[Air-L] Fwd: CFP: Hackademia! Activism, Scholarship & the Internet (AoIR satellite event)

Nathalie Marechal marechal at usc.edu
Mon Aug 29 02:26:19 PDT 2016

*Call for participants: Hackademia! Activism, Scholarship & the Internet*

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2-6pm
Berlin, Germany (location TBA)

*Workshop organizers:*
Nathalie Maréchal, University of Southern California/Ranking Digital Rights
Jillian York, Centre for Internet and Human Rights/Onlinecensorship.org

Many Internet researchers straddle the line between academic Internet
research and digital rights advocacy, including hacker communities. This
workshop aims to strengthen the ties between these two modes of inquiry,
leveraging AoIR 2016’s location in Berlin to invite digital rights
activists from outside the academy to engage with the scholarly
conversation. While many scholars and activists express interest in
cross-sector collaboration, there are a number of barriers to such efforts,
including mismatches between the career incentives, funding mechanisms, and
timelines prevalent in the academic and NGO worlds. Nevertheless, the
organizers of this half-day workshop have found that collaboration between
civil society and academia are crucial to both research and to change.

The first portion of the workshop (two hours) aims to:

   - Explore what “research” means to scholars and to activists
   - Surface the barriers to cross-sector collaboration
   - Brainstorm strategies for transcending such barriers
   - Provide a networking forum for scholars and activists working on
   similar or complementary projects

The second portion of the workshop (two hours) will include a dive into the
world of commercial content moderation. Using a fishbowl format, we will
hear from experts looking at the the topic from a variety of angles: as an
issue of labor, of free expression, and of information hegemony.
Participants will be encouraged to take part in the discussion and share
new ideas for research and advocacy.

*Interested participants should complete the registration form at
<https://goo.gl/forms/9isVlduYmkeqMeG43> by Sept 1, 2016. *The organizers
hope to have roughly equal participation from academia and from civil
society, and will use the requested information to plan the details of the

Questions can be addressed to Nathalie Maréchal, marechal at usc.edu, at any

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin!

Nathalie & Jillian

*Nathalie Maréchal*
Doctoral Candidate, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Senior Information Controls Fellow, Ranking Digital Rights
Marechal at USC.edu | @MarechalUSC | www.nathaliemarechal.net
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