[Air-l] CfP: AoIR 2006 Panel on Social Networks of Urban Residents
m.foth at qut.edu.au
Mon Jan 16 17:47:10 PST 2006
I'm proposing the following panel for AoIR 7.0 in Brisbane. If you
are interested to be a member of this panel, please send me an email
with an abstract of your paper or presentation before 31st Jan 2006.
Panels are given a 90 minute time slot and fit about 4 - 6 papers.
The general AoIR CfP can be found at http://conferences.aoir.org/
Challenges and Opportunities of Internet Technologies to Support
Social Networks of Urban Residents
Panel Proposal for AoIR 7.0 Brisbane
Developers and governments around the world are struggling to achieve
socially sustainable neighbourhood communities in master-planned
residential developments. This panel will bring together leading
researchers from a variety of disciplines to debate the challenges
and opportunities of internet technologies to facilitate and support
meaningful social interaction between residents in urban
neighbourhoods. Focusing on the network qualities of social
interaction in communities of place, the panel will discuss the
panelists’ research findings that have the potential to inform the
design of innovative new media and ICT systems for use in master-
planned residential developments: peer-to-peer publishing, tools for
vernacular creative expression, social networking applications,
ambient technologies and locative media. Some of these studies are
informed by urban sociology, ethnographic work, rapid prototyping,
evaluation cycles, participatory design and sociocultural animation.
Some of the key questions to be discussed include:
What are the implications of networked individualism on internet
technologies? How do urban residents connect with each other to
create and maintain social networks and how can new media and ICT
systems better support the interaction in those networks?
How does private peer-to-peer interaction between urban residents
differ from collective community interaction and what impacts does
that have on new media and ICT design, social capital, local
innovation and community efficacy?
How can new media and ICT systems, devices and applications be
designed to negotiate a balance between the opportunities of
interactive services and locative media on the one side and issues of
access, trust and privacy on the other?
What is the role of locally relevant content (personal and community
images and narratives) in the establishment and sustainability of
meaningful social networks?
How can new media and ICT systems be designed to inform social spaces
for residents – private and public, and online and offline – towards
facilitating social networking as well as civic engagement and local
Sustainability is pursued by working across community, business and
government stakeholders to encourage social and economic innovation.
The hypothesis to be tested by the panel is the claim that by careful
attention to cultural and social assets in the community, innovations
will be engendered which enhance economic and social development
locally. This in turn will lead to greater social inclusion, fair
access to and smart use of information and services, urban
sustainability and healthier local economies. Understanding the
opportunities afforded by digital augmentation of social networks
will help urban residents negotiate the complex web of daily choices,
access a greater social safety net and participate in the socio-
cultural and socio-economic life of their neighbourhood and city.
MA(DigitalMedia) BCompSc(Hons) BMultimedia
m.foth at qut.edu.au - http://www.vrolik.de/
Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Queensland University of Technology (CRICOS No. 00213J)
Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane QLD 4059, Australia
Mobile +61 407 745 021 - Fax +61 7 3864 3723
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