ICA Preconference - Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?

24 May 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Hilton Prague, Pobrezni 1, Prague, Czech Republic
Limited to 60 participants
ICA Preconference

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ICA Preconference
Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?
May 24, 2018
Hilton Prague, Hercovka (Mezzanine)
Prague, The Czech Republic

College of Media & International Culture, Zhejiang University
Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Supporting Journal:
Communication and the Public

With full financial support from Zhejiang University, all events of the preconference are free to participants. Registration is free and will be limited to 60 people.
To register, please RSVP to communication-public@asc.upenn.edu. 

8:30 am

Opening Remarks

Lu Wei, Zhejiang University

8:40 am – 9:10 am

Keynote Speech

Dhavan Shah, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Social Media and Opinion Dynamics: Computational Approaches and Insights"

9:10 am - 10:10 am

Panel One: Structure, Architecture, and Flow

Chair: Zhongdang Pan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lianrui Jia, York University
Lotus Ruan, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto
“Reconsidering ‘public’: governance and regulation of user data by Chinese social media platforms”

Avi Marciano, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
“The politics of biometric standards: How to discriminate scientifically”

Fan Yang, State University of New York-Albany
Luqiu Rose Luwei, Pennsylvania State University
“Digital diplomacy on social media: A social network analysis of information flow on Weibo”

Morgan Weiland, Stanford University
“Losing the digital public sphere: Uncovering the Implicit role of communication in Habermas’s theory of communicative action to identify the ‘intermediated public sphere’”

10:10 am – 11:10 am

Panel Two: Networked Publics: Experts, Elites, and Counter Publics

Chair: Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania

Miao Feng, University of Chicago
Elaine Yuan, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Chinese cyber nationalism among elites: Big V in the Diaoyu Islands Dispute on Sina Weibo”

Adrian Rauchfleisch, National Taiwan University
Jonas Kaiser, Harvard University
“The right-wing’s creation and YouTube’s contribution: The German right-wing counterpublic in the filter bubble”

Anders Olof Larsson, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts 
“Death of a hashtag: A diachronic study of participation on social media during two Norwegian election campaigns”

Andrew R. Schrock, Chapman University
Kerk F. Kee, Chapman University
“Data ideologies in the cyberinfrastructure community: Fostering participation in issues of public concern”

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Panel Three: Remediation: Space, Algorithms and AI

Chair: Andrew R. Schrock, Chapman University

Yizhou (Joe) Xu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Machinic dreams: Technographic inquiry into the censorship of Chinese chatbots”

Sanna Ali, Stanford University
“The human algorithms of Facebook content moderation”

Jasmine Erdener, University of Pennsylvania
“Puppetry, Digital Puppetry, and Publics”

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch break

1:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Panel Four: Varying Agencies and Socialities in Online Space

Chair: Lu Wei, Zhejiang University

Jingxi Chen, Beijing Jiaotong University
“Microblogging in the heart of China: Reconstruction of the urban environment in Beijing”

Bingjuan Xiong, University of Colorado, Boulder
“Online witnessing, civic engagement, and citizenship in China’s digital society”

Anna Gibson, Stanford University
“The lurker: Naming the online watcher”

Min Wang, Wuhan University
“A comparative study on the perceptions of sensitive data between Chinese and American college students”

Jan Lauren Boyles, Iowa State University
“From seeking reward to establishing credibility: How data journalists leverage reputation to cultivate public trust”

2:20 pm – 3:30pm 

Panel Five: Big Data and Public Opinion in China

Chair: Elaine Yuan, University of Illinois-Chicago

Jiaojiao Ji, Nanjing University
“Who are making fake news on Sina Weibo?”

Hongzhong Zhang, Beijing Normal University
“The hypothesis of two public opinion fields: institutional and private sources' credibility as mediators between social media use and social confidence”

Lu Wei, Zhejiang University
“The world in Chinese online public opinion”

Zhian Zhang, Sun Yat-sen University
“Academic discussion on big data in journalism and communication research”

3:30 pm – 4:40 pm

Panel Six: Chinese Big Data: Domestic and Global Implications

Chair: Min Jiang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Wenhong Chen, University of Texas at Austin
“Big Data, Big Dream, and Big Brother: The Emergence and Growth of Chinese Big Data” 

Elaine Yuan, The University of Illinois at Chicago
“Mining Meaning: Applying Semantic Network Analysis to Understanding Large-Scale Social Discourses in Chinese Social Media”

Fan Liang, University of Michigan
“Spreading China’s Voice via Facebook? Mapping News Content Produced by China’s State-Owned Media on Global Platforms”

Jack Linchuan Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong
“Alternative Algorithms: Made in China for the Global South?”  

4:40 pm

Concluding Remarks

Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania


This pre-conference is sponsored by the College of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University; the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; and the Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison. It is the fourth annual conference for Communication and the Public (CAP), an international refereed journal jointly published by Zhejiang University and SAGE, launched in 2016. For more information about the journal, please visit http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ctp

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