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[ecrea] CfP: Digital Netizens at the crossroads of sharing and privatising

Thu Feb 16 09:52:53 GMT 2017

We invite submissions for our track on

*“Digital Netizens at the crossroads of sharing and privatising”*

at the

*IS4SI Summit Gothenburg/Sweden 2017*


*Embodied, Embedded, Networked, Empowered through Information, Computation & Cognition!*

Presented by the International Society for Information Studies

Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-16 June 2017

*Kind regards,*

*Thomas Herdin*

In 1997, a review was published of the development of the Net – “a new social institution, an electronic commons” – pushed by the Netizens, as Michael Hauben baptised them – people online who “understand the value of collective work and the communal aspects of public communications”, but who at that time were already challenged by “the increasing commercialization and privatization of the Net” (R. and M. Hauben: /Netizens, On the/ /History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet/). The dynamics of the capitalism itself has mixed up what seemed to be two kinds of poles with respect to the production of goods and services. Indeed, as Hardt and Negri observed, “producers increasingly require a high degree of freedom as well as open access to the common, especially in its social forms, such as communications networks, information banks, and cultural circuits” (Hardt and Negri: /Commonwealth/).

Two decades ago, it’s time to ask: Where do we stand today? Which hopes could come true? Which setbacks do we need to report? And where are we heading? Are these dynamics of digital capitalism contributing to a new social order grounded on the common?

We ask for one-page abstracts that are concerned with, but not restricted to, the following topics:

• Dynamics of cultural, social, economic and political interaction in the digital networks

• Digital commons and co-operation vs. digital privatisation and commodification

• New forms of participation and empowerment in the information society

• Sharing, networking and self-exploitation

• Prosumers, new DIY cultures and consumerism

• Hacking and capitalism

• Work between freedom and necessity

• Bubbles and rational vs. irrational discourse on social media

• Cross-cultural comparison: methodological challenges and research paradigms

• The influences of values on information societies (regarding intercultural and transcultural dimensions)

• The representation of the Western information society in the Asian academic discourse


*Programme committee*:

*Mark Carrigan*, Digital Fellow, The Sociological Review, UK**

*Christopher Coenen*, Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse, Karlsruhe, Germany **

*José María Díaz Nafría*, University of León, Spain; Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena, Ecuador; Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany

*Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski*, Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Technik Berlin, Germany

*Thomas Herdin*, University of Salzburg, Austria

*Wolfgang Hofkirchner*, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, Vienna, Austria; Vienna University of Technology

*Rainer E. Zimmermann*, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Please submit a short abstract of your proposed paper, including your affiliation, contact information and up to five keywords.

èTrack: Workshop 5 (netizens)

*Important Dates*
1/3/2017 Submission deadline for extended abstracts. LINK FOR SUBMISSIONS <>

1/4/2017 Acceptance notifications

15/4/2017 Program & Proceedings with extended abstracts prepared

30/4/2017 Conference Program on the web page

12/6/2017-16/6/2017 Summit Gothenburg

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