For the fifth time, Making Sense of Microposts Workshop will be held at the World Wide Web 2015 conference, 18th/19th May 2015 in Florence, Italy. The theme “Big things come in small packages” aims to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to debate current, leading edge effort toward analysing and understanding Microposts – “information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish (e.g. a Tweet, Facebook share, Instagram like, Google +1)”. The focus is on a single thought, message or theme, collectively they provide a rich source of information and opinion about a range of topics. This year, I am co-chairing the Social Science track, a special track dedicated to Social Science papers at #Microposts2015. The aim of the Social Science track is to foster greater collaboration between Computer Science and the Social Sciences, and continue to encourage contribution from the latter domain to improve on ‘Making Sense of Microposts’. The special Social Sciences track at #Microposts2015 will focus on topics including, but not exclusive to, first:
- Collective awareness
- Education & citizen empowerment, data journalism
- Civil action, media & politics
- Political and polemical aspects of Microposts
- Ethics, legal and privacy issues
- Psychological profiles and psychological aspects of Micropost-based interactions
- Cultural, generational and regional differences in access and use
- Inequality in access and use of digital, social media
Additionally, the topics for the main track include topics of interest to the Social Sciences community, regarding obtaining understanding about, discovering the knowledge content of, add application of Micropost data. Important dates:
- Main Track submission deadline: *24 Jan 2015*
- Social Sciences Track submission deadline: *07 Feb 2015*
- Notification: 22 Feb 2015
- Camera-ready (hard) deadline (Main & Social Sciences tracks): 8 Mar 2015
Recently, I had a great opportunity and chance to participate in an excellent event – an interactive conference: Policy Research, Technology, and Advocacy Converge @ the HUB, November 7-8, 2013 in Prague, hosted by Think Tank Fund. The first day of the conference started with an inspiring keynote of Scott Carpenter from Google Ideas, after which the series of panels started. I was the guest on the panel where my colleagues, Marieke Van Dijk, Marek Tuszynski, and I discussed the strategic choices from the management perspective, that think tanks need to consider in deciding on how to integrate use of data intensive products and their communication to new audiences in their core work. The next day, I lead an interactive workshop where we discussed how think tanks can improve their use of social networks (Twitter, Google +, Facebook, Flickr, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare, Scribd, issuu, etc.) as a communication and collaboration tool for dissemination of information/data, and interaction with their audiences and other institutions. Check out the points made from the workshop, and slides you may find useful.
I first started working on issues and research related to digital inequalities in an internet perspective two years ago. The research holds both theoretical and empirical implications of the digital divide in the Balkans, South Eastern Europe. With the help of colleagues Massimo Ragnedda (Northumbria University, UK) and Glenn W. Muschert (Miami University, USA), who were a pleasure to work with, I teamed up with them as editors, and conducted research which has now been published as a book chapter on the digital divide and social media in the monographic publication, by Routledge.
I am pleased to say that the book, ‘The Digital Divide: The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective’, has now been published; my own modest contribution is the fourth chapter. The volume looks great and I had the honour to collaborate with a wonderful team of scholars world wide, addressing the issue of the digital divide from various demographic and socio-economic factors, as well as how the infrastructure, products, and services affect the way the internet is used and accessed. Since I was examining the digital divide in the internet from a sociotechnological and educational perspective, I warmly recommend it to any who explore social media and collaboration in higher education systems.
This book provides an in-depth comparative analysis on the international level of inequality and the stratification of the digital sphere. More information about this book, alongside availability, can be obtained directly from Routledge.