Universitat Jaume I at Castellón, Spain, is hosting a major international conference on Communication, Civil Society, and Social Change to be held on 20-22 May 2015. As a member of the scientific committee, I am pleased to take part in preparing this enterprise. Please visit the conference website for more information. Submissions should be uploaded via easychair by 12 October 2014.

The conference program for the 2014 ICA Preconference is online and can be accessed here.

karlsruhe-mapPower and the Law: Fluid Forms of Protest  was a one-day symposium concluding the Global Activism exhibition at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 29 March, 2014. My talk on social media use by activist is available here.


Together with Nicholas John from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University I am preparing a conference on Sharing to as a pre-conference to the 2014 ICA Annual Conference in Seattle on 22 May, 2014.

Abstracts should be submitted by 30 November, 2013. Download a pdf of the call here.

We take part in an urban street protest, and we experience the activity of protesting as a peculiar transformation of the ground underneath our feet. While protesters occupy the street space, the other road users, such as shoppers, tourists and business people, are engulfed by the protesting crowd and seem strangely out of place in the very same location that a moment before seemed to be theirs. Drivers are held at bay by the police. The street space, whose very ability to function depends on a careful management of movement, of attention, of desires, a space where everything must happen for a reason and must remain reasonably predictable—that street space becomes an altogether different place …

From the paper presented at the Media Transatlantic IV – Traffic conference at the University of Paderborn, Germany (book publication forthcoming). A draft version of the full paper can be accessed here.

The short memory of the digitized news world never ceases to entertain me. Particularly because it is in such a striking contrast to the sheer amount of information we generate and distribute–but apparently sometimes fail to process in any meaningful way. Or how else would one explain the global noise about the recent eavesdropping revelations by Snowden? As Armin Medosch pointed out on nettime today, the activities of a US/UK-run global surveillance system named Echelon were revealed by Duncan Campbell in 1999, and became the subject of a EU Parliament enquiry. Campbell’s report is documented here. Global surveillance systems were one focus at the World-Information.Org events at Brussels in 2000, were Campbell spoke at a conference, as did Steve Wright, on the emergence of these surveillance systems. That so many people thought their communications were not intercepted and are now alarmed, that in itself may be the real cause for alarm, pointing as it does to a lack of understanding of the politics of communication. And of the tragedy of security.


The MIT 8 conference at Cambridge, MA, saw two panels on ‘sharing’ organized by Innsbruck Media Studies, both under the heading Deconstructing the Public/Private Distinction: On Concepts and Practices of Sharing. Please access my paper on “Subjectivities of Sharing” here.