics draw on ideas from second order cybernetics. Artificial intelligence, evolved directly from cybernetics, has not only technological and economic, but also important social impacts. With a marked trend towards interdisciplinary cooperation and global perspectives, this important role of cybernetics is expected to be further strengthened over the next years.

Since 1972, the biennial European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR) have served as a forum for discussion of converging ideas and new aspects of different scientific disciplines. As on previous occasions, a number of sessions providing wide coverage of the rapid developments will be arranged, complemented with daily plenary meetings, where eminent speakers will present latest research results.

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Call der Universität Hannover auf für eine Tagung zur “kritischen Prüfung” der Entwicklungen im Web 2.0 “aus sprach-, medien- und kommunikationswissenschaftlicher Perspektive”. Themen:

  • Vernetzung von Kommunikationsformen
  • Vernetzungen von Modalitäten 
  • Vernetzungen von Individuen

Abstracts bis zum 30. November 2009. >Call

The International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) has issued a call for papers for an special issue on E-Democracy – Online Youth Participation And Engagement. They are searching for papers on the following issues (from the call):

  • Adoption of Web 2.0, social networking, and other technologies by young people and the opportunities and challenges for extending this adoption for their engagement in deliberative civic processes
  • Assessing communicative and political action via the Internet from democratic theory perspectives
  • Examples of youth online participation and innovative practices of youth engagement in political and civic matters by governments, political parties, non-government organizations or groups of young people
  • How and why does technology enable/support one way of engagement rather than another: searching beyond technological and social determinism?
  • How does technology ‘produce’ social interaction and young people as participants in online consultation and engagement processes or alternatively how the participants (perhaps at the same time?) socially construct technology to serve their interests?
  • Reviews and critique of existing theoretical approaches, assumptions, and conceptualizations of e-democracy, youth online participation, and engagement in social matters; agendas for future research.
  • Studies investigating social, political, cultural, technological, and other conditions stimulating or obstructing young people’s participation and engagement in online debates and actions
  • Studies of practices and patterns of youth online activism, political action, and organizing as new emerging forms of e-democracy
  • Technology as politics or “the question of technology” – what motivates and informs the development and adoption of the Internet, web-based and other social technologies for youth civic online participation and engagement?
  • What is social technology and why does it matter in imagining and practicing e-democracy by young people?
  • Young people s’ roles, behaviors, identities, interaction, and contribution in electronic spaces; exploration of creation of meanings, construction of individual and group identities and trust (communities?), (re)visions of citizenship and citizenship education, relationships with governments, etc.
  • Youth engagement in e-democracy and the possibility of realizing theoretic (normative) proposals for democratic governance (e.g. Habermas’ public sphere)
  • Deadline is 15 August 2009.