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The European Commission versus Microsoft

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 11:21 PM by Andrew Chadwick

One of the regulatory cases I discuss in the conclusion to Internet Politics finally came to an end yesterday, or so it would seem, when Microsoft Corporation agreed that it would open up its server software to competitors. The basic issue here is interoperability. The Commission has argued for three years that Microsoft's refusal to geuninely open up its code was anti-competitive and slapped £350 million fine on the company in 2004. Microsoft lost its latest appeal and has decided not to re-appeal the decision.

Next, the Commission will be turning its attention to Google's recent acquisition of Doubleclick.

Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference: Second Call For Papers

Posted on Sun, Oct 07, 2007 at 6:27 PM by Andrew Chadwick

New Political Communication Unit

Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference: Second Call For Papers

Hosted by the New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London. http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk

April 17-18, 2008.


Second call for papers

Has there been a shift in political use of the Internet and digital new media - a new Web 2.0 politics based on participatory values? How do broader social, cultural, and economic shifts towards Web 2.0 impact, if at all, on the contexts, the organizational structures, and the communication of politics and policy? Does Web 2.0 hinder or help democratic citizenship? This conference provides an opportunity for researchers to share and debate perspectives.

Confirmed keynote speakers to date

Stephen Coleman, Institute for Communications Studies, University of Leeds;

Rachel Gibson, Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester;

Robin Mansell, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and President, International Association for Media and Communication Research;

Helen Margetts, Oxford Internet Institute;

Micah Sifry, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Personal Democracy Forum and formerly of The Nation;

Michael Turk, Vice President of Industry Grassroots for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, formerly e-campaign director, Bush-Cheney '04, and e-campaign director for the Republican National Committee.

Further keynote speakers to be announced.

Conference Sponsors

Routledge Publishers; Polity Press.

Potential themes could include (in no particular order):

* Theorizing Web 2.0.

* Changes in political journalism, news production, and consumption.

* Social networking (MySpace, Facebook) and election campaigning.

* Citizen activism from the local to the transnational.

* Blogs, wikis, and user-generated content.

* Changing social, cultural, and political identities.

* Social software and social media: design, technologies, tools, and techniques.

* Social network analysis.

* Surveillance, privacy, and security.

* Security, foreign policy and international communication.

* Hacktivism.

* Radical transparency.

* The impact of online video.

* E-government, web 2.0, and new models of public service delivery.

* New models of social and political collaboration and problem-solving.

* 'Little brother' phenomena.

* Political life in virtual worlds.

* Netroots versus the war room model of election campaigning.

* New challenges for media regulation.

* Collaborative production of political knowledge networks.

* Changing party, interest group, and social movement strategies.

* Web 2.0 and political marketing.

* Collective intelligence, smart mobs, crowdsourcing.

* Fragmenting audiences, the long tail, and the political economy of web 2.0 media.

* Civil society, civic engagement, and mobilization.

* Web 2.0, ICT4D and the changing digital divide.

* The politics of intellectual property.

* Hyperlocalism.

* The political aesthetics of Web 2.0.

Conference presenters will be invited to submit their papers to a peer review process for publication in a special issue of the new Journal of Information Technology and Politics. http://www.jitp.net.

Submitting a paper or panel proposal

Paper proposals should be submitted via the secure online form here:


Full panel proposals are also welcome. If you would like to propose a panel of three papers on a common theme, with or without a discussant, please email the proposal to the Conference Convenor: Dr. Andrew Chadwick (Andrew.Chadwick@rhul.ac.uk).

Deadline for all proposals: November 2, 2007.

Successful proposals will be announced in December 2007. Details of accommodation packages will be released early in 2008.

About the New Political Communication Unit

Led by the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, the New Political Communication Unit was created in the Spring of 2007. Our research agenda consists of three strands:

* Comparative and international political communication: the Internet's impact on political mobilization, campaigning and identity; the relationship between media, war, new security challenges and conflict; audience reception studies in the context of the proliferation of media; the dynamic between citizens’ changing uses of media and a transforming news environment; citizen journalism; technology and mobilities.

* Communication and comparative governance: e-government, e-democracy and the changing interface between representative institutions, public bureaucracies and citizens; changing organizational practices shaped by new patterns of communication.

* Comparative and international communication policy: Internet and new media governance and regulation; privacy, surveillance and security, the political economy of new media; cultural diversity policy; digital divide and development issues.

We offer a taught Masters stream in New Political Communication and PhD supervision in our areas of expertise.

The Unit's network inside Royal Holloway incorporates academic staff from the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Department of Media Arts, the School of Management, the UNESCO Centre for ICT4D in the Department of Geography, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Computer Science.

Our external networks include scholars and practitioners in a wide variety of organisations and countries.

For more information, please visit our home page

About Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway is one of the major Colleges of the federal University of London and is among the elite group of ten university institutions whose departments all hold the top three ratings for research, with scores of 4, 5 and 5*. Our beautiful parkland campus is about 15 minutes by taxi from London Heathrow airport, and about 35 minutes from central London by train. For further information visit the College home page: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/

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