Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung

Algorithmic News in the 2016 US Election

Hamburg, 19.12.2016. How algorithms may have influenced the US election will be discussed ath the Bucerius Lab Lunch Session #3 in Betahaus Hamburg. Nick Diakopoulos, Fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, has studied the Coverage of the two candidates done by google. He will discuss the role of the big internet platforms with Matthias Spielkamp, Bucerius Lab Fellow and Co-Funder of AlgorithmWatch. Entrance free, Registration required

Nick Diakopoulos Fellow at the Postdoc Kolleg "Algorithmed Public Spheres"

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Nick Diakopoulos, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, is guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in December. In its Postdoc Kolleg Algorithmed Public Spheres, that is organized by Cornelius Puschmann, Nick will do research with an emphasis on algorithmic accountability. Furthermore, Nick will give two public lectures and join discussion rounds

Algorithmic Accountability & Transparency in the News Media

Hamburg, 15.12.2016, 10-11:30 pm. Workshop with Nick Diakopoulos, University of Maryland, at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Registration required
Algorithms now adjudicate decisions in nearly all facets of the public and private sector, from employment practices, to criminal sentencing, and of course the media system itself. The goal of algorithmic accountability is to articulate, explain, or justify the ways in which algorithms are exerting power in specific human contexts: perpetuating biases and discrimination, making errors, filtering or censoring information, or otherwise violating expectations. Journalists are engaging in algorithmic accountability as an extension of investigative reporting, seeking to uncover the power structures, biases, and influences that computational artifacts play in society. I will present recent algorithmic accountability work focused specifically on the role that search engines play in making political information available in elections. I’ll then present the development of a model for algorithmic transparency that describes dimensions of information that may be disclosed about algorithms, suggesting ways in which it can be employed to guide transparency by good-faith actors, as well as inform investigative or critical approaches to algorithms. In the course of the talk I’ll trace various legal, technical, regulatory, and normative challenges that remain, offering new openings for research in this domain.

Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park Philip Merrill College of Journalism with courtesy appointments in the College of Information Studies and Department of Computer Science. He is Director of the Computational Journalism Lab at UMD, a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at UMD, a Tow Fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism, and Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies. His research is in computational and data journalism with emphases on algorithmic accountability and social computing in the news. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism.

Open Access: International Journal of Communication and Health

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with an article by S. Wahl und M. Grimm presenting "A Typology of Cancer Patients’ Information Behavior with Regard to Complementary and Alternative Medicine", article

Wahl, S.; Grimm, M. (2016): How to Find an Alternative: A Typology of Cancer Patients’ Information Behavior with Regard to Complementary and Alternative Medicine​. In: International Journal fo Communication and Health, (10), http://communicationandhealth.ro/upload/number10/STEFANIE-WAHL.pdf

For Download: Human Rights and Encryption

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New in the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom is the study by Wolfgang Schulz and Joris van Hoboken about the relevance of encryption to human rights in the media and communications field ... Downnload

It offers policy recommendations for state practice and other stakeholders. The present research was elaborated in order to implement Internet Universality framework. It also responds to the option recommended by the CONNECTing the Dots Outcome Document that UNESCO “recognizes the role that anonymity and encryption can play as enablers of privacy protection and freedom of expression, and facilitates dialogue on these issues”. In addition, the research draws on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, which was presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2015. The research, authored by Prof. Wolfgang Schulz and Dr Joris van Hoboken, was commissioned by UNESCO and made possible thanks to the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

The study provides an overview of encryption technologies and their impact on human rights. It analyzes in-depth the role of encryption in the media and communications landscape, and the impact on different services, entities and end users. It highlights good practices and examines the legal environment surrounding encryption as well as various case studies of encryption policies. Built on this exploration and analysis, the research provides recommendations on encryption policy that are useful for various stakeholders. These include signaling the need to counter the lack of gender sensitivity in the current debate, and also highlighting ideas for enhancing “encryption literacy”.

The publication will be launched at the UNESCO workshop on “Encryption and safety of journalists” (15:00-16:30, Guadalajara time) on 7 December 2016, in the framework of the 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF). More details about the workshop are available at: https://igf2016.sched.org/event/8htZ/ws159-encryption-and-safety-of-journalists-in-digital-age

The book is downloadable here.

Visiting Fellows from Sydney at the Research Centre Media History

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From November 12th to November 29th Dr Virginia Madsen and Dr Tom Murray from Macquarie University in Sydney (Australia) are Visting Fellows at the Research Centre Media History. The invitation to Hamburg is enabled by the MQ-FU-HAM Trilateral Strategic Partnership, a network program of the Universität Hamburg with Macquarie University (Australia) and Fudan University (China). Their stay is part of the research programm “Transnational Media Histories” established by Dr Hans-Ulrich Wagner (Hamburg) and Prof Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley (Sydney).

Dr Virgina Madsen

“My research in Hamburg is concerned with the first history of the ‘documentary imagination’ in radio. This book is charting an international history of radio and audio documentary forms that have evolved since the 1920s. Almost nothing has been written about this field and the extraordinary work produced by so many often under-recognised authors and producers around the world. Hamburg in particular is of great interest to me, because here was founded a new and revitalised tradition of documentary and ‘feature’ making which brought together some of the finest authors in Germany after the second world war, and which would ultimately lead to German leadership in this field. I hope to increase my understanding of the role and impact of this work at the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR) (now NDR) and explore the role of the BBC here in influencing a new direction in the art of the documentary after 1945. During my visit, I hope to also connect with some contemporary producers and leaders in the 'cultural radio' program at NDR in Hamburg.”

Dr Madsen is a Senior Lecturer in radio/audio production and documentary history, and a member of Macquarie University’s Centre for Media History (CMH). She has published widely in the fields of public broadcasting, radio history, radio documentary, experimental forms of radio, podcasting and sound design and ecology. She is also an established radio writer and producer, beginning her career in radio as one of the founding producers of the ABC (Australian) program, The Listening Room. Her work has been heard on radio stations worldwide, at international competitions and has been adapted for broadcast in several languages.

Contact:

Details of publications: https://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_media_music_communication_and_cultural_studies/staff/academic_staff/dr_virginia_madsen/ - https://mq.academia.edu/VirginiaMadsen

Links to some of my radio programs: ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundmusicword/dark-room/4547256; ARD: http://hoerspiele.dra.de/vollinfo.php?dukey=1376496; USA Third Coast Festival: http://thirdcoastfestival.org/explore/feature/cambodia-show

Dr Tom Murray

“Most of my research is published in screen-media forms and investigates the historical aesthetics of colonialism, memory, and place. I am particularly interested in the possibility of reconciling colonial injustices, and mostly work in collaboration with contemporary individuals and communities. As a Visiting Fellow at the Research Centre Media History I am looking at the role of German state-sponsored social science and creative arts studies in WW1 POW camps, particularly in regard to representations of Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders.”

Dr Murray is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker, and academic, currently employed as an Australian Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer in screen media at Macquarie University. His films have been screened at many of the world’s most significant film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and IDFA Amsterdam, and his work has won numerous prizes including the NSW Premier’s Prize for History, and the Max Crawford Medal, Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities.

A video describing some of his work can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_qguQun33I
His staff profile is here: https://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_media_music_communication_and_cultural_studies/staff/academic_staff/dr_tom_murray/
Websites for some of his work are here: www.loveinourowntime.com; www.inmyfatherscountry.com; Dhakiyarr vs the King; 2014 Max Crawford Medal

Coming soon: M&K 4/2016

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with articles about "Studying Journalism in Times of Crisis", "Research Ethics for Communication Science", about "How the Origin of Immigrants Impacts their Media Framing" and about the "Coverage of Whistleblowing in German and Swiss Print Media" as well as an Article "On the Issue of Recipients’ Disenchantment with Certain Topics and the Measurement of this: A Theoretical Conceptualization and Development of Scales", Contents

Hans-Bredow-Institut at ECREA2016

Annual Connference ECREA2016

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Six researchers of the institute have been be at the Annual Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association ECREA2016, which took place from November 9 - 12 in Prague. Furthermore, they attended the Pre-Conference "Children, Youth and Media". The European Network EU Kids Online, which is co-ordinated by the Hans-Bredow-Institut, also met at the conference to discuss an upcoming comparative survey. Who was talking about which topic, giving keynotes and lectures, chairing panels and planning new projects:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Keynote speech by Stephan Dreyer within the scope of the Children, Youth and Media Pre-Conference on the topic of "Knowledge-Based Policy-Making? Children’s Rights and Other Uncertainties in Modern ICT Regulation“.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Meeting of the EU Kids Online Network for planning a new comparitive study, including Claudia Lampert und Uwe Hasebrink from the Hans-Bredow-Institut

Thursday, November 10, 2016

9:00 am -10.30 am Uwe Hasebrink & Andreas Hepp: "How to Research Cross-Media Use? Investigating Media Repertoires and Media Ensembles" in the panels "Media Repertoires as Pathways to Understanding Cross-Media Practices Among Users"
 
11:00 am -12:30 pm Markus Oermann, Wolfgang Schulz & Tobias Mast: "Doing Governance in Figurations: Proposal of an Analytical Framework"
 
11:00 am -12.30 pm Uwe Hasebrink, Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink und Jasmin Kulterer: "Fantasy and Reality: “Hobbit” Viewer Types and How They Connect the Movie with Their Everyday Lives" in the panel "Researching the Hobbit – Results and Methodological Implementations of an International Project"

Friday, November 11, 2016

9:00 am -10.30 am Uwe Hasebrink as Chair of the panel “Children as Audiences 3: Coping in a Networked World”

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Julius Reimer: “The Journalist Turned Brand. How Reporters Build Their Profiles Through Personal Branding”

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Stephan Dreyer “Alignments in Diversity: Factual Harmonisation in Protecting Minors from Harmful Media”, in the ECREA Section “Communication Policy and Law”

Online between Orient and Occident - Media Childhood in Iran, Spain and Germany

Hans-Bredow-Institut, Dec 7, 2016, 4-6.45 pm. Interactive Workshop in Englisch lanuage with our guest researchers Hamid Reza Akrami und Marta Portalés as well as Prof Dr. Uwe Hasebrink and Dr. Claudia Lampert, Library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Rothenbaumchaussee 36, Hamburg, registration required, no entrance fee

Online between Orient and Occident - Media childhood in Iran, Spain and Germany

How is young media life in Spain, Iran and Germany? Interactive presentations, Q&A and tapas will help you discover the state of the art of media education and digital environments of young people in these countries. New empirical data, trends and research insights will be presented by Hamid Reza Akrami (Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran), Marta Portalés (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Uwe Hasebrink and Claudia Lampert (Hans Bredow Institut).

Following the EU Kids Framework we will compare country specific situations and try to find answers to the questions: How are individual media practices and skills, opportunities and risks influenced by social environments and country actions? Is media education, youth media protection and online participation promoted by policies and regulations or individual actors?

Programme

16:00 - 16:15 - Welcome, Concept and Introduction

16:15 - 16:35 - Impulse: Perspective Spain

16:40 - 17:00 - Impulse: Perspective Iran

17:00 - 17:20 - Highlight: Germany, Comparison EU, Start of Discussion

17:20 - 18:30 - Interactive Discussion

18:30 - 18:45  - Conclusion: Same, same, but different, oder different, different, but the same? What are the challenges for research? What are the empirical questions we need to find answers to?

18:45 - ??? Snacks & Drinks

Plenary Panel Discussion: Who Rules the Internet?

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The only conference's public Panel Discussion "Who Rules the Internet?" with Kate Crawford, Fieke Jansen and Carolin Gerlitz took place on 6 October 2016, 7 – 9pm Audimax der HU Berlin. Who are the actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking online, what are their motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these orders?

Drawing on the conference theme, we discussed these important questions with:

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social impacts of big data, and she’s currently writing a new book on data and power with Yale University Press.

Fieke Jansen researches and writes on the Politics of Data and digital shadows at Tactical Tech. She hopes to bring more transparency to the global data industry. Prior to moving to Berlin, Fieke worked on the intersection of the internet, social change and security, working at Hivos to set up and manage their digital emergency programme for human rights defenders and activists. She also co-authored a book called Digital AlterNatives.

Carolin Gerlitz is professor for digital media and methods at the University of Siegen. Her research addresses quantification and valuation in social media and the role of app ecologies. She is also a member of the Digital Methods Initiative Amsterdam and works on digital research methods for studying platforms and mobile media.

This public panel discussion was part of the conference AoIR 2016 that took place from 5 to 9 October in Berlin. For further information please visit aoir.org.

Marta Portalés Oliva as Guest Researcher at the Institute

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Since mid September 2017, Marta Portalés Oliva works as guest researcher at the institute  for three months. Marta Portalés Oliva is a PhD candidate at the “Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación” Research Group of the Journalism Department at the Communication Sciencies Faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Her work at the institute will be in connection with the work group projects “Growing Up in Digital Media Environments”.

She studied the Bachelor of Audiovisual Communication in the University of Valencia between 2009 and 2013, she studied a year through the International Program in York University Toronto (Canada) and a year of Erasmus in the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (Germany).

After graduating from the Official Master of Research on Communication and Journalism in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2014, she received a scholarship for Research Staff Training in order to perform the Doctorate on Journalism and Communication in that same university. Her research interests focus on media literacy and the study of the audiovisual medium in formal and informal contexts.

Her website at UAB

Hamid Reza Akrami as Guest Researcher at the Institute

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For a whole year, from July 2016 to July 2017, Hamid Reza Akrami from Teheran will stay at the institute as Guest Researcher. Hamid Reza Akrami is a media and social communications researcher and university lecturer. He has studied computer software engineering and social communications, which gives him dual qualification in the fields of communication technologies and new media. His work at the institute is in connection with the  EUKidsOnline project. He also helps the institute in administering the EUKidsOnline website and is looking for newer topics of research in the field.

Hamid Reza Akrami has taught communication technologies, online public relations, electronic journalism, specialized English for media and communications students, and other relevant courses at the university.
He has recently been working on Digital and Media Literacy for a number of years in Teheran, Iran, and has a number of academic works presented at the international conferences and fora.

He is now finalizing his PhD with a concentration on the empowerment of children and teenagers in their confrontation with the new media at Hamburg University.

Public Panel Discussion: Who Rules the Internet?

Berlin, 06.10.2016 | 19:00 - 20:30, Doors open 6:30 Uhr, public panel discussion at AoIR2016 "Internet Rules!", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Auditorium Maximum, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, with Kate Crawford, Fieke Jansen und Christian Sandvig

Who are the actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking online, what are their motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these orders? Drawing on the conference theme, we look forward to discussing these important questions with:

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social impacts of big data, and she’s currently writing a new book on data and power with Yale University Press.

Fieke Jansen researches and writes on the Politics of Data and digital shadows at Tactical Tech. She hopes to bring more transparency to the global data industry. Prior to moving to Berlin, Fieke worked on the intersection of the internet, social change and security, working at Hivos to set up and manage their digital emergency programme for human rights defenders and activists. She also co-authored a book called Digital AlterNatives.

Christian Sandvig is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he teaches in both Information and Communication Studies. He is a researcher specializing in studying the consequences of algorithmic systems that curate and organize culture. He has written about social media, wireless systems, broadband Internet, online video, domain names, and Internet policy. His group blog was named one of the «Must-Follow Feeds» in science, culture, and design by Wired.

This public panel discussion is part of the conference AoIR 2016 that will take place from 5 to 9 October in Berlin. For further information on the programme and to register for the conference please visit aoir.org.

M&K 2/2016 published

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with a comparative study of the relationship between politics and journalism on a federal and State level, an article about the knowledge gaps of sports journalists on the subject of Doping, a review of the potentials and limitations of automated analysis of visual media content and a contribution to the discussion on the importance of communication studies for media practice and media policy. Contents

Radio and New Media Technologies: An Asian Perspective

Hamburg, 07.06.2016. Lecture by K. Padmakumar, Head of the Department of Corporate Communication at the University of Manipal, Indien, about the Future of Radio, at the Universität Hamburg, Senatssitzungssaal, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 2. OG, 6-8 pm. Participation free, registration required

The major traditional radio broadcast systems in the recent times have comfortably in one way or another embraced the new media technologies. One can see a lot of interest taken by the conventional radio broadcasters in distributing their content over web-related services. Moving away from the conventional “over the air” transmission to web-based content distribution (Spotify and other social media sites for instance) are being seriously contemplated by some radio stations in Asia.

One may argue that it is a natural progression for any industry to upgrade and expand their services. This lecture will discuss the specific aspects of the evolving traditional medium and will consider exploring answers for the following questions. Can this argument be valid for a medium like Radio which is touted as a topical medium? Are the listeners ready for such a transformation? What would be the repercussions of such a shift? Will radio move away from its aural strategy to incorporate visual strategy during its transformation? Will both these strategies work together and prepare the listeners for a new hybrid medium called the Visual Radio? Would radio lose its main characteristic of the “theatre of the mind”?

K. Padmakumar works as Head Dept of Corporate Communication in Mass Communication& Journalism (Manipal University Manipal) handling subjects like Commercial Radio, Community Radio, Media Research, Indian Media, Media Marketing and Research, Strategic Media Planning Corporate Communication.
He also works as Radio Programming /Strategic cum Marketing Consultant for Udayavaani. the no 1 newspaper group in Karnataka, India, for their fm radio ventures in Karnataka, India.

Before, he worked for Radio City 91.1FM as Programming Director, Coimbatore, India, and for Suryan FM (Sun TV network) as a Prime-time RJ cum show producer. Radio City 91.1FM is India's first and leading FM radio brand. Promoted by Music Broadcast Private Limited (MBPL), the private FM network has captured the hearts of millions of listeners across 20 FM stations in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Jaipur, Vadodara, Surat, Sholapur, Nagpur, Sangli, Coimbatore, Vizag, Ahmednagar, Akola, Nanded and Jalgaon.

K. Padmakumar has completed a Phil degree in Mass Communication from Bharathiar University, CBE, a Master's degree in Mass Communication from Bharathiar University, CBE and a  Bachelor s degree in Zoology from Government Arts College, Ooty.

Twitter Friend Repertoires

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Introducing a methodology to assess patterns of information management on Twitter, article by Jan-Hinrik Schmidt, published in First Monday.

This paper argues that previous Twitter research has mainly employed a “broadcast perspective” by focusing on follower relations and concepts such as popularity, reach, or influence. But the microblogging platform is also a tool for users to combine a personalized set of sources. We propose the concept of “Twitter friend repertoires” and present a novel methodology to assess them by comparing the set of Twitter friends against a list of previously identified accounts from publicly relevant speakers. We exemplify this approach by presenting comparative findings on the friend repertoires of four groups of German Twitter users, demonstrating how this approach can reveal distinct patterns in the sources people follow on Twitter. We conclude with a set of research perspectives which look at Twitter as a space for personalized, yet patterned information management.

Published: M&K 1/2016

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with articles on the so-called ‚Soccerization’ of German Television, a report on Transferring Knowledge into Action: A Motivational Research Perspective on Media Literacy; a study on the Need for Penalties against Facebook Content, and its Determinant; and an article about the Past 100 Years of Journalism, Media and Communication Studies in Germany. Contents

Tipp: Twitter Friend Repertoires

Brisbane, 02.03.2016. Presenting a new methodology to assess patterns of information management, lecture by Lisa Merten at the Digital Media Research Center, Queens University of Technology, Australia.

Record Number of Submissions to the AoIR2016 "Internet Rules" 5.-8. Oct 2016 in Berlin

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640 proposals for papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and other events for the AoIR 2016 have been submitted. The 17th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers ​is a transdisciplinary gathering of scholars interested in the importance of networked technologies in social processes. It will be hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research. The conference will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany on 5 – 8 October 2016.

Guidelines and Requirements

There are a couple items to note as you prepare your submissions. First, as in previous years, you are limited to four total contributions as main or co-contributor. We have a limited number of presentation opportunities during the conference, and we want to make sure that as many voices as possible are heard. Second, paper and panel submissions should follow our minimal formatting guidelines to simplify the review process (template available here).

Finally, we want to especially encourage those of you who might be considering alternatives to the existing structures of presentation and engagement to consider submitting an experimental session.

TOPIC & RELEVANCE

AoIR 2016 will emphasise the relevance of the Internet in today’s culture and politics. The conference theme addresses the significance of the codes and rules that frame the Internet, as well as their playful circumvention, from technical protocols and popular platforms to the emerging, established, and contested conventions of online communities. Who are the actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking, what are their motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these orders?

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Workshops may be either half or full-day events that occur on the first day of the conference and focus on a particular topic. They may be a workshop of some kind (e.g., a publishing workshop), a methodological “bootcamp” (e.g., on ethnography or statistical analysis), an exploration of a theoretical tradition or topical area (e.g., symbolic interaction, political economy, or GIS) or anything else that may be of interest to conference delegates.

ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS

Roundtables encourage discussion and interaction among delegates. They may involve brief introductory presentations by organisers. Roundtables can include no more than 5 initial participants.

OPEN FISHBOWLS

Fishbowl sessions should cover broad topics of interest to a wide segment of the AoIR community, and create a space for dialogue across different types of research. They can include no more than 5 initial participants (named fish).

EXPERIMENTAL SESSIONS

Experimental sessions are those that, while of interest to members or engaging with conference themes, meaningfully “push the envelope” beyond more traditional forms of conference engagement and participation and as such do not fit into any of the other proposal formats. Examples may include Ignite or pecha-kucha presentations, demonstrations, performances, installations, short-form workshops, unsessions, maker or code-based projects, or interactive experiences. 

DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM

The Association of Internet Researchers believes that its emerging researchers are the best in its disparate constituent fields. In keeping with its commitment to students’ scholarship, we continue the tradition of bringing emerging and established scholars together through the AoIR 2016 Doctoral Colloquium. The colloquium offers PhD students working in internet research or a related field a special, day-long forum, to be convened on 5 October 2016. For many years, this pre-conference event has provided students with the opportunity to a concentrated amount of time with senior scholars to share research projects, address methodological and theoretical challenges, and exchange informal advice on juggling the multiple pressures associated with job searching, publishing, and finishing the dissertation

Interested students should prepare a) a two-page summary of your research. This should provide a context for the research, describe the methods being used, the progress to date, and primary concerns and issues; and b) A brief statement indicating why you want to participate in this doctoral colloquium and what you hope to get out of it. These are due on or before 15 June 2016.

CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

In order to increase the diversity of participation in the AoIR conferences, the Association of Internet Researchers makes available conference fee waivers and partial travel stipends ($500) per year. The number of fee waivers and travel stipends will depend first of all upon the ability of the conference budget to sustain such waivers (a judgment to be made by the AoIR Executive Committee upon the advice of the AoIR Treasurer and the local organising committee) as well as upon the quality of the applications for fee waivers. Conference scholarships are made available only to participants who have had papers accepted via the peer review process, and applications are due on 1 June 2016, after acceptances have been announced.

More information will be made available regarding the scholarship application process at the conference website: aoir.org/aoir2016.

IMPORTANT DATES

1 March 2016: Submissions due for PAPERS, PANELS, ROUNDTABLES and FISHBOWLS, EXPERIMENTAL SESSIONS, and PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

15 March 2016: Nominations for Nancy Baym Book Award and Best Dissertation Award due

5 May 2016: Notification of acceptances for presenters

7 June 2016: Applications due for conference travel SCHOLARSHIPS and for DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM

1 August 2016: Early Bird Registration Deadline for all presenters

5 October 2016: Workshop Day

6–8 October: Conference AoIR  2016

For further information and updates, please visit the conference website. Please address any questions to the Conference Chair, Cornelius Puschmann, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society: .

The AoIR 2016 will be hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research. Cornelius Puschmann is the AoIR 2016 Conference Chair, while Wolfgang Schulz, Christian Katzenbach, Christiane Matzen, and Larissa Wunderlich make up the local organising committee.

Online Usage of Europe's Children and Adolescents under Review

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50 researchers from more the 30 countries were discussing online chances, risks and challenges for children and adolescents in Europe last week in Hamburg. The research network EU Kids Online (since 2006) is planning a second international representative survey, which allows comparative analysis with the data from the first survey (2010) and from the Net Children Go Mobile project (2013/2014). Currently, the network encompasses 33 countries.

EU Kids Online is interacting closely with the Gobal Kids Online project (funded by UNICEF) and similar comparative studies in Latin America and Australia.

Since 2014, Uwe Hasebrink (Hans-Bredow-Institut) has overtaken the coordination of the network from Sonia Livingstone (LSE).

For more information about the network and its research findings see  www.eukidsonline.net.