Call for participation: Joint workshop for activists and academic scholars on internet research
Internet research suffers from a lack of collaboration between academic and civil society communities. This workshop seeks to bringing together scholars and activists with diverse backgrounds and research interests to discuss modes of cooperation. CIHR fellow Jillian C. York and Nathalie Maréchal from University of Southern California co-organize the event on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 2-6pm in Berlin, Germany.
Call for participants:
Many internet researchers straddle the line between academic internet research and digital rights advocacy, including hacker communities. This workshop aims to strengthen the ties between these two modes of inquiry, inviting digital rights activists from outside the academy to engage with the scholarly conversation. While many scholars and activists express interest in cross-sector collaboration, there are a number of barriers to such efforts, including mismatches between the career incentives, funding mechanisms, and timelines prevalent in the academic and NGO worlds. Nevertheless, the organizers of this half-day workshop have found that collaboration between civil society and academia are crucial to both research and to change.
The first part of the workshop (two hours) aims to:
- Explore what “research” means to scholars and to activists
- Surface the barriers to cross-sector collaboration
- Brainstorm strategies for transcending such barriers
- Provide a networking forum for scholars and activists working on similar or complementary projects
The second part of the workshop (two hours) will include a dive into the world of commercial content moderation. Using a fishbowl format, we will hear from experts looking at the the topic from a variety of angles: as an issue of labor, of free expression, and of information hegemony. Participants will be encouraged to take part in the discussion and share new ideas for research and advocacy.
Interested participants should complete the registration form [ https://goo.gl/forms/9isVlduYmkeqMeG43 ] by Sept 1, 2016. The organizers hope to have roughly equal participation from academia and from civil society, and will use the requested information to plan the details of the workshop.