Draft Program Released

As IR15: Boundaries and Intersections draws near, we are pleased to release the DRAFT program of events and sessions for the conference.  You can access the program via ConfTool.

The program shows both Preconference events on the 21st of October, as well as events scheduled for the main conference dates (22nd-24th October).  All events are held across three floors at the brand new Beomeo Saint Western Hotel.

We’d appreciate it if you could take a moment to check your presentation or event.  If there are any errors, please contact the program chair, Erika Pearson, by the 22nd so we can make corrections.  You can search the program using the search field at the top right of screen, or explore by clicking on any of the session titles to see paper information.

We are also putting out the call for session chairs – if you are attending the conference and would like to volunteer to chair a session, could you please email association co-ordinator Anna Hoffmann by the 22nd.

We are very excited by the breadth and diversity of research on offer in this program, and we look forward to seeing you all in Daegu.

Erika Pearson
IR15 Program Chair


System Open for Revised Papers

We are pleased to announce that we have reopened ConfTool for delegates to upload their revised papers for IR15.  To do this, log in to ConfTool, click on Your Submissions, and to the left of each submission entry should be a highlighted link to Final Upload.  You will then be taken to a page to make amendments, at the bottom of which you can upload your final paper in either PDF or DOC format.  We encourage all delegates to upload their revised paper by mid October.

Also a reminder that at least one of the named authors on any accepted paper needs to be registered by the close of Earlybird registration in order to stay on the program, so don’t delay – register now!

As always, if you have any queries or issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the program chair.

We look forward to seeing you all in Daegu!

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.


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


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


**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.**