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2018 Prague Conference

The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in human communication processes. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to the adoption, usage, effects, and policy implications of ICTs.

Areas of research include new media, social media, augmented and virtual reality, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, technology studies, big data, social networks, crowd sourcing, and other technologically-mediated social interaction and networking at all levels of analysis (intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, national, and international).

The CAT Division is open to all methodological orientations (e.g., experimental, survey, computational, discursive, cultural, critical, historical, legal, etc.). 

CAT panel and interactive paper sessions make innovative and original contributions to our understanding of ICTs, with a focus on the technology itself within the context of human communication.


At the Conference 

Presenter Tips:

1) If you are presenting a paper in a session that has a total of 5 papers (including yours), please limit your presentation to 10 minutes.  But, if you are presenting in a session with just 4 papers, you can take up to 12 minutes for your presentation. For the conference to be truly meaningful, it is important that we allow time for questions and answers, and rich discussions. Try to frame your presentation in a way that makes it conducive for audience brainstorming so that you can come away with some ideas for future work. Keep in mind that those looking for technical details of your paper can easily look them up online.

2) All conference rooms will have LCD projectors, but you are responsible for bringing your own laptop for your presentation. Please arrive 10 mins before your session starting time in order to set up your laptop for the projector.

3) Sometimes, it is just more convenient and efficient to load all the presentations in a given session onto one laptop. So, please bring your presentation on memory stick/jump drive as well.

4) If you are presenting a poster in the interactive poster session, please follow the guidelines from ICA:

Chair Tips

1) As chair, your roles include announcer, time-keeper, moderator of questions and answers, and coordinator of discussions that ensue. Remember CAT no longer has respondents on CAT paper sessions to enable more time for Q&A, so there's no need for summary statements or comments.

2) Please ensure that the presenters stick to their time-limit. It's a good idea to bring a couple of signs (2 mins left, Time Up, etc.) to the session so that you can flash them as prompts to the presenters. Make sure you communicate with the presenters ahead of time what your signs will be so they can look for them.

3) It is important that you try and maintain the same presentation order that is listed in the conference program. Several conference attendees jump from one session to another during the course of a time-slot in order to catch particular papers, so we will need to be cognizant of their expectations.

4) Please identify a few probing questions that are relevant to all presenters in case it takes a while for the audience to warm up during the Q&A.


If you have any questions about the conference, or have other questions or suggestions, please send an email to CAT 2018 Program Planner and Vice Chair: Nicole Ellison, Professor of Information, University of Michigan, at


International Communication Association
1500 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA

Phone: (202) 955-1444

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