News archive 2004

February

Video conference on 'The Value of Information in Networked Contexts'

On Monday, 2 February, Media@lse held an International Video-Conference in Collaboration with Haifa University and Columbia University. The conference focused on 'The Value of Information in Networked Contexts'.

The opening panel, titled 'The Value of Privacy' explored issues such as current legislative approaches to Internet privacy, cultural contexts of privacy and Internet use, and the compliance of websites with privacy-related legal requirements. The panel participants included Professor Robin Mansell| from media@lse|, Mr. Shlomo Unger, founder of an Israeli online website, and Dr. Rivki Ribak and Dr. Michael Birnhack from the University of Haifa.

The following panel examined different aspects of Social Networks and Social Value, for example, computer mediated networks devoted to social support, the application of 'Scale Free and Small World' Network approach to the study of asynchronous groups, and the role of interpersonal information in commercial contexts like Internet auctions.

The third session focused on Information and Management. Professor Eli Noam of Columbia University gave the closing keynote on 'The Tragedy of the Digital Market: The Macro-economics of the Information society'.

Leadership in the Digital Age colloquium
9 February 2004

Professor Robin Mansell|, together with Dr Ernest J. Wilson III of the Centre for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland| and Professor William Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute|, co-hosted a colloquium on Leadership in the Digital Age. The colloquium brought together over 15 experts from the UK, Europe and the US to explore the meaning of 'cross-sector leadership' in the ICT sector, identifying national and continental patterns, comparing and contrasting them with patterns in other communities, countries and regions. Similar meetings have recently been held in Washington and Bangalore, with another to be held in Beijing later this year.

This series of colloquia forms part of the Leadership in the Digital Age (LIDA) Project at the University of Maryland, funded by the Markle Foundation. For more information, and a copy of the July 2003 LIDA Report, see http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/wilson/leadership/

Communications Management Association (CMA) Conference 2004

The CMA has invited 15 students from Media@lse to attend their annual conference, New Challenges, New Horizons - CMA: the industry catalyst on 16-17 February 2004. For more information about the conference, see www.thecma.com|

Visiting Research Fellow: Professor Ulf Hannerz

The Department of Media and Communications is delighted to welcome Professor Hannerz of Stockholm University who during October 2003 will be a STICERD Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow based in the Department. Professor Hannerz's work on cosmopolitanism, urban culture, and cultural theory is very widely known within anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. He is the author of many books including Soulside: Inquiries into Ghetto Culture and Community (1969), Exploring the City (1980), Cultural Complexity (1992), and Transnational Connections (1996).

On Tuesday October 14 he will give a public lecture in LSE's Hong Kong Theatre (6.30pm) on 'The Global Landscape of News: Time and Space in the Work of Foreign Correspondents' when he will reflect on his recent fieldwork on the work of foreign correspondents in Japan, South Africa and elsewhere. This lecture will also be the launch of LSE's new MSc Culture and Society, a joint venture of the Department of Media and Communications and the Department of Sociology.

Professor Hannerz is also giving an informal seminar on cosmopolitanism in the Department's Research Seminar series on Thursday 9 October at 5 pm in the Graham Wallas Room at LSE.

For further details of both talks, contact Jean Morris (jean.morris@lse.ac.uk|)


July

Foresight Project on Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention

Professors Robin Mansell and Brian Collins (Cranfield University) served as expert consultants to the Office of Science and Technology Foresight Project on Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention.  Their Synthesis of the State-of-the-Art Science Reviews was published on 10 June 2004. Other LSE contributors to this Foresight project included Dr. James Backhouse, Information Systems who also served as an advisor to the project; and Dr. Jonathan Jackson and Professor George Gaskell, Social Psychology and Department of Methodology. Their papers, together with many others commissioned for the project, are at www.foresight.gov.uk|.

Edward Elgar Publishers will publish a revised collection of the papers edited by Robin Mansell and Brian S Collins, Information Society Futures: Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention|, forthcoming December 2004.

EMTEL

The final results of the EMTEL research are now available here|.

Ofcom research sets food advertising to children in context

Ofcom asked Professor Sonia Livingstone to conduct research into the role of television advertising in the context of the wider public debate about childhood obesity.  Read the press release and report here|.

UK Children Go Online: Surveying the experiences of young people and their parents

This report by Sonia Livingstone and Magdalena Bober presents the findings of a UK-wide survey, mapping internet related attitudes and practices of 1,511 children aged 9-19 and 906 of their parents. The full report, executive summary, press release, media coverage and survey questionnaires are available on the project website.

Ofcom research sets food advertising to children in context

Ofcom has published the findings of research into the role of television advertising in the context of the wider public debate about childhood obesity.  The research was undertaken in response to a request in December 2003 from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport that Ofcom look at the rules relevant to food advertising directed at children.

A COMMENTARY ON THE RESEARCH EVIDENCE REGARDING|

THE EFFECTS OF FOOD PROMOTION ON CHILDREN|

ADVERTISING FOODS TO CHILDREN: Understanding Promotion In The Context Of Children's Daily Lives|


August

Professor Robin Mansell Elected President of IAMCR
9 August 2004

Robin Mansell has been elected President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR|). She took office at the end of the IAMCR Conference in July in Porto Alegre, Brazil and will serve for four years.

IAMCR is the largest international professional organisation in the field of media and communication research. Established in 1957, it has over 2300 members in some 70 countries. IAMCR aims to provide a forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the communications field can meet and discuss their work and to promote scholarly research in the field.

As President, Robin Mansell looks forward to working with IAMCR members and with members of the Executive Board and International Council, to continue building the association, especially by strengthening the positions of new scholars, of women in the association, and through contributions with those from economically disadvantaged countries and regions.


October

Active Participation or Just More Information?
22 October 2004

Part of "UK Children Go Online: Surveying the experiences of young people and their parents|".


November

Robin Mansell Appointed Honorary Professor at LINK Centre
5 November 2004

Professor Robin Mansell has been appointed Honorary Professor at the LINK Centre, Wits Graduate School of Public & Development Management, South Africa.

The LINK Centre is the leading research and training body in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) policy, regulation and management in Southern Africa.

LINK focuses on capacity building in the public sector and development arenas through quality training, applied research and consultancy services necessary to maximise the benefits of the Information Society and the Knowledge Economy.

Office of Science and Technology Foresight Project

Professors Robin Mansell and Brian Collins (Cranfield University) served as expert consultants to the Office of Science and Technology Foresight Project on Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention. For more information, click here|

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