June 29 – July 3, Urbino, Italy. This is the 9th International Conference on Sociocybernetics, themed “Modernity 2.0: Emerging Social Media Technologies and Their Impacts”. From the Call for Papers:
In recent years, the Internet and other information and communication technologies have had great impacts on almost all aspects of human life, locally and globally. The extant of these impacts can be seen in the ubiquity of the use of the prefix ‘e-‘, as in e-commerce, e-business, e-government, e-democracy, e-science, e-learning, e-entertainment and so on. Thanks to the cheaper prices and ease of use of these technologies, more and more people are able to access digital contents, as part of a mass audience, and more and more people are able to create and publish content off their own initiative. The Web has moved from being a one-way communication channel extending traditional media, to a complex “peer-to-peer” communication space with a blurred author/audience distinction and new ways to create, share and use knowledge in a social way. This establishes new global fora, started by a few, and sustained by millions of local acts. This change of paradigm is currently profoundly transforming most areas of our lives: our interactions with other people, our relationships, ways of gathering, creating and disseminating information, ways of developing social norms, opinions, attitudes and even legal aspects as well as ways of working and doing business. It also raises a strong need for theoretical, empirical and applied studies related to how people may interact on the Web, how they actually do so and what new possibilities and challenges are emerging in the individual, business and technology dimensions. It is not the first time in the history of social media that a new technology becomes suddenly available to a wider group of people due to a specific social, economical and historical context.
Possible topics should include, but are not limited to:
* Local issues with respect to a particular geographical region, political entity or cultural or ethnic group;
* Global issues affecting all mankind in the 21st century;
* Emerging technologies and the link between the micro and macro levels of individual actors and social institutions, respectively;
* Social systems and economic models of the web;
* Y Generation and participation on the web (politics, business and entertainment);
* Culture, knowledge and social impact of the Semantic web;
* e-Social Science;
* Cyberculture, knowledge and local communities;
* Teaching the digital natives in networked space;
* The public/private distinction on the Internet;
* Cybernetics and Web Science;
* Social capital in social network sites (SNSs).
This should bring together some highly interesting contributions, and the location is perfect for extensive work on the narrative of modernity in the computer network age.