#AoIR2017 Travel Scholarship Information

In order to increase the diversity of participation in the AoIR annual Internet Research conferences, the Association of Internet Researchers makes available several conference fee waivers and travel stipends per year. These stipends are mostly funded through the generosity of our membership.

Applications are invited from authors whose proposals have already been accepted via the conference reviewing process, as well as by PhD Students applying to the Doctoral Colloquium. All applications should be emailed directly to the Association Coordinator, Michelle Gardner (ac [at] AoIR [dot] org), and must be received by May 20, 2017. Late applications cannot be considered.

Applications should include (1) a short (2-page) CV and (2) a statement no longer than 2 pages that must include the following information:

  1. A brief description of how the author’s presentation or contribution to the #AoIR2017 conference will uniquely articulate and/or represent a distinctive perspective (e.g., of persons and/or cultures) otherwise unlikely to be represented at the conference.
  2. An explanation of the author’s distinctive circumstances that would warrant a fee waiver, and an indication that the applicant will be able to make effective use of the funds. These may include, but are by no means limited to: exceptionally limited financial resources (e.g., as a graduate student or scholar in a non-OECD country, as a disabled person on a limited income, etc.); exceptional limits on institutional support otherwise normally available (e.g., travel funds, grant funds, etc.); other exceptional circumstances that render the usual AoIR conference fees an insurmountable obstacle to attending the IR conference in order to present one’s own work. Please include any information on access you have to additional funding.
  3. AoIR membership is encouraged but is not a requirement for the application.

Applicants may also include a letter of support from someone familiar with their circumstances, special needs, etc. A letter of support is not a requirement.

Applications will be reviewed by the AoIR Executive Committee.

Fee waivers and travel stipends of up to $500 (with one stipend of up to $1,500) will be awarded. Awards are intended to reimburse participants for incurred expenses and will be paid out after the conference. The awardee is required to provide expense receipts to AoIR in order access travel stipends.

Decisions are made on the basis of the Executive Committee’s collective judgment as to which presentations will make the most distinctive contribution to the AoIR conference. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a travel award from AoIR. In order to respect and protect the privacy of the applicants, all Executive Committee discussions and deliberations will be held in strict confidence.

The AoIR Executive Committee regretfully acknowledges that there may be more meritorious applications than we will be able to award and support. Nonetheless, we hope that awarded fee waivers and travel stipends will not only assist deserving scholars and researchers, but also enrich the #AoIR2017 conference for all attendees.

Posted in Administrative, Awards, Conferences

Questioning Europe in 4D: Digitization, Datafication, Discrimination & Diversity

Questioning Europe in 4D: Digitization, Datafication, Discrimination & Diversity
Originally Published: 16.11.2016 by Koen Leurs

This blogpost explores the workings of Europe from the perspective of human (im)mobility, digitization, datafied discrimination and transnational digital connectivity. The focus will be on top-down strategies of migration management through data and bottom-up tactics of re-making Europe from below through transnational connectivity. First, I tease out Fortress Europe’s social sorting at the border, which shows lingering traces of colonial-era human classification, measurement, and ordering, which were pioneered and mastered on subject populations in its peripheral territories throughout the last centuries. Secondly I argue, that digital practices of migrants show how Europe is reimagined from below: transnational migrants stake out a living across borders while simultaneously using social media as a contact zone by engaging in intercultural exchanges with local others.

Although Europe’s motto of ‘unity of diversity’ applies for some migrants – most notably white ‘highly-skilled’ migrants from the Global north – for most forced migrants Europe is an almost insurmountable obstacle. While Europe is known for championing universal human rights in external territories, its management of the so-called ‘European migration crisis’ on its own territories blemished its human right record. In the humanitarianism-securitization continuum, Europe is moving more in the direction of the latter. Managing migration mostly to its own benefit, Fortress Europe is now the deadliest migration destiny in the world. According to the International Organization of Migration’ Missing Migrants Project (fig.1), up until November 7, 2016 4233 migrants died in their quest to reach Europe, from a total of 5630 deaths worldwide.

At its centre Fortress Europe operates according to a mostly hidden logic of European apartheid, which is increasingly based on real-time surveillance, digitization and data-driven decision making. The European Dactyloscopy biometric database (EURODAC) and the European border surveillance system (EUROSUR) are two chief top-down infrastructures setup to manage irregular migration (fig.2).

EUROSUR set up to “combating cross-border crime, tackling irregular migration and preventing loss of migrant lives at sea” offers “close-to-real-time services” based on satellites, drone, coastal radars and patrolling. This sophisticated technological solution raises the question why all these deaths at sea are still happening, why are they necessary while the Mediterranean is surveilled 24/7 / 356?

Secondly, EURODAC is the biometrical database setup to operationalize the Dublin Convention, which demands that refugees may only lodge asylum in the first European country they enter. EURODAC functions through algorithmic social sorting, processing certain biometrics as undesired, resulting in ‘digital deportability’. Digitally sanctioned deportation may happen when a ‘hit’ occurs: when a searched individual appears in the database, cross-referenced between the categories listed above. Observing migration management in practice in Germany, researchers witnessed how the EURODAC system automatically played a James Bond melody whenever it ‘produced a hit’. This example of smart border gamification illustrates how datafied social sorting results in dehumanization. ‘Smart’ border processes do not focus on individual narratives, but on quantifiable deviating patterns. Furthermore, this echo of the popular culture version of espionage displays EURODAC is a damaging data-driven truth machine.

EUROSUR and EURODAC arguably function on the basis of what Edward Said poignantly described as Orientalism, ‘idea of European identity as a superior one in comparison with all the non-European peoples and cultures’ (Said 2014: 7). This is particularly worrying, because of the unprecedented scale of people who were forced to flee their homes across the globe. On World Refugee Day, June 20 2016 the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported 65.3 million or “1 in every 113 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee”. This means, there are currently globally more forcibly displaced people than the populations of the United Kingdom or Italy. EURODAC and EUROSUR mobilize a surveillant gaze whose roots can be traced to military-industrial colonial expansion that relied on making use of indigenous populations through techniques based on visible measurement. This domination was further justified through European imperial knowledge systems such as medically proven ‘inferiority’, which rationalized the existence of non-white ‘subject races’ (Wekker, 2015).

Moving on from top-down perspective, I now shift focus to ground digital media from the perspective of connected refugees. My interest in media and migration grew from personal experience. As a teenager, I spent much of my spare time at the asylum seeker center in the town where I grew up. I was really into playing basketball and I learned there were many excellent players living in the center. These were the 1990’s and having studied media, communication and the internet the last 14 years it strikes me in hindsight that many of the people in the center were early adopters of ICT’s. Technologies were used to stay connected with family members living elsewhere in the world, and to carve out a livelihood in the Netherlands. Email and mobile phones were already ubiquitous among young refugees, while none of my white Dutch friends had a mobile phone yet. This experience contrasts with commonly held stereotypes of migrants as backward, information poor or somehow culturally ‘unfit’ to handle advanced technologies. In this moment of so-called crisis, these stereotypes still linger, as the selfie-taking refugee is currently getting a lot of flak (fig.3). Apparently, people who own a mobile phone are not eligible for help. Xenophobic critics focus on the smart phone as a piece of advanced western technology and dismiss refugees carrying smart phones as bogus asylum seekers. To put smart phone use among refugees in context: UNHCR estimates, 93% refugees live in areas with at least 2g internet access and mobile communication. Furthermore, globally 1 in 10 households do not own a phone – among refugee households it’s 29% that do not own a phone. Globally 75% of households have a smartphone, among refugee households its 39% 2/3s of refugee households in urban locations have an internet-capable mobile phone, versus just 22% in rural areas. (cf. also fig.4)

As part of a 3-year Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research funded project I am interviewing Syrian refugees in the Netherlands. The Syrian revolution against the Assad regime since 2011 has cost 100.000 lives, and resulted into 1/3 population adrift, making 5 million Syrians flee their country. And, as informants mention, it triggered adoption smartphones and social media. The majority of Syrian refugees in the Netherlands can be seen as “connected migrants”. They are not doubly uprooted from their homeland and their country of arrival, but they can be “doubly present” and maintain personal relationships here and there. Syrians are the fastest growing immigrant group in the Netherlands. Most recent figures show that in October 2015 37.000 Syrians claimed asylum, number estimated to have reached 40 thousand plus. Facebook pages offer one way to assess digital connectivity of Syrians. We see that a large proportion of Syrians in the Netherlands use Facebook to exchange information, there are Syrian Dutch Facebook groups with over 65 thousand members. Such sites can be described as a sort of “tripadvisor for refugees”. The majority of Syrian refugees use smartphones before leaving, during transit and upon arrival. Very similar to most Europeans, Syrian refugees use apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Facebook, Google Maps, GPS and Sailing marine weather.

To give you an impression, I would like to draw your attention to this photograph taken this fall (fig.5). I will draw on this photograph to talk through Jo’s reflection on the role of digital connectivity in the lives of Syrian refugees. Jo is a 34 year old self-proclaimed ‘hacktivist’, ’information must be free’ is his motto. It was the first time I interviewed someone and upon asking permission to audio record the interview, the informant brought out audio recorder and started recording for his own records. We see some of the material objects dear to him, his portable video camera, an audio recorder, a small spy-cam, an illustrative piece of hardware, one of his laptops and old postcards of Old Damascus, cigarettes, coffee cups brought from Syria, and coffee bought in the Netherlands but originally from Turkey. 2,5 years ago, Jo owned an IT shop in Damascus. As the revolution against president Assad turned into violence, Jo got more and more involved in hacktivist activities, smuggling hardware and offering internet access to journalists in blacked-out rebel-controlled towns. After being jailed for 4 months, Jo fled. Using a Sailing marine weather app to ensure himself weather conditions would be manageable he attempted to travel to Greece from Turkey by boat. This failed twice, as boats sank close to shore. Finally, he managed to get what he called a VIP trip, by jet ski. He was kicked off the jet ski 200 meters from Samos. In the water he lost one of his phones, and one of his 3 laptops. From Samos he went to Athens, and travelled to the Netherlands in the back of a truck. Jo might be an a-typical example, but there are several points which are illustrative for patterns discernable among the Syrian refugee community in Europe. Important is the page Jo insisted on opening before taking the photograph. It’s the Wikimedia entry on Cunningham’s Law. “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it’s to post the wrong answer.” Jo explains that “Syrians don’t trust anyone anymore – especially TV” but also on Facebook he would pose questions and weigh all opinions and sides. Because the one thing that refugees are struggling with is “information precarity”, and this pertains to a difficulty of navigating information pertaining to official national asylum procedures, local government contacts, education opportunities, but also local Dutch everyday customs, habits, expectations and routines. Alongside seeking to connect with the local Dutch setting, Jo kept in touch with family members and loved ones living in Syria and elsewhere. Transnational connectivity among refugees in Europe illustrates the undoing of traditional European family-life that according to Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim commonly correlated “bonds of place, country and family” (2014, p. 13). Transnationally dispersed families rely on various information and communication technologies for parenting, care, love, and solidarity. This way of “doing family” differs from dominant norm. Anti-immigrant public discourse on social media for example draws on family practices of migrant families (the selfie-taking refugee) to draw symbolic boundaries between who counts as European and who does not. Thus, local and transnational digital practices of connected refugees allow us to reflect upon dominant western and Euro-centric views of what constitutes ‘the family’ and also challenge how such dominant views operate as exclusionary bordering mechanisms.

Read more:

– Leurs, K. & Shepherd, T. (2016 forthcoming). Data and discrimination. In K. van Es & M. Schaefer (Eds.) The Datafied Society. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
– Leurs, K. (2016). Young Connected Migrants and Non-Normative European Family Life Exploring Affective Human Right Claims of young E-diasporas. International Journal of E-Politics, 7(3).

Original post with pictures and links available here.

Posted in Conferences, Publications, Uncategorized

Nominations Open for AoIR Executive Committee

AoIR is now seeking your nominations for the new Executive Committee to take office in October of this year and serve until October 2019.

Below, you will find: A. Time frame of the election. B. Description of the AoIR governance system and of the elected positions. C. Nominations and Elections Processes. And D. Questions for Candidates.

A. Time Frame of the Election:
1. Call for Nominations: opens March 20, 2017 and will remain open for fifteen (15) days.
2. Nominations close for all positions April 3, 2017.
3. Candidates will be listed on aoir.org and further information will be made available on our membership system, where discussion forums will let you ask questions of the candidates.
4. Voting begins April 24, 2017 at our online balloting site and will remain open for ten (10) days. (Details for accessing this site will be sent in a later message through our membership system.)
5. Voting ends May 3, 2017, expiring at 12:00 noon, U.S. Eastern Time in the State of Delaware.
Election results will be announced on air-l. The new committee is formally introduced and assumes its duties during the AoIR conference in Tartu, 18-21 October 2017.
More information can be found in the AoIR Bylaws:

Bylaws

Candidates should familiarize themselves with the duties laid out in the Bylaws. I also encourage persons interested in running for a specific position to contact me or any of the current office-holder(s) with any questions.

B. AoIR Governance and Description of Elected Positions:
The organizational structure of AoIR is simple. There are 5 officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Graduate Student representative). The 9-member Executive Committee consists of these officers, plus the Past President and 3 open seat representatives. Elected officials hold their positions for two years. After two years, the Vice President becomes President. Nominations are invited for Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Graduate Student representative, and 3 open seats. You may nominate yourself or someone else you think would do a good job. Details on the nomination procedure follow below.
Duties of the President: Article 4/Section 6 of AoIR’s bylaws.
Duties of the VP/President-Elect: Article 4/Section 7 of AoIR’s bylaws
Duties of the Secretary: Article 4/Section 8 of AoIR’s bylaws
Duties of the Treasurer: Article 4/Section 9 of AoIR’s bylaws
Duties of the Graduate Student Representative: Article 4/Section 10 of AoIR’s bylaws
Duties of Open Seat Directors: Represent the membership of AoIR, and contribute to decision-making.

C. Nominations and Elections Processes.
Only a member of AoIR can run for a position, nominated by anyone. If nominated for more than one position, a nominee must choose to run for one (and only one) position in this election. You may nominate yourself or another person (or people). If nominating someone else, confirm with that person that they are willing to run.

Self Nominations: Email AoIR Association Coordinator Michelle at <ac at aoir dot org> and indicate the position for which you are nominating yourself. Please provide in your nomination email a short candidate statement addressing the questions below.

Nominating Others: Email AoIR Association Coordinator Michelle at <ac at aoir dot org> with the name of the person you want to nominate, the position for which you are nominating this person, contact information for that person, and an indication of whether you know if this person would accept this nomination. (If you don’t know, we’ll contact them and ask).

All candidates for election will be required to provide answers to the questions listed belowl, have the answers posted to the AoIR election forum website, and participate in an online candidate forum.

In addition the Graduate Student candidates must confirm in their response that they comply with the by-laws: The Graduate Student Representative must be actively enrolled in a degree program at the time of nomination and election.

The voting system used by AoIR is one vote per member for each of the positions for election listed above. Votes will be tallied using a balloting software site. In the case of the four directly elected officers, the candidate with the highest number of votes shall be declared the winner; in the case of the open seats, the three candidates with the highest, second-highest and third highest votes shall be declared the winners of the open seats.
In the case of tied results for the officer positions, the winner shall be determined by the ballot counters, by drawing of lots, using a method that ensures each of the tying candidates has an equal chance of success and witnessed by at least 1 person independent of the association. In the case of tied results for the open seat positions, the drawing of lots shall be used only when there are more tied candidates than seats available.

D. Questions for Candidates (these questions must be answered in your nomination email):
1. What are your qualifications for this position (including prior experience and participation in AoIR)?
2. Please describe two or three short-term goals you would like to achieve through membership on the executive (including a rationale for each and how you would contribute to their achievement).
3. What is your long-term vision for AoIR?
4. What else should voters consider when deciding whether or not to vote for you?
In answering the questions, please be concise and give information specific to the position for which you are nominating and which will permit voters to assess your case for election to that position.

Posted in Administrative, Elections

2017 Dissertation Award Nominations

The Association of Internet Researchers calls for submissions for the 2017 AoIR Dissertation Award. To be eligible for the AoIR Dissertation Award, a PhD dissertation in the area of internet research must have been filed in the 2016 calendar year. Nominations (self and other) must be received by 15 April 2017. All methods and disciplines are welcome.

Submissions Details:
– A nomination letter that explains why the dissertation is deserving of the award
– How it contributes to internet research
– A PDF copy of the dissertation should be emailed
– The graduate or their supervisor must be a member of AoIR
– Self-nominations are permitted
– Filed in 2016 (meaning fully defended, all edits complete, filed/published with a 2016 copyright)

The recipient of this award will be announced this summer. In addition to winning a cash prize, the individual will also be invited to present their research in a session at AoIR 2017 in Tartu, Estonia, 18-21 October 2017.

The committee this year is comprised of Jeremy Hunsinger, Daren Brabham, Jill Rettberg Walker, Tim Highfield and chaired by Mathias Klang.

For any questions please contact Mathias Klang dissertationaward at aoir dot org or Jenny Stromer-Galley prez at aoir dot org

Posted in Awards, Conferences

2017 AoIR Nancy Baym Book Award Nomination

We are pleased to call for nominations for the Nancy Baym Annual Book Award. Named after former Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) president Nancy Baym, this award recognizes the best scholarship of AoIR and highlights the breadth of work relating to the sociocultural dimensions of networked media. We will accept nominations from AoIR members for books they found of great scholarly value and wish to champion. The books will be reviewed by a committee of Nancy Baym, Kate O’Riordan and chaired by Eugenia Siapera.

To be eligible for the award:

  • The book must be authored or co-authored as a monograph and must explore a single topic (edited collections are not eligible).
  • All of the book’s authors must be current members of AoIR at the time of submission (April 15, 2017).
  • Memberships may be purchased at https://aoir.org/membership/.
    The book must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

Each book should be accompanied by an emailed letter of nomination. Self-nominations from AoIR members are welcome. The letter of nomination, which must be written by a current member of AoIR, should outline:

  • How the book contributes to AoIR’s intellectual community.
  • The book’s unique contributions and overall strengths.
  • If not a self-nomination, the letter should also include a statement that the nominated author has been contacted prior to its submission and accepts the nomination.

Books submitted without a meaningful nomination letter outlining both the strengths of the book and the book’s contribution to the AoIR community to AoIR will not be eligible.
Nomination letters and book copies in either digital or hard copy should arrive no later than April 15, 2017.

If digital, please provide access to BookAward@aoir.org.

Please indicate in the subject line: “AoIR Nancy Baym Book Award Submission.”
Hard copies (1 each) should be mailed to:

Eugenia Siapera
School of Communications,
Dublin City University
Collins Avenue,
Glasnevin, Dublin
Ireland
Kate O’Riordan
Director of Teaching and Learning
Media Film and Music
Silverstone Building 330
University of Sussex
Falmer
BN1 9RG
UK

Nancy Baym
Microsoft, 12th Floor
1 Memorial Dr.
Cambridge MA 02142 USA

The winner of the award will be announced in June 2017. In addition to winning a cash prize, the individual will also be invited to present during a panel session on the winning book at the AoIR conference in Tartu, Estonia, in October 2017.

Please contact Eugenia Siapera (BookAward@aoir.org) or Jenny Stromer-Galley (prez@aoir.org) if you have any questions about this process.

Posted in Awards, Conferences

A Statement from the Members of the AoIR Executive Committee

In light of the United States’ January 27, 2017 executive order restricting entry to its borders, based upon intersectional stereotypes of Islamic religious faith as embodied within Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian identity, we hereby restate our commitment to the fundamental values upon which the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) is founded. These values center upon human dignity, equality of opportunity, and the principles of academic freedom.  AoIR vehemently opposes any entities, groups, measures, or activities that seek to undermine such principles, in scholarly research and in society at large, wherever in the world they may operate.

AoIR, following its mission to provide and promote outstanding research upon the Internet’s capacity to mediate transnational and global culture through networking, is proud to represent a diverse international community of Internet researchers. In affirming the shared values of our community, we encourage our members to exercise their inalienable right to speak out whenever and wherever they believe those values to be undermined or violated. In keeping with the principle of academic freedom, AoIR conferences themselves also support that free exercise by offering a venue for such discussions to be conducted respectfully.

AoIR is constantly at work to ensure that our actions and our words are in sync. Therefore, we proudly state that we do not tolerate or create any undue barriers to the full and equal participation of its members because of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, or socioeconomic status. This commitment means, in particular, that we will endeavor to not stage future conferences in locations where such participation cannot be guaranteed. As an organization, AoIR stands ready to support any colleague who may be directly or indirectly affected by this order.

Members of the Executive Committee:

André Brock
Axel Bruns
Jenny Korn
Annette Markham
Adrienne Massanari
Susanna Paasonen
Kelly Quinn
Jennifer Stromer-Galley

P.S.: Our full Statement of Principles and Statement of Inclusivity can be found here: https://aoir.org/diversity-and-inclusivity/

Posted in Administrative, Community, Miscellaneous

2017 Nancy Baym Book Award & Dissertation Award

The Association of Internet Researchers has made slight changes to the submission criteria for both the Nancy Baym Book Award and the Dissertation Award. Specific details on how to submit is forthcoming.

Nancy Baym Book Award

The Nancy Baym Annual Book Award seeks to recognize the best work in the field of Internet Studies. In doing so, the award helps to highlight the breadth of work that is done relating to the social and cultural dimensions of networked media. The award includes a cash prize and an invitation to present the work at the annual IR conference.

To be eligible for the award:

  1. The book must be authored or co-authored as a monograph and must explore a single topic (edited collections are not eligible).
  2. All of the book’s authors must be current members of AoIR at the time of submission (April 15, 2017). Memberships may be purchased here.
  3. The book must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

Each book should be accompanied by an emailed letter of nomination. Self-nominations from AoIR members are welcome. The letter of nomination, which must be written by a current member of AoIR, should outline:

  • How the book contributes to AoIR’s intellectual community.
  • The book’s unique contributions and overall strengths.
  • If not a self-nomination, the letter should also include a statement that the nominated author has been contacted prior to its submission and accepts the nomination.

Books submitted without a meaningful nomination letter outlining both the strengths of the book and the book’s contribution to the AoIR community to AoIR will not be eligible.

Dissertation Award

The Association of Internet Researchers Dissertation Award was established in 2012 to recognize the work of emerging scholars in the field of Internet research.

Submissions Details:

  • A nomination letter that explains why the dissertation is deserving of the award
  • How it contributes to internet research
  • A PDF copy of the dissertation should be emailed
  • The graduate or their supervisor must be a member of AoIR as of date of submission (April 15, 2017).
  • Self-nominations are permitted
  • Filed in 2016 (meaning fully defended, all edits complete, filed/published with a 2016 copyright)

The recipient of this award will be announced in the summer. In addition to winning a cash prize, the individual will also be invited to present their research in a session at AoIR 2017 in Tartu, Estonia, 18-21 October 2017.

Posted in Awards, Conferences

Jonathan Gray’s #AoIR2016 Presentation: Reshaping Data Worlds for AoIR 2016

Reshaping Data Worlds for AoIR 2016

By jwyg | Originally Published: October 5, 2016

The following is a short video on Reshaping Data Worlds prepared for the 17th annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers – AoIR 2016 on “Internet Rules!” – which takes place in Berlin on 5-8th October 2016. It is part of a session on Big Data Meet Grassroots Activism organised by the DATACTIVE project.

 

Reshaping Data Worlds? from Jonathan Gray on Vimeo.

Original post and full video transcript available here.

Interested in more content like this? Join us for #AoIR2017 in Tartu, Estona! Submissions now open!

Posted in Uncategorized

#AoIR2017 Keynote Speakers ~ We have 2 this year!!

We are doubly thrilled to announce the two keynote speakers at #AoIR2017 in Tartu Estonia.

Keynote #1: Andrew Chadwick

Andrew Chadwick (PhD, London School of Economics) is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he founded the New Political Communication Unit in 2007. His latest book is The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013), which won the 2016 International Journal of Press/Politics Book Award for an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten years, and the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award, 2014. His book Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2006) won the American Sociological Association Best Book Award (Communication and Information Technologies Section) and is among the most widely-cited works in its field. Andrew is also Editor of the book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, which currently features 20 titles. At Royal Holloway, by whom he has been awarded two Teaching Excellence Prizes, he teaches courses on the internet and politics, digital political communication, and the politics of democracy. Andrew is currently writing his next book, Social Media and the Future of Democracy (Oxford University Press). You can visit his website and follow him on Twitter.

 

Keynote #2: Marju Lauristin

Marju Lauristin is a Professor of Social Communication at the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu (since 1995). Her main research interest covers social and cultural transformations on the way from post-communist to information society.

Prof. Lauristin was one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, and minister of Social Affairs of Estonia. Since 2014 she is a Member of European Parliament, where she is involved as a rapporteur in the area of data protection and development of European digital economy and society.

Posted in Uncategorized

Submissions for #AoIR2017 Open

We are pleased to open submissions for proposals for #AoIR2017: Networked Publics to be held in Tartu, Estonia, 18 – 21 October, 2017. To re-familiarize yourself with the call for proposals and types of submissions solicited, please see here.

When submitting, please take the time to read the submission categories and topics carefully. In the interest of diversity and collegiality, each conference participant is limited to presenting one individual paper and one paper in a panel, and to participating in one roundtable. You can be a co-author on additional papers, but you must not be the scheduled presenter of these papers.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email aoir2017 (at) aoir dot org. We look forward to seeing your proposals.
 
Click here to go to the submission site: https://www.conftool.com/aoir2017.
 
We look forward to your proposals and to a vibrant and stimulating conference in Tartu!

Posted in Conferences