June 4th, 2015

Connected Life Conference 2015: Our Digital Society


Hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute   on   4/6/2015

Connected Life 2015 is a day-long student-run conference dedicated to sparking exchange between disciplines and showcasing emerging internet research. Bringing together participants from across the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, Connected Life will foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the internet and its multifaceted effects.

I’ll be delivering a paper in the morning session as part of the panel entitled ‘Cultures and Conflicts’, the full programme is below:

8.45am: Registration (Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles)

9.30am: Welcome and Keynote Address (Daniele Quercia)

10.30am: Break and Refreshments


  1. SYMPOSIUM: Class and Power Online
    • Moderator: Taha Yasseri
    • Max Weber and Internet Use
      • Grant Blank, Oxford Internet Institute
      • Darja Groselj, Oxford Internet Institute
    • A Social Milieu Approach to the Online Participation Divides in Germany
      • Christoph Lutz, University of St Gallen
    • Peer Popularity and Social Control in a Digital Age
      • Jessica Heal, University of Manchester
  2. PANEL: Digital Rebellion
    • Connectivity, Mobility, and Dissent: A Comparative Study of Social Media Networks During the 2014 Hong Kong Protests
      • Colin Agur, Yale University
      • Nicholas Frisch, Yale University
    • Survival of the Fittest? The Changing Roles of Non-Governmental Organisations, Citizens, and Engagement in a Climate of Digital Activism
      • Anna Hushlak, University of Oxford
    • Russian Digital Protest: Online Memes as the Means of Carnivalesque Resistance in Social Networks
      • Anastasia Denisova, University of Westminster
    • Assemblages of Virtual Palestine: Hacktivism as Rhizomatic Resistance
      • Fabio Cristiano, Lund University
  3. PANEL: Cultures and Conflicts
    • Digitisation in the Cultural Sector and the Ethics of Digital Objects
      • Chris Loughnane, University of Glasgow
    • Waging Redundant War: Cultural Pasts and Digital Futures in Contemporary American Conflict
      • Andrew Lanham, Yale University
    • Ai Weiwei’s Leg-Gun Meme: The Viral Aesthetics of Visual Satire in Contemporary China
      • Ros Holmes, University of Oxford
    • Digital ‘Artifacts’ of Revolution
      • Kira Allmann, University of Oxford

12.15pm: Lunch in Balliol Hall


  1. SYMPOSIUM: Cyber Governance and Government
    • Moderator: Helen Margetts
    • Privateers and Modern-day Cyberspace
      • Florian Egloff, University of Oxford
    • Public People: Personal Data in Open Government Databases
      • Eve Ahearn, Oxford Internet Institute
    • Big Data for Elections
      • Ria Baldevia, Hawaii Pacific University
  2. PANEL: Censorship and Surveillance
    • Disguising Centrality in Social Networks
      • Marcin Waniek, University of Warsaw
    • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Content Control on the Chinese Internet
      • Adam Knight, University of Oxford
    • Holly Herndon: Internet Surveillance // Home
      • Genevieve Costello, University of Amsterdam
  3. PANEL: eHealth
    • Understanding the Potential Role for Appropriate e/mHealth Solutions in the Innovation of Health System Design, Implementation, and Normalisation in Rural South Africa for Both Patients and Healthcare Professionals: A Critical Exploratory Analysis
      • Jocelyn Watkins, University of Warwick
    • Patterns of Mobile Phone and Mobile Internet Use in Rural India and China, with an Application to Healthcare Access
      • Marco Haenssgen, University of Oxford
    • Tracking Suicide-related Search Engine Queries in the United Kingdom, 2004-2013
      • Vishal Arora, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2.30pm: Visualisation Fair and Refreshments


  1. SYMPOSIUM: Technology ‘Architecture’
    • Moderator: Ralph Schroeder
    • Philosophy Meets Internet Engineering: Examining and Aligning Ethics Reasoning
      • Bendert Zevenbergen, Oxford Internet Institute
    • Big Data and Causality
      • Stefano Canali, University College London
    • Re-inscribing Social Media’s Complaints: Nudging Users to Achieve Goals
      • Rotem Medzini, University of Haifa
  2. PANEL: Home, School, and Work Online
    • Searching for Home in the Historic Web: An Ethnosemiotic Study of London-French Blogger Habitus
      • Saskia Huc-Hepher, University of Westminster
    • Inherited Infrastructures and Compromising Connections at Iceland’s Ásbrú Enterprise Park
      • Alix Johnson, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Intelligence in a Connected Society
      • Kouross Esmaeli, New York University
  3. PANEL: Smarter Machines
    • Helping Us Fly? Machine Learning and Crowdsourcing
      • Mia Ridge, Open University
    • Group Knowledge and Social Machines
      • Orestis Palermos, University of Edinburgh
    • How We Learn Across Small and Big Data: Social Epistemic Cognition and Human-Information Interactions in the Online Social World
      • Rosanna Yuen-Yan Chan, Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • Surfing Brazilian Internet Govern@nce Wave – Critical Analysis of Brazilian Contributions to the Development of the Global Internet Governance System
    • João Monteiro-Neto, University of Kent
  • 126 Characters in Search of an Author: Twitter and Thinking Out Loud on Social Media, the Case of the Indigo Children
    • Beth Singler, University of Cambridge
  • In Pursuit of Data: Following the Data Trails
    • Mimi Onuoha, Royal College of Art
  • SmartCare: A Centralised Hub for Medical Apps
    • Niclas Palmius, University of Oxford
  • Digital Immigrants in Theory, Internet Users in Practice: Towards a Situated Understanding of Ageing and Technology
    • Ilinca Barsan, University of Edinburgh
  • ‘Mobile’ Youth and Binaries of Work and Leisure
    • Elsa Oommen, University of Warwick
  • Using an Online Wine Community to Investigate the Roles of Quality and Hype in the Market for Wine
    • Alex Albright, Stanford University

6pm: Drinks Reception and Award Ceremony