Further establishing itself as a leading authority in the field of information policy, the School of Information Studies (SOIS) and the Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) are preparing to host a major conference in October. Along with a few other institutions, they’ll be bringing some of the world’s foremost experts for “Internet Research 10.0 - Internet: Critical,” the 10th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). The conference, which takes place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center on October 8 – 11, 2009, will examine important issues to critical Internet issues including new theories, technologies and networks.
SOIS Assistant Prfoessor Michael Zimmer, one of the coordinators of the conference, believes this is a big step for the school and for CIPR, in particular. “These of the some of the most well-known researchers in the field,” said Zimmer. He expects hundreds of attendees to the four-day conference, including students and scholars from a variety of discipline relating to Internet studies.
SOIS Professor Elizabeth Buchanan, another coordinator agrees. “It’s very exciting,” she said, noting that as AoIR celebrates its tenth anniversary, the steady of the organization is hard to ignore. For Association of Internet Researchers, which has held conferences in major international cities like Copenhagen and Vancouver, this year’s conference is a bit of a homecoming. The organization has roots in the Midwest – it began in Chicago – a fact not lost on Buchanan, who adds that this is a great opportunity to showcase the city of Milwaukee.
The purpose of the conference is to consider material frameworks and infrastructures of online phenomena. The conference will feature keynote speakers from around the United States and abroad focusing on critical theory and practice in relation to the Internet. The conference isn’t limiting itself to any one area however, as speakers will touch on all segments of the online research.