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<nettime-ann> Call for papers: Civic life in digital age

CfP: Civic life in digital age. Mapping the impact of big data and social media
(Guest editor: Mirko Tobias SchÃfer)
The Journal of Computer Supported and Cooperative Work will publish a special issue on how datafication, big data and social media affect civic life, participation and labour.
Information technology affords that almost all aspects of our lives can be translated into data, data that are used for forecasting, assessment, real-time tracking, targeted advertising and polling. The practice of digitization and the role of electronic information media technology affects in various degrees almost all aspects of everyday life. This 'datafication' affects our public sphere as much as our consumption behaviour. A datafied public sphere changes the game of opinion polling, political debate and civic action. As a result our understanding of citizenship, democracy, public sphere and public space is fundamentally transforming.
This special issue investigates to what extent datafication transforms governance, labour and civic participation. We solicit contributions that address the emerging algorithmic governance through public administrations and corporations: the availability of digital records from birth certificate to curricula vitae, the assessment of work performance, financial transactions, communication records, travel data, health data have contributed to shaping novel forms of managing the population of citizens.
Datafication and algorithmic governance affects many areas of everyday life. We, therefore invite a broad spectrum of contributions to provide a broad overview of appropriate case examples and an apt presentation of relevant issues and ongoing discussion.
Topics could include:
Big data and its relation to governance and civic participation
Big data and surveillance
Social media monitoring
Social media and public opinion
Campaigning through social media
Public opinion and polling in age of social media
Impact of data analysis & visualization on decision making
Labour & leisure transformed through big data
Digital labour
User/citizen participation
Open data and civic participation
Security issues in big data
Civic rights, surveillance and security
Algorithmic curation and content moderation
Social physics
User management and user monitoring
Politics of nudging
Terms and deadlines
Please submit a 400-600 word proposal outlining theoretical framework, empirical data and argument of the proposed paper.
Deadline for submitting proposals: 20.November 2014 - Please submit your proposal to
Note of acceptance: 20 December 2014 with request for submitting full paper by 30 February 2015.
Publication date is planned for fall 2015
About the Journal
Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) is a 25 year old journal that disseminates innovative research results and provides an interdisciplinary forum for the debate and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical, practical, technical, and social issues in CSCW. The journal encompasses the diverse nature of research within the field and its related areas. Coverage ranges from ethnographic studies of cooperative work to reports on the development of CSCW systems and their technological foundations. The journal is published by Springer Computer Science:
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