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2015-04-06 | Call for papers "11th Annual International Conference on Information Technology & Computer Science

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 26 mar. 2015 7:01 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 7 may. 2015 7:03 ]

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers, organizes its 11th Annual International Conference on Information Technology & Computer Science, 18-21 May 2015, Athens, Greece. Please submit a 300-word abstract before 6 April 2015, by email (atiner@atiner.com), addressed to Dr. Panagiotis Petratos, Vice-President of Information Communications Technology, ATINER & Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology & Associate Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems, California State University, Stanislaus. 


Please include with this order: Title of Paper, First Name, Family name of all co-authors, Current Position of all co-authors, Institutional Affiliation (University/Organization) of all co-authors, Country of all co-authors, an email address of all co-authors and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.


Should you wish to participate in the Conference as a chair of a session, evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (gregory.papanikos@stir.ac.uk).

2015-04-06 | Call for papers "Colloquium on Online & Distance Education"

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 26 mar. 2015 7:00 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 7 may. 2015 7:04 ]

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers, organizes a Colloquium on Online & Distance Education, 18-21 May 2015, Athens, Greece as part of its 17th Annual International Conference on Education. Please submit a 300-word abstract before 6 April 2015, by email (atiner@atiner.com), addressed to Dr. Panagiotis Petratos, Vice-President of Information Communications Technology, ATINER & Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology & Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems, California State University, Stanislaus, USA


Please include with this order: Title of Paper, First Name, Family name of all co-authors, Current Position of all co-authors, Institutional Affiliation (University/Organization) of all co-authors, Country of all co-authors, an email address of all co-authors and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.


Should you wish to participate in the Conference as a chair of a session, evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (gregory.papanikos@stir.ac.uk).

2015-02-27 | Call for papers "Weaving the understanding of information"

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 15 ene. 2015 8:39 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 9 mar. 2015 6:51 ]

Weaving the understanding of information

Track within the IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015


José María Díaz Nafría, Universidad de León, Spain; Senescyt, Ecuador; Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Marcus Abundis, Bön Informatics, Switzerland
Francisco Salto Alemany, Universidad de León, Spain; BITrum, Spain; UTI Research Group


Is it possible to build a coherent model of information that bridges vested interests across the sciences? In the past two decades, efforts have been made toward a common understanding of information, but concurrently and even to a larger extent, this understanding has been scattered by specialised disciplines focused on their disjoined insights. In a practical context, this opposition is analogous to the one established between those advocating for information as a “commons” and those promoting the commodification of information. Whereas the former consider information as necessarily attached to a larger cultural and societal basis, the latter deem information as a kind of asset that can be used for the own benefit.

Despite the universality of “information” as a concept, we still lack a sort of continuity in the fabric of concepts each discipline weaves around information. Beyond the kind of “interdisciplinarity” in which the scientific concept of information has been entangled, a strong interdisciplinary or even a trans-disciplinary approach may bridge the gap. A group of scholars after several years of attempting to weave the understanding of information across disciplines (http://glossarium.bitrum.unileon.es/glossary), now calls for summing up efforts in this endeavour to seed lights into the common enterprise of properly addressing the informational phenomena in physical, biological, cognitive, social, and technical realms. We ask: What formal tools enable us to capture the different perspectives? What must be clarified in the web of related concepts to enable a common understanding? What common theoretical soil can we plough to build up an inclusive information society?

Subjects and scope

Papers that help clarify concepts, metaphors, theories or problems concerning information are welcomed, for example: What is information content? How can we account for the essential fuzziness of awareness and morphogenesis? What is the relation between information and knowledge, information and energy, information and computation? What are the logical properties of informational states? Is an evolutionary concept of information pervasive enough to cover all information phenomena?

Further, papers that help develop the glossariumBITri’s network are encouraged, whether they present a new node (concept, metaphor, theory or problem) or a critic, discussion or extension of an already weaved node. Some proposals may be added early (prior to IS4IS) to the interactive-glossariumBITri, which will then be interconnected with other online media to stimulate open discussions on hot topics. A selection of relevant contributions will be collected in a special issue of glossariumBITri-journal.

Target groups

  • Scientists from any field willing to look beyond their disciplinary borders towards an interdisciplinary understanding of information;
  • BITrum members; UTI members
  • Scientists and technologists committed to the development of a general or unified understanding of information;
  • Scientists and technologists committed to develop the formal underpinnings of a general science of information

Important Dates, Submission, Information

Submission deadline: 27 February 2015
Notification of acceptance: 20 March 2015

Submissions: http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/page/instructions

Information about IS4IS Summit Vienna 2014: http://summit.is4is.org/

2015-02-02 | Call for papers "CEPE-IACAP 2015 Joint Conference"

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 25 nov. 2014 2:31 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 9 mar. 2015 6:50 ]

CEPE-IACAP 2015 Joint Conference

June 22-25 2015 at the University of Delaware

Philosophical and ethical enquiries about information technologies, computing, and artificial intelligence have acquired a focal place in the academic and societal debate on the design, development and deployment of technological artefacts. As the issues to be addressed are increasingly complex and interwoven, the need to consider different stakeholders and to endorse both multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches in addressing such problems become more pressing. For this reason, in 2015 INSEIT and IACAP will hold a joint meeting to offer the opportunity to members of both communities to exchange ideas and discuss issues of common interest.

The conference will be held on June 22-25 2015 at the University of Delaware and will be hosted by Professor Tom Powers, Department of Philosophy, School of Public Policy and Administration and Delaware Biotechnology Institute, and Director of the Center for Science, Ethics & Public Policy, University of Delaware.

This year’s meeting will have a single main track focusing on topics at the core of IACAP and INSEIT member’s interests. Symposia will also be organized and run by members, or member groups, to focus on more specific topics of discussion.

We invite submissions of abstract (up to 3000 words) as well as submission of proposals for symposia focusing on ethical and philosophical problems relate to information technologies and computing. A selection of the papers presented during the meeting will be published in a volume of the ‘Synthese Library’ (Springer).

The conference theme is open to the following topics:

·      Artificial Intelligence

·      Artificial Life

·      Automated Warfare

·      Cognitive Science, Computation & Cognition

·      Computational Modeling in Science and Social Science

·      Computer-Mediated Communication

·      Ethical Problems and Societal Impact of Computation and Information

·      Ethics of Big Data

·      History of Computing

·      Information Culture and Society

·      Metaphysics of Computing

·      Philosophy of Information

·      Philosophy of Information Technology

·      Robotics

·      Virtual Reality

... and related issues



Important dates

Papers submission: 2 February 2015

Notification of acceptance: 27 February 2015

Submission full paper for the conference proceedings: 1 August 2015


Symposia submission: 12 January 2014

Notification of acceptance: 2 February 2015


Submissions should be sent via EasyChair using the following link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cepeiacap2015


Relevant websites

IACAP: http://www.iacap.org

INSEIT: http://inseit.net

2015-01-15 | Call for papers for the Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 24 nov. 2014 2:27 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 feb. 2015 7:10 ]

  • The Materiality of the Immaterial: ICTs and the Digital Commons

  • Call for papers for the Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique


    Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2015

    Guest editors: Vasilis Kostakis, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), P2P Lab (Greece); Andreas Roos, Human Ecology Division, Lund University (Sweden)

    With an escalating environmental crisis and an unprecedented increase of Information and communications technology (ICT) diversity and use, it is more crucial than ever to understand the underlying material aspects of the ICT infrastructure.  This special issue therefore asks the question: What are the true material and socio-environmental costs of the global ICT infrastructure?

    In a recent paper (Fuchs 2013) as well as in the book Digital Labour and Karl Marx (Fuchs 2014), Christian Fuchs examined the complex web of production relations and the new division of digital labour that makes possible the vast and cheap ICT infrastructure as we know it. The analysis partly revealed that ICT products and infrastructure can be said to embody slave-like and other extremely harsh conditions that perpetually force mine and assembly workers into conditions of dependency. Expanding this argument, the WWF reported (Reed and Miranda 2007) that mining in the Congo basin poses considerable threats to the local environment in the form of pollution, the loss of biodiversity, and an increased presence of business-as-usual made possible by roads and railways.  Thus ICTs can be said to be not at all immaterial because the ICT infrastructure under the given economic conditions can be said to embody as its material foundations slave-like working conditions, various class relations and undesirable environmental consequences.

    At the same time, the emerging digital commons provide a new and promising platform for social developments, arguably enabled by the progressive dynamics of ICT development. These are predominantly manifested as commons-based peer production, i.e., a new mode of collaborative, social production (Benkler 2006); and grassroots digital fabrication or community-driven makerspaces, i.e., forms of bottom-up, distributed manufacturing. The most well known examples of commons-based peer production are the free/open source software projects and the free encyclopaedia Wikipedia. While these new forms of social organisation are immanent in capitalism, they also have the features to challenge these conditions in a way that might in turn transcend the dominant system (Kostakis and Bauwens 2014).

    Following this dialectical framing, we would like to call for papers for a special issue of tripleC that will investigate how we can understand and balance the perils and promises of ICTs in order to make way for a just and sustainable paradigm. We seek scholarly articles and commentaries that address any of the following themes and beyond. We also welcome experimental formats, especially photo essays, which address the special issue's theme.

    Suggested themes

    • Papers that track, measure and/or theorise the scope of the socio-environmental impact of the ICT infrastructure.
    • Papers that track, measure and/or theorise surplus value as both ecological (land), social (labour) and intellectual (patent) in the context of ICTs.
    • Understanding the human organisation of nature in commons-based peer production.
    • Studies of the environmental dimensions of desktop manufacturing technologies (for example, 3D printing or CNC machines) in non-industrial modes of subsistence, e.g. eco-villages or traditional agriculture, as well as in modern towns and mega-cities.
    • Suggestions for and insights into bridging understandings of the socio-economic organisation of the natural commons with the socio-economic organisation of the digital commons drawing on types of organisations in the past and the present that are grounded in theories of the commons.
    • Elaboration of which theoretical approaches can be used for overcoming the conceptual separation of the categories immaterial/material in the digital commons.


    Benkler, Yochai. 2006. The wealth of networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press.

    Fuchs, Christian. 2014. Digital labour and Karl Marx. New York: Routledge.

    Fuchs, Christian. 2013. Theorising and analysing digital labour: From global value chains to modes of production. The Political Economy of Communication 1 (2): 3-27. http://www.polecom.org/index.php/polecom/article/view/19.

    Kostakis, Vasilis and Michel Bauwens. 2014. Network society and future scenarios for a collaborative economy. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Reed, Erik and Marta Miranda. 2007. Assessment of the mining sector and infrastructure development in the congo basin region. Washington DC: World Wildlife Fund, Macroeconomics for Sustainable Development Program Office, 27. http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/congobasinmining.pdf


    - Submission of abstracts (250-300 words) by 15 January 2015 via email to vasileios.kostakis@ttu.ee
    - Responses about acceptance/rejection to authors: 15 February 2015.
    - Selected authors will be expected to submit their full documents to tripleC via the online submission system by 15 May 2015:
    - Expected publication date of the special issue: 1 October 2015.

    About the journal

    tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique is an academic open access online journal using a non-commercial Creative Commons license. It is a journal that focuses on information society studies and studies of media, digital media, information and communication in society with a special interest in critical studies in these thematic areas. The journal has a special interest in disseminating articles that focus on the role of information in contemporary capitalist societies. For this task, articles should employ critical theories and/or empirical research inspired by critical theories and/or philosophy and ethics guided by critical thinking as well as relate the analysis to power structures and inequalities of capitalism, especially forms of stratification such as class, racist and other ideologies and capitalist patriarchy.
    Papers should reflect on how the presented findings contribute to the illumination of conditions that foster or hinder the advancement of a global sustainable and participatory information society. TripleC was founded in 2003 and is edited by Christian Fuchs and Marisol Sandoval.

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    2015-01-15 | 13th conference “Culture and Computer Science 2015-Cross Media"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 11 nov. 2014 2:52 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 feb. 2015 7:10 ]

    13th conference “Culture and Computer Science 2015-Cross Media"
    will take place at the Bode Museum
    in Berlin on May 28 & 29.

    Key aspects of the conference are:

    • Cross Media technology
    • Best practice Cross Media examples
    • Interdependence between culture and computer science
    • Influence of art and culture on future developments
    • The media-compatible treatment and enhancement of information
    • Intuitive usage of media systems
    • Cross Media tools and applications
    • Digitalisation in the cultural and creative industries
    • Visualisation and interaction technologies
    • Systems of modelling information, visualisation and communication in
    urban spaces
    • Interactive multimedia solutions for museums, theatres, concert halls,
    exhibitions etc.
    • Interactive systems in cultural and creative industries
    • Municipal and touristic information systems
    • Digital exhibitions, science centres, museums and galleries
    • Virtual reconstructions
    • Augmented reality
    • Media architecture, digital extensions of buildings and urban
    • Navigation systems
    • Position- and context-sensitive services
    • Documentation, visualisation and interaction in museums and archives
    • Digital storytelling
    • Multimedia guides
    • Social and ethical issues in computer science
    • Ethics in culture and computer science
    • Ethical issues concerning the use of virtual and augmented reality

    Deadline for the submission of abstracts is the 10 January, 2015. Please
    submit your abstract to:
    inka@htw-berlin.de .

    For all further details please visit the website of the conference:

    2015-01-31 | Call for papers "III International Conference on Media Ethics"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 20 oct. 2014 4:40 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 feb. 2015 7:11 ]


    We invite you to present your abstract to the III International Conference on Media Ethics, that will take place at the School of Communication of the University of Seville on the 24th, 25th and 26th of March 2015

    The abstract should be 500 words máximum and the deadline to submit ends on 15th January 2015 (it has been extended until the 31st January). And the deadline to submit the full paper is 28th Februrary 2015.

    This international conference is organized by the University of Seville and the Autonoma University of the Mexican State (UAEM). The conference will have parallel session in English and Spanish.

    For further information about sub-themes, criteria and process visit  www.congreso.us.es/mediaethics


    Abierto el plazo para la presentación de propuestas de comunicación  (abstracts) al III International Conference on Media Ethics, que se celebrará en la Facultad de Comunicación de la Universidad de Sevilla los días 24, 25 y 26 de marzo de 2015

    El abstract tendrá un máximo de 500 palabras y se podrá remitir hasta el día 15 de enero de 2015 (ha sido extendido hasta el 31 de enero). La fecha para enviar el texto completo de la comunicación es el 28 de febrero de 2015.

    Este congreso, organizado por la Universidad de Sevilla (US) y la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Méjico (UAEM). El congreso se realizará en sesiones paralelas en español e inglés.

    Toda la información sobre los ejes temáticos, criterios y procedimientos en  www.congreso.us.es/mediaethics

    2014-10-22 | Framing the Poor: Media Illiteracy, Stereotyping and Contextual Fallacy to Spin the Crisis

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 15 oct. 2014 2:21 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 11 nov. 2014 2:51 ]

    Framing the Poor: Media Illiteracy, Stereotyping and Contextual Fallacy to Spin the Crisis
    CAMRI Research Seminar
    Wed, October 22, 14:00-16:00
    University of Westminster
    Harrow Campus
    Room A7.01

    Registration is possible at latest until Mon, Oct 20, per e-mail to christian.fuchs@uti.at


    The title of this talk is of course a play-on-words: the media’s deliberate stereotypical framing of the poorest section of society, many of whom are claimants of one kind or another, as being the internal social ‘other’ - ‘not like us’, but also literally attributing - usually indirectly - substantial blame for the ongoing crisis of capitalism to this same group, since it requires very minimal social entitlements for material survival and does not apparently create value.

    The media framing of this ‘common sense’ simplified account of complex social problems and apportioning of blame, depends on thoroughgoing media illiteracy on the part of the readership and/or audience, more or less willfully ignorant of the highly selective presentation of information and the use of contextual fallacy that is cynically at work.

    Indeed, the war on what is actually a very significant percentage of the general population that can be seen enacted in policy and legislative form, finds a (post-political) ideological expression in text and image to ‘explain’ the everyday ‘reality’ of one unlikely to be immediately recognizable to those it spins this account for. Such an account individualizes what is a social, societal problem, using the ‘personalization’ of stereotypes and victimology to ‘give a human face’ to the Department for Work and Pension (DWP)’s own very misleading selective use of statistics.

    Whilst media manipulation of a passive and inert readership and/or audience has plenty of critics, this talk will contend that a Marxist understanding that also uses aspects of Chomsky’s original propaganda model, provides the best resources available for making sense of the mass media’s disingenuous framing and spin of social and political issues such as this in the contemporary UK.

    Christian Garland writes and publishes – broadly speaking – in the tradition of Critical Theory, the Frankfurt School kind, but has interests beyond that, including protest and social movements informed by autonomist Marxism and anarchism. He has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh formerly ECA - Warwick, Bedfordshire, and most recently, at Middlesex.

    2014-11-17 | Call for papers "Summit Viena 2015"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 22 sept. 2014 5:29 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 12 ene. 2015 4:39 ]

    Summit IS4IS

    The ISIS Summit 2015 will be held in Vienna from June 3 to 7, 2015 under the motto "Information Society at the crossroads". By the self-concept of ISIS as an umbrella organization, the conference is desigend as a joint conference inviting other organizations, working in the field, to participate the event by holding their own regular meetings under the umbrella of ISIS´s summit. This gains the profit to address a wider audience, which enables a deepened transdisciplinary exchange of the presented ideas. Furthermore the participating organizations and networks can use synergies of a pooled conference organization, which reduces efforts and relieves stressed budgets. The broad variety of significant topics and high level reviewed contributions shall increase the attractivitiy for the attendees.

    The website for the conference is now online :  http://summit.is4is.org

    2014-10-31 | Workshop "Trust in the Age of Data (big or small)"

    publicado a la‎(s)‎ 25 ago. 2014 4:24 por Leticia Barrionuevo   [ actualizado el 19 nov. 2014 4:53 ]

    "Trust in the Age of Data (big or small)"



    Date: October 31, 2014 (Friday)

    Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA



    We plan this workshop as an interactive event focused around the scholarship of trust. This is an opportunity for scholars to fine-tune position papers and works-in-progress as they are informed via the workshop discussions and activities, and brainstorm about methodological approaches to studying trust in the context of government and corporate use of big data, emerging technologies, and globalized infrastructures. Participants who do not present a work-in-progress or position paper, but are in attendance as a general workshop participant, will have the opportunity to further develop ideas and interests that are related to information policy, ethics, and trust.


    This workshop will enable participants to engage, challenge, support, and encourage each other on questions such as: the importance of trust; theorizing the concept of trust; conceptualizing trust around a set of relationships; understanding trust in the relationship between citizens and the state; reconciling trust with NSA (and other agency) surveillance; trust in international or intra-national state to state relationships; and trust in other communities, including between and among dominant and underrepresented groups in society.


    We will address questions such as:

           How are researchers conceptualizing trust in the age of data? 

           How can scholars investigate infrastructures of trust?

           Are understandings of trust shifting? If so, with what consequences, in which contexts?

           When is trust justified? When is it not justified? Should decision-makers focus on and build trustworthiness rather than (mere) trust?

           What are the economic, political and legal implications of trust in the age of data (big and small)?

           How does policy design build/undermine trust?

           What are the ethics of trust in the age of data?


    This workshop aims to bring together scholars from across the information science fields (LIS, Archives, Museums, HCI, Law, Policy) to lend their respective lens’s to a critical exploration of trust.


    All interested researchers, graduate students, and information professionals are invited to submit a proposal for:

    1) works-in-progress research papers,

    2) short position statements and/or short information policy/trust scenarios (e.g., critical reflection on policies already in place or developing new policy),

    3) abstracts describing possible existing or novel methodological approaches to researching the relationships between data and trust in a range of contexts.


    September 1, 2014: Submission due date for extended abstracts or position papers

    September 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance

    October 15, 2014: Submit presentations (drafts, outlines, slides, etc.)




    Early-bird:  SIG/IFP or SIG/III Members $190, Members $200, Non-members $220

    Regular:  SIG/IFP or SIG/III Members $210, Members $220, Non-members $240


    The registration fee will cover workshop costs, wireless Internet access, lunch and coffee breaks.



    Kristene Unsworth, Drexel University; Lisa P. Nathan, University of British Columbia; Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin; Bryce Clayton Newell, University of Washington; Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto; Elizabeth Shaffer, University of British Columbia; Adam D. Moore, University of Washington; Heather MacNeil, University of Toronto


    Please forward any questions that you have to Kris Unsworth (unsworth@drexel.edu) or Bryce Newell (bcnewell@uw.edu).

    Kristene Unsworth

    2014 SIG-IFP chair

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