• Fri
    10
    Jan
    2014
    Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building

    A Roundtable Discussion organised by PCMLP and the Oxford University China Centre

    John Garnaut (Fairfax Media)
    James Barker (British Embassy in Beijing)
    Rana Mitter (Oxford University)
    Chair: Ross Garnaut

    Questions about military affairs have had an irreplaceable role in Chinese political developments since the late days of the Qing Dynasty. Military modernization was seen as a vital part in strengthening the nation, but at the same time, military power has often been used to decide domestic political questions. This ambiguous position concerning the military persists until the present day.

    All are welcome, no registration is necessary, the event will be followed by wine and nibbles. For more information, please contact Dr Rogier Creemers (convener), rogier.creemers@csls.ox.ac.uk.

  • Fri
    17
    Jan
    2014
    Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building

    A Roundtable Discussion organised by PCMLP and the Oxford University China Centre

    John Garnaut (Fairfax Media)
    Jane Macartney (The Times)
    Vincent Ni (Caixin)

    The amount of reporting on China in the global press has greatly expanded over the past years. Numbers of reporters within China have grown, and the journalist corps has had an increasing impact on the way that China is perceived abroad, but also on domestic Chinese politics. This roundtable will discuss the evolving role and position of China reporters with three senior journalists.

    All are welcome, no registration is necessary, the event will be followed by wine and nibbles. For more information, please contact Dr Rogier Creemers (convener), rogier.creemers@csls.ox.ac.uk.

  • Fri
    24
    Jan
    2014
    Wolfson College, Oxford

    Citizen journalism has come to international prominence as it enables ordinary citizens to reach out to wide audiences with a speed and global reach which has never been seen before, giving voice to alternative stories and perspectives.  The rise of such outlets has changed traditional patterns of production and consumption of news, the relationship between professional and non-professional media, the dynamics between the media sphere and communities/societies, and eventually challenges the definition, obligations and legal safeguards of journalists.

    The conference aims to bring academics and practitioners from various backgrounds to discuss the social and legal implications of this phenomenon from different geographical and cultural perspectives, in order to address the complex interplay between new technologies, that span their effect at the global level, their impact in various social contexts, and the different legal responses at the national and regional level.

    Programme

    9.30-10.30 Keynote Speech

    Lim Ming Kuok - Assistant Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

    10.30-12.30 Citizen Journalism and new technologies: opportunities and challenges for news dissemination in the digital era

    Chair: Professor William Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    • Kevin Anderson, Freelance journalist and digital strategist
    • Mike Rispoli, Communications Manager, Privacy International
    • Solana Larsen, Managing Editor, Global Voices

    12.30-13.30 Lunch

    13.30-15.30 The social contexts of citizen journalism: the place for individual news disseminators within societies and communities

    Chair: Iginio Gagliardone, Research Fellow, PCMLP, University of Oxford

    • Libby Powell, Co-founder and CEO, Radar
    • Kristin Skare Orgeret, Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
    • Solana Larsen, Managing Editor, Global Voices

    15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

    16.00-18.00 Citizen journalism between rights and responsibilities: towards new legal and ethical standards?

    Chair: Jacob Rowbottom, Fellow in Law, University of Oxford

    • Tarlach McGonagle, Senior Researcher, University of Amsterdam
    • Judith Townend, Freelance journalist and Ph.D. candidate, City University London
    • Jim Boumelha, President, International Federation of Journalists
    • Peter Noorlander, Chief Executive, Media Legal Defence Initiative

    All are welcome to attend. In order to reserve a place, please contact: louise.scott@csls.ox.ac.uk.

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2014
    Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS

    Speaker: Professor Richard Heeks, University of Manchester

    With the Millennium Development Goals about to reach their sell-by date, the new post-2015 development agenda is currently being formulated. This talk explores that agenda and its implications for ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) research priorities. The presentation begins with an overview of the post-2015 process and a cross-check that the new agenda is worth attending to.

    Arguing it will be the single most important shaper of future development priorities, the talk then analyses three aspects of the post-2015 framework compared to that inspired by the MDGs: elements of the agenda that are becoming less important; issues which continue; and new issues and ideas that are on the rise. With two years to go until the post-2015 framework is activated, now is a good time to consider the implications of this comparison for our future research priorities in the sub-discipline of ‘development informatics’, and the extent to which these might – or might not – cohere around a vision of “Development 2.0”.

    Twitter hashtag: #oxict4d

    Please email your name and affiliation to events@oii.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 287210.

  • Mon
    03
    Feb
    2014
    Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS

    Speaker: Gregory Asmolov, LSE

    The presentation suggests applying the notion of activity systems and zones of proximal development, as conceptualized in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), to the field of ICT4D. Relying on the principles and analytical apparatus of CHAT (Vygotsky; Leontiev, 1978; Engeström, 1989) it discusses crowdsourcing platforms and online mapping applications as artifacts that mediate activity systems.

    Based on case studies from the field of crisis response, the presentation discusses various structures of activity systems that are mediated through information technologies. The talk also seeks to establish association between the structure of activity system and the degree of statehood in particular socio-political environment (Livingston & Walter-Drop, 2013). The presentation relies on a fieldwork conducted in Australia and Russia in 2013.

    Twitter hashtag: #oxict4d

    Please email your name and affiliation to events@oii.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 287210.

  • Tue
    11
    Feb
    2014
    Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS

    Dr Dan McQuillan, from Goldsmiths, University London, will give a talk as part of the ICT4D Seminar Series.

    This seminar will examine the Internet in a post-PRISM world, and ask if its power to tackle global poverty will be lost. While recognising the danger of nation states breaking up the Internet, I will concentrate on the already existing threat of tracking & big data and the emergence of algorithmic regulation.

    ICT4D may never have delivered on the promise of development anyway, so I won't mourn its passing but will point instead to the risk of a neocolonial cybernetics running across the Internet and the Internet of Things, and the risk of renewed subjugation through ideas like Smart Slums. Based on my experiences with civic hacking and the crypytoparty movement, I will identify participatory methodologies and critical pedagogy as key to post-digital citizenship and to our ability to disrupt predictive 'states of exception'.

    For more information see The Changing Faces of Citizen Action: A Mapping Study through an ‘Unruly’ Lenshttp://www.ids.ac.uk/publication/the-changing-faces-of-citizen-action-a-mapping-study-through-an-unruly-lens

    Please email your name and affiliation to events@oii.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 287210.

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2014
    4:30 pmOxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS

    David Souter, from the London School of Economics, gives a presentation as part of the ICT4D Seminar Series.

    The presentation will use the history and development of ICT4D - and its relationships with both development policy and the ICT sector - as a framework to critique ICT4D approaches and consider the relevance of ICTs and ICT4D to the post-2015 development agenda.

    It will draw, inter alia, on recent work for the World Bank, to assess ICTs in post-conflict reconstruction; for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, to address the relationship between ICTs and sustainability; and for UNCTAD and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, to consider the implications of emerging ICT trends for developmental outcomes.

    Twitter hashtag: #oxict4d

    Please email your name and affiliation to events@oii.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 287210.