3rd ICTs-and-Society Network Meeting

published on March 16, 2010

3rd ICTs-and-Society Network Meeting
Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
29 June - 2 July 2010


We are glad to announce that this year’s hosting institution of the
3rd Annual Meeting of the ICTs-and-Society Network

is the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute [IN3] in Castelldefels, near Barcelona.

The meeting will take place from June 29th until July 2nd.
We are looking forward to deep discussions, great networking activities, and intense workshops.

Collocated with the Network-Meeting, a PhD Consortium will be organized on June 30, 2010.

The 3rd annual meeting of the ICTs-and-Society Network is supported by the University of Salzburg, Austria and the Internet Interdiscplinary Institute (IN3), Barcelona, Spain and co-organized by the UTI Research Group.

Please find more information at the meeting website: http://www.icts-and-society.net/meeting/

Towards a New Science of Information

published on March 10, 2010

Call for Participation/Contributions

Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science

FlS 2010: Towards a New Science of Information

Beijing: 20-23 August, 2010

Conference website: www.fis2010.cn

Continuing the series of FIS Conferences (Madrid 1994, Vienna 1996, Paris 2005) a new venue will be held in Beijing 2010.  In our times, an increasing number of disciplines are dealing with information in very different ways: from information society and information technology to communication studies (and related subjects like codes, meaning, knowledge, and intelligence), as well as quantum information, bioinformation, knowledge economy, network science, computer science and Internet, to name but a few. At the same time, an increasing number of scientists in the East and the West have been engaged with the foundational problems underlying this development, to such an extent that the integration of disciplines revolving around information seems an idea whose time has come. A new science of information can be envisaged that explores the possibilities of establishing a common ground around the information concept, of constructing a new scientific perspective that connects the different information-related disciplines and provides a new framework for transdisciplinary research.

The purpose of this conference is thus:

·      to enable the discussion of different concepts, theories and approaches to the information field,

·    to facilitate the exchange between informational disciplines concerning different but complementary tasks, objects of study, and methodologies,

·   to network researchers and research institutions as well as knowledge transfer institutions in the promotion of the new science of information,

·      to create a new community of scholars and to promote a new style of scholarship,

·        to advance a new point of view on global problems.

Topics may comprise:

1.      The Impact of a New Science of Information on Society

2.      The Position of Intelligence Science in Information Science

a.       Information and Intelligence

b.      Intelligence Science as an Engineering Informatics in Information Science

3. The Role of Other Applied Information Science Disciplines (Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Information and Communication Technologies and Society, Library and Documentation Science, …)

4.      The Basis of a New Science of Information

a.       Feasibility of a single generic concept of information

b.      Concepts, Principles, and Methodology of a “General Informatics” or “Theoretical Informatics”

c.       Knowledge Structure of a Unified Theory of Information

5.      Philosophy of Information

a.       Information Ethics

b.      Epistemology (Information and the Scientific Method, …)

c.       Ontology of Information

d.      Information and Philosophy of Science (Information and the System of Sciences – Transdisciplinarity – Consilience, …)

6.      Science of Information in Real-World Systems

a.       Science of Information in Physical and Chemical Systems (Quantum Information, Molecular Recognition, …)

b.      Science of Information in Living Systems (Biosemiotics, Systems Biology, Bioinformation, …)

c.       Science of Information in Human / Social Systems

                                                   i.      Science of Information in Human Cognition (Mind-Brain Theory, Consciousness, …)

                                                 ii.      Science of Information in Human Communication (Linguistics, Social Networking, Communication Studies, …)

                                      iii.      Science of Information in Human Cooperation (Collective Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Advanced Intelligence, …)

7. Science of the Information Society / Age (Information Society Theory, Internet Research, Social Informatics, New Media Studies, …)

8.      Other related topics

Paper Submission:

Papers should be no longer than 10 pages including all tables, figures, and references but excluding a cover page. Fonts should be in 10-12 pt. Each submission must include one cover page which should contain (see paper template provided at the website):

“FIS 2010 Beijing, China” at the left corner in top line of the cover page;

Title of the paper with an abstract of no more than 500 words;

A few keywords, from the list above where possible, giving a clear indication of topics;

Author name(s) with affiliation(s), complete postal address(es), and phone number(s);

Email address of the contact author;

First (ONLY) author’s register photo (2-inch) and a resume, attached to author(s)’ published paper.

·        All papers for FIS 2010 should be submitted by Email to zrli@hubu.edu.cn, sisi2006@126.com.

·        All paper submissions will be peer reviewed.

·        Accepted papers will be published and available at the conference.

·        At least one author of an accepted paper must register at the conference and present the paper at the conference.

·        FIS 2010 Best Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference on the authors of (1) the best research paper and (2) the best application paper.

Important dates

·        Deadline of Paper Submission:                   May 20, 2010

·        Acceptance Notification:                             June 20, 2010

·        Camera-Ready Paper:                                 July 10, 2010

·        Paper Collection Published:                         August 20, 2010


·        Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence Theory (TCAIT), Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), Beijing

·        Foundations of Information Science (FIS), Zaragoza

·        Science of Information Institute (SoII), Washington


·        Beijing Institute of Graphical Communication, China

·        BITrum Research Group, León, Spain

·        Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

·        Institut für Design Science e.V., Munich, Germany

·        International Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET), Paris, France

·        Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI), Basel, Switzerland

·        Symmetrion, Budapest, Hungary

·        Unified Theory of Information (UTI) Research Group, Vienna, Austria

·        Washington Evolutionary Systems Society (WESS), Washington, USA


Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence Theory (TCAIT), Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), Beijing, China


·        Beijing Institute of Graphical Communication, China

·        Wuhan Wutong-Rain Culture Development Limited Company, China

·        Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

 Conference Honorary Chairs:

·        Yi-Xin Zhong

·        Zhong-Zhi Shi

 International Advisory Board:

·        Joseph Brenner (International Center for Transdisciplinary Research, Paris, France)

·        Søren Brier (Professor in the Semiotics of Information, Cognitive and Communication Science, Department of International Culture and Communication Studies, Centre for Language, Cognition, and Mentality, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

·        Elizabeth A. Buchanan (Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)

·        Mark Burgin (Visiting Scholar, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

·        Jerry Chandler (Research Professor, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies, George Mason University, USA)

·        John Collier (Professor, Philosophy and Ethics, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)

·        György Darvas (Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Research Organization, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)

·        José María Díaz Nafría (Visiting Professor, University of León, Spain)

·        Dail Doucette (Director, Science of Information Institute, Washington, USA)

·        Charles Ess (Visiting Professor, Department of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

·        Peter Fleissner (retired University Professor, Institute of Design and Assesment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

·        Luciano Floridi (Research Chair in Philosophy of Information, Department of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, UK)

·        Ted Goranson (Sirius Beta, USA)

·        Soraj Hongladarom (Director, Center for Ethics of Science and Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

·        Alicia Juarrero (Professor, Prince George’s Community College, USA)

·        Allenna Leonard (President, International Society for the Systems Sciences, Canada)

·     Michael Leyton (Professor, DIMACS Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University, USA)

·        An-Shun Li (President, Wuhan Wutong-Rain Culture Development Institute, China)

·        Shu-Kun Lin (Molecular Diversity Preservation International, Basel, Switzerland)

·        Robert K. Logan (Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada)

·        Ai-Nai Ma (Professor, Peking University, China)

·        Shi-Long Ma (Professor, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)

·        Dong-Sheng Miao (Professor, Renmin University of China, China)

·        Basarab Nicolescu (Professor, Babe?-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

·        Toru Nishigaki (Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan)

·        Michel Petitjean (MTi, INSERM, Université Paris Diderot, France)

·        Stuart A. Umpleby (Professor, Department of Management, Rutgers University, USA)

·        Kun Wu (Professor, Xian Jiaotong University, China)

·        Tom Ziemke (Professor of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Lab, University of Skövde, Sweden)

·        Rainer E. Zimmermann (Professor of Philosophy, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Germany)

 General Chairs:

·        Hua-Can He (TCAIT, CAAI)

·        Pedro Marijuan (FIS)

·        Wolfgang Hofkirchner (SoII)

 Programme Co-Chairs:

·        Prof. Zong-Rong Li

·        Prof. Xin-Zheng Jin

·        Prof. Jing-Shan Wang

·        Dr. Shu-Feng Li

 Organization Co-Chairs:

·        Prof. Jing-Shan Wang

·        Prof. Jun-Ping Du

·        Wei-Ning Wang

·        Dr. Dan Yu

 General Secretary:

·        Prof. Zong-Rong Li; Tele: (86)27-63962956, (86)13554242936; Email: zrli@hubu.edu.cn

·        Prof. Jian-Wei Zhang; Tele: (86)13971245691; Email: weissschatten@sina.com

·        Prof. Jing-Shan Wang; Tele: (86)13693182024; Email: sisi2006@126.com

Introduction to a Unified Theory of Information

published on March 3, 2010

20 questions and 20 answers concerning a Unified Theory of Information:
The 64 pages text is an introduction into the subject written by Wolfgang Hofkirchner and was discussed at the Colloquium Bitae in León, Spain, last year (see UTI news from 18 December 2009). It  can be viewed here: http://bitrumagora.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/uti-hofkirchner.pdf or downloaded at http://sites.google.com/site/ebitrum/news/colloquiumbitae.

Interview with Wolfgang Hofkirchner

published on March 3, 2010

Wolfgang Hofkirchner gave an interview concerning a Unified Theory of Information:
He was interviewed by Francisco Salto Alemany and José María Díaz Nafriá with whom he stayed at the University of León October to December last year. The interview was released 14 February 2010.

Colloquium BITae

published on November 18, 2009

Colloquium BITae, 20 questions about a Unified Theory of Information. 7 sessions from 4 november to 16 december 2009 with Wolfgang Hofkirchner, José María Díaz Nafría, and Francisco Salto Alemany.


Link http://sites.google.com/site/ebitrum/news/colloquiumbitae

Visiting Professorship Wolfgang Hofkirchner

published on October 27, 2009

Wolfgang Hofkirchner is currently visiting professor at the section of engineering science at the University of León, Spain. The contact was established during a visit of José María Díaz Nafría who is Associate Professor of Information and Communication Technologies at the private university Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid. José María visited Peter Fleissner in Vienna and Wolfgang Hofkirchner in Salzburg last autumn. He invited both to take part in the Spanish research initiative called "BITrum". The focus of BITrum is on the multitude of information concepts affiliated with various disciplines and everyday thinking as well. Its objective is to discuss possibilities of finding common grounds and of orienting towards an integration of the different facets of information in a bigger picture. As a first step a glossary with entries of relevance to the concept of information is in the point of being edited. Sixty scholars, predominantly from Spain, have already been involved in that activity.


Wolfgang stays with Francisco Salto Alemany who is Professor for Logic at the University of León. Francisco and José María are the coordinators of BITrum.


Both joined our UTI research group, are guest editing a special issue of tripleC on information concepts which will appear soon and support the Editorial Board of our journal.


The visit will strengthen the relationships between the BITrum group and the UTI research group. The submission of different proposals to funding agencies is prepared. An important issue is to link different initiatives who work in the same field like the Science of Information Institute in Washington and the Foundations of Information Science community.


During his sabbatical which was granted from the University of Salzburg Hofkirchner is finalising his book on the Unified Theory of Information which will be published 2010 with World Scientific. (See http://sites.google.com/site/ebitrum/news/Wolfgang)


José María



Call For Papers - Special Issue of tripleC

published on September 28, 2009

Call For Papers - Special Issue of tripleC (http://www.triple-c.at): Information and Communication Technologies and the Current Crisis: How Are They Connected?

The Crisis that began in 2007 continues to convulse the world. Labelled by some as merely a recession, yet it is associated with dramatic changes in national and global power. Others frame the Crisis as merely a consequence of over-promoting a narrow range of financial transactions associated with subprime mortgage instruments. These were indeed overly aggressively oversold by deregulated bankers, but this was likely only an important trigger of the Crisis, not the primary cause.

In this special issue, we will explore the notion that much of the basis of the Crisis should be assigned to financial transactions not just made possible but also strongly afforded by use of computer technologies. Thus, those operating at the highest levels of algorithmic capacity bear substantial responsibility for the Crisis.

For students of technological innovation and diffusion, many questions emerge about the connection between the Crisis in general and computerization. Some of the questions involve the tight relationship between cultures of technological empowerment and financial elites. Others questions, while appearing initially to be purely economic, turn out on examination to articulate strongly with the public interest, civil society, policymaking, and public discourse more generally.

These in turn lead to further, perhaps quite new critical questions about the emerging relationships between capitalism, democracy and the data-information-knowledge-technology nexus. Thus, equally important for responsibility is specification of what is known within computer science about the technological dimensions of the Crisis of this crisis. Ultimately, a rethinking of the very notion of “crisis” itself may be needed.

Some specific questions authors may choose to address include:
* What kind of crisis is this, how is it different from previous ones, how are these differences related to automated ICTs and the changed practices they have afforded?
* What role do computer professionals have in the crisis?
* Does this crisis suggest a dystopian post-human future?
* What media theories best explain the crisis, or has the time arrived for newly radical approaches in this area?
* How does public policy fit in the private world of computerization?
* What historical guides are available as tools to foster better analyses of technological crisis?
* Will the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) be the “winners” of this crisis?
* Are there artistic innovations that help refine political and policy responses to this crisis?
* What new knowledge innovations are needed to understand the forces at work in this crisis and its implications for democracy?
* What new questions need to be addressed to orientate research about the crisis?
* How are the computing-, information-, and media-industries affected by this crisis? How will they develop in the future?

This special issue of tripleC is intended to feature research from both theoretical and practical perspectives. We seek contributions from any theoretical, professional, or disciplinary perspective that offers innovative analysis that promotes debate about technology and the Crisis.

Submission deadline: Full papers should be submitted until February 1st, 2010. All papers will be peer reviewed. The special issue will be published in 2010.

tripleC – Cognition, Communication, Co-operation: Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society (http://www.triple-c.at) promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age with a special interest in critical studies following the highest standards of peer review.

Submissions must be formatted according to tripleC’s guidelines (http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/about/submissions#authorGuidelines), make use of APA style, and use the style template (http://triplec.at/files/journals/1/template-0.dot). Papers should be submitted online by making use of the electronic submission system (http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/user/register, http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/login). When submitting to the electronic system, please select “Special issue on crisis & communication“ as the journal’s section.

ISSUE CO-EDITORS: David Hakken (dhakken@indiana.edu) and Marcus Breen (m.breen@neu.edu)

David Hakken is professor of informatics at Indiana University. Marcus Breen is associate professor of communication studies at Northeastern University.

CfP: "The Internet & Surveillance"

published on September 10, 2009

CfP: Call for Chapter Abstracts for the Book "The Internet & Surveillance"

PDF version of CfP: http://fuchs.uti.at/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/CfP_Internet_Surveillance.pdf
Editors: Christian Fuchs, Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund, Marisol Sandoval

Supported by COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (http://www.cost.esf.org, COST Action Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS, IS0807), Working Group 2: Surveillance Technologies in Practice

Abstract submissions until October 15, 2009 (deadline) to christian.fuchs@sbg.ac.at

The overall aim of this collected volume is to bring together contributions that show how surveillance works on the Internet and which risks are connected to Internet surveillance in general and surveillance connected to "web 2.0" and "social software" in particular.

The publication and publishing process is part of the COST Action "Living in Surveillance Societies" (LiSS) that is funded by the European Science Foundation (2009-2012, see http://w3.cost.esf.org/index.php?id=233&action_number=IS0807 for further information and details) and is a project by the LiSS working group "Surveillance Technologies in Practice". The editors are members of this working group.

Routledge has expressed interest in publishing this volume.

The collection of data for organizing bureaucratic and economic life is inherent in modern society. At the same time that privacy has been postulated as important value of modern society, privacy-threatening surveillance mechanisms have been structurally implemented and institutionalized in modern society. This collected volume explores perspectives on privacy, surveillance, and the privacy-surveillance-paradox in relation to the Internet.


Many observers claim that the Internet has been transformed in the past years from a system that is primarily oriented on information provision into a system that is more oriented on communication and community building. The notions of "web 2.0", "social Software", and "social network(ing) sites" have emerged in this context. Web platforms such as Wikipedia, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Google, Blogger, Rapidshare, Wordpress, Hi5, Flickr, Photobucket, Orkut, Skyrock, Twitter, YouPorn, PornHub, Youku, Orkut, Redtube, Friendster, Adultfriendfinder, Megavideo, Tagged, Tube8, Mediafire, Megaupload, Mixi, Livejournal, LinkedIn, Netlog, ThePirateBay, Orkut, XVideos, Metacafe, Digg, StudiVZ, etc are said to be typical for this transformation of the Internet. No matter if we agree that important transformations of the Internet have taken place or not, it is clear that a principle that underlies such platforms is the massive provision and storage of
personal data that are systematically evaluated, marketed, and used for targeting users with advertising. In a world of global economic competition, economic crisis, and fear of terrorism after 9/11, especially two kinds of actors are interested in accessing such personal data: corporations on the one hand and state institutions on the other hand. Will the Internet under the current societal conditions advance the intensification and extension of surveillance so that a coercive and totalitarian surveillance society that George Orwell would have only thought about in his worst dreams will emerge or not? Are there counter-tendencies? The contributions in this book deal with these topics by elaborating theoretical concepts and presenting the results of empirical case studies.

We are especially interested in papers that do not primarily discuss single examples, but attempt to discuss Internet surveillance from a broad perspective that takes into account societal contexts or that embed examples or case studies into the discussion of societal contexts.

Research Questions

Chapters could for example relate to one or more of the following questions:
* What is electronic surveillance? What are specific qualities of electronic surveillance on the Internet? How does Internet surveillance differ from other forms of surveillance?
* Which theories do we need for thinking about Internet & surveillance? How important (or how outdated) are the thoughts by Michel Foucault and George Orwell for studying surveillance on the Internet? How suitable are the theories of thinkers like Max Weber, Karl Marx, Anthony Giddens, and others for the analysis and conceptualization of Internet surveillance?
* What is the relationship of privacy and surveillance in respect to the Internet?
* What is privacy, how should it be defined, and how does it change in the age of the Internet?
* Is Internet surveillance a form of "new surveillance" (Gary Marx)? What are the differences and commonalities between Internet surveillance and concepts such as computer surveillance, dataveillance (Roger Clarke), the electronic panopticon (Mark Poster), electronic surveillance (David Lyon), the panoptic sort (Oscar H. Gandy), social Taylorism of surveillance (Frank Webster, Kevin Robins), or the synopticon (Thomas Mathiesen)?
* What are the normative and ethical implications of Internet & surveillance?
* What is a surveillance society and what is the role of the Internet in surveillance society? Should the notions of surveillance and surveillance society be used as general, neutral terms or as negative terms? What are the implications of certain definitions of surveillance and surveillance society for studying the Internet?
* What does it mean to study Internet & surveillance critically? What is a critical theory of Internet surveillance, what are critical studies of Internet & surveillance? What are the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and axiological dimensions of such studies?
* What are central aspects of the political economy of surveillance on the Internet?
* What is the role of surveillance for "web 2.0" and "social software"? How is surveillance connected with mass self-communication and communication power/counter-power (Manuel Castells) in web 2.0?
* What is the role of surveillance on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook?
* How is surveillance used in the Internet economy? What problems are connected to surveillance in the Internet economy? What is the role of surveillance for Internet business models?
* How does targeted advertising work as economic mechanism for generating profit? What are the problems that are connected to it?
* Presentation and generalization of case studies about how specific Internet platforms (Google, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc) or applications use surveillance and about the connected problems and threats.
* How are terms of use and privacy terms designed by Internet corporations in order to enable surveillance? What are the problems and societal implications connected to such practices?
* How has surveillance on the Internet changed after 9/11?
* Which different legal frameworks for surveillance on the Internet are there (international comparison) and how have they changed after 9/11?
* What are the major threats and problems of surveillance on the Internet?
* What is to be done in order to solve the problems that are connected to surveillance on the Internet? What is the role of information policies, data protection, governments, governance, civil society, and social movements in this respect?
* How do social movements and groups that struggle against the establishment of a "maximum surveillance society" (Clive Norris and Gary Armstrong) make use of the Internet for cyberprotest and cyberactivism?
* How do Internet & society have to be designed in order to avoid the emergence of a total surveillance society? Which alternative design principles for Internet & society are needed in this context? What is the role of privacy-enhancing Internet technologies in this context?
* Which Internet surveillance technologies are there and how can they be systematically classified?
* What is the role of surveillance and surveillance technologies in Internet-based eGovernment and eGovernance?

Submission of Structured Abstracts:

Please submit structured abstracts for chapter proposals, short author biography/biographies, and your contact details (in a word document) until October 15th, 2009 to Christian Fuchs by email: christian.fuchs@sbg.ac.at. The editors are interested in abstracts for original, unpublished contributions that have not been submitted for consideration in journals or other publications.

The abstracts should adhere to the following structured format and should have approximately 650-900 words.

(1) Purpose
What are the reasons for writing this chapter? Why is the topic important? What are the aims of research? What are the research questions?
(2) Approach/Theoretical framework/Design/Methodology
How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the research [theory construction is also considered as a method in this context]. What is the approach to the topic and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?
(3) Findings
What was found in the course of the work? What are the main results presented in the chapter? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.
(4) Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
Suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process. Implications for academic fields, disciplines, state of the art.
(4) Practical and societal implications (if applicable)
What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? How will the research impact upon society? How will it influence public attitudes? How could it inform civil society or public or industry policy? What changes to human practices should be made as a result of this research? How might it affect quality of life? Not all chapters must necessarily have practical and societal implications.
(5) Originality/value
What is new in the paper? How does it differ from and go beyond the state of the art in respective research fields? State the value of the paper and for whom it is relevant.

Author short biographies should be approximately 200-300 words and contain information on academic position, institutional affiliation, research interests and topics, major publications, projects, networks, affiliations, roles, etc.

Time Schedule

October 15, 2009: deadline for the submission of structured abstracts of chapter proposals
End of October 2009: notification of authors on acceptance/decline of proposals; submission of the overall proposal, abstracts, author data to Routledge
End of November 2009: decision on publication by the publisher
End of September 2010: deadline for the submission of full chapters (further details will be announced)
End of November 2010: feedback of review comments to the authors
End of December 2010: submission of final versions of chapters
January 2011: submission of final manuscript to the publisher

About the Editors
Christian Fuchs is associate professor for ICTs and society at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He is management committee member of the ESF COST Action "Living in Surveillance Society" (LiSS) and member of the LiSS working group "Surveillance Technologies in Practice". Kees Boersma is associate professor for science and technology studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is leader of the working group "Surveillance Technologies in Practice" and management committee member of the ESF Cost Action "Living in Surveillance Societies". Anders Albrechtslund is assistant professor for surveillance and ethics at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is management committee member of the ESF Cost Action "Living in Surveillance Societies" and member of the LiSS working group "Surveillance Technologies in Practice". Marisol Sandoval is research associate at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She
is member of the working group "Surveillance Technologies in Practice" of the ESF Cost Action "Living in Surveillance Societies".

AoIR IR.10 Conference

published on August 5, 2009

At the 10th annual AoIR conference “internet research 10.0 – internet: critical”, October 7 to 11, at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, two panels were accepted on “towards a critical internet theory”, one of which will be chaired by Jeremy Hunsinger from Virginia Tech. Jeremy was also as motivated to successfully organise a half day workshop with the panelists and additional invitees under the same title in the afternoon before the conference opening. it will focus on how critical theory approaches in the broader sense can be applied to internet research.


Date: 7-10 October 2009

Please find attached the description of the half day workshop.

Critical Internet Theory Workshop

7th European Conference on Computing and Philosophy

published on July 21, 2009

On July 3rd, Wolfgang Hofkirchner took part in the 7th European Conference on Computing and Philosophy (ECAP09), Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. He gave a talk on „Ontology of information“ in the track on Biocomputing, Evolutionary and  Complex Systems chaired by Gordana Dodig?Crnkovic and Søren Brier.

(Abstract: ontology of information
søren brier recently presented a synopsis of his cybersemiotic framework (2008). attempts at unifying theories of information, knowledge, signs, cognition, communication etc. face the challenge of the chasm between objectivism and subjectivism. the paper aims at examining how well brier could avoid falling into traps. in particular, his five-level ontology will be discussed. it will be compared with findings in general system theory, complexity sciences, unified theory of information. the paper will focus on the eco-threshold and its counterpart relating to the leap from prebiotic systems to living systems.
brier, s. (2008) cybersemiotics: why information is not enough. toronto university press)