JUNE 19, 2015 from 9:00 to 16:30

IT University of Copenhagen, Aud.2

Join us for a day’s inspiring presentations and debates about the multiple ways in which digital technologies challenge and provide opportunities for society, citizens and democracy


StepColeman in Charlotte fall 2012hen Coleman from Leeds University (UK):                        Democratic Politics and Citizen Entitlements  



Anders Albrechtslund Anders Albrechtslund from Aarhus University (DK):                   Tracking Culture: Surveillance in the sphere of intimacy



Gitte Stald, IT UGitte Staldniversity of Copenhagen:                                            What do citizens need in order to make sense of media?



Plus research presentations from a number of DECIDIS  participants.

Participation is free but registration is necessary. Send e-mail with name and affiliation to:

Find more information about the program and practical information here.


Join us on the 24th of April to an interesting public event about the use of social media in an election and referendum context.

What are the experiences of using social media to inform about, impact and discuss elections and important referendums in European countries? And in that context: what role do and should social media play in a democratic society?

Speakers include Stewart Kirkpatrick, digital manager of the “Yes Scotland” campaign and Jaquou Utopie a critical political voice in the Greek Twitter sphere.

The talks will be followed by an open panel debate with the invited speakers and social media researchers Jakob Linaa Jensen (DMJX) and Lisbeth Klastrup (ITU).

Participation is free and open for all, but please sign up by sending a short mail with name and affiliation to: 
with “DECIDIS election event April” as the subject line.

Date and time: April 24th 2015 | 13.00 – 15.30
Location: The IT University of Copenhagen
Auditorium 2 (entrance from atrium, ground floor)

PhD course March 2014 at ITU: Citizenship in the Digital Republic 2014: Mundane counter publics in the digital age

March 12-14, 2014, at the IT University of Copenhagen

Lecturers: Prof. Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Copenhagen University; Prof. Peter Dahlgren, Lund University, Prof. Maria Bakardjieva, University of Calgary, Associate Prof. Bjarki Valtysson, Copenhagen University; Associate Prof. Lisbeth Klastrup, IT University of Copenhagen; Assistant Prof. Jun Liu, Copenhagen University; Christina Neumayer, Postdoctoral Fellow, IT University of Copenhagen.

Organiser(s): Christina Neumayer, Maria Bakardjieva

Date(s) of the course: March 12-14, 2014

Course description:
This course is the second edition of the ‘Citizenship in the Digital Republic’ course with a focus on ‘Mundane counter-publics in the digital age’. Citizenship, broadly defined, includes any form of democratic participation in social systems – political, technological and expert. The digital republic, for its part, is understood as a political community where the governance of the people is performed by creative utilization of communication networks. How is such governance realized and how can it advance participatory democracy? What opportunities for involvement do citizens have in a densely mediated polis? Can technological development itself be democratically steered? The goal of the course is to critically explore the new forms of democratic participation that the pervasive presence of digital media in contemporary societies affords and requires. The course aims at attracting and giving a forum to students whose interests focus on participatory forms of design, political and civic engagement, counter-publics and social movements, technological politics, regulation and education. The themes comprising the course take up the concept of citizenship and counter-publics in four distinct contexts:

• first theme: counter publics in the digital age
• second theme: civic activism, participation, and digital media
• third theme: mundane citizenship, digital media, and everyday life
• fourth theme: co-creation and participation in policy development and technology design

Counter publics in the digital age
The focus of the first theme is on counter publics in a society characterized by the thorough penetration of digital information and communication technologies (ICTs). Counter publics refer to the individuals or groups marginalized or excluded from the mainstream public sphere who contest, negotiate, and struggle against the hegemonic discourse, form spaces of political opposition, or establish alternative forms of community and identity. With the growing presence of digital technologies in all areas of social life, the internet, mobile phones, and social media are transforming the way people express themselves, interact with each other, engage or form communities, and perceive the world. How are digital communication technologies generating and facilitating opportunities that allow for the establishment of alternative political and cultural identities and communities that define themselves in opposition to established norms? What are the characteristics of the counter-publics in the digital age and how do they differ from those of the past?

Civic activism, participation, and digital media
The second theme will look at the uptake and appropriation of digital media technologies for the purposes of civic action and political participation. It will review the advances made by social movements and civic activists in rallying support and making an impact on political life and the political establishment through the creative use of digital media. The new civic cultures emerging from these processes and their relation to digital technologies and uses will be examined. This theme includes notions of media practices, media-based agency, web journalism and civic cosmopolitanism, which are according to Dahlgren essential elements of civic cultures in the digital age.

Mundane citizenship, digital media, and everyday life
The third theme will be centred on the notion of ‘mundane citizenship’ and ‘mundane counter-publics’. So far a relatively large amount of research is devoted exclusively to use of new media in particular moments of alternative or antagonistic mobilization, failing to associate these specific uses with a larger living context—the mundane, everyday experiences of new media users. In particular, current approaches largely neglect the power dynamics in the mundane use of new media technologies. Consequently, the heavy emphasis on the role of new media in specific eruptions of contentious politics overlooks the cumulative changes in civic agency associated with the mundane use of new media. Accounts narrowly focused on specific events fail to capture, reflect, and assess the political potential embedded in the new practices of civic engagement furnished by new media (e.g., “subactivism”) that are submerged in everyday life.

Co-creation and participation in policy development and technology design
The fourth theme takes the notion of citizenship to the terrain of cultural and educational institutions, and cultural practices. It discusses the liberating and repressive forces at play in the way users co-produce culture online both within and outside formal cultural spheres. Co-creation and participation became buzzwords in policy development, technology design and use of digital media, in particular the so-called ‘social web’. Despite the creative potential and the possibility for engagement, a critical perspective on these developments also needs to take unintended consequences such as privacy issues, surveillance and limitations for the development of counter-publics and cultural practices into account.

By looking beyond “eye-grabbing” events (e.g., revolutionary moments), this course probes into the political implication of mundane use of new media in people’s everyday life. Addressing mundane use of new media in people’s everyday experience will help us to understand the cumulative effects of new media and their gradual evolution, but also shed light on the deeper impact of digital communication technologies on social and political changes both today and in the years to come.

How to sign up:
Sign up by sending an e-mail to Christina Neumayer (chne[at]
All students must submit with their application to the course a short abstract of their work as it relates to the course (not more than 500 words). Applications should be submitted by January 27, 2014. Enrolment is limited to 20 participants.

Please find more information about ECTS, etc. here:

Dansk Internet Governance Forum 26. september 2013

Her er et tilbud du ikke kan sige nej til: Dansk Internet Governance Forum afholdes i år d. 26. september fra 9.00-13.00 på CBS, Porcelænshaven. Det overordede tema er internetdrevet innovation. Vær især opmærksomme på workshop 2 om Digitalt demokrati, som Sander Scwartz og jeg /ITU står for. Mere om tilmelding, program osv. her:

Invitation Dansk IGF 2013


Call for Papers: Dakar, Senegal, 8-9 April 2014 University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University

This conference is the fourth in the M4D biennial series following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and the 3rd in New Delhi, India in 2012. M4D2014 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication for Development. M4D2014 will combine two days of plenary peer-reviewed paper sessions, workshops, panel sessions, discussion forums, and demos.

How to Participate? M4D2014 welcomes participants from academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations. If you want to submit a paper, there are two different options. Research papers (8-12 pages including references) will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on theory craftsmanship and analytical rigor. Articles considering critical approaches and theoretical development will be prioritized. The practitioner’s track is open to practitioners to present their experiences, cases and policies (4-5 pages). These contributions do not have to be guided by academic theory and critical analysis. All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings and allocated a presentation slot. You can also participate by organizing a workshop. Workshops submissions for proceedings (2 pages) must contain: title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives. Finally, there is also the possibility to submit a poster or a demo (1-page extended abstract). Poster size max. 80×120 cm. Roll-ups are also allowed. We are particularly interested in (but not limited to): mLearning mLivelihood mHealth mParticipation mGovernance Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceeding will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Cheikh Anta Diop and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad. The template and more submission information are available here: and questions can be sent

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 1 October 2013

Acceptance note: 15 January 2014

Final papers due and registration deadline for authors: 15 Feb 2014

Registration deadline for participants without presentations 1 April 2014

Registration and Fees: The registration will open during autumn 2013, See

Conference fee will be 150€ with a reduced fee of 110€ for Master and PhD students. Participants salaried from a developing country are entitled to a 30% discount (105€ and 77€ for PhD and Master Students). Conference fee includes access to conference venue, presentations, workshops and demonstrations, keynote speakers, one copy of the proceedings, lunches, refreshments and receptions throughout the conference, conference dinner and social events. Participation Grants: IPID will sponsor participation for selected members given that there is an accepted paper and based on the reviews as well as on where the student is based (developing countries and Sweden are prioritized). For questions regarding these scholarships contact IPID We hope to arrange travel grants for participants from developing countries that will cover registration fee and a maximum of 500€ for flight tickets and accommodation. Other costs will not be covered for.

Interested in Reviewing? Please contact and make known your areas of interest and level of expertise and how many papers/short papers you are interested in reviewing. Due mention will be made in the proceedings.

Interested in Sponsoring? We are happy to receive funding for travel grants, social events, lunches, refreshments, conference proceedings, etc. Due mention will be made at the occasion, on the website, in the conference program, and in the conference proceedings. Please contact for more details.

Conference Committee:

General Chair: Ibrahim Niang (UCAD, Senegal Local Organizing Chair: Christelle Sharff (Pace University, USA)

Co-chair: Johan Hellström (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Co-chair: Babacar Ngom (UCAD, Senegal

Co-chair: Jean Marie Preira (ESMT, Senegal)

Co-chair: Jakob Svensson (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)

Co-chair: Caroline Wamala (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)

Mobile Media & Communication twg at NordMedia 2013

Please remember that the deadline for the excellent conference NordMedia 2013 ( is February 15 – and we have a temporary working group on mobile media and communication. We will work as a division before and during the conference and then evaluate the quality and purpose of the work afterwards. More about the twg here:

Information about abstract submission can be found here:

Hope to see very many of you in Oslo.



Fred Turner visits the IT University

We are looking forward to have Professor Fred Turner, Stanford University, as a guest at the IT University of Copenhagen.
There will be a public lecture on Monday, December 10, 2012, 14:00-16:00, Auditorium 4, 4th floor, at the IT University of Copenhagen.
Everyone is welcome! No registration required. Feel free to forward to your network.

The Family of Man and the Politics of Attention in Cold War America
In 1955, the Museum of Modern Art mounted one of the most widely seen – and widely excoriated – photography exhibitions of all time, The Family of Man. For the last forty years, critics have decried the show as a model of the psychological and political repression of cold war America. This talk challenges that view. It shows how the immersive, multi-image aesthetics of the exhibition emerged not from the cold war, but from the World War II fight against fascism. It then demonstrates that The Family of Man aimed to liberate the senses of visitors and especially, to enable them to embrace racial, sexual and cultural diversity – even as it enlisted their perceptual faculties in new modes of collective self-management. For these reasons, the talk concludes, the exhibition became an influential prototype of the immersive, multi-media environments of the 1960s and of our own multiply mediated social world today.

Fred Turner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University and Director of Stanford’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is the author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (Anchor/Doubleday, 1996; 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2001). He has just finished drafting a prequel to his last book ”” this time, a history of American multimedia from World War II to the 1960s. It should be published by the University of Chicago Press some time in 2013. Before coming to Stanford, he taught Communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He also worked for ten years as a journalist. He has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine to Nature.

visit Fred Turner’s website.


The IT University of Copenhagen invites applicants for associate and/or assistant professorships in the areas of 1) mobile communication and society and 2) digital communication and society starting in summer 2012.

Candidates for the position in mobile communication and society should be actively working in this area. This can include work from the tradition of communication, sociology, psychology, or a similar discipline using either qualitative or quantitative methods.

Applicants in the area of digital communication and society should be engaged in interdisciplinary work with a background in communication, sociology, psychology, human computer interaction or a similar discipline. Approaches can include either qualitative or quantitative methods. Possible areas of expertise include but are not limited to: interpersonal communication and media use in the digital era, methodologies in the study of communication, the study of social networks, transnational communication and the politics of social media, the study of information and communication technologies in daily life.

The IT University has established a bachelor program in Digital Media and Design as well as a masters program in Digital Design and Communication. In addition the IT University has a well established PhD program as well as activities in scholarly research in the area of digital media, digital communication as well as mobile communication and society.

The full call can be found here:

Application procedure
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button “Apply for position” in the job announcement on our website:

Application deadline: 13 November 2011 at 23:59

EU Kids Online II – conference

Kære alle,
Afslutningskonference for det store europæiske forskningsprojekt EU Kids Online II nærmer sig og det samme gør deadline for tilmelding. Se nærmere herunder. Man kan faktisk nå konferencen med en enkelt overnatning og fly er billige til London – det ville være dejligt at se mange danske deltagere. EU Kids III starter op umiddelbart efter konferencen – det vil jeg vende tilbage om.
Gitte Stald

EU Kids Online conference – Last chance to register

When and where

An international conference for researchers and stakeholders.

  • 22-23 September 2011.
  • LondonSchool of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Conference theme

The conference will ask a series of pressing questions:

Are all children benefiting from the internet and if not, why not?

  • What new digital literacies and coping skills are they developing?
  • How can parents and policy makers balance online opportunities and risks for children?
  • How do children themselves perceive online risk and safety issues?
  • Why do risks differ from country to country, and what new risks are emerging?
  • How can governments, educators, NGOs and industry better support children online?

Papers will be presented by researchers from over 20 countries in Europe and beyond.

EU Kids Online survey results

The conference will showcase final results and recommendations regarding online activities, risks and safety, based on a survey of 25,000 European children conducted by the EU Kids Online network of more than 100 researchers in 25 countries and funded by the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.


Registration is now open at

Full programme is now online.

  • A non-refundable conference fee of £40 covers the conference reception and materials.
  • Deadline for registration: Extended to 31st August 2011

We look forward to welcoming you to LSE to celebrate the end of our project and to debate the future agenda for research and evidence-based policy on children, risk and safety online.Please access the attached hyperlink for an important electronic communications disclaimer:

With regards,

Prof. Sonia Livingstone, Dr. Leslie Haddon and the EU Kids Online network.

Net-Cultures: Mobility and Location in Social Networks

On April 29th 2011, the Center for Network Culture at the IT University of Copenhagen will be hosting a kick-starter research symposium focusing on the mobile and local aspects of today’s networked cultures.

The symposium will address topics, such as:

  • Mobile communication and location awareness in everyday life practices; New urban spatialities developed with mobile gaming and locative social media;
  • Privacy and surveillance issues as they relate to location-based social networks;
  • Identity and spatial construction through locative media art / performance design;
  • Civic engagement and political participation through mobile social media, new mapping practices and location-aware technologies;
  • Learning and education potentials of mobile and location-based media;

Invited Speakers:

Mimi Sheller (Drexel University, USA), Keynote

Christian Licoppe, Telecom Paristech (France)

Ana Maria Nicolaci-da-Costa (Pontificial Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil)

Larissa Hjorth (RMIT University, Australia)

The event is free.
Registration required as seating is limited.
RSVP to with name and affiliation.

See full program:

More information:

Dansk Internet Governance Forum 26. august på IT Universitetet i København

Husk, at dansk Internet Governance Forum i år afholdes torsdag d.26. august om eftermiddagen på IT Universitetet – mød bla , Robert E. Kahn, Corporation for National Research Initiatives, Charlotte Sahl-Madsen, Minister for Videnskab, Teknologi og Udvikling Preben Mejer, Direktør, Innovation Lab, Jørgen Abild Andersen, Direktør, IT- og Telestyrelsen – og deltag i een af fem workshops hvor deltagere fra forskning, industri, NGO’er, politiske organisationer osv diskuterer emner som unges syn på internettet, cloud computing, eDemokrati, Privacy, nye domæner. Tilmelding på hjemmesiden.



Day: Friday, March 12, 2010

Time: 13.00-16.00

Location: The IT University of Copenhagen, auditorium 3

At this seminar, researchers from University of Copenhagen, the IT University of Copenhagen, and the National IT- and Telecommunications Agency present up-to-date research in the area of mobile media in Denmark and in an international perspective.

Mobile media are integrated in our everyday lives at all levels from the individual user to workplaces and social institutions. The functions and meanings of mobile media as such and in combination with other means of communication, information, and entertainment play a central role in processes of cultural and social change and in our access to information in local as well as global contexts. Media and communication research monitors these processes and places them in historical perspective – including the history of yesterday and today – in order to evaluate the development of mobile media and their social consequences.



13.05-13.35 Asbjørn Denkel and Christian Madsen: Measuringthe use of mobile phonesin Denmark and the EU through official statistics

13.35-14.05Rasmus Helles: Symbolic domestication


14.20-14.50Gitte Stald: Mobile youth – retro and innovative

14.50-15.20 Liu Jun: Mobile Communication, Popular Protests and Citizenship in China

15.20-15.50Rich Ling: Sexting among US teens

15.50-16.00Klaus Bruhn Jensen: sum up

More information on program:



The seminar is open for all interested – but please notify the organizer in case you plan to bring a larger group.

Contact: Gitte Stald,

Ny undersøgelse af unge danskeres brug af sociale netværkstjenester

I dag har Lisbeth Klastrup og Gitte Stald offentliggjort deres rapport om 13-25årige danskeres brug af sociale netværkstjenester og deres interesse i at bruge disse fra mobile platforme.
Undersøgelsen viser blandt andet, at 13-24årige danskere
• ikke bruger mere end to sociale netværkstjenester
• primært bruger sociale netværkssider til at styrke offline relationer og holde sig bredt orienteret
• helst vil have vennernes statusopdatering som billeder, efterfulgt af status om humør/følelser
• ikke er interesserede i at bruge sociale netværk kun på mobilen, men via en kombination af medier
• … men hvis servicen er gratis, nem at bruge og vennerne er på, er der mange potentielle brugere
Rapporten kan læses her:
Facebook survey Klastrup & Stald 181209

I ønskes alle en fredelig, glædelig jul og et godt og postivt nyt år

Gitte Stald

Rich Ling is now full professor at the IT University of Copenhagen

Rich Ling who has been visiting professor at the IT University of Coepnhagen since August 2008 is now full professor at the university in the Innovative Communication research group.

Professor Ling gives his inaugural lecture on Wednesday October 28 at 2pm (kl.14.00) in the KMD auditorium 2 at the IT University, Rued Langgaardsvej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S. The title of the talk is Interaction of mobile communication and society.

The lecture is open. Further information: poster_richard-ling_28-oktober4