Student Paper Award

We are pleased to announce that this year’s student paper award for best paper submission written wholly by students has been awarded to Rodrigo Davies from MIT for his paper “Three Provocations for Civic Crowdfunding.”  The quality of student submissions was very high this year, but the committee felt that this paper took a thoughtful approach to considering crowdfunding strategies and their implications for civic and political participation. The reviewers appreciated that the paper seemed to be advancing our ways of understanding crowdfunding rather than rehashing old debates.

Congratulations to Rodrigo and all our student authors.  We look forward to seeing your paper presentations in Korea in October.

Registration

Just a reminder firstly that Early Bird Registration has been extended to August 31st!  So make sure you get your registration in quick.

We are currently organising with several hotels around the conference venue for special rates for our delegates, so we encourage you to stand-by for that, coming very soon.  In the meantime, check out all that Daegu has to offer.

And as always, any questions about the conference can be directed to the President or the Program Chair.

Travel Grant Applications

In order to increase the diversity of participation in the AoIR annual Internet Research (IR) conferences, the Association of Internet Researchers makes available up to four conference fee waivers and travel stipends per year. This year we will especially favor participation by scholars from the Asia / Pacific region, as well as from South America and Africa. The number of fee waivers and travel stipends will depend first of all upon the ability of the conference budget to sustain such waivers (a judgment to be made by the AoIR Executive Committee upon the advice of the AoIR Treasurer and the local organizing committee) as well as upon the quality of the applications for fee waivers.

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Registration for IR15: Boundaries and Intersections in Daegu is now open!

Thanks to the hard work of our local hosts Prof. Han Woo Park, Prof. Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki and their conference team in Korea, as well as to our other generous sponsors and association members, we have been able to keep our pricing the same. As before, the preconference workshops and the conference banquet  are included in your registration fee! Extra banquet tickets can be purchased at an additional fee. Workshop space and banquet seating is limited, though, so register early!

Remember that if you are presenting at the conference, you need to register by the early bird deadline of August 31 (Daegu time). Even if you’re not, register early to get the price break.

We’ll have more information about the conference coming soon, including information about hotel registration, the keynote and plenary panel, and more about travel and Daegu.

Please note: If you previously registered for IR15 in Bangkok (and you received your refund), the updated registration system will warn you that you already registered for the event when you being the process of IR15 in Daegu. Please disregard this warning, and continue the registration. Everyone must re-register.

We look forward to seeing you in Daegu in October!

Please see the registration tab for pricing and links to register.

Daegu, Republic of Korea

We are excited and pleased to announce that IR15: Boundaries and Intersections will be held in Daegu, Korea, from October 21-24. (Please note the slight date change: the conference will start one day earlier than originally planned.) Our local hosts will be Han Woo Park, Professor, Department of Media & Communication, YeungNam University, Korea; and Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan. Prof. Park also hosts the DISC conference, taking place in Daegu this year in December (http://www.slideshare.net/hanpark/disc-2014-cfp-v3).

Daegu is easily accessible from Seoul via air, train, or bus. This vibrant city is home to IT industry (and is the birthplace of Samsung), as well as significant cultural attractions (including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Our venue will be the Beomeo Saint Western Hotel, a newly opened hotel in the Beomeo district. Lodging will also be available in nearby hotels.

We will announce further details shortly and expect to reopen registration very soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult transition. We look forward to seeing you all in Korea in October!

 

IR15 and Doctoral Colloquium News

The AoIR Executive Committee is continuing its discussions with groups offering potential venues for IR15. Rest assured that we still plan to bring you a fantastic conference! We anticipate announcing a new location within the next couple of weeks, but no later than the end of June.

In light of that timetable, we are also changing the deadline for submissions to the IR15 Doctoral Colloquium. The new deadline is Friday, July 11. You can find the call for submissions here: http://aoir.org/ir15-doctoral-colloquium-call-for-submissions/.

Stay tuned for further updates. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Lori Kendall
President, Association of Internet Researchers

IMPORTANT IR15 ANNOUNCEMENT

Given the extraordinarily difficult and uncertain situation in Thailand, especially in Bangkok, the Executive Committee of AoIR has decided to move the Internet Research 15 conference out of Bangkok. The conference will still take place in October of this year. We are in the process of negotiating a new location, and expect to be able to announce that soon.

We are disappointed to have to take this step, and deeply regret the disruption and the inconvenience this change of plans might cause. It was an extremely difficult decision to make. Our Local Host, Soraj Hongladoram, has done a fantastic job of making local arrangements and raising sponsorship for the conference.

On account of the change of venue, we will refund all current registration fees paid. We have currently closed registration and will reopen it once we have confirmed the new plans for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference, we will ask you to reregister at that time.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition, and will keep you informed as we know more.

Lori Kendall
President, Association of Internet Researchers
prez@aoir.org

IMPORTANT #IR15 UPDATE

**You may have seen the news reports about the imposition of martial law in Thailand. Our local organisers in Bangkok have apprised us of the situation and continue to do so regularly. We are keeping a close watch and encourage you to check this website for updates related to the IR15 conference.**

REGISTRATION OPEN and other important news

Registration is NOW OPEN.  All presenters must be registered for the conference by August 1st.

With much gratitude to our conference committees, association members, and generous  donations, we are very pleased to say that we have been able to keep the registration fees the same since IR12 in Seattle, 2011!  We are even happier to let you know that this year, the banquet is included in your registration fee! Extra banquet tickets can be purchased at an additional fee. Seating is limited, though, so register early!

We also have a large number of exciting pre-conference workshops which you can read about here.  You will be able to register for those when you register for the conference. This year, pre-conference workshops are also included in your registration fee.

Please go to the REGISTRATION page to see the full schedule of fees and to register for the conference.

The conference will be held at the beautiful Millennium Hilton.  We will soon have information and a special link to reserve rooms at the IR15 room rate.  Rates start at THB3568.39 a night.  We’ll post more details to the website shortly.

Finally, can all delegates please upload a non-anonymized (names and affiliations) version of their abstract to the ConfTool submission site by September 1.  We also strongly encourage delegates to share their full papers on the site by September 1st.

As always, if you have any questions about the conference, please don’t hesitate to email us at ir15@aoir.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Bangkok

The IR15 conference committee