Wednesday, October 31, 2018

You say goodbye and I say hello

I haven't been updating this blog for years. It's about time to start a new one.

Monday, September 14, 2015

[CFP] Media and Communications in Latin America

(via Ecrea)

List members may be interested in publishing their media and communications research in Studies in Media Communications (SIMC) volumes 12 or 13 which are due to publish in 2016.

Please forward this email if it would be of interest to your colleagues.

VOLUME 12: ICTs and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin America
Guest Editors: Hernan Galperin, Alejandro Artopoulos, and Jason Beech (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina)
This volume assembles relevant research focusing on ICTs in Latin America. The mobile broadband revolution is taking place in Latin America. Despite various constraints faced by Latin American countries, the spread of mobile telephony and broadband Internet has reached very high levels even among low-income populations. However about half of the continent’s population remains unconnected, and the benefits of connectivity have been slow to materialize. Submissions may examine any aspect of the theme of digital divide in Latin America and the politics of digital inclusion. We welcome submissions on different dimensions of the theme such as mobile youth identities, technology affordability, school transformation by digital media, the diffusion of e-commerce platforms and digital technology in SMEs.

VOLUME 13: Brazil: Media from the Country of the Future Guest Editors: Sonia Virgínia Moreira (Universidade do Estado in Rio de Janeiro), Monica Martinez (Universidade de Sorocaba, Reitoria), Joseph D. Straubhaar (University of Texas at Austin), Antonio C. La Pastina (University of Texas at Austin), Samantha Nogueira Joyce, and Pedro Aguiar (State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil)
This volume assembles research on any aspect of Brazilian media and communication in its various forms. The parameters are set as broadly as possible as long as the research speaks to a facet of the topic as defined in the call for submissions. Submissions may be empirical, theoretical, or methodological--using any method or approach. The volume aims to encompass research on emergent phenomena, as well as studies with a historical or longitudinal dimension. Comparative studies are welcome as long as Brazil is one of the central case studies.

Read the **full call for papers* for both volumes.

Deadline: February 1 2016.

Benefits of publishing in SIMC
  • Quick time to publication
  • Peer reviewed
  • Longer form articles

Emma Stevenson
Publishing Editor//| Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 785198 | Fax: +44 (0)1274 785200
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"O Brasil não assinará o tratado internacional de tecnologia da informação (ITA)"

("Catadão" rápido de pontos sobre o Acordo sobre Tecnologias de Informação da Organização Mundial do Comércio)

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No site da Organização Mundial do Comércio:
Basic Principles of the ITA 
https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/inftec_e/itaintro_e.htm 
The ITA is solely a tariff cutting mechanism. While the Declaration provides for the review of non-tariff barriers (NTBs), there are no binding commitments concerning NTBs. There are three basic principles that one must abide by to become an ITA participant: 1) all products listed in the Declaration must be covered, 2) all must be reduced to a zero tariff level, and 3) all other duties and charges (ODCs) must be bound at zero. There are no exceptions to product coverage, however for sensitive items, it is possible to have an extended implementation period. The commitments undertaken under the ITA in the WTO are on an MFN basis, and therefore benefits accrue to all other WTO Members.
Brasil e África do Sul não assinaram. Enquanto isso, o trecho sobre TICs da Declaração de Ufá, dos BRICS, diz o seguinte:
34. Tecnologias da Informação e da Comunicação (TICs) proporcionam novas ferramentas aos cidadãos para o funcionamento efetivo da economia, da sociedade e do Estado. As TICs aprimoram oportunidades para o estabelecimento de parceiras globais para o desenvolvimento sustentável, o fortalecimento da paz e da segurança internacionais e a promoção e proteção dos direitos humanos. Adicionalmente, expressamos nossa preocupação com o uso de TICs para fins de crime organizado transnacional, desenvolvimento de instrumentos ofensivos e realização de atos de terrorismo. Concordamos que o uso e desenvolvimento de TICs por meio da cooperação internacional e dos princípios e normas universalmente aceitos do direito internacional são de suma importância de modo a garantir uma Internet e um espaço digital pacíficos, seguros e abertos. Reiteramos nossa condenação de vigilância eletrônica em massa e da coleta de dados de indivíduos por todo o mundo, bem como a violação da soberania dos Estados e dos direitos humanos, em particular, o direito à privacidade. Reconhecemos que os Estados não estão no mesmo patamar de desenvolvimento e de capacidades com relação a TICs. Comprometemo-nos a concentrar na expansão do acesso universal a todas as formas de comunicação digital e a melhorar a conscientização das pessoas a esse respeito. Enfatizamos também a necessidade de promover a cooperação entre nossos países para combater o uso das TICs para propósitos terroristas e criminosos. Reconhecemos a necessidade de um instrumento regulatório universal vinculante sobre o combate ao uso criminoso de TICs sob os auspícios da ONU. Ademais, estamos preocupados com o potencial abuso das TICs para fins que ameacem a paz e a segurança internacionais. Enfatizamos a importância central dos princípios de direito internacional consagrados na Carta das Nações Unidas, em particular a independência política, a integridade territorial e igualdade soberana dos Estados, a não interferência em assuntos internos de outros Estados e o respeito aos direitos humanos e às liberdades individuais.
Reafirmamos nossa abordagem abrangente estabelecida nas Declarações de eThekwini e Fortaleza sobre a importância da segurança no uso das TICs e no papel chave da ONU no enfrentamento dessas questões. Encorajamos a comunidade internacional a concentrar seus esforços em medidas de construção de confiança, capacitação, não uso da força e prevenção de conflitos no uso das TICs. Buscaremos desenvolver cooperação prática uns com os outros de modo a enfrentar desafios comuns de segurança no uso das TICs. Continuaremos a considerar a adoção de regras, normas e princípios para o comportamento responsável dos Estados nessa esfera.
Nesse contexto, o Grupo de Trabalho de Peritos do BRICS sobre segurança no uso das TICs iniciará cooperação nas seguintes áreas: compartilhamento de informações e melhores práticas relacionadas à segurança no uso de TICs; coordenação efetiva contra crimes cibernéticos; estabelecimento de pontos nodais nos Estados Membros; cooperação intra-BRICS fazendo uso dos Grupos de Resposta a Incidentes de Segurança em Computadores (CSIRT) existentes; projetos conjuntos de pesquisa e desenvolvimento; capacitação; e desenvolvimento de normas, princípios e padrões internacionais.
Uma matéria da Folha dá um panorama dos motivos pelos quais possivelmente o Brasil não assinou o acordo: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mercado/2015/07/1657798-acordo-eliminara-tarifa-de-eletronicos-em-80-paises-brasil-esta-fora.shtml.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Job opportunity: ESRC associate research fellow (internet governance)

(via University of Exeter)

From Alison Harcourt (Politics, Exeter) 

Please find below the link to an advertisement for a 3 year full-time postdoctoral fellowship based at the University of Exeter on an ESRC project together with myself, George Christou (Warwick) and Seamus Simpson (Salford). The project will explore the role of civil society actors in international professional fora for Internet Governance.

Job title: Associate Research Fellow
Job reference: P49603
Date posted: 07/07/2015
Application closing date: 16/08/2015
Location: Exeter
Salary: starting will be from £25,513 per annum up to £28,695 per annum on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.
Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable)
Job category/type: Research
Job description:

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group University in the top one percent of institutions globally. In the last few years we have invested strategically to deliver more than 350 million pounds worth of new facilities across our campuses with plans for another 330 million pounds of investment between now and 2016.

The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Alison Harcourt. This ESRC funded post is available from 1 October 2015 until 31 August 2018. The successful applicant will conduct literature reviews, draft policy documents, prepare research work for publication, organise interviews and dissemination events and maintain the project website.

The post will include making presentations at national and international conferences, organising interviews and dissemination events, maintaining the project website, literature reviews and drafting policy briefings.  The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will have a background in political science, with experience and understanding of the economic, political and social significance of the Internet, ideally with knowledge of internet and communications policy and legislation.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

[new book] Public Access ICT across Cultures

[via Ecrea]
[One or two references about Brazil]

Public Access ICT across Cultures
Diversifying Participation in the Network Society

Overview
Shared public access to computers and the Internet in developing countries is often hailed as an effective, low-cost way to share the benefits of digital technology. Yet research on the economic and social effects of public access to computers is lacking. This volume offers the first systematic assessment of the impact of shared public access in the developing world, with findings from ten countries in South America, Asia, and Africa. It provides evidence that the benefits of diversified participation in digital society go beyond providing access to technology. Public access venues—most often Internet cafés in cities and state-run telecenters in rural areas—are places for learning, sharing, working, empowerment and finding opportunities.

The book documents the impact of public access on individuals, on society and networks, and on women. Chapters report findings and examine policy implications of research on such topics as users’ perceptions of the benefits of Internet café use in Jordan; ICT job training in Rwanda; understanding user motivations and risk factors for overuse and Internet addiction in China; the effect of technology use on social inclusion among low-income urban youth in Argentina; productive uses of technologies by grassroots organizations in Peru; use of technology by migrant ethnic minority Burmese women in Thailand to maintain ties with their culture and their family and friends; and women’s limited access to the most ubiquitous type of venue, cybercafés, in practically all countries studied—and quite severely in some places, e.g. Uttar Pradesh, India.

Contributing Editors 
Erwin A. Alampay, Roxana Barrantes Cáceres, Hernan Galperin, Abiodun Jagun, George Sciadas, Ramata Molo Thioune, Kentaro Toyama

Chapter authors
Ali Farhan AbuSeileek, Carolina Aguerre, Oluwasefunmi ‘Tale Arogundade, Nor Aziah Alias, Sebastián Benítez Larghi, Jorge Bossio, Juan Fernando Bossio, Marina Laura Calamari, Nikos Dacanay, Jean Damascène Mazimpaka, Laurent Aristide Eyinga Eyinga, Mary Luz Feranil, Ariel Fontecoba, Omar Fraihat, Martin S. Hagger, Jianbin Hao, Sulaiman Hashim, Izaham Shah Ismail, Haziah Jamaludin, Xuemei Jiang, Laura León, Guoxin Li, Balwant Singh Mehta, Nidhi Mehta, Marina Moguillansky, Marhaini Mohd Noor, Avis Momeni, Théodomir Mugiraneza, Jimena Orchuela, Patricia Peña Miranda, Alejandra Phillippi, Jimena Ponce de León, Ghaleb Rabab’ah, Saif Addeen AlRababah, Wei Shang, Ryan V. Silverio, Sylvie Siyam Siwe, Efenita M. Taqueban, Olga Balbine Tsafack Nguekeng, Xiaoguang Yang

More info: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/public-access-ict-across-cultures