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The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT works to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.

CAT programs papers, panel sessions, and sponsors pre- and post-conferences proposals that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication study may have a fit with other ICA Divisions.

CAT Leadership

The CAT Division leadership is split into three primary positions: Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary positions. In addition, the broader executive team also includes a Director of the Doctoral Consortium, a Chair of the Awards Committee, a International Liaison, and a Graduate student or Early Career Representative. Elections are open until 15 Oct 2017 for Vice Chair and Secretary, so please vote. 


Call for Self-Nominations for CAT Graduate Student and Early-Career Representative.

This two-year position is appointed by the Officers of CAT. The graduate student or early career researcher should be a member of the CAT Division and will assist the Director of the Doctoral Consortium as well as the officers in the business of the Division. The CAT Graduate Student Representative will help the officers to enhance the graduate student experience within CAT and will be a contact person for graduate students within the Division to come to with issues, concerns, or ideas. Attendance at the ICA annual conference in 2018 and 2019 is encouraged, though not required.


If interested, please send a letter of application and your CV to CAT Chair Lee Humphreys ( by 15 October 2017. 



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