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Big Brother, Big Business: Data-Mining & Surveillance — Privacy Week 2012

Mar 19, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on Big Brother, Big Business: Data-Mining & Surveillance — Privacy Week 2012

Join the Center for Information Policy Research and the UWM Libraries for a special screening of the short documentary film “Big Brother, Big Business: The Data-Mining and Surveillance Industries” in celebration of Choose Privacy Week, an annual initiative of the American Library Association that invites the public into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.

The event is free and open to the public:

Following the film, a panel of privacy advocates will discuss its implications, including:

CIPR Co-Sponsoring Unconference on “Feminism and Library & Information Studies”

Feb 6, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Co-Sponsoring Unconference on “Feminism and Library & Information Studies”

Feminism in LISCIPR is proud to be among the sponsors for “Out of the Attic and Into the Stacks“, an unconference on Feminism and Library & Information Studies, to be held March 9-11, 2012 at UW-Milwaukee.

This unconference (details on what this means here) is a meeting of practitioners, scholars and aspirants in the field of library and information studies to explore feminism as theory, boundary, ecology, method, flavor, relationship, and epistemology — among others.

The unconference begins with a reception on the evening of Friday, March 9 evening concludes noon Sunday, March 12. Light breakfasts and lunch will be provided. Room reservations available at the Hilton Milwaukee River, which provides a shuttle service to the UWM campus.

The cost is only $25, and registration details are available here.

STUDENTS: CIPR is sponsoring student scholarships for attendance at the “Out of the Attic, Into the Stacks, Feminism and LIS unconference”. To apply for the waiver of the registration fee, please submit your name, student status, and brief statement of how the participation in the conference will support your studies and/or practice to Adriana McCleer <amccleer@uwm.edu>. Successful applicants will be notified by March 5, 2012.

Support for the unconference is provided by the Center for Information Policy Research at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the School of Information Studies; the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; the School of Library and Information Science at University of Wisconsin – Madison; the Wisconsin Women Library Workers.

Contact Joyce M. Latham (latham@uwm.edu) or Adriana McCleer (amccleer@uwm.edu) for more details.

CFP: 2nd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics of Information Organization

Dec 13, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CFP: 2nd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics of Information Organization

Information organization, like other major functions of the information professions, faces many ethical challenges. In our literature, ethical concerns have been raised with regard to, topics such as, the role of national and international tools and standards, provision of subject access to information, deprofessionalization and outsourcing, education of professionals, and the effects of globalization. These issues and many others like them have serious implications for quality and equity in information access.

The Information Organization Research Group and the Center for Information Policy Research of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee join in presenting this second conference to address the ethics of information organization. Like the first Ethics of Information Organization conference held in Milwaukee May 2009, this conference (June 2012) welcomes papers on ethics and any element of information organization from cataloging standards to tagging; subject access; technology; the profession; cultural, economic, political, corporate, international, multicultural and multilingual aspects.

Invited speakers will include:

  • Opening speaker: Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto
  • Closing speaker: Richard Smiraglia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

We invite submission of proposals for papers which will include: name(s) of presenter(s), title(s), affiliation(s), contact information and abstracts of 300-500 words. Presentations will be 20 minutes. Time will be set aside for questions as well as broader discussion. All abstracts will be published on the Web site of the UW-Milwaukee Information Organization Research Group. Full papers will be published in a special issue of Knowledge Organization.

  • Abstracts due: February 15, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance by: March 15, 2012
  • Full papers due: July 15, 2012

Submit proposals via email to: Hope A Olson, Conference Chair (holson@uwm.edu)

CIPR Research Lunch with talks on “Policy Fundamentals in Internet Design” and “Justice in the Information Society” (November 4, 2011)

Oct 7, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Research Lunch with talks on “Policy Fundamentals in Internet Design” and “Justice in the Information Society” (November 4, 2011)

On Friday, November 4, 2011, please join us for a CIPR brown bag research lunch from 1:30-3:00 in Bolton 521 (bring your own lunch).

There will be two short presentations:

  • “‘Mutual Connexions’: On Obligation and the Scope of Justice in the Information Society”, by Anthony Hoffmann, SOIS PhD student.
    This short presentation covers parts of Anthony Hoffmann’s dissertation research on reframing theories of global justice in the information society.
  • “The Framing Years: Policy Fundamentals in the Internet Design Process, 1969–1979”, by Sandra Braman, Professor, Department of Communication.
    This talk presents parts of Dr. Braman’s research on the treatment of policy issues by technical designers involved in the Internet design process, including privacy, intellectual property rights, common carriage, and environmental concerns.

We intend to hold informal research lunches (bring your own lunch) a few times each semester, to provide a space for faculty, students, staff, and friends interested in information policy and ethics (conceived of broadly) to share research — both finished and in progress.

If you’d like to schedule a time to present, please contact Michael Zimmer at zimmerm@uwm.edu.

2011 WLA Pre-Conference Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like

Oct 7, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on 2011 WLA Pre-Conference Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like

The UW-Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies and the WLA Intellectual Freedom Round Table invite you to attend the 2011 Wisconsin Library Association Pre-Conference, Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like!

When a library confronts an intellectual freedom challenge, who are the players involved, what are their interests and where do we stand? This pre-conference will explore the motivations of such groups as Family Friendly Librarians, local politicians and the American Library Association.

Perspectives on intellectual freedom issues will be offered by:

  • Barb Deter, Past president, Board of Directors, West Bend Community Memorial Library
  • Barbara Jones, Director, Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA, Chicago
  • Sandra Braman, Professor, Department of Communications, UW-Milwaukee
  • Loretta Gaffney, PhD candidate in Library & Information Science, Univ. of Illinois
  • Joyce M. Latham, Assistant Professor, UW-Milwaukee

November 1, 2011 | 9:30 – 3:30 PM
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI

Register here!

CIPR Research Lunch on Internet Research Ethics (September 30, 2011)

Sep 19, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Research Lunch on Internet Research Ethics (September 30, 2011)

On Friday, September 30, 2011, please join us for a CIPR brown bag research lunch from 12:30-2:00 in Bolton 521 (bring your own lunch).

There will be two short presentations, both focusing on issues in Internet research ethics:

  • “Oh the Ethics You’ll Know”, by Nick Proferes, SOIS PhD student. This short (and clever!) presentation shares on-going research into how issues of research ethics are discussed on the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) mailing list. This will be a preview of what Nick will present at the AoIR annual conference in October.
  • “Research Ethics in the 2.0 Era: Conceptual Gaps for Ethicists, Researchers, IRBs”, by Michael Zimmer, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Center for Information Policy Research. This talk contributes to this growing discourse on Internet research ethics by describing conceptual gaps that have emerged with relation to how researchers and IRBs think about privacy, anonymity, consent, and harm in the 2.0 era. This will be a preview of an invited presentation at the International Symposium on Digital Ethics hosted by Loyola’s Center for Digital Ethics & Policy.

We intend to hold informal research lunches (bring your own lunch) a few times each semester, to provide a space for faculty, students, staff, and friends interested in information policy and ethics (conceived of broadly) to share research — both finished and in progress.

If you’d like to schedule a time to present, please contact Michael Zimmer at zimmerm@uwm.edu.

CIPR Directors to Discuss Labor, Ethics at ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans

Jun 20, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Directors to Discuss Labor, Ethics at ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans

CIPR Co-Directors Dr. Michael Zimmer and Dr. Joyce Latham will be discussing issues of ethics and labor at the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. Held June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans, the ALA Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the broader library community, bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, and advocates.

Dr. Zimmer will be speaking on the program “Promoting Ethical Literacy in Youth: How Librarians Can Partner with Parents and Teachers”, hosted by the ALA’s Committee on Professional Ethics. The program is Sunday, June 26th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Morial Convention Center, Room 243. More details are available here.

Dr. Latham will be participating in the Library History Round Table Research Forum, which features papers on the history of library services and collections for business, industry, and labor. Dr. Latham will present her work on “Collective Collections: Libraries and Labor” on Sunday, June 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, room Rosedown A. More details are available here.

CIPR RA Anthony Hoffmann presenting at Theorizing the Web 2011

Apr 8, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CIPR RA Anthony Hoffmann presenting at Theorizing the Web 2011

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.

Intellectual Freedom vs. Wikileaks

Feb 5, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on Intellectual Freedom vs. Wikileaks

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

Jan 25, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on Minding the Gaps: WikiLeaks and Internet Security in the 21st Century

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.

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