Call For Papers

Connected Life 2018: Information Control

A multidisciplinary Internet research conference at the University of Oxford

Monday, 18 June 2018



Abstract deadline: 28 Feb 2018


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Connected Life 2018 is a student-run day-long conference aimed at sparking multidisciplinary conversations and showcasing emerging Internet research. We welcome students and faculty from all departments, including (but not limited to) business, policy, computer science, economics, education, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, media and communication, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology, and sociology. Like last year’s conference, Connected Life 2018, organised by students at the Oxford Internet Institute, will foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the Internet and its multifaceted effects on society.

We welcome the submission of proposals of empirical, theoretical, qualitative or quantitative nature for presentations by individual authors or multiple contributors. Proposals that address our key theme are particularly encouraged. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Computational Propaganda
  • Digital Sovereignty
  • Cyberwarfare
  • Automation of information processing
  • Digital Divides
  • Information Ethics
  • Politics of Search
  • Reputational Risk
  • Attention Economy
  • Information Governance and Policy
  • Digital Humanities 
  • Cybersecurity and Censorship
  • Science and Technology Communication
  • News Production & Consumption in the Internet era
  • Bias and Machine Learning 
  • Algorithmic Filtering
  • Urban Informatics
  • History of the Internet

The above categories are intended only to provide a general direction for what can be discussed. We welcome submissions on any research topic related to the Internet; if you have questions about this, please contact a member of the organising team.

Submissions for oral presentations should be in the form of either an abstract or blog post of 400-600 words. Please submit by Wednesday 28 February 2018. We encourage blog posts that can be published on this website and generate discussion before and after the conference; however, the choice of a blog post or traditional abstract will not affect acceptance.

Guidelines for abstract submission:

  • Abstracts and blog posts must be submitted as a Word document in .doc format or as a PDF, and contain the name(s) of the author(s).
  • All submitted work must be unique and written in English.
  • Submissions will be blind peer-reviewed by a committee of students and faculty from the Oxford Internet Institute. Notification of acceptances will be communicated by 2 April 2018.
  • All authors with accepted abstracts will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for the conference proceedings before May 28th, 2018

Registration will open in early April.

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


Mona Elswah & Nahema Marchal

Connected Life 2018 Conference Chairs @OxConnectedLife