Montréal hosts the Association of Internet Researchers’ annual meeting

published on 10 09 2018
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The Association of Internet Researchers takes an academic look at the Internet, with international members from across academic borders undertaking critical and scholarly research of the World Wide Web and its effects. Each year, the AoIR holds a themed annual meeting, and this year’s edition Transnational Materialities and the Future of Critical Internet Studies will be held in Montréal October 10-13, 2018, at the Le Centre Sheraton Montréal hotel.

Let’s get ethical

The AoIR takes Internet research seriously, and their international members agree to completing their research in an ethical and professional manner as laid out by the organization’s code of ethics. This year’s extensive agenda of workshops, presentations and keynotes, maintains this focus, covering a broad spectrum of topics including critical AI studies, computing anxiety, memes and on-line trolling. Attendees won’t look at their social media feeds the same way again.

The Preconference Workshops on October 10 cover the gamut of topics from digital research ethics, digital news ecosystems, deep learning and live streaming practices, ensuring guests are all up to speed on the latest trends.

Notable keynote speakers and participants

Montréal’s own Jason Edward Lewis (Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media), presents this year’s Keynote speech. Based in part on his work with the Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, he’s spearheaded the use of virtual reality environments to assist Aboriginal communities in preserving and transmitting their cultural histories. Further fascinating work with the Initiative for Indigenous Futures in collaboration with artist Skawennati is making waves around the world in new ways of documenting ancient traditions.

Other speakers of note include author Melissa Gregg, social computing and digital media expert and associate professor of communication and digital media at Laval University in Québec City Guillaume Latzko-Toth, assistant professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Programme Director of the MSc in Data & Society Alison Powell and Sarah Sharma, the director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto.

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