Each year a small portion of AoIR conference fees go toward several travel scholarships for junior scholars to attend the conference. We want to recognize our scholarship recipients and share with you a little bit about them and their research interests.

Who are you? 
I am Godofredo Ramizo Jr., a 3rd year DPhil student from the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Vili Lehdonvirta and Prof Eric T. Meyer. I study the platform economy, such as ride-hailing platforms in Southeast Asian megacities. I have published public engagement pieces with CNN and New Naratif on these topics. I have also been invited as a resource person for the Philippine government regarding the regulation of the platform economy. I became an AoIR member this year.

 

Where are you from?
I am originally from the Philippines. Thanks to merit scholarships, I have done postgraduate studies in London (University of Westminster), Brisbane (University of Queensland), and now at Oxford under the Oxford Clarendon Scholarship.

What is your current area of study?
My research is on the platform economy and its implications in the Global South, with ride-hailing platforms in Southeast Asian megacities as my empirical focus. Through interviews, document analysis, and immersive fieldwork, I investigate the impact of platform solutions on users’ ways of doing and thinking, as well as on institutional issues such as regulation and governance reform.

Describe the research you will present at AoIR 2019
At the AoIR Conference 2019, I discuss how surge-pricing (or dynamic pricing) affects trust toward ride-hailing platforms in Manila. There is well corroborated distrust against dynamic pricing and yet this distrust has negligible impact on overall trust for the said platform. The novelty of the findings is that they reveal mechanisms behind users’ pro-technology biases, which explain why trust in technological solutions may persist even when besieged by distrust. The findings are important because they have real world implications: With the help of these pro-technology biases, technology actors may inspire trust from the public on less than meritorious grounds, and firmly grip users’ trust even as the latter begin to harbor healthy skepticism over fairness and transparency.

Have you presented at AoIR in the past? If yes, what has been your experience? If #AoIR2019 Brisbane is your first AoIR conference, what made you choose this conference? What do you expect from it?
This is my first time joining an AoIR Conference, which I believe is one of the most important and most focused conferences in the field of internet research. I hope to get to know academics and students during the conference, and possibly plant seeds for future collaboration. I also hope to share my research, receive feedback, and confer with other students and seasoned researchers about the common issues we encounter in multi-method internet research. I hope to be inspired by the interesting work of researchers from all over the world. I am thrilled to be part of AoIR in Brisbane, and I very much appreciate the AoIR’s support.

Each year a small portion of AoIR conference fees go toward several travel scholarships for junior scholars to attend the conference. We want to recognize our scholarship recipients and share with you a little bit about them and their research interests. 

Who are you? 
My twitter name @iyadDoudi but I use Facebook iyad Doudi
Linkdin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ayad-dajani-b443b35

Iyad Muhsen Al-Dajani has a Dr.Phill from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. His doctoral research deals with Internet Communication Technology (ICT) for Reconciliation; A Phronetic Netnography in Applied Internet Research Methodologies.

His research explores the role of social digital networks on promoting a reconciliation process in the middle of conflict altering Internet Communication Technologies for that purpose. He researchers how ICTs can advance researches on scale for social change towards reconciliation process, He researches the phenomenology of Internet Communication Technology in Applied Phronesis for Internet research methodologies and studies its implications on achieving a reconciliation process in the middle of conflict.

He has a B.Scs. in computer science from Al-Quds University and a Master Degree in regional Studies – American Studies and a Web Master Developer certificate from HackerU University in Tel-Aviv and a Dr.Phill from Friedrich Schiller University.

Where are you from?
Jerusalem, now living in Jena and working at the Jena Centre for Reconciliation Studies as a Scholar in Internet research methodologies.

What is your current area of study?
Applied Phronesis in internet research methodologies, and developing internet communication technology research with social sciences, and advanced digital humanities research.

Describe the research you will present at #AoIR2019.

Title: The phenomenology of Internet Communication Technologies in applied Phronesis towards social change.

The research is an interdisciplinary research that focuses on digital humanities, in integrating social sciences into technologies, furthermore integrating applied ethics into technologies for social change. The use Internet communication technology for social change towards a social transformation process in the middle of conflicts. The research describes how ICT can develop change within society for a better understanding of the enemy, and the role ICT can play to develop a change in policies to affect change in political decisions. Also the research would describe Internet Research Methodologies as in qualitative and quantitative approaches for social network analysis.

I would present the theoretical framework that I have developed for social change using ICT. I call it the phenomenology of ICT in Phronetic Social Science. But I’m working now on publishing my book and there is a whole chapter about it.

Have you presented at AoIR in the past?  If yes, what has been your experience? If this is your first AoIR conference, what made you choose this conference? What do you expect from it?
No. This is my second time to attend the AOIR conference but I didn’t present anything at the first time, but would like to present if this is possible. This is quite my field, I’m expert in social network analysis using Nvivo for windows. I want to develop a more understand of the term. I would also want to network with other scholars in my field on Internet Research Methodologies.

 

The Best Dissertation Award for 2019 goes to Erhardt Graeff for “Evaluating Civic Technology for Citizen Empowerment” (MIT Center for Civic Media).

Dr. Graeff’s dissertation posed the question: “How might we design civic technologies for citizen empowerment and evaluate their impact on this goal?” To answer this question, it explores on a case study of SeeClickFix, a civic technology company that builds tools enabling citizens to report infrastructure problems to local governments. It proposes two solutions: 1) empowerment-based design principles for civic technology and 2) a prototype toolkit for evaluating the impact of civic technology on political efficacy.

In an especially competitive year, the committee found that Dr. Graeff’s dissertation stood out in several respects: Its research topic is timely, meaningful, and impactful. Civic technology and people empowerment/engagement have shaped numerous socio-political movements in recent years. The dissertation identifies the problems with current development of civic technology and proposes concrete solutions and directions for future research. In addition to its strengths in theory and evidence, this dissertation speaks to issues – of technology, participation, and power – at the heart of AoIR’s intellectual mission.

The committee has also recognized, Dr. Ariadna Matamoros-Fernandez’s dissertation, “Platformed racism: The Adam Goodes war dance and booing controversy on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook” with an Honorable Mention.

The committee congratulates Dr. Graeff and looks forward to reading more of his future research.

AoIR is grateful for the hard work by this year’s Best Dissertation Award committee: Colin Agur (Chair), Eugenia Siapera, Carmen Lee, and Aram Sinnreich.