[Air-l] CFP - 4S 2005 panel on media technology and regulation

Matt Ratto Matt.Ratto at niwi.knaw.nl
Wed Apr 13 13:31:41 PDT 2005

I'm posting this for Shay David - If interested, please respond to him
at sd256 at cornell.edu.  

hi everybody,
(and sorry for cross posting)

anyone interested in participating in (and/or help  organizing) this
important panel, please contact me in the next couple of days, and
include your coordinates, paper topic and areas of interest.
deadline for 4S panel submission is May 1st.

please also distribute to anyone whom you think might be interested,


Shay David

e: sd256 at cornell.edu 
w: http://www.shaydavid.info 


Panel Title: Technology and Regulation in a brave new media world:
between norms, laws and markets

In the past several years the reduction in the costs of communication,
changes in the political climate and rapid innovation around media
technology allowed a new class of media and information artifacts to
develop, challenging longstanding power relations in the media
Technologies like wikis, blogs, and home-brewed video and audiocasts,
name a few, together with new models of peer-production usher in new
modes of knowledge production and dissemination, calling into question
our understandings of concepts like authority, truth, and censorship.
we know, this change is not without resistance; the juggernauts of the
media industry are using their full arsenal to fight what they
to be a third world-war, often focusing on lobbying efforts in an
attempt to regulate through law. While much has been written about
transition, little attention has been given by science studies
to the public policy implications of this phenomenon. This panel will
seek to explore the way by which what could otherwise be
invisible, secret, or anomalous informational artifacts are being
co-opted and regulated through laws, markets, and repeated attempts to
influence norms. The organizers seek contributions from a variety of
scholars addressing empirical as well as theoretical aspects of this

Dr Matt Ratto
Networked research and digital information
KNAW-Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science
Joan Muyskenweg 25
Postbus 95110
1090 HC Amsterdam
The Netherlands
tel: (31)(20)462-8719
fax: (31(20)665-8013

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