[media, culture & communication – visiting assistant professor]

Awesome position:

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor whose research focuses on digital media, copyright, and media technologies. The position is to begin September 1, 2010.

This is a one-year non-tenure track appointment that is renewable for an additional two years, depending upon department need and satisfactory performance.

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication serves over 750 undergraduate majors and offers MA and PhD programs of study. The Department emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship and encourages applications from a broad range of methodological perspectives. For more information please see: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/mcc/.


The position is open to recent PhDs who have completed their dissertations within the last four years. Doctoral candidates who will have completed their degrees by September 2010 are also invited to apply.

Further information about the position can be obtained from: Marita Sturken, Chair, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication,


Note: Image from School Designs.


[u.k.: new institute for web science]

 "Department for Business, Innovation and Skills   (National)

The Government today announced the creation of the new Institute for Web Science.

It is designed to make the UK the hub of international research into the next generation of web and internet technologies and their commercialisation, and was announced by the Prime Minister alongside plans for a radical opening up of information and data to put more power in people’s hands. The Institute will conduct research, collaborate with businesses, identify opportunities for social and economic benefit, assist in commercialising research and help Government stimulate demand through procurement.

The web was originally a place where people published documents that users could search and pick up. Web 2.0 has enabled users to contribute and create web content more easily. Web 3.0 will take the web to a whole new level by publishing data in a linkable format so that users and developers can see and exploit the relationships between different sets of information.

The development of these technologies will create significant new opportunities for business and the public sector. The impact of these technologies is likely to be as important as the creation of the original web, and could generate large-scale economic benefits for the UK in the global market for web and internet technologies. The role of the Institute will be to undertake research and development, and act as a bridge between research and business, helping commercialise these new technologies. It will also advise Government on how semantic technologies can be used in the public sector, and how public procurement can be used to speed their adoption.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that £30 million would be set aside to create the Institute for Web Science. It will be headed by Sir Tim Berners Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, and leading Web Science expert Professor Nigel Shadbolt.

Read more here


[google 'phone home]

Via Jason Hiner on Tech Republic:

"Google’s haphazard attitude toward data privacy was my biggest concern, and it made me want to limit to amount of data I gave to Google. Since I was already doing most of my Web searches through Google.com and handling most of my personal email through Gmail, I decided to avoid the Chrome Web browser and the Android smartphone platform.

If Google had all four of those platforms then it would have had a near-complete digital footprint of my online activities. Limiting it to two seemed wise. I was especially concerned with Chrome saving and storing my entire Web browsing history and sending it back to Google.

However, for people like me — along with concerned IT leaders and technology professionals — Google recently published a YouTube video (see below) explaining Google’s privacy approach in Chrome. In this video Google says, “Using Chrome doesn’t mean sharing any more information with Google than using any other browser.”



This week it looks like twitter may be overloaded. I've encountered many error pages (checking on followers, DMs, and lists).


[conference: foundations of information science]

Conference Date:
August 20-23, 2010
Deadline of Paper Submission:
May 20th, 2010
Notification of Acceptance:
 June 20th, 2010
Continuing the series of FIS Conferences (Madrid 1994, Vienna 1996, Paris 2005) a new venue will be held in Beijing 2010. In our times, an increasing number of disciplines are dealing with information in very different ways: from information society and information technology to communication studies (and related subjects like codes, meaning, knowledge, and intelligence), as well as quantum information, bioinformation, knowledge economy, network science, computer science and Internet, to name but a few. At the same time, an increasing number of scientists in the East and the West have been engaged with the foundational problems underlying this development, to such an extent that the integration of disciplines revolving around information seems an idea whose time has come. A new science of information can be envisaged that explores the possibilities of establishing a common ground, of constructing a new scientific perspective that connects the different information-related disciplines and provides a new framework for transdisciplinary research.


1.  The Impact of a New Science of Information on Society
2.  The Position of Intelligence Science in Information Science
       a. Information and Intelligence
       b. Intelligence Science as an Engineering Informatics in Information Science  
3.  The Role of Other Applied Information Science Disciplines (Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Information and Communication Technologies and Society, Library and Documentation Science, …)
4.  The Basis of a New Science of Information
       a.  Feasibility of a single generic concept of information
       b.  Concepts, Principles, and Methodology of a “General Informatics” or “Theoretical Informatics”
       c.   Knowledge Structure of a Unified Theory of Information 
5.   Philosophy of Information
       a.   Information Ethics
       b.   Epistemology (Information and the Scientific Method, …)  
       c.   Ontology of Information   
       d.   Information and Philosophy of Science (Information and the System of Sciences – Transdisciplinarity – Consilience, …)
6.   Science of Information in Real-World Systems
       a.  Science of Information in Physical and Chemical Systems (Quantum Information, Molecular Recognition, …)
       b.  Science of Information in Living Systems (Biosemiotics, Systems Biology, Bioinformation, …)
       c.   Science of Information in Human / Social Systems
              i.  Science of Information in Human Cognition (Mind-Brain Theory, Consciousness, …)
              ii.  Science of Information in Human Communication (Linguistics, Social Networking,Communication Studies, …)
              iii.  Science of Information in Human Cooperation (Collective Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Advanced Intelligence, …)
7.   Science of the Information Society / Age (Information Society Theory, Internet Research, Social Informatics, New Media Studies, …)

Read more about the conference here.


["internet is freedom"]

Lawrence Lessing's speech at the Italian Parliament, "Internet is Freedom":


[interdisciplinary assistant prof. @ washington]

Interesting post available at the University of Washington however it is only a 9 month term and seems to focus on teaching.

The University of Washington (UW) Bothell Science and Technology Program is accepting applications for an associate professor position with tenure in the Science and Technology Program.  This full-time, nine-month position will start September 16, 2010. We are looking for stellar candidates who will contribute to the excellence of our University and our S&T Program. The successful applicant will have demonstrated distinction in research and teaching in one or more of the following areas: interactive media and design, creativity and learning, interactive video, virtual environments, visualization and visual analytic systems, interdisciplinary media approaches, and computer games.

UW Bothell’s signature approach to higher education is interdisciplinarity that promotes scholarship across our six academic programs. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing an interactive media and technology curriculum and collaborating with colleagues to create a shared culture of science, business, computer science, interactive media, technology, education and the arts. Teaching experience in varied formats, including team-based, computer-mediated and interdisciplinary approaches is also requisite for the position.

Additional requirements include an earned doctorate in appropriate discipline and/or MFA, teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, dedication to instructional innovation, demonstration of a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations, and ability to establish working relationships with regional high-tech companies.

Read more here.

Note: Image from Residence Inn.


[assistant prof. in victoria bc]

I would go for this position if only for the superb location near Victoria BC (it's actually on the Hatley Park National Historic Site):

Communication - Instructor or Assistant Professor

Royal Roads University

Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2010-03-05
Royal Roads University, Limited Term Core Faculty, School of Communication and Culture within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.

We invite your interest to explore our exciting new two year limited term position (at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level) at Royal Roads University (RRU). Located in beautiful, Victoria, BC our mandate is to solely offer professional degree programs with a focus on applied research. With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in online delivery and primarily attracts learners who are working professionals.

The School of Communication offers three degrees in communication studies which are focused on the theory and practice of professional communication in a wide range of contexts including media, organizational and intercultural. We stress a critical-professional educational approach and we invite you to view our website for more details.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated teaching experience at undergraduate and the graduate levels in the field of communication studies, an ability to work as a team member within an interdisciplinary outcome-based curriculum, and administrative experience and abilities preferably in a University academic setting. The successful applicant will ideally have experience teaching communication theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. (or ABD) in communication or related fields in the social and applied sciences is required along with a broad theoretical understanding of communication. The following would also be strong assets in the position: applied research experience, an ability to employ adult learning and applied learning principles with mature learners, and experience in distance education teaching.

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package to core faculty, with a salary based on rank, qualifications and experience. The term of this position is from 15 July 2010 - 15 July 2012.

For more information and to submit your application, please visit http://www.royalroads.ca/careers

 Note: Image from Royal Roads University.


[a pen]

Interesting digital poetry creation by Jim Andrews: “A project in visual poetry and programming. The project consists of an interactive software pen that uses four ‘nibs’ whose ‘inks’ are lettristic animations of letters.”