COSMIC Report on Citizens’ Involvement in Crises

COSMIC (Contribution of Social Media in Crisis Management) project partners MixLab at Koç University and Hellenic Rescue Team has drafted a report on Citizens' Involvement in Emergency Communications. The report seeks to examine the various roles that citizens may have in communications during emergencies. Also, the report maps the relationship between the use of different types …

Call for Papers: Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response

Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response International Conference Location: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul Date: September 4, 2014; Thursday New communication technologies play an increasingly important role during emergencies and crises, such as natural and man made disasters and political crises. Particularly social media can potentially enable citizens to more quickly …

Fulltext of New Article on Privacy Protection in Mobile Environments

A new article entitled "Captive But Mobile: Privacy Concerns and Remedies for the Mobile Environment" is now published in The Information Society.   Authors: Mihaela Popescu (California State University, San Bernardino) and Lemi Baruh (Koç University, Istanbul) Abstract We use the legal framework of captive audience to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s 2012 privacy guidelines as applied …

What Your Communication Metadata Says About You?

A few weeks ago, when information about the National Security Agency's (U.S.) phone surveillance program surfaced, the U.S. President Obama was quick to announce that "nobody is listening to your telephone calls". It was rather a little "harmless" system that collected metadata about individuals' phone calls. We have been hearing similar claims about electronic surveillance …

Privacy, Literacy, and Awareness Paradox in Big Data Ecosystems

The abstract and a copy of the presentation that we (Mihaela Popescu & Lemi Baruh) made in IAMCR conference in Dublin are available below. The paper introduces the concept of "awareness paradox" to discuss privacy literacy in an era of Big Data analytics. Thanks to all listeners for their responses and questions. The full paper …

Graduate Programs in Design, Technology, and Society

Koç University is now accepting students to the new Design, Technology, and Society (DTS) M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Part of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, the DTS aims to provide students with an opportunity to acquire applied, theoretical, and critical understanding of interactive communication, experience design and service design and develop as researchers …

Koç University CSSH Seminar: Hybridity in Contemporary Media Arts

The Media and Visual Arts Department at Koç University welcomes the Fall 2011 semester with a seminar by Yvonne Spillman: Hybridity in Contemporary Media Arts Time: 16:45 Location: Koç University, Rumeli Feneri (Main) Campus SOS Z 27 I will discuss heterogenous forms of interplay in the digital that are considered hybrid because they no longer refer to …

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Blogging across Borders and Cultures

Call for Papers for the Special Issue on Blogging across Borders and Cultures: International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST) Introduction Since the late 1990s, Internet users have utilized blogs as one of the most ubiquitous communication tools to connect with audiences worldwide. Today blogging is firmly entrenched into the fabric of contemporary …

Koç University: Now Admitting Students to Media and Visual Arts Department

Starting this autumn (2010), Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey will be admitting students to the Media and Visual Arts undergraduate program. The Media and Visual Arts undergraduate program at Koç University, which integrates aesthetic, creative, and critical thought with expertise in advanced electronic multimedia, will provide students with the vital interdisciplinary education necessary for leadership …