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Prague Media Point Nov 15-18, 2018



In an increasingly unstable world, independent media are facing unprecedented challenges. Journalism’s crucial role to represent the public interest is being actively undermined by declining audiences, upended business models, and the emergence of alternative sources of content. The net result is disturbingly low levels of trust among consumers who complain about political and business agendas, fake news, and low-quality media overall.

All these challenges are, in some form, connected to recent and rapid technological developments that have altered the way information is spread. Social media, in particular, has helped blur the lines between fact-based journalism, disinformation, and outright propaganda, as individuals sink deeper and deeper into their own echo-chambers.

Despite these challenges, digital technology still holds untapped potential and opportunities for the media. Across the world, media entrepreneurs are working on creative start-ups, innovative business models, and new ways of both reporting and delivering that content to their audiences.

  • What are the leading examples of sustainable media strategies successfully incorporating digital technology?
  • Is a more innovative use of digital technology combined with editorial diversity the answer to bridging the polarization of society?
  • How can digital tools be used to help build trust and champion the public interest in this contested political space? Has technology been a boon or bane to journalism overall, and where does the future lie?

In this latest addition of the Prague Media Point, we will look at those questions in one of the few international conferences that bring together scholars, media professionals, and press freedom activists to discuss and debate the pressing issues of the day.

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:

  • Digitally aided journalism practicesand all the trends that affect content production. Proposed papers in this area may cover new forms of data journalism, experiments in virtual reality/immersive story-telling, mobile reporting investigation, reporting, and visualization, such as automation, augmentation, and AI in the newsroom. This area also includes the use of digital tools in overcoming the lack of gender diversity, political polarization, and other problems.
  • Digitally aided entrepreneurial practices in media and audience engagement.This area will focus on innovative and disruptive business models and issues affecting revenue streams. This includes the role of big tech companies, membership/subscription strategies, and aggregation platforms. Additionally, this topic will explore, for example, the issues of personalized user experience, new ways of audience engagement and reaching neglected target groups, and tactics for overcoming the digital divide.
  • Policy and governance issues in media and technology. This area will center on regulations affecting the work of digital media outlets such as legal norms, censorship, net neutrality, and policy responses to the avalanche of fake news and disinformation. This area could also address the role of public service media.

We welcome proposals from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field.
Please submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio by May 15th, 2018 to:
Please follow instructions on the website.

For further information go to our website:

Contact person: Dagmar Caspe,

Conference partners are: New York University in Prague, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague, the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague, the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at Charles University, the Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS) of the International Studies Association (ISA), Endowment Fund for Independent Journalism, Syndicate of Journalists of the Czech Republic.


The International Symposium on Media Innovations 2018 (ISMI18)

Call for Papers: The International Symposium on Media Innovations 2018 (ISMI18)
Theme: Media Innovations and Good Lives
Dear list members, we are pleased to announce that the seventh International Symposium on Media Innovations (ISMI18) will take place in Oslo, Norway on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September, 2018.
Join us, along with a small group of international academic researchers and industry representatives, to discuss how innovations are developed in, influence, and transform contemporary media.  We will discuss innovation and change in media technologies and services, organisational structures and management, and policies.  We will also focus on questions relating to media production, journalism, media consumption and use.
The theme for ISMI18 is ‘Media Innovations and Good Lives’.  During our two-day event we will theorise media innovation and how this may relate, influence, and contribute to, living good lives in contemporary societies.  At the same time, we will retain a focus on the presentation and discussion of empirical cases of media innovation in different organisations and contexts.
We therefore welcome submissions that relate to the conference theme, such as:
Media innovation and good lives; Media innovation and social transformation; Media innovation and ethical design; Media innovation and sustainable futures
We also encourage submissions that relate to the broader field of media innovation research.  These include, but are not limited to:
Product Innovation; Process Innovation; Paradigm Innovation; Position Innovation; Genre Innovation; and, Social Innovation
We are delighted to announce that our keynote lectures will be presented by:
Professor Ann Light (Professor of Design & Creative Technology – Engineering and Design) at the University of Sussex:
Professor Dr. Homero Gil de Zúñiga (Professor of Media Change and Media Innovation) from the Media Innovation Lab at the Universtiy of Vienna: (
Deadlines and Dates:
31 May, 2018: Extended abstracts (max 750 words) due
June, 2018: Notification of acceptance
30 June, 2018: Provisional Schedule announced
10 August, 2018: Full papers due
17 August 2018: Deadline for registration
24 August, 2018: Final programme announced
All submissions will be peer-reviewed.  Extended abstracts (750-words max) should be sent to our EMAIL address:<>
Additional Information:
The programme will consist mainly of academic presentations and debates.  Panels discussing topics that are of particular relevance to the industry, and to the theme of the symposium, will also be included.
A nominal fee will be charged for registration to the conference.  A discount will be available for PhD and Masters students.
An award for best paper will be announced during the conference.  Selected papers from the symposium will also be published in a special issue of the Journal of Media Innovations (LINK:
The International Symposium on Media Innovations is an annual symposium that is organized by the Centre for Research on Media Innovations at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. It has also been held in Tallinn (2017) and Brussels (2013 and 2015).
For more information see:
Best wishes,
Niamh Ní Bhroin

Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon
Universitetet i Oslo<>


HICSS-52 Call for papers for the mini-track on:
Part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track
of the Fifty-Second Annual
Hawai'i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS)
Maui, HI - January 8-11, 2019

Papers are invited for the mini-track on "COLLABORATION VIA SOCIAL MEDIA" as part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).
Successful collaboration is often difficult and yet interactions on social media are accessible, pervasive, varied, and impactful. The role of social media as a collaboration technology and its impact of the effectiveness and overall success of collaboration must be studied. Collaboration technologies are a critical aspect of institutional and organizational processes that already face many pitfalls such distance between teams, dominance, lack of efficiency, lack of focus, overwhelming information, differing motivations, and groupthink. These aspects are only heightened when artificial elements like bots or other intelligent technologies are considered.
The challenge for researchers and practitioners alike is understanding the impact of social media's unstructured and time-differentiated content delivery on collaborative processes, groups, and teams. This is a multi-dimensional challenge spanning technical, behavioral, social, emotional, economic, and political boundaries. This mini-track invites papers that addresses theoretical and practical challenges in assessing, staging, and deploying social media for collaboration within and between organizations, groups, teams, and machines.
This mini-track provides one of the key international platforms on which the following issues can be discussed:
1. The impact of the unstructured, non-time-constrained nature of social media interactions on collaborative efforts.
2. Theoretical aspects of social media-facilitated collaboration.
3. User studies concentrating on collaborative social media platforms such as Tumblr, Slack, Trello, wikis, and others.
4. Theoretical approaches and designs of social media enabled collaboration processes, tools, and the frontiers of current knowledge and practice.
5. Processes, interventions, and techniques that focus social media technologies on collaborative problem solving.
6. Empirical studies or case studies that examine the use of social media as collaboration technology.
7. Social media's influence on decision making and collaboration.
8. Evaluation methods and metrics for assessing performance in social media-facilitated collaborative efforts.
9. Fostering collaboration via Social Media through incentive engineering.
There are no preferred methodological stances for this mini-track: this mini-track is open to both qualitative and quantitative research, to research from a positivist, interpretivist, or critical perspective, to studies from the lab, from the field, or developmental in nature.
Themes and topics of relevance to this mini-track include, but are not limited to (related topics not listed are welcome):

Serious collaboration via social media
* Theoretical foundations and design methodologies for using social media for productive collaboration
* Studies examining how social media improves or degrades shared understanding and group decision-making
* Best practices and patterns for social media based collaboration including: development, field experiences, laboratory evaluation of interventions that produce a predictable pattern of collaboration, etc.
* The impact of social media on dispersed group processes
* Incentives for collaboration, e.g. monetary, non-monetary incentives, in particular also gamification, feedback mechanisms or other techniques, systems and processes
* Case studies for effective collaboration via social media

Design approaches for social media-facilitated collaboration
* Theories, guidelines and strategies for designing social media-facilitated collaboration processes, technologies and systems
* Modeling techniques and frameworks to capture asynchronous collaborative interactions, facilitation, and information exchange in groups
* Impact assessments of asynchronous communication on collaborative outcomes
* Theoretical foundations of productivity, creativity, satisfaction, and other constructs relating to mission-critical tasks for which collaboration processes and systems must be designed
* Proof of concept - examples of collaborative processes on social media like Facebook, Tumblr, Slack, Trello, wikis, or boutique collaboration platforms.

Social media tool evaluation
* Studies that examine specific social media technologies and their impact on team productivity and/or group decision
* Theories or practices to conduct change management via social media collaboration
* Using social media to mitigate resistance to change in collaborative contexts
* Success factors for using social media for collaboration
* Studies on the efficacy of interventions intended to leverage social media tools in an organization
* Incentives for use/disuse of social media in dispersed collaborative scenarios

Margeret Hall (primary contact)
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Douglas C. Derrick
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Athanasios Mazarakis
Kiel University

The purpose of HICSS is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, research results, development activities, and applications among academicians and practitioners in computer-based systems sciences. The conference consists of tutorials, advanced seminars, presentations of accepted papers, open forum, tasks forces, and plenary and distinguished guest lectures. There is a high degree of interaction and discussion among the conference participants because the conference is conducted in a workshop-like setting.

Instructions for submitting papers:
1. Submit an electronic copy of the full paper, 10 pages including title page, abstract, references and diagrams using the review system available at the HICSS site, make sure that the authors' names and affiliation information has been removed to ensure an anonymous review.
2. Do not submit the paper to more than one mini-track. The paper should contain original material and not be previously published or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.
3. Provide the required information to the review system such as title, full name of all authors, and their complete addresses including affiliation(s), telephone number(s) and e-mail address(es).
4. The first page of the paper should include the title and a (max) 300-word abstract.

* Any time: Optional abstracts may be submitted to the Mini-track Chairs for guidance, indication of appropriate content and to receive instructions on submitting a full paper.
* June 15: Full papers uploaded in the directory of the appropriate mini-track.
* August 17: Notification of accepted papers mailed to authors.
* September 15: Accepted manuscripts, camera-ready, uploaded; author(s) must register by this time.

Send all correspondence related to this mini-track to:
Margeret Hall (primary contact)
University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Information Science and Technology

15th Annual ICA Mobile Pre-Conference

Registration is now open for the 15th annual ICA mobile pre-conference in
Prague. You can register at:

This year's the pre-conference will be on 22 May at the Technical Museum of
Prague (a short walk from the Conference hotel). It will feature the
following four panels:

  - Voiceless, Invisible, Silenced ... What about the older people? headed
  by Jane Vincent of London School of Economics
  - Voices from the margins headed by  Hoan Nguyen a, Nanyang
  Technological University
  - Voicing concerns headed by  Adrian Meier, University of Mainz, Germany
  - Locative media en plein air headed by Brett Oppegaard, University of

As you can see, there is a good mixture of younger and more seasoned
scholars. There is also representation from many corners of the globe.

I encourage you to register and join us in Prague this May.

Call for Papers


*Dates: *20 and 21 Aug. 2018 (post-conference workshops 22 Aug.)
*Location: *University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

*Final Submission Date: *Friday, 13 April

VOX-Pol’s third biennial conference will take place at the University of
Amsterdam on 20 – 21 August 2018, with post-conference workshops
<> taking
place on 22 August 2018.

VOX-Pol’s inaugural two-day conference
place at King’s College London on 28 – 29 August 2014, while VOX-Pol’s
mid-project conference
place at Dublin City University on 23 – 24 June 2016.


We are seeking panels and papers describing and discussing in-depth and
cutting-edge research on the intersections of violent extremism and/or
terrorism and the Internet.

Perspectives from all academic (sub-)disciplines are welcome, particularly
communications, computer science, criminology, cultural studies, data
science, ethnography, international relations, internet studies, law,
linguistics, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology,
and terrorism studies.

The following topics are of particular interest:

  - History and evolution of violent online extremism and/or terrorism and
  the Internet;
  - Online radicalisation;
  - The Internet and recruitment into violent political extremist and
  terrorist groups;
  - Instructional (e.g. re. attack types, targeting, etc.) online content;
  - Children/youth, violent political extremism or terrorism, and online
  - Women/gender, violent political extremism or terrorism, and online
  - Public attitudes to violent extremism and/or terrorism and the
  Internet and responses to it;
  - Case studies of particular (sub-)groups’ cross-platform use of the
  Internet and social media;
  - Case studies of the use of the Internet by violent extremists and/or
  terrorists in particular countries or regions;
  - Case studies of the manifestation(s) and workings of violent political
  extremism or terrorism on specific online platforms, particularly
  less-studied platforms (e.g. 4Chan, Internet Archive, JustPaste.It, Reddit,
  Telegram, VKontakte);
  - Case studies of particular online mediums or Internet-related
  technologies (e.g. video, mobile telephones, etc.) and their roles in
  violent online extremism;
  - Methodologies, including mixed methods approaches, for violent
  political extremism and terrorism-related Internet research;
  - The role of online crowdsourcing in violent political extremism and
  terrorism and/or countering activity;
  - The role of user generated content in violent political extremism and
  terrorism and/or countering activity;
  - Online audience reception of violent political extremist or terrorist
  - Policy/legislative and other responses to violent online political
  extremism, including online CVE, takedown activity, etc.;
  - Future trends in violent extremism and/or terrorism and the Internet
  and/or in countering the latter, including the use of dedicated platforms
  and apps, the use of messaging apps, gaming, blockchain technologies,
  crypto currencies, live streaming, Darkweb, etc.
  - Ethical issues surrounding online extremism-related research;
  - Freedom of speech, privacy, and other concerning aspects of online
  disruption and CVE activity;
  - Evaluative or ‘taking stock’ analyses.

We welcome papers or panel proposals in these and all relevant areas,
particularly empirically grounded research and papers reporting significant
new results. Papers that are methodologically innovative are also
especially welcome.


Details to be published HERE
<> shortly,
and on Twitter via @VOX_Pol.


Authors of individual papers should submit a 300-word abstract.

Panel proposals should include a

  - 200-word panel abstract, along with individual paper titles;
  - Confirmed list of minimum four panelists.

Submissions are only possible via our conference EasyChair
<> page.

The closing dates for receipt of submissions, is Friday 13 April.

We expect to confirm acceptances no later than Friday 11 May.


Registration will open during March 2018, and fees will be as follows:

  - Standard Early Bird (to 1 June 2018): €80
  - Student Early Bird (to 1 June 2018): €40
  - Standard (2 June 2018 to 20 July 2018): €120
  - Student (2 June 2018 to 20 July 2018): €60

Those choosing a Student rate should note that they will be required to
supply a valid full-time student ID from their institution at conference

There will be *no on-site registration*.


The conference organisers are able to provide a limited number of travel
grants for PhD students, early-career researchers (within two years of
graduation, maximum), end-users, and colleagues from the developing world.
Support may be requested towards the cost of registration fees,
transportation, and accommodation. Travel awards will be assessed, based on
individual need, estimated cost of participation, and overall demand for
funding. Reimbursement can only be processed subsequent to travel, via
electronic funds transfer, upon receipt of original receipts, boarding
passes, proof of participation, etc. Further details regarding the
application and reimbursement process will be provided when decisions are
made on selected papers. When you register for the event, you will have the
option to apply for a travel grant.


Please visit the conference page on our website
<> or, for
specific conference-related queries not addressed on the latter, email us

*Prof. Maura Conway*
School of Law and Government
Dublin City University
Dublin 9

Tel. +353 1 700 6472
Skype. galwaygrrl

Twitter: @galwaygrrl



VOX-Pol Project on Violent Online Political Extremism


Twitter: @VOX_Pol

2018 awards of the International Association for Media and Communication Research

The deadline to apply for any of the 2018 awards of the International Association for Media and Communication Research is 20 March.

The Urban Communication Research Grant and the New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship support research in progress or in its early-stages.

The IAMCR Travel Grants for early-stage scholars and the award in memory of Stuart Hall are awarded to papers that have been accepted for presentation to any section or working group at IAMCR 2018. If you submitted a proposal to IAMCR 2018, you should receive notification of the decision from the heads of your section or working group no later that 15 March.

For information on any of the awards, follow the links:

Permanent Lecturer – The University of Sheffield

By Hannah Rose GardnerMarch 14th, 2018in Jobs, Resources

The Department of Sociological Studies at The University of Sheffield wishes to recruit a permanent Lecturer in Digital Media and Society and a fixed-term Lecturer in Digital Media and Society for 24 months, both posts starting on 1 September 2018.


Successful candidates will play a key role in contributing to the Department’s portfolio, maintaining its high standards of teaching through delivering modules in Digital Media and Society on BA and MA programmes in this area. You will have an interest in how the digital relates to core social issues, for example, identity, inequality, everyday life, work, the life course.


You will teach or run modules in some (but not all) of the following areas at BA or MA level:

  • Researching Digital Society
  • Digital Methods
  • Visual Methods
  • Digital Identity
  • Social Media and Society
  • Media Studies
  • Digital Media and Society Work Placement

You will be expected to make a contribution to undergraduate and MA dissertation supervision as appropriate.


You will have a PhD in relevant discipline.  Expertise in Digital Media and Society and experience of teaching in the subject area, ideally at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, is essential. You will have a growing record of quality research publications and will develop your research profile in line with the Departmental Research Strategy, through personal research, applying for research funding, and supervising research students. You will also take on a Departmental administrative role.


Job Reference Number: UOS018602

Contract Type: 2 posts, 1 fixed-term from 1 September for 24 months

Department: Department of Sociological Studies

Salary: Grade 8 £39,992 to £47,722 per annum, with potential to progress to £53,691 through sustained exceptional contribution (open ended position)

Closing Date: 29th March 2018 

Details: > current vacancies > search ‘digital’ (please don’t email asking for a specific URL, it doesn’t work to copy and paste this).


Please specify in your job application whether you wish to be considered for the permanent and/or the fixed term position.


The Ninth International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2018)
June 25-27, 2018
Porto, Portugal

The Ninth International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2018) is a forum for researchers to present the intensive and innovative research, ideas, developments and applications in the areas of Computer Communications, Communication networks, Communication Software Communication Technologies and Applications, and other related themes.

This conference (ICADIWT Edition IX) will include presentations of contributed papers and state-of-the-art lectures by invited keynote speakers. Digital Technologies is embeded in the research activites of a large number of people and it ensures the Ubiquitous reaching of more number of people in the recent years. Research in digital technologies has been carried out in many directions using various resources and tools and on the other side, the application issues are addressed by more volume of researchers not necessarily limited to information and computing technology. Thus the proposed conference series realize its value and potential and manifest the requirements in the form of the international conference.

This edition will address the following outlined themes (but not limited to)

Internet Communication
Internet Technologies
Web Applications
Internet Software
Data Access and Transmission
Digital Communication Software
Digital Networks
Web Communication Interfaces
Adaptive Systems
Internet of Things
Internet of breath
Augmented Reality
Databases and applications
Web Systems Engineering Design
Intelligent Agent systems/
Semantic Web Studies
Adaptive Web applications and personalization
Actuators and sensors
Robotics and Machine Vision
Smart cities and structures
Human-machine interfaces
Real-time simulation
Digital Technologies for Mechanical and other designs

Publication and Indexing

The accepted full papers will be published in the IOS series (Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (FAIA))and submitted for inclusion in many indexes. Accepted full papers will be submitted for indexing to multiple abstract and indexing partners. The papers will be indexed in many databases as given at

The accepted papers will be published as a post-conference publication. During the conference, the pre-conference volume will be distributed.

Important Dates

Submission of papers- April 01, 2018
Notification-May 10, 2018
Camera ready-June 10, 2018
Registration-June 15, 2018
Conference Dates-June 25-27, 2018


Honorary Chair
Jolanta Mizera-Pietraszko, (Opole University, Poland)

General Chairs
Ramiro Smano Robles, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto Rua, Portugal
Pit Pichappan, Digital Information Research Labs, India

Program Chairs
Yao-Liang Chung, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan
Ricardo Rodriguez Jorge, Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Submissions at

Contact  or

*** IFIP 8.5 Information Systems in Public Administration – EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 conference***

3 -6 September 2018, Danube University Krems, Austria,

Call For Papers: Digital Collaboration and Social Media Track

Digital networking and information sharing applications have become an important interface between governments and their respective publics. Such applications have also reshaped the nature of digital collaborations within public organizations and across governance networks. We invite relevant studies that draw on conceptual, case study, survey, mixed or other suitable methods.

Areas of focus and interest include but are not limited to the following topics:

 *   New theoretical perspectives and critical analyses of digital interactions in the public sector;
 *   Strategies and policies for the planning and implementation of social media in the public sector;
 *   Use and significance of social analytics in public organizations;
 *   New methods, challenges and opportunities of social media data;
 *   Stakeholders and digital publics of government engagement on social media;
 *   Social media in crisis and emergency management;
 *   Mobilisation, social movements and other forms of digital engagement enabled by social media;
 *   Enterprise/organizational networking and knowledge sharing applications in the public sector;
 *   Internal and informal digital networks in public administration;
 *   Crowdsourcing, citizen-sourcing, co-creation and other crowd-based models (e.g. in regulation, bottom-up initiatives, open source movements);
 *   Design, user experience, media co-creation and demand-driven perspectives in digital collaboration;
 *   Ethical, privacy, regulatory and policy issues related to social media in the public sector;

Submission types (see conference website for details): full research papers, ongoing Research, projects, reflections & viewpoints, workshops, panel proposals, posters, PhD colloquium papers


All accepted completed research papers will be published by Springer Verlag (LNCS). Accepted submissions in all other categories will be published by Edition Donau-Universität Krems, available Open Access.

Important Dates

17 March 2018: Submission of papers, workshop, panel, poster and PhD colloquium contributions
30 April 2018: Notification of decisions
1 June 2018: Camera-ready papers of all accepted contributions

Track Chairs

Mauri Kaipainen, Södertörn University, Sweden
Ida Lindgren, Linköping University, Sweden
Panos Panagiotopoulos, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom