Emerging Media and Social Change: The Asian-Pacific Experience in Global Context
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When: 5/20/2020
8:30 AM
Where: University of New South Wales
Contact: Liangwen Kuo

Online registration is available until: 5/1/2020
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This pre-conference to be held in Sydney echoes the theme of the 2020 ICA Conference on “Open Communication” with a reference to emerging media and technologies on one hand, and its focus on Asian-Pacific region and “the world down under”—Australia and New Zealand on the other. This off-site pre-conference is a joint effort collaborated mainly among Australian and Chinese universities. It aims to bring both established and emerging scholars to discuss technological aspects, cultural forms, industrial structures, societal impacts, and governance challenges brought by the advancement of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as the process of platformization, datafication and algorithms, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), and 5G, etc. Development of these technologies give rise to new modes of communication, introduce changes in cultural production, distribution and consumption, disrupts industry boundaries, and raise significant questions about their societal impacts and governance challenges. These ongoing changes are situated in diverse social, cultural, and economic contexts, which are yet to be fully explored. Although open to other contexts, this pre-conference seeks to advance understanding of the Asian-Pacific and Australasian experiences, welcomes comparative perspectives, and encourages reflection on new modes of communication, media and culture at local, regional and global levels. Some topics for inclusion in the Pre-conference are stated below: -- Emerging media technologies and future development of communication in the Asia-Pacific and Australasian region, as well as their interactions and impacts on globalization -- Open science and knowledge sharing, open source software, emerging copyright governance models such as Creative Commons (CC); and the employment of digital humanities in non-commercial fields -- Emerging technologies: Openness or closeness? Exploring the interactive roles played by tech-led emerging media (technological determinism) and empowering/ emancipatory actors (constructivism) -- The process and impacts of platformization across different societies in the Asian-Pacific -- Impacts of datafication, automation, machine learning, and artificial Intelligence in cultural production, such as journalism, entertainment industries, and education -- The development of VR/ AR / MR in media production: Creative culture, news production, 3D synthetic communication, Ads, films, animation and in gaming industry -- The transformation of epistemology, linguistics, immersive experience, psychology, cognition and emotion of audience/ users brought by AI, VR and other emerging media technologies -- Forms of new media narrative, modality, interactivity, and (hyper) reality -- From behavior science to data science: Big data, data scrawl, algorism, infographics, computational communication -- Global competition of 5G (and +) development, mobile technology, internet of things and APP inventions -- Dialectical dynamics of local and global: Development of the Asian-Pacific and Australasian regions on the restructuring of global media industries/ division of labor, and power structure in the context of emerging media technologies -- Analyses of scholarship on collectivity(ies), bullying, the spread of rumor, social movements, and the formation of post-truths in the environment of social media, chat groups, social networking, and online gaming; Proposals for new forms of network/AI/VR digital literacies -- Engagement with contested ethical issues in emerging media technologies: Issues of humanity (e.g., semi-human, post-human, non-human); emergent social problems; public opinion monitoring; control and subjectivity; data surveillance and privacy; moral/ normative standards; regulation, and public policy and accountability.