News archive 2005


Trust and Crime in Information Societies
4 March 2005

Public confidence in electronic channels of communication, such as the internet, mobile and wireless communications is at its lowest point for a decade, claim information and communication technology (ICT) experts Brian Collins and Robin Mansell.

The results of their investigation are contained in a new book, Trust and Crime in Information Societies (Edward Elgar, January 2005).

MARCEL Scholarship
11 March 2005

Fully funded Research Studentship to work on a project funded by EDS as part of its collaboration with the LSE. The project involves an ethnographic study of the creation and development of an innovative and globally extensive on-line high bandwidth network of Artists, Scientists, Educationalists and Industry (MARCEL:|) whose aim is to develop new forms of interaction, creativity and pedagogy, and to establish, as a bi-product of the research, the MARCEL Observatory at the LSE.

The Scholarship is intended to begin at the start of the academic year 2005-6. The 3 years scholarship includes fees, living expenses of £15,000 p.a. and an allowance for research support costs.

The deadline for applications is Monday 23rd May 2005.


Findings from the UK Children Go Online project
28 April 2005

Two new reports from the UK Children Go Online (UKCGO) project have been published today:

- 'Inequalities and the Digital Divide in Children and Young People's Internet Use: Findings from the UK Children Go Online project|' (UKCGO survey findings in relation to internet access, low users and the digital divide)
- 'UK Children Go Online: Final report of key project findings|' (a summary of integrated project findings with main conclusions and policy recommendations)


Jon Snow - 'Shooting History: a personal journey'
Public lecture and book signing 

Jon Snow has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989 when he became the main presenter. He is perhaps the most highly regarded newsman of our time. Since becoming a journalist in the early 1970s, he has reported widely on numerous conflicts and has met and interviewed most of the world's leaders. His vivid personal chronicle Shooting History is filled with anecdotes and pithy observations, and delightfully records his life and times.

After the lecture, Jon will be signing paperback copies of his book.


IAMCR Conference in Taipei

Shih Hsin University, Taiwan hosts a very successful IAMCR Conference in Taipei, 26-28 July 2005.



Professor Sonia Livingstone was chosen ICA|'s president-elect/select in an international election that drew a record turnout in the election last month. Upon election, Sonia became a member of the Executive Committee. She will be programme chair for the 2007 ICA conference in San Francisco and will become president at the close of that conference, for the following year. Election to this post begins a six-year involvement in ICA governance as a member of the Board. 

Communication scholars worldwide generally belong to one or both of two major international organisations - ICA and IAMCR| whose current president is, coincidentally, also in the Media and Communications Department - Professor Robin Mansell|