AoIR Satellite Event on Comparing Fuzzy Things

The Comparative Privacy Research Network is organizing a workshop on issues related to comparing fuzzy concepts like love, trust, and privacy. Below is the description of the workshop from the CPRN website:

“Internet researchers often engage in the study of complex, multidimensional, and culturally sensitive ideas. Deploying such concepts in comparative research settings is critically important to knowledge advancement, yet challenging to implement in practice. This workshop is designed to engage members of the AoIR community in exploring the conceptualization and study of fuzzy concepts, such as trust, love, sharing, and happiness, in a comparative fashion. It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas about how such comparative work can be conducted across disciplines. 

The session will include brief framing presentations on a comparative research framework, with examples of how this might work when studying privacy. Breakout group sessions will augment these sessions and allow participants to explore the applicability of this framework to other, fuzzy concepts using a variety of methodological approaches.”

If interested, you can register for the workshop by clicking here.

COVID19 ve Medya Kullanımı Anketine Bekliyoruz

Reklam zamanı: TÜBİTAK ARDEB 1001 kapsamında açılan “COVID-19 ve Toplum: Salgının Sosyal, Beşeri ve Ekonomik Etkileri, Sorunlar ve Çözümler” tarafından desteklenen “Türkiye’de Medya Kullanımı ve COVID-19” adlı projemiz başlıyor.

Projende amacımız bireylerin COVID-19 ile ilgili risk algılarını ve COVID-19 hastalığına karşı kendi sağlıklarını ve toplumdaki başka bireylerini sağlığını korumaya yönelik veya riske atabilecek davranışlarını etkileyebilecek etmenler olarak kitlesel medya ve sosyal medya kullanımı incelemek.

Projenin üç temel parçası olacak: 1) Sosyal medyada COVID-19 ile ilgili yayılan içeriğin makine öğrenme teknikleri kullanarak analizi, 2) Kitlesel medya (ulusal gazeteler) tarafından COVID-19 hakkında yayınlanan haberlerin içerik analiz ve 3) Çevrimiçi anket.

Proje ekibi: Lemi Baruh (Medya ve Görsel Sanatlar Bölümü), Ali Çarkoğlu (Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü), Zeynep Cemalcılar (Psikoloji Bölümü) ve CSSH Psikoloji bölümü mezunu Ozan Kuru (University of Pennsylvania’da doktora sonrası araştırmacı) ile GSSSH (Uluslararası İlişkiler) doktora programı mezunu Kerem Yıldırım (Duke Üniversitesi’nde doktora sonrası araştırmacı).



Project Zoom – Impact Journalism Grant Programme Launch Event

For those interested, Project Zoom, a journalism grant programme that aims to support coverage of underreported issues such as climate change, sustainability, gender equality, migration, social innovation, and energy is kicking off this week, on February 13, 2020. Click here for further information and registration to the launch event.

Project Zoom is implemented by Impact Hub Istanbul, in partnership with U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, with the support of as ecosystem partner. The project will provide targeted guidance, effective network and financial support of up to USD 7,000 for communication professionals wanting to embark on new exciting projects.


Call for Papers – 6th International Communication Days

Üsküdar University (Istanbul) Communication Faculty is hosting the sixth International Communication Days on 02 – 03 May 2019. This year’s symposium title is “Digital Transformation”.

For more info and paper submission click here.

Call For Papers

In addition to the digital communication technologies that marked the era, the media sector and communication sciences have undergone significant changes and transformations. On the one hand, media professionals have been trying to adapt to the new era in which production, distribution and administration are surrounded by digital technologies. On the other hand, academicians have been searching new theories and methodologies in order to analyze and interpret the changing era. In Digital Transformation Symposium, the era of digitization will be discussed in several dimensions with the participation of academicians and media professionals. Thus, while developing a new vision for scientific field, it is aimed to display the requirements of the era in communication education by probing the experiences, education, job opportunities and processes in the digital world.

Digital Transformation Symposium is a peer-reviewed scientific event. Both nationally and internationally recognized scholars in communication field will be invited as keynote speakers

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Digital transformation in print media
  • New Media
  • Digital transformation in television and radio
  • Cinema in the age of digital transformation
  • Digital marketing communication
  • Digital transformation in public relations
  • Digital transformation in advertising
  • Digital transformation in visual communication
  • Virtual Reality
  • Hyper-reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence

Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the members of Scientific Committee and the accepted papers will be published in the abstract booklet before the symposium. Then, authors may prefer to have their papers included in full paper booklet or in the special edition of Faculty of Communication’s Academic Journal Etkileşim. In that case, their work will be reviewed by the Etkileşim journal’s Editorial Board. Abstracts and poster presentations should be sent to the Organization Committee before 15 March 2019. Accepted papers will be announced by 30 March 2019.

Do online privacy concerns predict privacy behavior?

In a new article, we (Lemi Baruh, Ekin Seçinti, Zeynep Cemalcılar) meta-analytically chime in on the frequently debated concept of “privacy paradox”.  We  investigate whether users’ reported privacy concerns and literacy influence the extent to which they utilize online services (including but not limited to SNSs), disclose personal information and adopt measures to protect their privacy. Privacy concerns did not predict SNS use; however, it was associated with lower disclosure of information, lower use of other types of online services (e.g., e-commerce), and higher tendency to engage in privacy protective measures.

Click here for access to the article.

Click here for access to additional information about the meta-analysis.

Cyberpsychology’s special issue on self-disclosure and privacy published

Privacy and disclosure special issue of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace edited by Michel Walrave, Sonja Utz, Alexander P. Schouten, Wannes Heirman is now out and available for download (and hopefully for wide reading, discussing, citing).

Also included in the special issue is an article from SIMLAB (Murat Kezer, Barış Sevi, Zeynep Cemalcılar, and Lemi Baruh). The article compares three age groups  (18-40, 41-65, 65+) in terms of their tendency to self-disclose on Facebook, and their privacy attitudes, privacy literacy and use of privacy protective measures.

The study reports that young adults are more likely than other age groups to self-disclose on Facebook; yet, they are also the age group that is most likely to utilize privacy protective measures on Facebook. Furthermore, using a multidimensional approach to privacy attitude measurement, the study reports that while young adults are more likely to be concerned about their own privacy, mature adults tend to be more concerned about others’ privacy. Finally, the findings of the study suggest that the impact of privacy attitudes on privacy-protective behaviors is strongest among mature adults.

Here is the link to the full article.

We thank the editors of the special issue Michel Walrave, Sonja Utz, Alexander P. Schouten, Wannes Heirman for the opportunity.

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics has arrived

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics, edited by Axel Bruns, Gunn Enli, Eli Skogerbø, Anders Olof Larsson and Christian Christensen is now available for purchase.

About the book:

Social media are now widely used for political protests, campaigns, and communication in developed and developing nations, but available research has not yet paid sufficient attention to experiences beyond the US and UK. This collection tackles this imbalance head-on, compiling cutting-edge research across six continents to provide a comprehensive, global, up-to-date review of recent political uses of social media.

Drawing together empirical analyses of the use of social media by political movements and in national and regional elections and referenda, The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics presents studies ranging from Anonymous and the Arab Spring to the Greek Aganaktismenoi, and from South Korean presidential elections to the Scottish independence referendum. The book is framed by a selection of keystone theoretical contributions, evaluating and updating existing frameworks for the social media age.

— And here is the part for shameless self-promotion:  Included in the book is a chapter on use of social media during Gezi Protests in Turkey, conspicuously entitled as: “Social Media Use during Political Crises: The Case of the Gezi Protests in Turkey” (authored by Hayley Watson and myself).


Survey on UGC and Working with Traumatic Images

Peers from Eyewitness Media Hub have a new survey on User Generated Content and Working with Traumatic Images.

The purpose of the survey is to improve our understanding of the challenges facing professionals handling user-generated content (UGC) and the provisions currently in place to support those engaging with traumatic UGC.

The study is sponsored by Open Society Foundation.

I claim no involvement in the project but appreciate its value. It would be great if you can take the survey (if relevant) or forward it to others for whom the survey may be relevant.

The survey links:

For English

For Turkish

Guidelines for the Use of New Media in Crisis Situations

The COntribution of Social Media In Crisis Management (COSMIC ), funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, Grant agreement no: 312737) has now been completed.

The conclusion to our project comes with a set of guidelines for use of new media in emergencies.   The guidelines adopt “AID” principles to use of media technologies:

  • Acknowledging the fact that civil society can be trusted;
  • Increasing the ability of civil society to take responsibility for further guarding its own well-being;
  • Developing the capacities of public authorities for adapting to social media use by civil society.

Using these principles the guidelines provide a set of tools as well as “Tips and Tricks” for utilisation of new media by members of the public authorities, volunteer organisations, and citizens.

  • A copy of the most recent version of the guidelines are here
  • A short summary of Tips and Tricks for public authorities are here
  • A short summary of Tips and Tricks for citizens are hereCosmic Logo