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Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing;
Conference on Online Deliberation

Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
and UC Berkeley School of Information

We also thank the
International Computer Science Institute
and the Renee B. Fisher Foundation

University of California, Berkeley
June 26 - 29, 2008

At the dawn of the 21st century humankind faces challenges of profound proportions. The ability of people around the world to discuss, work, make decisions, and take action collaboratively is one of the most important capabilities for addressing these challenges.

Researchers, scholars, activists, advocates, artists, educators, technologists, designers, students, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, journalists and citizens are rising to these challenges in many ways, including, devising new communication technologies that build on the opportunities afforded by the Internet and other new (as well as old) media. The interactions between technological and social systems are of special and central importance in this area.

DIAC-08 combines CPSR's 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal organizations to large social movements.

Important Dates

May 15 - June 21, 2008Regular registration begins
June 22 - June 29, 2008Late registration begins
June 1, 2008Completed research papers and other contributions due
June 26 - June 29, 2008DIAC-2008 / OD2008
June 29, 2008The Future of Tools for Participation: Visions, Resources and Needs, Open Space Session Open to the public!

Please contact Conference Chair (douglas at publicsphereproject dot org) if you have any questions. (And be sure to remove the spaces and substitute "@" for "at" and "." for "dot" in the address.)

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

CPSR is a public-interest alliance of people concerned about the impact of information and communications technology on society. By sponsoring international, national, and local projects and events, CPSR serves as a catalyst for in-depth discussion and effective action in key areas.

UC Berkeley School of Information

Providing the world with innovative information solutions and leadership, the UC Berkeley School of Information conducts research, provides policy counsel, and trains information professionals in five areas of concentration including information design and architecture, information assurance, social studies of information, human-computer interaction, and information economics and policy.

Conference Chair

Douglas Schuler

Program Chairs

Todd Davies, Jerome Feldman, and Douglas Schuler

Related Conferences

We also recommend the Participatory Design Conference which will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. September 30, 2008 - October 4, 2008. See The theme of this 10th PDC is "Experiences and Challenges" and it is an excellent opportunity to reassess the achievements of the PD movement and to consider its future.