Connected Life 2016: Collective Action and the Internet


Event type: Conference


Connected Life 2016: Collective Action and the Internet is a two day-long conference, held at the University of Oxford on 20th and 21st June 2016, dedicated to igniting multidisciplinary exchanges and showcasing exciting Internet research. Building on the two successful previous conferences, Connected Life 2016 will foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the Internet and its multifaceted effects upon society.

We are grateful for the generous support of the Oxford Internet Institute, the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute and the ESRC.

Which topics do you cover?

The theme for this year is Collective Action and the Internet. The Conference explores how the Internet affects different types of collective action; both in big social movements, such as the Arab Spring and the Hong Kong Protests, and in more everyday forms of collaboration. Beyond this, we welcome submissions on any social science topic related to the Internet. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Science and Technology
  • Teaching and Education
  • Gender and Identity
  • Digital Humanities
  • Information Law and Policy
  • Cybersecurity, Surveillance, and Censorship
  • Big Data Methods
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Virtual Markets and Economies
  • Internet Infrastructure and Protocols
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Networking
  • History of the Internet
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Media and Journalism
  • Online Research Methods
  • Analysing Social Interactions on the Internet
  • Agent Based Modeling of Internet-related Phenomena
  • Ethics around Privacy and Internet use

We welcome students and faculty from all disciplines, including (but not limited to) business, computer science, history, international relations, literature, media and communications, politics and sociology.

What can I submit?

We are accepting submissions for two types of presentations:

1. Conference presentations

These are expected to last fifteen to twenty minutes each, with a further ten minutes for questions. Presentations will be organised into thematic sessions. Presenters are encouraged to use visual aids, and projectors will be available. Submissions should be in the form of either an abstract or blog post of 200-600 words. We encourage blog posts that can generate discussion before and after the conference; however, the choice of a blog post or traditional abstract will not affect acceptance. Talks that are suitable for shorter presentations may be selected as five minute Thunder Talks. Applicants will be notified of this upon acceptance. Prizes will be awarded for the best talks.

2. Poster and Visualisation Fair

This will run all day, with a dedicated session for questions held during and after lunch. Submissions should be in the form of either an abstract or blog post of 200-300 words. Time and space permitting, any sort of visual presentation is welcome (e.g. posters, videos, software, data visualizations). We will do our best to accommodate interesting work that fits with the conference theme.


The deadline for submissions is April 3rd 2016.

What’s next?

Please submit here. All submissions will be double blind reviewed by a committee of students and faculty from the Oxford Internet Institute. Applicants will be informed of whether they have been successful in mid-late April. Registration to attend the conference will open in April. There will be a small registration fee, contributing to the refreshments and lunch on both days, and the drinks reception at the end of the first day.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your submissions! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at


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