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)

We use the legal framework of captive audience to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s 2012 privacy guidelines as applied to mobile marketing. We define captive audiences as audiences without functional opt-out mechanisms to avoid situations of coercive communication. By analyzing the current mobile marketing ecosystem, we show that the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy guidelines inspired by the Canadian “privacy by design” paradigm fall short of protecting consumers against invasive mobile marketing in at least three respects: (a) the guidelines overlook how, in the context of data monopolies, the combination of location and personal history data threatens autonomy of choice; (b) the guidelines focus exclusively on user control over data sharing, while ignoring control over communicative interaction; (c) the reliance on market mechanisms to produce improved privacy policies may actually increase opt-out costs for consumers. We conclude by discussing two concrete proposals for improvement: a “home mode” for mobile privacy and target-specific privacy contract negotiation.

Call for Applications in 2013 Fall PhD Studentships in Design, Technology and Society,

In December, we will be admitting a small number of doctoral students into our program.The program is suitable for research at the intersection of issues related to design, technology and society (see details in http://dts.ku.edu.tr).

Important Dates for 2013 Fall (PhD Program only)

  • October 25 th, 2013 is the last day for negotiation appointments with faculty members
  • December 27th, 2013 is on-line submission deadline for application documents
  • 2013 Fall ALES applications: September 11- 20, 2013
  • 201 3 Fall ALES exam date: November 17, 2013

I will also be looking for suitable candidates for this program for the following research areas:

  • Social media and online socialisation
  • Social media in Crisis Management
  • Use of social media and ICTs in healthcare sector

Streaming Senseless has arrived

1 song per year since 2008. Definitely poor productivity… I blame work. And the output is a new compilation containing 5 new songs. The compilation, entitled Streaming Senseless is now available on my music page and on SoundCloud

The songs are licensed under a are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Please listen to the songs at your own risk, I accept no responsibility of irreparable ear or taste damage.


PhD and MA Studentships at Koç University

We are looking for candidates for PhD and MA studentships at the Design, Technology, and Society program at Koc University for two projects.

Online Socialization and Social Media
Investigators: Lemi Baruh, PhD, email: lbaruh[at]ku.edu.tr & Zeynep Cemalcılar, PhD, email: zcemalcilar[at]ku.edu.tr

The candidates will become a member of new research team that studies online socialization, interpersonal relationships and social media, mobile communications, and persuasion. Currently the team works on a number of projects, including the impact of self-disclosure on social network site (SNS) based relationship initiation, privacy in mobile environments, and individual differences regarding the uses of SNS.

Successful candidate(s) should have:

  • A graduate degree (MA, MSc) in related fields, such as social psychology, media studies
  • A working knowledge of experimental design and survey research methods
  • A working knowledge of quantitative data analysis
  • Proficiency in English

Although not required, knowledge of computer programming languages will be a plus.

Use of Media Technologies in Emergency and Crisis Communication by the Public
Investigator: Lemi Baruh, PhD, email: lbaruh[at]ku.edu.tr

This project aims to identify and create a typology of communication needs in crisis situations (e.g., political crises, protests) and emergencies (e.g. earthquakes, radioactive spills, violent attacks on civilians); describe the various roles that citizens may assume in emergency communications; examine how conventional and new media technologies (and particularly mobile technologies and social media) can be utilised by various citizens groups involved in emergency communications; and summarize ethical issues concerning citizens’ involvement in emergency communications.

Qualified candidate who will work as a Ph.D. or a Master’s student in this project should be highly versed in new media technologies, recent developments in hardware and software applications for social media and mobile communications. Also the desired candidate should have a working knowledge of qualitative data collection methods, including interviews, focus groups, and textual analysis. Proficiency in English and in Turkish is required. Proficiency in additional foreign languages will be a plus.

For both projects, please check the Design, Technology and Society webpage for information regarding the application procedures.

Click here for information regarding scholarships and financial aids available

Positions at Department of Media & Visual Arts

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Koç University, Department of Media and VisualArts, invites applications for part-time instructor and full-time faculty positions of any rank (beginning September 2013). At the time of employment, qualified full-time position candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree, and part-time instructor candidates should have a minimum MFA or equivalent degree.

Areas of specialization are open, but candidates with applied and/or research experience in one of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Design (e.g., design theory, design history, information design, typography, design studio)
  • Film production and film studies
  • Animation  (e.g., 2-D animation, 3-D animation, 3-D modeling)
  • Communication and media studies (e.g., electronic and digital media, social media, communications policy, political communication, journalism, media and culture)
  • Media and communications management (e.g., broadcasting, media planning, public relations)

The Department of Media and Visual Arts at Koc University, founded in 2010, offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes communications theory, media/arts management, and production. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the department. He or she will be expected to teach two courses per semester and is expected to have an active research, publication, and/or art production agenda.

Located in Istanbul, Turkey, Koc University is a highly reputable foundation English-instruction university. More information about Koc University is available at www.ku.edu.tr. More information about the Department of Media and Visual Arts is available from mava.ku.edu.tr.

Interested applicants should submit applications electronically to the e-mail address below, by November 30, 2012:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Summary statement of teaching
  • Research statement OR artist statement and samples of creative work
  • Three letters of reference (The referees should directly e-mail a signed PDF copy of the reference letter to the e-mail address below. The referee should insert the following in the e-mail subject line: “Reference for <Applicant Name>,<Applicant Last Name>”

To Ms. Arzu Kırcal

e-mail: akircal@ku.edu.tr

Subject line of application e-mail: “Position in Media and Visual Arts”


Teaching Position, Department of Media and Visual Arts

Teaching Position at Koç University, for Film Production, Game Design and Animation, Programming

The Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) at Koç University is looking for practitioner(s) to teach media production courses in at least one of the following areas: Film Production, Game Design and Animation, Programming. Applicants with experience in more than one of these areas are particularly welcome to apply. All courses at MAVA are taught in English.


  • The qualified candidates should either have a Masters Degree (MA or MFA) or a minimum of 10 year production related experience in their respective fields with BA or BS degree
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate level courses is a plus.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Expected to contribute to MAVA by advising students in media production projects.

Subject areas:

(1)Film Production: Teaching introductory and advanced level courses in film and video. The film productions are expected to provide students with hands-on experience in pre-production, directing, camera use and movements, lighting, video and audio editing, special effects, compositing and motion graphics.

(2) Game Design and Animation: Teaching 2D and 3D animation production courses focusing on character design, computer based 2D animation production and animation production techniques such as stop-motion) and 3D animation production courses.

(3) Programming Basics: Teaching applied production courses focusing on visual and interaction design principles for online environments and programming basics (HTML 5, dynamic HTML, CSS writing, XML, JavaScript programming, basics of using ActionScripts).

Interested applicants should submit an updated CV on the web and web portfolio and work samples online to http://idws.info.

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 and/or practitioners.

The program will provide an interdisciplinary training on applied and experimental design, computation, human cognition, emotions, and perceptions, motor systems, informatics, history and philosophy of science, technology, and information.

Position at MAVA: Media Lab Technician

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts is looking for a Media Lab Technician who will oversee the utilization of audio-visual equipment at Koç University.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Check in and check out audiovisual equipment (cameras, video recorders, sound recording and lighting) to students and faculty and ensure that equipment are returned on time and in proper conditions.
  • Maintain and monitor cameras, printers, computers, studios, and lighting equipment.
  • Keeping an inventory of media production equipment, software and computers.
  • Providing support to faculty members in media production classes and projects.
  • Assisting students and faculty in equipment demonstrations and set-up.


  • Must be proficient with Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop, Flash, and Illustrator), FinalCut Studio.
  • Proficiency in web design is a plus.
  • Should be a quick learner and be able to independently familiarize him/herself with new equipment and software.
  • Must have an undergraduate degree in or should be experienced in video and photography production.
  • Must be able to multitask and stay organized.
  • Must be proficient in English.
  • Ideal candidate will be articulate, attentive and takes initiative.
  • Must be able to lift approximately 10-12Kg