Location: Toronto, Canada
Papers presented: 53
Posters presented: 95
Workshops presented: 9
Alternative Events presented: 16
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 20
Rates (listed in GBP):
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
Keynote Speakers Chair: Brian Cantwell Smith, University of Toronto
Publication Chair: Yuri Takhteyev, University of Toronto
Local Organizing Committee (all from University of Toronto):
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
The following awards were presented at iConference 2012.
Best Paper Awards
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Best Poster Awards
Presented in order of poster ID number.
Best Poster Runners-Up
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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.
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
Visit the UC Berkeley website to learn more about Nunberg.