Conferences & Calls

Data for Policy Conference: Government by Algorithm? (London, September 6-7, 2017)

Governments are being transformed under the impact of the digital revolution, although the speed of change is behind that of the commercial sector. Policy-makers in all domains are facing increasing pressures to interact with citizens more efficiently, and make better decisions in the light of data flooding in all forms, sophisticated computing technologies, and analytics methods.  The hierarchical structures of governments are also being challenged as these technologies equip individuals and informal networks with the necessary tools to better participate in public decision making processes, and have a societal impact at a much faster pace than ever before.  The concepts and tools from artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and now blockchain technologies are also likely to automate many services in the public sector, greatly increasing its efficiency but at the cost of potentially millions of jobs. ‘Smartification’ of people, devices, institutions, cities, and governments also brings constant, ubiquitous surveillance which, together with inference and recognition technologies, creates the potential to regulate human behaviour and may even threaten democracy.

The third of the Data for Policy conference series highlights ‘Government by Algorithm?’ as its main theme, while also welcoming contributions from the broader Data Science and Policy discussions. All relevant formats including research and policy presentations, workshops, fringe events and other innovative formats will be considered by the committees.

Topics invited include but are not limited to the following:

  • Government & Policy
  • Policy for Data & Management
  • Data Sources
  • Data Analysis
  • Methodologies
  • Policy/Application Domains
  • Citizen Empowerment
  • Ethics, privacy, security

Abstract submission deadline: May 8, 2017. More info here.

2nd International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, University of British Columbia – Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada 16–17 November 2017

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Second International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, held 16–17 November 2017 at the University of British Columbia – Robson Square in Vancouver, Canada.  

Founded in 2015, the International Conference on Communication & Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the role of media and communications in society.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus: Rethinking the “Mediascape”.

Click here for more information regarding the conference.

The Neil Postman Conference | New York University | October 6, 2017

Keynote: Zeynep Tufekci

CFP Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017

Submit an abstract.

At 3:30 a.m. on November 9, just after the 2016 U.S. election results were announced, The New York Times published an article entitled “How Did the Media—How Did We—Get This Wrong?”. In the piece, four NYT correspondents struggled to find answers to how the media—they, themselves—might have partially abetted the electoral outcome. Their concerns reflect the contradictory position of news media facing authoritarian populist political figures. According to political communication scholar Gianpietro Mazzoleni, savvy media use (often articulated through media critique) is indispensable to the success of populist political figures, regardless of ideology.[1] Mazzoleni claims that news media have undergone a process of “popularization,” increasing their focus on personalities over political content, thereby lending themselves more readily to the “diffusion” of populist ideas.[2] Can populism exist independently of its mediation? And if media are involuntarily complicit in the spread of authoritarian populism specifically, what room do they have in resisting it?

In this conference we will explore the relationship between “populism,” across ideological spectrums and national boundaries, and media—that is, the practices, economies, and politics of information circulation, production, and consumption through various industries, networks, and technologies. If we understand populism to be a political “logic” rather than orientation, as Ernesto Laclau famously argued in 2005[3], how is this logic mediated differently across a range of political alternatives? In what ways does the conflation of political logic and orientation foreclose political possibilities? How are multiple techniques and technologies—old and new—leveraged to assert or deny populist discourse? Crucially, this conference is interested in the relationship between the charge of “populism” perpetuated by information industries, its cultural and technological mediation, and the equating of divergent political platforms.

The New York University Department of Media, Culture, and Communication invites graduate students, academics, activists, workers, and artists to submit conference paper proposals. Paper proposal submissions (no more than 300 words) should be submitted by Monday, April 24, 2017 to the Google Form below. The conference will be held on Friday, October 6 at NYU.

Big Data from the South: From media to mediations, from datafication to data activism

Deadline for abstract: March 15

Big Data from the South: From media to mediations, from datafication to data activism

Organizers:  Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & University of Oslo, Norway) & Emiliano Treré (Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy).

Critical scholarship has exposed how big data brings along new and opaque regimes of population management, control, and discrimination. Building on this scholarship, this pre-conference engages in a dialogue with traditions that critique the dominance of Western approaches to datafication that do not recognize the diversity of the Global South. Moving from datafication to data activism, this event will examine the diverse ways through which citizens and the organized civil society in the Global South engage in bottom-up data practices for social change as well as resistance to “dark” uses of big data that increase oppression and inequality.

Location: Cartagena, Colombia

Date and Time: July 15, 2017, 10am-6pm

TPRC Call for Conference Submissions
Arlington, VA
September 8-9, 2017

TPRC is an annual conference on information policy that convenes researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. TPRC strives to inspire top quality research on information, communications, and technology policy, and to connect researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and practitioners. TPRC is the longest-running conference of its kind, and has a legacy of showcasing cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines and international perspectives. TPRC seeks conference submissions for papers, posters, and panels, as well as the graduate student consortium.  TPRC’s goal is to provide multiple opportunities for active and engaging conference participants to interact, take part, and share their knowledge.  Academics, policy-makers, lawyers, students, and industry experts alike are all welcome.

Download full Call for Submissions

Information and criteria for Paper and Poster abstract submissions can be found here.

Panel proposal information click here

Students! Information for the Student Paper Contest and the Graduate Student Consortium.

Dates for your Calendar

  • March 1-31 – Submissions Accepted
  • March 31 – Submissions Close
  • April 30 – Student Paper Contest Deadline
  • May 31 – Notification of Acceptance
  • August 15 – Early Registration Deadline