Monday, June 11, 2007


Recently, scientific studies claim a deterrent effect for death penalty.

Supposing it were true and correct, I ask: sterilizing people who carries genes for potentially lethal disorders presumably lowers the rate of overall disabilities. But... does this make forced mass sterilization right?

It's time for people to start thinking beyond mere convenience, effectiveness, efficiency, and the like!

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Emerging Technology: New Opportunities for the Community Sector

CALL FOR PAPERS -- Academic Paper Submissions now close 1 July 2007

Making Links 2007
Emerging Technology: New Opportunities for the Community Sector

Tuesday 30th - Wednesday 31st October 2007 NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney

The 4th annual Making Links conference is one of Australia’s leading forums for workers in the not-for-profit and community sectors to showcase their work and to explore current and emerging new media and information and communications technology (ICT). This two-day conference has regularly attracted delegates and presenters from many fields including health, environment, education, business, government, philanthropy and human services to discuss their experiences with ICT, multimedia and web technology. This year we are adding a peer reviewed academic stream to the conference and look forward to also welcoming practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
.. Community networking, community development, community capacity building .. Technology for social action, transformation and community activism, including online campaigning .. Social capital .. Open source software for non-profit and community organisations .. Online deliberation, community consultation and engagement .. Web-based training, education, e-learning and professional development .. New Media, community arts and community cultural development .. Client / constituent relationship management .. Fundraising .. Technology infrastructure, implementation and maintenance .. Strategies of using ICT to give marginalised communities a voice .. Practical workshops in IT, web development and/or multimedia

Academic paper submissions (max 5000 words, APA 5th style) will be subject to a double blind review process and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality, and clarity of writing in accordance with DEST E1 requirements. This review will be based on the full text of the submitted paper. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the academic journal 3CMedia. It is necessary for at least one author of any accepted submission to register and attend the conference to have the paper published in the proceedings. Submissions should be emailed to Dr Marcus Foth at

01 July 2007 Full academic paper submissions due: NOW DUE 01 JULY 2007
20 August 2007 Notification of acceptance and review reports sent to
01 October 2007 Revised, camera ready papers due
Program announcement and close of early bird registration

We seek proposals for non-peer-reviewed oral paper presentations, workshops and interactive multimedia displays. A computer lab and video lounge will be available for multimedia and film presentations.
Abstracts and proposals should be submitted here and will be reviewed by the conference committee.
02 July 2007 Abstracts and proposal submissions due
03 September 2007 Notification of acceptance
01 October 2007 Program announcement and close of early bird

Conference Chair
Jill Sergeant, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)

Academic Program Chair
Marcus Foth, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Organising Committee
Simon Gee, CommunIT, Community Information Strategies Australia (CISA) Jonathan Hallett (Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University of Technology) Liz Landray, Infoxchange Australia Liliana Ruti, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) Juan Salazar, Media Studies and Production, University of Western Sydney (UWS)