Factory by Teyit.org: Developing Multidisciplinary Solutions to the Problem of False Information

Teyit.org, one of the premier organizations in Turkey for fact-checking, has recently announced “Factory.” It is a multidisciplinary program using “Design Sprint” approach to develop “innovation and design-oriented solutions for the problem of false information”.

The program aims to get participants from different disciplines to develop and test solutions to counter false information. The first of these events was held in Ankara (Turkey) in March 2019.

The next will be held in Istanbul on May 10-11 2019. Those who are interested in this challenge can apply until April 13, 2019.

[image credit: pewinternet.org]

Open Rank Position in Media and Communication Studies

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) invites applications for full-time faculty positions of any rank (beginning September 2019). Areas of specialization are open, but candidates specializing in emerging media, media and politics, media and cultural studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester and is expected to have an active research agenda. At the time of employment, candidates should have a PhD. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose research agenda is interdisciplinary. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English. MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes media studies and communications theory, film, media/arts management, and production.

Applicants can submit applications electronically in pdf format to the email address below. Deadline for submission of applications is 02 April 2019 (not March 21 as I originally wrote). However, the position will be open until filled.

• Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three reference letters

Please address all correspondence to Ms. Merve Dalyaprak
Email: mdalyaprak@ku.edu.tr

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.

Full time Faculty Positions in Media and Visual Arts

It is that time of the year when we seek candidates for our growing Department of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University. This year we have two open-rank positions:


Fulltime Faculty Position in Interaction Design

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) and the Koç  University – Arçelik Research Center for Creative Industries (KUAR) invite applications for full-time faculty position of any rank in interaction Design.

At the time of employment, September 2018,  applicants are expected to have a PhD in interaction design in  one of the following areas and have a record of demonstrated research accomplishments,

  • design (product design, communication design, user experience design, architecture or similar),

  • engineering and sciences (electrical engineering, computer science, human computer interaction or similar),

  • social sciences (psychology, sociology, cognitive science or similar)

The successful candidate is expected to teach two courses per semester and have an active research agenda. The candidate will also be affiliated with KUAR. Applicants with interdisciplinary research agenda are highly encouraged. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English.

MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes communications theory, media/arts management, and production. Students enrolled at the Department of Media and Visual Arts were ranked at or above the 99th percentile of the Central University Placement Exams in Turkey.

Founded jointly by Koç University and Arçelik A.Ş. (www.arcelikas.com) in 2015, KUAR aims to add value, via research, that increases the efficiency and international competitiveness of Turkish creative industries. A wide range of topics such as lifestyle, entertainment (game, performance, movies, drama, animation), cultural heritage (exhibitions, heritage, analysis), info-assistance, transportation, education, healthcare lie within the scope of research conducted at KUAR where research and development on conceptual/experimental/visionary prototypes, working prototypes, re-design prototypes of products, design guidelines is undertaken.

Deadline for submission of applications is December 18, 2017.

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals

  • Curriculum Vitae including publications list

  • Three reference letters

To Apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10291


Fulltime Faculty Position in Media and Communications

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) invites applications for full-time faculty positions of any rank (beginning September 2018). Areas of specialization are open, but candidates specializing  in journalism, media and politics, cultural studies, media management, and marketing are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester and is expected to have an active research agenda. At the time of employment, candidates should have a PhD. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose research agenda is interdisciplinary. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Located in Istanbul Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The medium of instruction is English. MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes communications theory, media/arts management, and production. Students enrolled at the Department of Media and Visual Arts were ranked at or above the 99th percentile of the Central University Placement Exams in Turkey.

Deadline for submission of applications is December 18, 2017.

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals

  • Curriculum Vitae including publications list

  • Three reference letters

To Apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10292

 

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.

Call for Papers: Situational Awareness Systems in Disaster and Emergency Medicine

Situational awareness (SA) is a prerogative for effective decision making during emergencies. A burgeoning number of ICT tools and analytical methods are being developed to enhance both individual, as well as shared (team) situational awareness during large or small scale medical emergencies and d  isasters.

In this light, Situational Awareness Systems track of The World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) Congress (Toronto, CANADA, April 25-28, 2017) is seeking contributions that will foster innovation in Situational Awareness Systems. The SAS track is led by the COncORDE EU project consortium (http://www.concorde-project.eu/).

We welcome research papers, proposed studies, field/case reports, full scale or partial demonstrations, simulations that can help share innovative approaches to situational awareness in disaster and emergency medicine.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Critical Data Identification and Collection
  • Data Presentation
  • Data Sharing/Interoperability
  • Decision Support Tools
  • Responder Management
  • Multi-Agency Situational Awareness Systems
  • SAS in Austere Settings.
  • Healthcare “Internet of Things”
  • Ethical and Legal Issues

Selected abstracts will be invited for being developed into full length papers to be published in the Medical Situational Awareness Systems in Emergencies and Crises Special Issue, to be published in Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (ISI Impact Factor: 1.073) (subject to additional double-blind peer reviewing)

We invite you to check the topics of this and other tracks and submit short abstracts of your ideas at

https://wadem.org/congress/toronto-2017/call-for-submissions/#sub_topic21 ,

by 14 November 2016.

Toronto Congress will be WADEM’s 20th biennial meeting of global experts that exchange knowledge and best practices on disaster health and emergency medicine. More than 800 healthcare professionals, researchers, industry representatives, policy makers and students from 63 countries participated in our last Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015–and we expect to exceed that for Toronto!

If you have any further inquiries or suggestions, please feel free to contact us from concordefp7project@ku.edu.tr

wadem-toronto_2017

concorde-logo

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.

PhD Studentship(s) at Social Interaction and Media Lab, Koç University, Istanbul

SIMLAB at Koç University, Istanbul is looking for candidates for PhD studentships interested in working in the following topics:

  • Online socialization
  • Impression formation, relationship initiation and maintanance on social media
  • Self-disclosure, communication and detection of emotions on social media
  • Social media and identity
  • Privacy attitudes, preferences and privacy management behavior of users

Candidates should have a background, and preferably graduate training, in social psychology, media studies, or other related fields. Candidates who have applied experience in quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, field management, and/or programming languages are particularly welcome.

Information regarding application procedures for PhD studentships are provided in the Design, Technology, & Society (DTS) PhD program webpage. Further inquiries about the application procedures should be sent to simlab@ku.edu.tr

Candidates who are accepted as PhD students will receive scholarships as described in the webpage of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University

simlab_dark

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).

 

Why “notice and choice” approaches to privacy reduce our privacy

In a recently published article, we (Lemi Baruh and Mihaela Popescu) discuss the limitations of reliance on market mechanisms for privacy protection.

Self-management frameworks such as “notice or choice” are inherently biased towards 1) reducing the level of privacy enjoyed by the members of the society and 2) creating privacy inequities (i.e., privacy haves and have nots). In the article we also discuss an alternative way of approaching privacy protection in the age of big data analytics.

Here is the abstract:

This article looks at how the logic of big data analytics, which promotes an aura of unchallenged objectivity to the algorithmic analysis of quantitative data, preempts individuals’ ability to self-define and closes off any opportunity for those inferences to be challenged or resisted. We argue that the predominant privacy protection regimes based on the privacy self-management framework of “notice and choice” not only fail to protect individual privacy, but also underplay privacy as a collective good. To illustrate this claim, we discuss how two possible individual strategies—withdrawal from the market (avoidance) and complete reliance on market-provided privacy protections (assimilation)—may result in less privacy options available to the society at large. We conclude by discussing how acknowledging the collective dimension of privacy could provide more meaningful alternatives for privacy protection.

%d bloggers like this: