Call for Presentations

Digital Freedoms: Challenges

The Cybercultures Project: 10th Global Meeting

Important Note: Dates for this years event have changed
It is no longer to be held between Tuesday 7th July – Thursday 9th July 2015 but will take place Friday 11th September – Sunday 13th September 2015 as part of the Videogame Cultures Project
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
Online freedoms have become increasingly endangered in many regions of the world. This year’s Interactive Convergence will be devoted to exploring the various ways in which digital freedoms are currently challenged – as well as possible responses to such threats – within the framework of five thematic tracks. Because of the complexity of these challenges and the overlap of issues across themes, we are inviting participlants of various backgrounds (academic, legislative, commercial; across disciplines) to submit proposals on several topics of interest to them. Presenters are additionally encouraged to think broadly within and across thematic tracks; we encourage submissions addressing research questions such as (though not limited to) those listed here below.

Topical Areas: Regulating Online Communities, Computer-supported Subcultures: What are strategies for preserving freedom of speech and regaining privacy online? To what extent is it really possible to preserve digital privacy? In an era when users of anonymity projects such as Tor are almost automatically considered threats to society, do there exist user-friendly strategies and applications for protecting individual communication? If such tools do exist, why have they not been more broadly adopted by the general public? In the wake of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowdon, what cyber-security issues have emerged? Is the term “privacy” itself a remnant of the past?

Internet-related legislation is an ever-present driver of network activity. What is the future of online piracy? Do current legal frameworks suffice in relation to data sharing trends? What should happen to the data and profiles of deceased persons?

Topical Areas: Social Networks, Online Communities: Social network users are increasingly targeted by online marketing. Do principles of ethical marketing even exist today? How should users desiring to maintain a social media presence avoid being disrupted by non-stop advertising? What strategies exist for creating simultaneous online user profiles which span social networking services? What are trends in user-generated content, and how might online communication culture be defined today? What services have been established with crowdsourcing?

Topical Area: Mobile Applications: It no longer matters how one accesses the Internet; mobile devices now compete in terms of functionality, speed, and software with traditional desktop computers. How have cloud and mobile services changed user behaviour? That app trends are emerging in tele-sports, tele-exercise, tele-health, or traffic systems?

In sum, we encourage authors to explore and discuss why – when networks are increasingly accessible, with increasingly user-friendly interfaces and lower costs – the status of online citizenship appears to be increasingly threatened because of government control, loss of privacy, endangered Internet neutrality, ubiquitous marketing, and cyber-crime.

Proposals, presentations, studies, and reports might explore topics such as:

Online Communities:
Emerging and Potential Practices in Social Networking.
– The Psychological Impacts of Online Interaction.
– User-generated Content and Changes in Cultural Practice.
– Ubiquitous Consumption, Mobile Advertising, and Crowdsourcing.

Design for Social Networking:
Trends in Web Services, Interfaces and Apps.
– Accessibility, Usability, and Design.
– Quality of Experience.
– Cloud Systems.
– Convergence of Desktop and Mobile Communications.
– Semantic Web – Web 3.0.
– Metadata. Access to Data.
– Surveillance Technologies and Anonymisation Tools.
– Impact on User Behaviour.

Regulating Online Communities:
Internet Neutrality
– Governance and Control over the Online Environment. Insufficient Legislation.
– Self-Regulation. Hactivism. Computational Privacy.
– Cyber-Activism and Social Mobilisation: Real World Impacts.
– Cyber-security and Cybercrime.
– Intellectual Property Protection. Decline of Piracy?

Computer-supported Subcultures:
Technology-dependent/Independent Subcultures.
– Interactions between Regional, Glocal, Global, Multi-national, Intercontinental, Cross-generational and Diasporic Online Communities.

Mobile Applications:
Mobile Applications for Social Networking, Online Marketing, Tele-Health, Traffic Systems, Distance Education and Online Entertainment.
– Promises, Expectations, Case Studies.

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:
Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 13th March 2015. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 22nd May 2015. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; proposals may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Cybercultures 10 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Daniel Riha:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the ‘Critical Issues’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.