Connected Life 2015: Our Digital Society

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Connected Life 2015 is a day-long conference on Thursday 4 June 2015 dedicated to igniting multidisciplinary exchanges and showcasing exciting Internet research. Applications are welcomed from students and faculty from all departments, including (but not limited to) business, computer science, economics, education, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, media and communication, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology, and sociology. Like last year’s inaugural conference, Connected Life 2015 will foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the Internet and its multifaceted effects upon society.

Submission of proposals are invited for presentations on ongoing or recent research. Proposals that address our key thematic questions are particularly encouraged: How does our digital society intersect with existing social structures, institutions, and relationships? What are the impacts of digital technology on society and how will these evolve? Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

· Politics and Public Policy
· Science and Technology
· Teaching and Education
· Gender and Identity
· Digital Humanities
· Cybersecurity, Surveillance, and Censorship
· Big Data Methods

· Entrepreneurship and Innovation
· Virtual Markets and Economies
· Internet Infrastructure and Protocols
· Social Networking
· History of the Internet
· Mobile Technologies
· Media and Journalism

The above categories are intended only to provide a general direction for what can be discussed. Submissions are welcomed on any research topic related to the Internet; if you have questions about this, please contact a member of the organising Submissions for oral presentations should be in the form of either an abstract or blog post of 400-600 words. Please submit via email (to by Tuesday, 31 March 2015. Blog posts that can be published on this website and generate discussion before and after the conference are encouraged; however, the choice of a blog post or traditional abstract will not affect acceptance.

Abstracts of 400-600 words are also invited for a Poster and Visualisation Fair, which will be running all day with a dedicated session for questions after lunch. Time and space permitting, any sort of visual is welcome (e.g., videos, interactive displays).

All abstracts and blog posts will be reviewed by a committee of students and faculty from the Oxford Internet Institute. Notification of acceptances will be communicated by 1 April 2015.

Travel support bursaries (of around £100-150) are also available for a limited number of participants from outside the UK and Europe. If you are in need of financial assistance for travel, please indicate this in your submission.

Registration will open in early April. Like last year, there will be a registration fee of £10 that covers lunch, tea and coffee, and a reception at the end of the day.  If you have any questions please email: For more information, visit our website at


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