SiRC Visiting Scholars

Name: Assoc Prof. Dr. Norhafezah Yusof
Affiliation:  Universiti Utara Malaysia 
Project Title: Religious Media Landscape in Malaysia and Singapore: Legitimate Islamic based Website
Information management is the pinnacle of information society. The project explores issues on functionality of religious based media in Malaysia focusing on thirteen (13) state based websites and one (1) in Singapore. The touch on the internet normally will connect individuals to the huge coverage of information worldwide. Thus, the question here is that, are these websites offering extensive information for potential users to know about Islam? It is interesting to note here that interactivity nature of website captures the attention of viewers as information is getting more importance in human life. In addition, it is also important to provide overview of historical trajectory of religion in both countries and in this case of this research is Islam. This is call from Hacket, Melice, Wolputte and Pype (2014), to include historical data in investigating on religion and media in Africa specifically and worldwide generally.
Name: Dr. Chew Han Ei 
Affiliation: United Nations University in Helsinki, Findland; International Telecommunications Union

Project Title: Reading in the Mobile Era

Millions of people do not read for one reason: they do not have access to text. But today, mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming a scarce resource into an abundant one. Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries, this research will paint a detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why. The findings will illuminate the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers.

Name: Dr. Su Meini

Affiliation: News Dissemination Television Art Institute of Hunan University

Project Title: TV Series’ Bidirectional Communication Between China and Singapore: Based on the International Communication Perspective

Under the influence of the television industry protection polices, in the past 30 years, Singapore and China's official TV institutions have been cautious for the introduction of overseas TV dramas. According to the datum released by the official website of the Administration of Radio Film and Television of China, ( from 2004 to 2010, the provincial and municipal TV stations of China introduced 16 TV dramas made in Singapore, From 2005 to 2013, the overseas theatre of CCTV -8 has transmitted 19 Singapore TV dramas, which accounts for 8.79% of the total overseas series, After Japan, Italy, South Korea and the United States, Singapore TV dramas is in the fifth place. From 1997 to 2013, China TV institutions and the MEDIACORP of Singapore had co-produced cooperatively only 15 TV series. But now, in the video websites of China, such as Baidu, Tudou, Youku and other video websites, The viewers can search about 192 TV dramas of Singapore from 1980 to 2013 for free online watching. Therefore, the Internet changed the communication way of TV series, and promoted the dissemination of TV series around the world.

Name: Dr. Wha-Chul Son

Affiliation: Handong Global University

Project Title: Connecting Media Ecology and Philosophy of Technology: Big-data Technology in Asia as a Case Study

The primary subject of this research is applying theories of the so-called media ecology to the development of communication technology in Asia and connecting the insight with philosophy of technology by analyzing one of the most influential emerging technology, big-data technology. Media ecology helps in understanding the characteristics of Asian culture and media in which oral, literal, and electronic features of communication are intertwined in a most complicated way. Based on this understanding, the project investigates the cultural, social, political, philosophical, and ethical implications of big-data technology that will bring about a qualitative change in our age.

Name: Dennis Linders
PhD Candidate, University of Maryland’s School of Information

Project Title: The City as a Platform for Collaboration: Investigating Singapore’s use of social media and open data to promote community action on climate change.

Cities are at the forefront of the global response to climate change. While they contribute 80% of greenhouse gas emissions, cities also offer solutions because their concentration of resources provides the most environmentally-friendly way of delivering a high quality of life. “Sustainable cities” combine this advantage with a shared commitment to a low-carbon lifestyle that encourages active participation and sacrifices from everyone. Accordingly, Singapore has made “community ownership and participation” a key pillar of its new Sustainable Development Blueprint. This calls on the government to replace top-down actions with collaboration by inspiring and coordinating the environmental actions of Singapore’s 5 million residents and 125,000 businesses. To help it do so, the city is turning to interactive technologies like social media and open data in an attempt to more effectively exchange information and collaborate with the public. With many other cities seeking to use these tools, it is important that a study be conducted to study Singapore’s experience to learn what works and what doesn’t. 

Name: Assoc Prof. Dr Chew Kok Wai
Affiliation: Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Malaysia

Project Title: Determine suitable leadership styles and skills for an organization that uses knowledge management to achieve competitive advantage

Based on the theme of “Organisational Leadership for Knowledge Management”, the broad aim of the research is to determine suitable leadership styles and skills for an organization that uses knowledge management to achieve competitive advantage. The specific objective is to investigate leadership styles and skills that would encourage knowledge sharing behaviour among employees in such organizations.

This research will contribute towards the “Management” pillar of the M. Sc. in Knowledge Management, where management, technology and information are the three foundation disciplines of knowledge management. It will be relevant to K6316 Organisational Leadership.


Name: Dr. Heinz Scheifinger

Affliliation: Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ​

Project Title: The relationship between Hinduism and the Internet in Singapore with Particular Reference to the Glocalization Processes Occurring as a Result of Temples’ Engagement with the Internet

The project builds upon the findings that ‘religion is a critical ingredient of globalisation’ (Robertson 1992: 87) and investigate the relationship between Hinduism and the Internet. The project explores issues arising from the Internet allowing devotees the opportunity to worship deities without physically travelling to the temples in which they reside (by way of online pujas[1],  darshan[2]  of deities on websites, and through ordering pujas to be performed on a devotee’s behalf). The situation was considered in the light of the related sociological theories of globalisation and embodiment. This is because the Internet is a key ingredient of globalisation (Beck 2000; Giddens 2002) and, furthermore, it allows worship to be performed with minimal reference to the body and without a physical presence at traditional sacred sites. The main conclusion was that despite globalisation and the Internet’s pre-eminent role in this, contrary to the assertions of some globalisation theorists (e.g. Castells 2000; Apolito 2005), local sites do not decline in importance. Instead, there is an interpenetration of the local and the global – ‘glocalization’ (Robertson 1992). The situation at temples partly determined what could be made available online, and what was made available online affected the situation at temples. However, others unconnected to temples were also a factor as they are able to offer services online.

The research project will investigate the glocalization processes that are occurring as a result of Hindu temples’ engagement with the Internet. Research will be carried out at temples in Singapore. This will allow a comparison to be made between India and Singapore. The situation in Singapore provides an especially good contrast because, in addition to there being a relatively high percentage of the country’s approximately 24 main Hindu temples with an online presence[3],  Singapore has an extremely high level of Internet penetration[4].  This strongly suggests that for many of Singapore’s approximately 158,000 Hindus[5],  the Internet is an integral part of their everyday life. This can be compared to India where, despite increasing Internet use, there is a relatively low level of Internet penetration. Because Singapore is such a technologically sophisticated society, it also constitutes an ideal case study[6]  which promises to throw considerable light on the relationship between temples and the Internet and the process of glocalization. It could also indicate trends which may occur elsewhere in the future.

Despite this, the field of Hinduism and the Internet in Singapore is a neglected area of study. Kluver et al’s (2005) The Internet and Religion in Singapore: A National Survey, which they claim is ‘the first study of its kind in examining the use of the Internet for religious purposes in any Asian country’ (p. 5), sought to identify religious Internet use by Singaporeans[7].  However, they proceeded to omit Hindus because of a small sample size. Kluver and Cheong’s (2007) study concerns the opinions of authorities representing diverse religions in Singapore regarding the use of the Internet for religious purposes. They interviewed a small number of Hindu leaders but they do not go beyond an analysis of the authorities’ views and the impact of computer-mediated worship is not explored. In the light of the neglect of the study of Hinduism and the Internet in Singapore, such a study is long overdue – especially since it is highly likely that ‘religious use of the Internet [in Singapore] will develop more fully as the Internet matures’ (Kluver et al 2005: 12).


[1]An online puja features an image of a deity (which may be a deity specific to a certain temple) on the screen. Icons will also be present, and a worshipper clicks on these icons in turn in order to produce corresponding effects which simulate the processes which occur in a traditional offline puja.

[2]Darshan is a religious practice in its own right that also forms part of a puja. It involves ‘seeing the divine in an image’ (Eck 1985: Foreword).

[3]For example, the following temples all have an online presence: Shree Lakshminarayan, Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar, Sri Thendayuthapani, Sri Muneeswam, Sri Ruthra Kaliamman, the Mariamman, Sri Sivan, Sri Srinivasa Perumal and Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman.

[4]In May 2012 there were 9,533,200 Broadband Internet subscriptions in Singapore and a household Broadband penetration rate of over 100% (Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore 2012). 

[5]This figure refers to Hindus aged 15 and over in 2010 (Singapore Department of Statistics 2010).

[6]A fact also appreciated by Kluver and Cheong (2007) in their article ‘Technological Modernization, the Internet, and Religion in Singapore’.

[7]The fourth nation-wide survey conducted by the Singapore Internet Research Project is concerned with Internet usage and impact but does not consider religion (see Choi, Kuo and Lee 2003).

Name: Chanansara Oranop na ayutthaya 

Project title: Regulation of harmful content in broadcasting under media convergence: From overseas to Thai experience


In an age of convergence, content regulatory framework is different from prior media circumstance which the regulation was always justified by spectrum scarcity. Media convergence enables a same set of content broadcast or narrowcast through multi platform e.g. television, internet and mobile phone. Moreover, many studies refer to media fragmentation which has apparently seen in current media situation.  Thus, the changing framework on media content regulation has occurred around the globe. That is, state regulation by laws has not been an only mechanism to regulate content on media, but also self regulation is needed. Especially, Pay TV service is needed for different regulation from Free TV due to its conditional access that customers have to pay for the service.


The purposes of this study are to identify classification of harmful content that is appropriate for Thailand, comparing with other countries’ classification and to study about regulation of harmful content for Thailand Pay TV, including cable TV, encrypted Satellite TV, encrypted Mobile TV and IPTV, under media convergence. Moreover, it aims to study about current Thailand Pay TV industry together with a future development; and the development and effectiveness of content regulatory structure for Thailand Pay TV since the beginning.


This qualitative study employs document study method, focus group and in-depth interview for answering research questions. At the first stage, academic journal and research in Thailand and other countries retrieved from library and internet are selected to describe about a development of Pay TV industry and regulation and about harmful content classification; also to construct a research tool for the second stage. Secondly, the tool is used in focus group of 10 persons of Pay TV stakeholders to find appropriate harmful content classification for Thailand. Lastly, 25-30 experts relating to Pay TV industry and regulatory structure are purposively selected to have an in-depth interview to find out regulation of harmful content for Thailand Pay TV under media convergence.


Name: Dr. Michelle Helena van Velthoven

Affiliation: Imperial College London, School of Public Health

Project title: Adoption of Mobile Phone Interventions for Health Care in Low and Middle-Income Countries


Using mobile technology in health care, known as mHealth, can play a major role in improving health in resource limited settings. Mobile phones have become ubiquitous with an estimated 5.3 billion users at the end of 2010. Their uptake is the highest in developing countries. Using mobile phones can increase access to healthcare and information overcoming transport barriers. However, mobile phone technologies are not realizing their full potential. There is a lack of projects which are fully implemented in health systems.

Aims and objectives

This work aims to investigate the adoption of mobile phone interventions, in particular mobile phone messaging, for improving health care in low- and middle-income countries and to advance a conceptual framework for this purpose. It will include three parts aiming to:

1. Review the literature on adoption of mobile phone technologies for health care in low- and middle-income countries.

2. Analyse the proportion of funding of the Global Fund invested in mobile phone projects and to analyse the impact and outcomes of those projects.

3. Evaluate the implementation and adoption of a mobile phone intervention program in a resource limited setting.


1. Systematic Review of the Literature

The literature will be reviewed in a systematic way based on methods of the Cochrane Collaboration.

2. Data analysis

The proportion of Global Fund funding being allocated to projects using mobile phone interventions and the outcomes and impact of these programmes will be researched by analysing individual applications for approved funding.

3. Case study

A particular program in a resource limited setting will be evaluated aiming to assess barriers and facilitators for implementation and adoption. Case study methodology will be used, as the focus is to answer how and why the program was adopted and to explore contextual conditions.

Name: Dr. Low Mei Mei

Project Title: Mapping Digital Media

The project assesses the global opportunities and risks that are being created for media around the world by developments such as the switchover from analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting, the emergence and growth of new media platforms, especially on the internet, as sources of news and the ever-closer convergence of traditional broadcasting with telecommunications.

The study is part of efforts by the Open Society Media and Information Programs to survey the changes and examine the opportunities and risks in different countries. It aims to assess the impact of these changes on the core democratic service that any media system should provide, namely the provision of news about political, economic and social affairs.

The methodology for assessments is to recruit researchers in each country who will administer the questionnaire set out by the OSF.

The NTU team will carry out research that will answer the questions in a template formulated by the OSF. Researchers will be guided by OSF’s list of opportunities and risks as they collect data and prepare assessments. However, the OSF list is not exhaustive. OSF will rely on the local researchers to understand and highlight the risks and opportunities that are most relevant in their countries.

Researchers are expected to submit their reports in English, following OSF’s research template and its style-guide. Their reports will be vetted by a regional editor.

The assessments will be presented in jargon-free reports that survey the situation in countries around the world. The NTU team of researchers will focus on the Singapore landscape. Cumulatively, these reports – along with overview analyses by the project leaders – will provide a much-needed ‘guide for the perplexed’ on the democratic significance of digital media. These reports and input will be shared with key players and stakeholders in academia, government and industry as they study and chart future directions in the fast-changing media superhighway.

Name: Natasha Cowan

Affiliation: PhD Candidate, Flinders University

Project Title: The capacity of the Internet to enhance political communication and participation in strong state democracies

There has been much written on the political uses of the Internet focusing on the development and successes of e-Government and e-Democracy experiments; including aspects such as citizen outreach, attempts to improve direct communication on political party websites or specially created bureaucratic zones; the experimentation with e-voting at different levels of government; and the uses of the Internet for the expansion of bureaucratic service provision.  However, the literature lacks focus on the newer uses of the Internet for political action.  Although blogs of politicians feature as an aspect of analysis for political scientists studying the Internet, the pervasive social networking sites Facebook and Twitter do not receive so much attention.  The aim of this project is to analyse the uses of the Internet, specifically social networking sites, as serious points of contact on a platform in which citizens can participate regularly, alongside their usual social networking and information gathering and dissemination.  The benefit of Facebook and Twitter is that if it is being used for usual Internet practices, then it is minimal extra effort to keep updated on the goings on of political parties, news and media companies and groups or activists because of the hyper-networking strategies of these sites.

The focus of this analysis is Singapore and Malaysia, as strong-state democracies, with democratic structures and governments that provide high material comfort of their citizens but also have a play a directly interventionist role in the running of society.  Much of the literature on e-Democracy and e-Government and the uses of the Internet for political participation and communication focuses on Western liberal-democracies, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom, or takes the opposite approach to analyse authoritarian states such as China, Myanmar or Iran.  This project therefore seeks to analyse the middle ground of strong-government states that have in the past challenged the need to adopt the British or American model of liberal-democracy and have pursued their own successful variants of democracy.

This project analyses the pragmatic uses of the Internet by media producers and political actors, but also the innovative ways of using platforms that citizens will engage with such as social networking, or creating a website or blog that will continue to attract attention.  It also scrutinises the general success of e-Government and e-Democracy initiatives, such as the provision of bureaucratic services online, or community engagement and outreach websites.  It further analyses how the Internet interacts with the strong-state apparatus and the restrictions on potentially disruptive activity, and how the state, civil society and the bureaucracy adapt to the changes that take place in the fluidic Internet.

Name: Dr. Joe J Phua

Affiliation: University of Southern California

Project Title: Online health websites for smoking cessation employing social Identity theory, social norms approach and social capital

Previous research on health-related online communities has found positive health benefits for participants on the sites.  This paper accessed engagement and social support among members of several online communities for smoking cessation, hypothesizing that perceived social support would be positively associated with participation and smoking cessation self-efficacy, and also mediate the relationship.  Additionally, active participants and lurkers would also differ significantly in perceived social support and smoking cessation self-efficacy.  Data gathered from an online questionnaire posted on the message boards of the smoking cessation online communities confirmed these hypotheses.  Implications for future research are discussed.

Name: DrBenjamin Sanders

Affiliation: University of Plymouth

Project Title: Online gaming addiction: An emerging avenue for exploitation

Some may argue that the proliferation of personal computers together with the widespread use of the Internet has brought many benefits to society.  The popularity of the internet and its associated online services continues to grow at an exponential rate and consequently, so does the number of avenues for potential exploitation.  Prior research has already established that sexual predators and social engineers use the Internet as a means to target and exploit individuals.  Indeed, previous studies highlight the significant threats faced by users of instant messaging and social networking facilities.  Massively Multi Player Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG’s) and virtual environments such as World of Warcraft and Second Life provide yet another platform for users to interact with one another.   Evidence suggests that subscribers of such services often become so immersed in such fantasy worlds that their ability to differentiate between the virtual and real world is somewhat reduced.

Many previous studies have identified the problem of ‘addiction’ associated with online gaming; however few have developed effective solutions.

The aim of this research is:

• To identify a correlation between online gaming addiction and an corresponding increase in online exploitation (i.e. fraud, paedophilia)
• To develop a number of framework-based solutions to identify and manage online gaming addictions through international collaborative research.

Name: Carsten Gäbel

Affiliation: University of Leipzig

Project Title: Media politics in Singapore

The project investigates the goals of Singapore's official media policy and its implementation by media companies and journalists. The study intends to discover how Singapore’s official media policy (media policy of the government) is implemented, and if the goals of the media policy are achieved and to what extent they are achieved. Empirical method of guided interviews will be used for this project to delve into particular issues with certain interviewees and delve into other issues with other interviewees, depending on the respective experience and working position of the individual.

Name: Mr.Soh Chin Hooi

Affiliation: Senior Lecturer, Multimedia University

Project title: Internet Usage and Consequences Amongst School Children in Malaysia

The Internet is the most important technological innovation in our generation. However, whether the Internet brings positive or negative effects are being debated. More and more youths are embracing the Internet and are integrating it into their lives. The purpose of the research is to construct and empirically test a model of Internet usage, dependency, parental and peers influence amongst youths in Malaysia. It is an important step in the quest to assess the value of this new medium to identify the pattern of online usage, motives and dependency amongst youths in Malaysia and the nature and degree of influence by parents and peers. It also helps to identify crucial points where intervention may be necessary in order to realize the full potential of the Internet as well as better design incentives that encourage educational needs and discourage negative use.

Name: Daniel Reimold 

Affiliation: Ohio University


Project Title: Evolution and current state of Singapore’s campus news media

Dr Dan Reimold is a Fulbright research fellow currently serving as a visiting scholar with the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He recently launched College Media Matters (, a Web site/blog providing news and notes on everything that is influential, controversial, innovative, and newsworthy about modern college media, existing because they do matter and are not being talked about nearly enough.  It is the only daily-updated blog of its kind.
The CMM was recently publicized by The Center for Innovation in College Media (, a leading new media organization for student journalism, and now is a permanent fixture/link on the site.  In addition, the blog is being added to the "Blog Central" section of the Web site for College Media Advisers Inc. (, the leading organization overseeing student media operations in the U.S. 

As a Scripps Howard Teaching Fellow at Ohio, he led undergraduate reporting, editing, and introductory media courses and served as the adviser for Speakeasy Magazine, a daily-updated online student news outlet.  He is a two-time Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT) Scholar within the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC); a recipient of the 2007 Ohio University Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award; and the graduate student winner of the 2007 AEJMC "Promising Professors" honor.  He previously received his master's degree in journalism from Temple University and worked for several newspapers in greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he earned the paper's first Ralph Vigoda Memorial Award for passion in journalism.

His current passion is research related to student media.  Refereed research papers he has authored or co-authored have been published in Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism History, and College Media Review and accepted for presentation at numerous conferences, including the International Symposium on Online Journalism and the AEJMC national convention.
Name: Associate Prof. Kou Ji Hong

Affiliation: Wuhan University

Project title: Information resource management (信息资源管理)/ Informatization of higher education in China

Dr. Kou is an Associate Professor from Wuhan University, Wuhan, PRC. Her main research interests include information and knowledge management, internet information mining and knowledge discovery, and information society. Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, PRC, Dr. Kou will be attached to SiRC for the period January- June 2007 to conduct a research project on "Informatization of Higher Education in China". 

Name:  Natalie Lee-San Pang

Affiliation: Monash University

Project Title: Cultural Institutions in Singapore: Investigating Knowledge Commons, Communities, and the Design Interplay in Contemporary Media Environment

Natalie Pang was then a PhD candidate in Monash University's Faculty of Information Technology. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Her research is an interdisciplinary study of cultural institutions in the contemporary media environment, and investigates the effectiveness of participatory design approaches to guide stakeholder participation in communities. Her other research and teaching interests include user-centred design, information management, usability evaluations, digital libraries, and applying open content licenses such as the Creative Commons to communities and cultural institutions. A graduate of Melbourne University in Australia and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Natalie has worked in Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. An active contributor and member of the P2P Foundation (, she is also an Honorary Research Associate of Museum Victoria and Research Fellow of the Centre for Community Networking and Research, Monash University in Australia. 

Name: Andrade Gomes, Norberto Nuno

Affiliation: European University Institute (EUI)

Project title: Virtual worlds – The place of law in new Digital environments

Norberto Gomes de Andrade is a Portuguese Researcher pursuing a Doctoral degree at the Law Department of the European University Institute (EUI), in Florence, Italy. Norberto is currently studying the legal issues that emerge from new digital environments (popularly known as “Virtual Worlds”) and the implications deriving from the rise of this new social order for our understanding of law. His present work concerns the conceptualization of these social platforms, also designated as MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games), as legal orders. His areas of interest also cover legal informatics, telecommunications and computer law, in particular intellectual property and privacy issues.  Within the EUI, Norberto is one of the co-founders and organizers of the “InfoSoc Working Group”, dealing with the legal, socio-political, historical and economic aspects of the Information Society. Norberto has worked previously as a legal expert at the External Relations Department of the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for Communications, in Lisbon, Portugal. A Law graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, Norberto has also been awarded with a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations and European Studies by the Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary.

Name: Jens Damm

Affiliation: Free University Berlin, Institute for East Asian Studies, Germany

Project title: China's Internet as Signifier: Contradicting Discourses, Paradigms, and Interpretations

What are the underlying power-structures and existing societal paradigms which shape the differing perception of the role of the Internet in China in the "West" and in China? Fundamental differences can be found between the discourses of Western analysts and the discourses of Chinese analysts regarding the social and political impact of the Internet in China. Recent research on the Internet in China carried out by the West has too often focused on questions of censorship, the blocking of websites, the democratizing effects of the Internet in China and on the use of the Internet by dissident groups. Western discourses have focused on democratization and political change, paying little attention to broader social changes. During the 1990s, a prevalent view in Western publications was that the introduction of the Internet would result in Western models of democracy and democratic participation taking root in Chinese society, but in recent years, the Chinese state/Communist Party has increasingly been viewed as successful in controlling the Internet. This discourse is, however, technology-deterministic and is only an "inverse" version of the former discourse.
Name: Irene Pollach

Affiliation: Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration


Project title: Who reads corporate Websites? – A cross-cultural study of audience behavior and expectations.


The premier advantage of Web-mediated communication for companies is that the content they disseminate on their Websites is not filtered by gatekeepers before it reaches its audience. However, this advantage is offset by the Web's pull nature, which implies that corporate messages disseminated on the Web may never reach their target audiences. Thus, it is critical for companies to know what information their target groups are interested in and how likely they are to look this information up on corporate Websites, so that they can dedicate space to those stakeholder groups that actually look for information on corporate Websites. To this end, this project investigates the readership of corporate Websites on the basis of a survey conducted in Singapore and Austria/Germany to shed light on whether anyone actually reads the information disseminated on corporate Websites and, in particular, whether anyone reads information targeted at no specific stakeholder group.

Name: Jeannie Goh

Affiliation: University of Manchester

Project Title: Facing the future: The presence of others in the age of video-mediated communication


Computer-mediated communication (CMC) removes aspects of presence, such as identifability and visual cues and raises private awareness , all important communication cues which are typically present in face to face communication. During the talk I discuss a series of experiments, which examine how removing these aspects of presence can increase self-disclosure and can facilitate intimacy. I will also briefly outline my present work, which investigates how public and private awareness in CMC may be manipulated to increase self-disclosure.

Name: Arul Chib 
Affiliation: PhD Candidate, School for Communication, University of Southern California
The imagination of the development community was captured by an incredible story of survival from the 2004 Tsunami in Nallavadu, India, involving a local community’s use of modern ICTs as a disaster warning system. Clearly, as hi-tech disaster-preparedness systems (seismological, ocean-floor, tidal, and satellite technologies) are developed, more accessible, affordable and last-mile communication systems need consideration—especially in the context of overall development goals. The literature reviews and field research, in the Tsunami-affected areas of India and Indonesia, suggest that ICTs are being used to for livelihood generation activities, to improve education and health resources, and to promote gender equity. This presentation examines institutional and technological requirements involved in developing such systems. We find that the existing social structure can be leveraged with appropriate investments in the technological infrastructure. The key risks associated with such programs stem from inadequate research support at various phases, issues of sustainability, and unintended impacts on the social system. A well-designed research program can mitigate these risks.
Name: Jasper Lim, Senior Researcher and Doctoral Candidate
Affiliation: Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Over recent decades, high growth in car use in The Netherlands has outstripped investments in road infrastructure, resulting in relentless problems for employees, especially for those who travel frequently for business appointments. They suffer travel time losses because they are confronted with daily traffic jams, particularly during the rush hours in the Randstad regions (i.e. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht) and Eindhoven. The total cost attributed to road traffic congestion were approximately 650 million euro in 2000. This amount, according to the Dutch Ministry of Transport, is likely to increase to 1700 million euro by 2020. One interesting solution to this problem is the promotion of e-working in organisations that may improve employee travel performance. Therefore, the research objective is to determine what types of e-working practices are useful in solving business travel time losses. Thereafter, policy makers could promote these e-working practices in conjunction with other measures as part of an integrated transport policy.