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Location: Toronto, Canada
7 – 10 February, 2012
University of Toronto, Faculty of Information
Conference Theme: Culture • Design • Society
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2012 By the Numbers

Total participants: 486
Papers presented: 53
Posters presented: 95
Workshops presented: 9
Alternative Events presented: 16
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 20

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2012 Organizers

Conference Chair: Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iCaucus

Local Organizing Committee Chair: Andrew Drummond, University of Toronto

Papers Chair: Jonathan Furner, University of California, Los Angeles

Posters Chair: Paul Marty, Florida State University

Workshops Chair: Kelly Lyons, University of Toronto

Alternative Events Chair: Philippa Levy, University of Sheffield

Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs: Hamid R. Ekbia, Indiana University and Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University

Keynote Speakers Chair: Brian Cantwell Smith, University of Toronto

Publication Chair: Yuri Takhteyev, University of Toronto

Early Career Colloquium Co-Chairs: Joseph Janes, University of Washington and Anita Komlodi, UMBC

Local Organizing Committee (all from University of Toronto):

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2012 Program Committee

Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan
Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Jack Andersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science
Nick Belkin, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Jean-François Blanchette, University of California, Los Angeles
Johan Bollen, Indiana University
Geoff Bowker, University of Pittsburgh
Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology
Donald Case, University of Kentucky
Chen Chuanfu, Wuhan University
Paul Clough, University of Sheffield
Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University
Ron Day, Indiana University
Melanie Feinberg, University of Texas, Austin
Robert Glushko, University of California Berkeley
Sean Goggins, Drexel University
Sara Grimes, University of Toronto
David Hendry, University of Washington
Steven Jackson, University of Michigan
Jim Jansen, The Pennsylvania State University
Michelle Kazmer, Florida State University
Anita Komlodi, UMBC
Christopher (Cal) Lee, University of North Carolina
Bonnie Mak, University of Illinois
William Moen, University of North Texas
Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine
Heather L. O’Brien, University of British Columbia
Ee-Peng Lim, Singapore Management University
Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin
Elizabeth Shepherd, University College London
Bo Xie, University of Maryland

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2012 Awards

The following awards were presented at iConference 2012.

Best Paper Awards

Presented in order of paper ID number:

  • 160: Studying the Values of Hard-to-Reach Populations: Content
    Analysis of Tweets by the 21st Century Homeless (Jes A. Koepfler, University of Maryland, College Park;
    Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Maryland, College Park)
  • 195: Rural Anchor Institution Broadband Connectivity: Enablers and
    Barriers to Adoption (Lauren H. Mandel, The Florida State University; Nicole D. Alemanne, The Florida State University; Charles
    R. McClure, The Florida State University)
  • 203: Networked Cultural Heritage and Socio-Digital Inequalities: A
    Case Study in an African-American Community (Noah Lenstra, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Abdul
    Alkalimat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • 245: Managing fixity and fluidity in data repositories (Morgan
    Daniels, University of Michigan; Ixchel Faniel, OCLC; Kathleen Fear, University of Michigan; Elizabeth Yakel, University of Michigan)
  • 276: Private Sector Video Surveillance in Toronto: Not Privacy
    Compliant! (Andrew Clement, University of Toronto; Joseph Ferenbok, University of Toronto; Roxanna Dehghan, University of Toronto; Laura
    Kaminker, University of Toronto; Simeon Kanev, University of Toronto)

Best Poster Awards

Presented in order of poster ID number.

  • 115: Does the Use of Place Affect Learner Engagement? The Case of GeoStoryteller on the Streets of New York (Anthony Cocciolo, Pratt Institute; Debbie Rabina, Pratt Institute)
  • 380: We Are Visible: Technology-Mediated Social Participation in a Twitter Network for the Homeless (Jes A. Koepfler, University of Maryland, College Park; Derek L. Hansen, University of Maryland, College Park)
  • 412: Facets of Access: a Typology of Information Dissemination Systems (Elisabeth A. Jones , University of Washington, University of Michigan; Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington)
  • 438: From Data to Knowledge: Developing Effective Visualizations for Finding Inefficiency in Healthcare (Conrad Ng, Dalhousie University; Anatoliy Gruzd, Dalhousie University; Calvino Cheng, Capital District Health Authority, Canada)
  • 451: Green Washing the Digital Playground: How Virtual Worlds Support Ecological Intelligence…or Do They? (Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia; Bittner Robert, University of British Columbia)

Best Poster Runners-Up

Presented in order of poster ID number:

  • 422: Removing Records Documenting Acts of Violence and Atrocities from the Archive (Emily Kozinski, McGill University; Carolyn Hank, McGill University)
  • 423: Habitat Tracker: Learning About Scientific Inquiry Through Digital Journaling in Wildlife Centers (Paul F. Marty, Nicole Alemanne, et al., The Florida State University)
  • 433: Towards a Logical Form for Descriptive Metadata Karen Wickett, University of Illinois; Allen Renear, University of Illinois)
  • 442: The DataRes Research Project on Data Management (Martin Halbert, University of North Texas; William Moen, University of North Texas; Spencer Keralis, University of North Texas)
  • 463: Will You Be My Friend?: Responses to Friendship Requests from Strangers (Sameer Patil, Indiana University)

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2012 Keynote Speakers

The following three speakers made keynote presentations at iConference 2012.

Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert is professor of Political Science, and director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. Deibert is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects.

Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc. Deibert has published numerous articles, chapters, and three books on issues related to technology, media, and world politics. He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society on issues relating to Internet censorship, surveillance and information warfare.

Deibert presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics. He is on the advisory boards of The Watson Institute for International Studies’ InfoTechWarPeace project (Brown University), Access Now, and Privacy International; he is also a member of the board of directors of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

Deibert was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002), the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2002), and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy (2010). He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of Information and communication technologies (2002-2004).

Deibert’s Keynote Abstract

“What was once a domain characterized by openness and the free  exchange of ideas, cyberspace is being re-shaped by technological changes, a growing underworld of cyber crime, a burgeoning cyber security industrial complex that feeds a cyber arms race, and an increasingly intense geopolitical contest over the domain itself.

“Together, these driving forces are creating a kind of ‘perfect storm’ in cyberspace that threats to subvert it entirely either through over-reaction, the imposition of heavy-handed controls, or through partition and cantoning.

“To restore cyberspace as an open global commons will require a multi-layered strategy, from the local to the global.

“Drawing from the research and other activities of the Citizen Lab, Deibert discusses the ‘Coming Perfect Storm in Cyberspace’ and what is to be done to prepare for it.”

Visit the Citizen Lab website to learn more about Deibert.

Geoffrey Nunberg

Click here to view a pdf of Nunberg’s presentation, delivered at iConference 2012 on Feb. 9, 2012.

Geoffrey Nunberg is an adjunct full professor at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley. His linguistics research includes work in semantics and pragmatics, text classification, and written-language structure; he also works and writes on the social and cultural implications of new technologies.

Nunberg has written scholarly books and articles on a range of topics, including semantics and pragmatics, information access, written language structure, multilingualism and language policy, and the cultural implications of digital technologies. His books include The Years of Talking Dangerously (2009), Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show (2006), Going Nucular (2004), and The Way We Talk Now (2001).

Nunberg does a recurring feature on language for National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” is the emeritus chair of the usage panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and has served as an expert witness in numerous high-profile court cases, including the American Library Association’s legal challenge of the Children’s Internet Protection Act, which mandates the use of Internet filtering software in all libraries that receive the e-rate subsidy.

Until 2001, Nunberg was a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, working on the development of linguistic technologies.

Nunberg’s Keynote Abstract

Title: A Word Whose Time has Come: A Brief History of ‘Information.’

“It’s the name we’ve given to the age itself, to its dominant technologies, to the economy and professions that have grown up around them, to a basic divide between the sectors of society, to the
fundamental organizing principles of physics and biology, and by-the-by, to a clutch of new university faculties dedicated to congealing it all into a coherent field of study. Behind it all is the assumption that the stuff sitting on our hard drives is the same stuff that constitutes the basis of life, the source of our material wealth, and the oil that ensures the healthy functioning of free societies. Is “information” the first principle of postmodernity, or is this all just a colossal, if handy, play on words — what William James was getting at when he wrote, “Whenever we have made a word to denote a certain group of phenomena, we are prone to suppose a substantive entity existing beyond the phenomena, of which the word shall be the name”? In this talk, I’ll briefly review just how we got here, lexically speaking.”

Visit the UC Berkeley website to learn more about Nunberg.

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