Remembering Ben Bates

Ben Bates served as the first Treasurer of AoIR from 1999 to 2005. He was not only one of the first to step up and volunteer his time to AoIR in 1999, but he was also one of the first to spread word of it at other conferences that he went to, such as AEJMC (the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication). He went to that organization’s meeting in New Orleans and talked to attendees about AoIR and encouraged them to join. He handled the finances and membership in the early days, using a system that had to be built from scratch as it was in an era before PayPal and other convenient online payment systems. His contributions to the association were also manifest in the many AoIR executive committee meetings and discussions in which he participated and to which he lent his wisdom and expertise, particularly with regard to creating a stable financial base from which the association could operate. He continued to attend AoIR conferences and participate in them for many years after he stepped down as Treasurer. He was a careful steward not only of AoIR but also of his friendships and will be missed by many in AoIR.

January 24, 1954 – November 1, 2018

Thank you to Steve Jones for providing these words of remembrance.

Submissions open for #AoIR2019

We are pleased to open submissions for proposals for AoIR 2019: Trust in the System (Brisbane, Australia, 2-5 October 2019). 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 or fishbowl, for a maximum of three presenting appearances on the conference program. You can be a co-author on additional papers, but you must not be the scheduled presenter of these papers. If accepted as a presenting author, you must register for the conference by the Early Bird deadline of 1 August 2019.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email AoIRConfChair at aoir [dot] org.

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We look forward to your proposals and to a vibrant and stimulating conference in Brisbane!

Call for AoIR2021 Conference Host

The Executive Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) is now seeking expressions of interest from prospective Conference Hosts for the annual meeting of the Association in October 2021. The AoIR conference draws an international group of 500-600 researchers and practitioners to present and discuss work at the cutting edge in understanding the social and cultural aspects of the internet and related technologies. In line with our regular rotation schedule, the 2021 conference will take place in North America, and expressions of interest are therefore limited to prospective Conference Hosts in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

We seek expressions of interest from organisations or consortia to serve as Conference Host for a future AoIR conference. The Conference Host is an organisation or group of organisations that serve as a liaison to AoIR, assisting in the identification of conference spaces, hotels, catering and reception options, local sponsorships, and ways to feature the local intellectual community and culture. They may also propose a Program Chair: an individual who helps to develop the conference theme and to identify keynote and plenary speakers, oversees the submissions and review process of papers, panels, workshops, and preconferences, and schedules the conference sessions. The Program Chair may be a member of the organization that acts as Conference Host.

Dedicated AoIR staff including the Association Coordinator and Conference Coordinator will lead much of the conference planning, including negotiating contracts with hotels, meeting venues, catering, and the like, and handling the administrative details of the conference, such as registration, reception and meal planning, AV and wifi provision, and book vendor displays. The role of the Conference Host is to advise on this process, provide crucial local knowledge and connections, and where possible provide venue space at cost or for free.

Organizations or consortia that may be interested in serving as Conference Host should contact President Axel Bruns at prez (at) by 1 March 2019 with a brief expression of interest. The document should include the following:

  1. the organization(s) involved;
  2. your connection to internet research and to AoIR;
  3. a description of any prior experiences you have had with organizing or hosting a conference and the role you played in this;
  4. an argument to support the proposed conference location, especially with respect to ease of travel for AoIR’s multinational community of conference participants;
  5. initial thoughts on local venue options and associated costs (AoIR has in the past held the annual conference at a variety of venue spaces including universities, conference centers, and hotels);
  6. prospective conference dates, keeping in mind any major local, national, and international holidays, semester schedules, or other aspects that might affect the timing of the conference;
  7. a firm indication of whether you will be attending AoIR 2019 in Brisbane and are available to meet for further discussions about hosting AoIR 2021.