Satellite Events for #AoIR2019

We are excited to welcome AoIR conference attendees to Australia in October 2019. In conjunction with the conference there are several satellite events happening in Australia.

Data Futures

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Monday 30 September 2019
9 am – 5 pm, followed by drinks and the launch of the SAM Media Futures Lab

Convened by the Media Futures Lab in the School of Arts and Media, UNSW and the SocioTech Futures Lab (STuF) in the School of Language, Arts and Media at the University of Sydney

Location: Easy access to Sydney’s world-famous landmarks, beaches and international airport, including Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

Datafication, automation and algorithmic expansion make media and cultural studies increasingly vital to both understanding emerging problems and imagining alternative futures. This full-day pre-conference explores the challenges provoked by AI, data mining, ubiquitous surveillance, drone technologies, data-driven decision-making, smart cities and digital capitalism, and identifies potentials for more just data futures. A series of panels and roundtables will address topics including data infrastructures, data experiences and data justice.

Convenors: UNSW – Michael Richardson, Heather Ford, Tanja Dreher, Edgar Gomez-Crúz. University of Sydney – Heather Horst, Justine Humphry, Jonathon Hutchinson, Jolynna Sinanan

Speakers, program and registration details to be announced shortly.

For further details please visit our Data Futures page or email datafutures [at] to register your interest and to receive updates.

Re/imagining Personal Data

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Tuesday 1 October 2019
9.30 am-12.30 pm (followed by catered lunch)

Organisers: Deborah Lupton (UNSW Sydney), Larissa Hjorth (RMIT) and Annette Markham (Aarhus University)

Overview: This half-day workshop involves a selection of hands-on arts- and design-based activities to invite participants to re/imagine personal digital data. Participants will be able to experiment with innovative methods of eliciting creative and more-than-representational responses to personal data and generating speculative imaginaries about the futures of data. These methods can be used for teaching purposes or research projects.

We will be using these activities to explore and respond to these key questions:

  • What do personal data do?
  • How best can we use them?
  • What is our relationship with our personal data?
  • Which data do we want to keep and protect and which do we want to discard or forget?
  • What are our affective and sensory engagements with these data?
  • What are the futures of personal data?

Participants at all levels of research experience are invited to attend, including postgraduate students and people working outside the university sector.

Registration and lunch are free, but places are strictly limited.

Please contact Deborah Lupton, Faculty of Arts & Design, UNSW Sydney (d.lupton [at] as soon as possible with an email noting that you’d like to register to secure your place.

4rd Annual Young Creative Connected (YCC) Research Network Seminar

Trust, Young People and Digital Media

30 September to 1 October 2019, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to attend the 4th Annual Meeting of the Young Creative Connected (YCC) Research Network Seminar at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Queensland, September 30-October 1, 2019. We have scheduled this event to take place just before the 2019 Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) meetings to be held at QUT in Brisbane, in the hope that this will enable some to attend the YCC Research Seminar as part of participating in AoIR.

Our YCC seminar theme is also linked to the AoIR conference theme to enable connections to be made between the two events for those attending both.

The theme for our 4th Annual Meeting is Trust, Young People and Digital Media. In the midst of a host of crises, anxieties and hopes about how online life is re-scripting and refiguring childhoods and youth lives, trust has emerged as a profound dilemma and an ongoing preoccupation among young people, parents, educators, and researchers. Surveillance and relentless modes of online data “capture” (Chun 2017) are part of the challenge; but digital media culture has altered how and when a host of challenges – related to sex and sexuality, physical harm, consumerism, information management and so on – become features of young people’s lives. Trust is also implicated in the creative content produced by and for young people, and in relation to policy and learning practices meant to support and scaffold digital literacies and community. At the same time, the politics of fear combined with a rise in extremism around the world has served to undermine our trust in others, including young people and those charged with aiding their hopes and development. Trust remains a fundamental condition for positive forms of sociality, including friendship, mentorship and romantic connection, to emerge for young people, and yet the terms and conditions that shape experiences of trust are undergoing radical change. In the 4th Annual YCC Seminar on Trust, Young People and Digital Media, we aim to explore these issues to develop future research collaborations and publications among YCC participants.

The two-day seminar will bring together scholars from education, youth and media studies, sociology and design studies to address a range of questions, including:

  • In what ways has trust become mediatized in digital cultures?
  • How has the mediatization of trust impacted young people’s private and public lives?
  • How can young people manage trust relationships on digital platforms?
  • What is the relationship of authenticity to trust in young people’s online lives?
  • How can design address issues of trust in online spaces?
  • How is disinformation and so-called ‘fake news’ managed by young people?
  • Etc.

This is a small seminar of senior, mid and early career researchers. We expect participants to be interested in networking for the purpose of potential future collaborations. This event follows on the first three meetings of the YCC network held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in October 2016, Deakin University in October 2017 and the University of Wisconsin, Madison in October 2018.

Keynote speakers will be announced at a later date.

We are planning live webcasts of the keynote sessions. If you are unable to make the seminar but would like to participate during the keynote sessions, please let us know.

There is no fee to participate in this seminar, and lunches will be provided.

This event accepts a limited number of registrations. If you are interested in attending, please contact Michael Dezuanni: m.dezuanni [at]

OPEN LITERACY: Digital Games, Social Responsibility and Social Innovation

Monday 30 September & Tuesday 1 October, Curtin University, Western Australia 

Curtin University’s Centre for Culture & Technology (CCAT) and Tencent are proud to launch the Curtin-Tencent Research Centre at this international research symposium, focusing on digital media and the creative economy, with a special emphasis on digital online games and digital literacy.  The event also marks the 20th anniversary of Internet Studies at Curtin University. We invite you to join our researchers, including John Hartley, Katie Ellis, Tama Leaver, Crystal Abidin and others, and share your work with visitors from China and the world. Alternatively, save the date and simply attend the event to participate on the day.

International Keynote Speakers:

* Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California);
* Zizi Papacharissi (Illinois-Chicago);
* Mathew Allen (Deakin University)––Matt launched Internet Studies at Curtin in 1999.

With Tencent’s support, we can offer a limited number of bursaries to international and Australian doctoral students and early career researchers.

For full details, please visit

The Global Digital Publics Network (GDPN), Deakin University
warmly invites you to the
Dark Social Spaces Event
Deakin Downtown
Tower 2 level 12/727 Collins St
Melbourne, Australia
7 & 8 October 2019

The Provocation
Scholarship on the Darknet and dark social spaces tends to focus on the uses of encryption and other privacy enhancing technologies to engender resistance acts. The actors using these technological affordances are commonly identified as subcultural groups, activists, marginalised cultures and communities, trolls and socially divisive actors who seek to evade, refuse or disrupt institutional power. We would suggest, however, that this approach creates an artificial binary positioning a fringe of radical actors against institutions of governance, regulation and control. Similarly, approaches that distinguish between social agency and technological affordances protecting privacy, on the one hand, and institutional regulation and centralised surveillance on the other, do not acknowledge how powerful institutional actors use these decentralised technologies to reinforce their authority and control. This event brings together scholars, activists, and artists who are pushing past these binaries to create new approaches to darknet and dark social studies.

Keynote Robert W. Gehl, Monday, 7 October 2019 2-4pm
Robert W. Gehl, is a Fulbright Canada Research Chair and an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Gehl is the author of Reverse Engineering Social Media, winner of the 2015 Association of Internet Researchers Nancy Baym Award. In his most recent book, Weaving the Dark Web Legitimacy on Freenet, Tor, and I2P (2018) Gehl uses the concept of legitimacy as a window into the Dark Web, presenting three distinct meanings of legitimate: legitimate force, or the state’s claim to a monopoly on violence; organizational propriety; and authenticity. REGISTER FOR KEYNOTE AT

Workshop Tuesday, 8 October 2019
In this workshop, we will provoke engagement and consideration of the implications of more entangled and complex views of dark actors and privacy technologies. The questions we raise address the tensions where technologies act as a support for privacy, connection, and activism whilst also facilitating practices of decentralised surveillance and social engineering that re-enforce existing power structures. Questions may include but are not limited to the following:

If we continue to view civic action and social inclusion through frames of resistance, diversity and social cohesion, then how do we respond to more ambivalent developments in these socio-technical environments?
How can digital darkness both shield and reveal social currents or identify emergent forms of social disruption?

150-word workshop abstracts Due 17 July, to Toija.Cinque [at]

Selected best papers will be submitted towards a Special Issue in 2021.

On behalf of the organising committee: Alexia Maddox, Toija Cinque, Luke Heemsbergen, (Deakin University) and Amelia Johns (University of Technology Sydney).