CIPR co-director, Michael Zimmer, discusses recent controversies related to content censorship by Facebook in a blog post on The Huffington Post.
The piece, “Facebook’s Censorship Problem,” critiques Facebook’s recent removal of a photo of two men kissing from a user’s Facebook Wall due to an apparent violation of the site’s terms of service. Zimmer also contextualizes this censorship controversy within news that Facebook is reportedly in discussions with the Chinese government to bring the social network to the China, where the social networking site will need to implement a much more robust and aggressive content filtering and censorship policy to abide by China’s wishes to limit it’s citizens’ access to information.
Read the full article here. You can also read more about a variety of policy and ethical issues related to Facebook at Zimmer’s blog.
CIPR research assistant and SOIS PhD student, Anthony Hoffmann, will be presenting at the Theorizing the Web Conference 2011, University of Maryland, April 9th, 2011.
The conference will showcase the work of young scholars at the intersection of society and technology. From the conference website:
Technology has always been social and society has always been technological. This fact has become increasingly difficult to ignore following the recent explosion of collaborative and user-generated content—what is now generally referred to as “social media” or “Web 2.0.” The social Web has the potential to change and/or reinforce some of our most fundamental social relationships, including those with others, our selves, our bodies and our experience with reality itself.
Hoffmann will be presenting as part of a panel dedicated to exploring issues of ownership, commercialization and privacy on Facebook. More details of his presentation are available at AnthonyHoffmann.org.
The School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Policy for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The information policy fellowship is designed for recent PhDs who are interested in social, ethical, economic, legal, and technical aspects of information and information technologies with a focus on information policy and information ethics. All applicable research areas are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants whose work investigates the intersections of information policy, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, governance, power, and identity.
Along with continuing their own research agenda, the fellow will work closely with the Center for Information Policy Research and affiliated faculty, assist in coordination of related events, work with current PhD students, and participate in the academic and intellectual community of the School. The fellow will be expected to teach one advanced graduate course related to her/his research topic in the spring 2012 semester. The stipend for the fellowship will be $38,000 for a 12-month appointment beginning in August 22, 2011, with a $2,000 research and travel stipend. Fellows are eligible for benefits. The stipend for this position may be subject to UW System furlough and budgetary policies.
- Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than 3 years past receiving their PhD.
- Applicants must hold a PhD in information studies or related discipline. Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD but expect to have it by August 2011 will be asked to provide a letter from their home institution corroborating the degree award schedule. Verification of completion of degree will be required before the start date.
- Application packages must include: letter explaining research agenda, teaching interests, and appropriateness for the fellowship; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; and 3 references.
- Send all application materials electronically to both Dr. Joyce Latham (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Michael Zimmer (email@example.com).
- Deadline for application is April 30, 2011. Decisions to be made by May 31 2011.
For more information, please contact either Dr. Latham or Dr. Zimmer, and visit us at http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/ and http://www4.uwm.edu/cipr/.
Amidst the political controversy surrounding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, there have have been allegations of possible Internet filtering at the Wisconsin Capitol where an opposition website was apparently blocked on the Capitol wifi network. This obviously has implications both in terms of the current dispute, as well as information policy more broadly.
CIPR would like to highlight PhD student (and CIPR Research Assistant) Anthony Hoffmann’s excellent analysis of what really (seems) to be happening – “Access and Protests: Internet Censorship and the Wisconsin Capitol.”
Please join CIPR co-directors Dr. Joyce Latham and Dr. Michael Zimmer for a discussion of the intersections of intellectual freedom and WikiLeaks at the Brookfield Public Library on Thursday, February 24th from 7 to 8 PM.
Registration for this event is requested, but not required. To register or to request further information, please call 262-782-4140.
Minding the Gaps: WikiLeaks and Internet Security in the 21st Century
A symposium with Laura DeNardis (Yale) and UWM faculty Sandra Braman (Communication) and Richard Grusin (C21, English)
Friday, February 4
2:00 pm, Curtin 175
The title of our symposium comes from the ubiquitous pre-recorded security voice on the London Tube, reminding passengers to “mind the gap” between train cars and platforms. Unlike the physical gaps of 20th century transportation technologies like the Underground, the information gaps of 21st century communication technologies like the Internet pose security issues of a very different kind—as epitomized by the ongoing conflict between WikiLeaks and (especially) the US government.
This symposium will address the questions of WikiLeaks and Internet security from three different perspectives—political, legal, and medial—in order to come to terms with the ways in which WikiLeaks crystallizes some of the major security questions of the 21st century.
For more information, visit the Center for 21st Century Studies’ page for this event.
The School of Information Studies (SOIS) is proud to welcome Wilhelm Peekhaus as the 2010-11 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Policy.
Peekhaus earned a Doctorate in Library and Information Science in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (Canada).Peekhaus comes to SOIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois where he was the 2008-10 Information in Society Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2003, he earned a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from McGill University in Montréal, Quebec.
Peekhaus’ doctoral study primarily focused on the biotechnology community and information policy in Canada. In 2008, he successfully defended his dissertation, Canada’s Biotechnology Strategy: Struggles on the Knowledge Commons. At Illinois, he taught courses in information policy. In addition to numerous international conference presentations both within and beyond LIS, his work has been published by the Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of Information Ethics, and Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society.
“This is new ground for SOIS and we’re eager to welcome Wilhelm to our team,” said Center for Information Policy Research Director Elizabeth Buchanan. At SOIS, Peekhaus will help enhance the research profile of the school while also teaching graduate level courses. “Wilhelm brings a lot of experience with him to SOIS, and we know that he’ll play a big part in advancing our reputation as a leader in information policy.”
“Bringing in Wilhelm is a big step for SOIS,” said SOIS Interim Hope A. Olson. “With our recent grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and a postdoctoral program in place, SOIS has cemented its academic reputation as a leader in library and information science research.”
The School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee offers several degrees and programs including the Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology, Master of Library and Information Science (accredited by the American Library Association), and Ph.D. in Information Studies. With a growing student body of more than 800, SOIS strives to meet the demand for information professionals at all levels in libraries, archives, corporations, government agencies, schools, and other institutions, and in higher education. SOIS is a leader in online education and currently enrolls students from all regions of the United States and from countries around the world. For more information about the school, its faculty, and its programs, see http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SOIS/ or call 1-888-349-3432.
The Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) will sponsor one student (undergraduate, graduate or post-doc) in the amount of $800 (USD) for the 11th Association of Internet Researchers conference (AoIR 11.0) to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden from October 21 to 23, 2010.
- The student’s research must focus on some aspect of information ethics or information policy, and internet studies, broadly conceived.
- The recipient must submit a proposal for a paper according to AoIR procedures.
- Once accepted, the following should be submitted to Elizabeth Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org: Paper Abstract, CV, and brief statement describing how the paper will make an impact on the fields of information ethics, policy, and internet studies.
Submissions should be received by 1 August 2010.
Recipient will be notified by 30 August 2010.
The recipient should acknowledge the CIPR grant at AoIR and in any subsequent presentations or publications.
Please feel free to contact Elizabeth Buchanan at elizabeth [at] internetresearchethics [dot] org with any questions.
The Center for Information Policy Research is pleased to announce 2010-2011 CIPR fellow Luciano Floridi!
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire — where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics — and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford, where he is the founder and director of the IEG, Oxford University interdepartmental research group on the philosophy of information. His research areas are the philosophy of computing and information, information/computer ethics, philosophy of technology, epistemology and philosophy of logic.
While a CIPR Fellow, Floridi will lead a select group of SOIS PhD students through a critical investigation of the philosophy of information.
For more information on Dr. Floridi, visit his webpage at philosophyofinformation.net.
For more information on the CIPR Fellows program, click here.
CIPR Associate Michael Zimmer is co-author on an op-ed in The Huffington Post, along with Chris Jay Hoofnagle, director of information privacy programs at the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law & Technology.
The piece, “How to Win Friends and Manipulate People,” critiques the “Machiavellian public relations strategy” of information-intensive companies, such as Facebook, in which “companies introduce ‘features’ that invariably result in more information being shared with advertisers, wait for a negative reaction, and then announce minimal changes without affecting the new feature. They explain away the fuss with public relations spin: ‘we are listening to our users,’ ‘we didn’t get it right this time,’ ‘we look forward to your feedback,’ etc.”
Check out the full piece here. You can also read more about privacy issues and Facebook at Michael Zimmer’s blog.