The purpose of this conference is to bring together academics from a broad range of disciplines with policy-makers and security practitioners that have knowledge and/or expertise that can facilitate advances in the study of Terrorism and New Media, particularly the Internet, in novel ways.
This is the first academic conference to subject the relationship between terrorism and new media, particularly the Internet, to truly multi-disciplinary scrutiny. The one-day conference (Wednesday, 8 September) will feature a series of panels and a number of plenary addresses. The conference will be followed on Thursday, 9 September by a workshop devoted to the robust debate and analysis of currently ‘hot’ topics in the realm of terrorism and the Internet, particularly the question of the role of the Internet in processes of radicalisation.
Call for Papers
We welcome papers or panels reporting on innovative research into any aspect of terrorism and new media. We particularly welcome papers or panels that report novel results or describe and employ innovative methodological approaches.
Papers or panels on the following topics will be of particular interest:
- Online radicalisation
- The Internet and recruitment
- Old terrorism and new media
- Methodologies for terrorism-related Internet research
- Terrorism informatics
- Network analysis and online terrorist activity
- New Internet tools/platforms and radicalisation/terrorism (for example, online gaming, video-sharing, photo-sharing, social networking, micro-blogging, online payment mechanisms, etc.)
- Violent Islamism and the Internet
- The content and functioning of jihadi Internet forums
- Jihadi video producers and content
- Children/youth, terrorism, and new media
- Women/gender, terrorism, and new media
- Case studies of particular groups’ use of new media (e.g. al-Qaeda, FARC, Hamas, Hizbollah, dissident Irish Republicans, etc.)
- Policy/legislative responses to terrorists’ online presence
- Critical responses to research on, reporting of, and governmental responses to the conjunction of terrorism and the Internet
- Ethical issues surrounding online terrorism-related research
Perspectives from any academic discipline are welcomed, particularly: communications, computer science, cultural studies, information science, international relations, internet studies, law, media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
Authors of individual papers should submit a 300-word abstract at our proposal submission page on or before 17 May 2010.
A selection of accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal Media, War & Conflict.
Travel Funding for Graduate Students
The Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, University of Southern California (USC) will provide US$700 in sponsorship for a graduate student to attend at *and blog* from the conference for the Center. Graduate students wishing to apply for this funding should indicate same when submitting their abstract.
The conference organisers are also in a position to provide a number of travel grants for graduate students. Support may be requested for transportation and accommodation. Students should provide a breakdown of the estimated cost of travel and accommodation upon submitting an application. Graduate students wishing to apply for funding can do so when submitting an abstract. Award decisions will be made by 14 June 2010.
- Abstract deadline: 300 words to be submitted HERE by 17 May 2010
- Registration: from 1 June 2010
- Decision on abstracts: 14 June 2010
- Decision on travel funding awards: 14 June 2010
- Early bird registration deadline: 8 July
- Hotel reservation deadline at conference rate: 19 July 2010
The recent change in social media policy by US DoD is a sign of the times and in fact may represent a real paradigm shift in management culture surrounding the relationship between military personnel and the outside world. Whilst CB3 welcomes this move, appreciating that it won’t come without its pitfalls and problems, the deeper societal, psychological, cultural, relational, management and organisational ramifications of this move are as yet unknown. This may be only the start of the shifting of institutionally inert techtonic plates – watch this space.
In the meantime, below see David Meerman Scott interview Roxie Merritt, Director of New Media Operations at Office of Assistant Secretary of Defence for Public Affairs, talking about this bold move.
No sooner do we get used to Web 2.0 than people are talking about Web 3.0. – the semantic web.
But will it be really be as revolutionary as some think? After all, it may still rely on pretty ancient basics, like text. Even video and audio are pretty 20th century. But what if you could ‘feel’ via the web, exchange sentiments, emotions across cyberspace? Sounds mad? Well it may be not that far away. This is where communication and cybernetics meet.
We managed to have a chat with Professor Kevin Warwick, the world’s first cyborg, who claims that despite ideas of the ‘Terminator’ his main driver is to enhance communication way beyond the limited scope of speech or text. He has already managed brain-to-brain signal transfer at a local level but within the next decade or two this could be much improved and, via the internet, the possibilities are staggering.
Watch the video and let your imagination run wild.