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[Commlist] Conference Call for papers: 20 years of File Sharing - What comes next? - 3rd Futures of Media Conference
Fri May 31 10:14:00 GMT 2019
*Call For Papers:***
*3rd Futures of Media Conference: *
*20 years of File Sharing - What comes next? *
*8^th – 10^th November 2019, Suzhou, China*
After two successful Futures of Media Conferences, we are happy to
announce the 2019 Futures of Media Conference with the title: *20 years
of File Sharing - What comes next?*
In June 1999 the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing website Napster opened,
having been developed by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. While there were
other file sharing platforms such as Usenet and IRC before, it was the
first site dedicated to music sharing, at that point meaning mostly
encoded as MP3. With computer power steadily increasing, and MP3
compression having been publicised as the international sound standard
in 1998, for the first time music file sharing became an easy option.
Napster was a quick success, with more than 80 million registered users
availing themselves of it services by January 2001. Especially fast
university server networks were used to share files, with much of them
being utilised by Napster aficionados/as.
But legal troubled loomed, with several artists such as Metallica and
Dr. Dre as well as A&M Studios and the Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA) suing it for infringement of copyright. Napster was
forced to close down 11 July 2001. It had only been the beginning.
Today, P2P file sharing sites have become a staple in society’s
mediascape. While there have been high publicity shutdowns such as Kim
Dotcom's MegaUpload (2005–2012), KAT (2008 - 2016), Demonoid (2003 -
2018), and Torrentz (2003 - 2016), many others have survived and new
ones are popping up all over the world. The most famous of the survivors
is ThePirateBay (2003 - present), which even spawned a political party.
This history demonstrates that P2P is a global phenomenon and cannot be
relegated to 'a few teenagers engaging in illegal downloading activity’.
Media futures will have to contend with such websites remaining an
integral part of the Internet.
*The topics for discussion*can include – but are not limited to – the
·How has device mobility changed media reception modes?
·How can the gap between technological advancements and other areas of
society - politics, economy, the law - be closed?
·What role does the global availability and accessibility of media play?
·What are the ethics of geoblocking?
·How can and should media theory influence future developments?
·What good/evil can cyberlockers do?
·How have cloud services become a game changer?
·How has globalization, the global South and the Asian Century redefined
approaches to file sharing?
·How will movements such as Digital Commons and Open Source change the
way business, science and entertainment will develop?
·Does code - the software and hardware that make the internet what it is
·What emerging Business practices are likely to affect file sharing in
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a pioneering,
international joint venture university located in the city of Suzhou on
China’s east coast close to Shanghai. Founded in 2006, it has quickly
established itself as one of the leading research universities and it is
the largest international joint venture university in China, a
partnership between Xi’an Jiaotong University and the University of
Liverpool. As it is an independent Sino-foreign cooperative university,
it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is
the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education
The city of Suzhou is one of the most culturally rich areas of China,
with Suzhou’s UNESCO World Heritage gardens and canals famous around the
world. Upon completion of China’s Grand Canal, Suzhou was strategically
located on a major trade route. Throughout the course of the Chinese
history, it has been a metropolis of industry and commerce. Since the
Song Dynasty (960-1279), the city has been an important centre for
China's silk industry. The explorer Marco Polo once described Suzhou as
the "Venice of the East". With its gardens, canals, Tiger Hill and Pan
Gate, it is one of the top tourist attractions in China and has a
history of more than 2,500 years making it one of the oldest towns in
the Yangtze Basin area.
Suzhou combines its rich history with being one of the most modern
cities in China. It has a population of more than six million and a GDP
of a trillion RMB – far larger than those of many entire countries!
Alongside its beautiful tourist spots, Suzhou has many excellent
learning resources and sports facilities, a great choice of shopping
malls, cinemas and restaurants, and a variety of bars and nightclubs.
*Time line: *
*Deadline for Submission of Abstracts*
*1 July 2019*
*Notification of Abstract Acceptance*
*15 July 2019*
*Early Bird Registration Deadline: *
*1 August 2019*
*Regular Registration Deadline:*
*1 September 2019*
*To submit your abstract, please visit *http://futuresofmedia.com.
*Abstracts should be in English (the conference language) and not exceed
300 words*. If you have any problems, please contact the organisers of
the conference at: ***(holger.briel /at/ xjtlu.edu.cn)*
<mailto:(holger.briel /at/ xjtlu.edu.cn)>**or*(_heidingsfelder /at/ googlemail.com)
<mailto:(heidingsfelder /at/ googlemail.com)>_.*
For further submission requirements, accommodation and other enquiries,
please consult the instructions on the conference website,
Conference presentations will be collected in the conference
proceedings. The best contributions will be considered for the
indexed/IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies /and a book with an imprint of
the University of Liverpool Press.//
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