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6 March 2013

Video from #TtW13

Here's where you can find video from #TtW13. See you in 2014!

#f1 | Wall Posts Can't Protect You (coming soon!)

#f2 | Theorizing the Web Presents: Free Speech For Whom?

#a1 | Ctrl+Alt+Del: Control, Resistance, and Refusal

#b1 | The Participatory Culture Industry

#c1 | Memory and the Speed of Data

#d1 | Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction

#a2 | You Are What You Post

#b2 | The Facebook Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1st half of vid)

#c2 | The New Politics of Participation & Persuasion [final]

#d2 | IRL in the URL: Digital Dualism of the "Real" & "Virtual" (1st half of vid)

#a3 | The New Technologies of Surveillance Society (partial)

#b3 | Bodies and Bits (2nd half of vid)

#c3 | Infostructures of Knowledge

#d3 | CUNY Graduate Center: Theorizing a Public Web (2nd half of vid)

#e4 | Emerging Culture of Surveillance: Digital Data, Visibility, and the Web

Note: You can toggle between slide and presentation views in many videos.



5 March 2013

Photos from #TtW13

All photos by NYC photographer Aaron Thompson.

Click for Friday and Saturday photos.




4 March 2013


It happened. #TtW13 was a blast! The quality of papers delivered, the sizable crowds in the building and participating remotely, and a general upbeat and excited mood made this a very special weekend. We're humbled and hope you enjoyed yourselves.

We're already looking forward to #TtW14. To do that, we'd love some feedback. If you attended #TtW13 in-person or remotely, please fill out this short feed-back form.




3 March 2013

JustPublics@365 Summit:

ReImagining Scholarly Communication for the 21st Century

TtW is a part of this summit organized by our partners at JustPublics@365.

March 1st-6th

In a week-long series of events, this JustPublics@365 Summit will explore a set of questions about big changes in scholarly communication.

How is the web changing the way we produce knowledge, engage with publics beyond the academy and work for social justice? What does it mean to be a scholar in the digital era? How is the measure of scholarly impact changing?

  • Theorizing the Web 2013 (#TtW13)
    3/1 4p-6p Alice Marwick, The James Gallery, 6:30-7:30 “Free Speech for Whom?” Adrian Chen, danah boyd, Zeynup Tufekci, and Jessie Daniels, Prochansky Auditorium;  3/2 10a-6p Concourse Level, David Lyons, keynote.
  • Hands-On Workshops in Digital Media
    3/6 9a-1p Rooms 9204, 9205, and 9206
    CUNY GC students will offer free 45 minute workshops for graduate students and faculty on how to use WordPress, Twitter, video, and visuals in your research and to get your research out to the public
  • Closing Reception and Plenary
    3/6 Reception: 6p-7p Lobby of Elebash Hall
    Plenary: 7p-8p Elebash Hall
    Professor Anthea Butler (UPenn) in Conversation with Provost Chase Robinson


28 February 2013

Live Video Streams

Links to live video of all the TtW panels will be posted here.



27 February 2013

Tickets for Alice Marwick's Opening Plenary

In order to make sure that we do not exceed the capacity limit of the James Gallery, we've setup a ticketing system for the opening plenary. Reserve your seat here. (No need to print you ticket. We'll keep a list.)

The "Free Speech for Whom?" symposium in the Proshansky Auditorium is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Both events will be live video streamed. Links to the streams will be posted here.



25 February 2013


A PDF version of the print program is now available! We will continue to update the html version with up-to-the-moment information.

program tumbnail



14 February 2013



Location: Slattery’s Pub (8 East 36th Street)

Music by DJ Sean Gray of Fan Death Records.



4 February 2013

#TtW13 Flyer

TtW Flyer

Please share this flyer with anyone who might be interested in Theorizing the Web!



3 February 2013

#OccupyData Hackathon

#OccupyData will be holding a hackaton at the CUNY Graduate Center in parallel with #TtW13. They are very open to discussing their work and invite #TtW13 attendees to pop in for a visit. Register here.

Occupy Data is a collective of researchers, artists, occupiers, and hackers to discover new ways of relating to the Occupy movement through analysis and visualization.

New-York-based Occupy Data hackers will be creating a space for for more days of planning, discussion and implementation. The data sets from previous OccupyData and Occupy research events will be available, as well as some new data from Occupy Sandy.

Occupy Data is a subgroup of Occupy Research, with the aim of mining and visualizing datasets related to the Occupy movement. At previous hackathons, teams of people worked on separate projects, with the goal of using free and open source tools to creatively present data pertinent to the Occupy movement and the issues it has raised. Read more about previous projects, get inspired about what you might like to work on here.



27 January 2013

David Lyon

Announcing David Lyon's keynote:

Location: CUNY Graduate Center Auditorium

Date: Saturday, March 2nd

The Emerging Culture of Surveillance: Digital Data, Visibility and the Web

Awareness of the everyday realities of mass surveillance has been growing in recent decades due, in no small part, to the widespread shift to digital technologies. This has raised practical concerns such as threats to "privacy" and has given rise to concepts such as the "surveillance society." The focus of these discussions is frequently on the large and often linked organizations that use surveillance or the technologies that facilitate it. Less has been said about the experiences of surveillance or the ways in which attitudes and practices are shifting under conditions of intensifying surveillance. Why and how do people comply with, negotiate or resist surveillance today? I suggest that an emerging culture of surveillance exists, characterized by two apparently contradictory factors in particular; 'fear' and 'fun.' However, surveillance culture today cannot be understood without considering the pre-history of these factors.



15 January 2013


Announcing Alice Marwick's plenary:

Location: CUNY Graduate Center's James Gallery

Date: Friday, March 1st

Wall Posts Can't Protect You: Networked Privacy & Social Surveillance in Facebook

In the autumn of 2012, a popular Facebook meme involved a cut-and-paste “privacy notice” that served as a folk legal strategy, aimed at protecting people’s Facebook posts from being used by, well, Facebook. While this was quickly debunked, its popularity points to a larger issue, namely the futility of individual control over information dissemination, and thus the reliance on others to protect individual privacy on social network sites like Facebook, which I conceptualize as networked privacy.

Online privacy is often framed either as a binary of public vs. private information, or of information that flows from a known and anticipated context to an unknown and unanticipated context. Neither frame takes into account the affordances of social technologies, which enable people to widely share information about someone without their consent, that preclude individual control over privacy. For many, control over social context and individual agency is required to feel that something is private. However, the power differentials inherent in human relationships mean that both control and agency are constantly violated, not only by changing technologies, but by differing levels of social status. These power differentials are also illuminated by the widespread practice of social surveillance, or the close examination of content created by others and views of one’s own content through other people’s eyes. Individuals strategically reveal, disclose and conceal personal information to create connections with others and tend social boundaries.

Using examples from ethnographic studies of American social media use, I discuss how Facebook’s promotion of networked privacy and social surveillance contributes to the reinforcement of tightly striated social hierarchies. 



11 January 2013

The first round of nofications for #TtW13 will be sent today. Be sure to check you spam folders. If you don't recieve a decision on your submission today, please sit tight, we'll be sending more notifications soon.



7 January 2013

Happy New Years! The Theorizing the Web submission system is now closed. We are overwhelmed and humbled by both the quantity and quality of submissions. We are reviewing them now and will have decisions made shortly. Thank you!



20 November 2012

Check out the new Theorizing the Web promo vid by Imp Kerr.



14 November 2012

We are now accepting abstract submissions. The call for abstracts is here.

Submit your abstract here. Abstracts are due: January 6th, 2013.

We are asking both in-person and remote participants (via Livestream and Twitter) to register for Theorizing the Web 2013 (as always, it is pay what you can).



13 November 2012

Pre-conference event announced: Theorizing the Web 2013 will feature a meetup and panel discussion on the evening of Friday, March 1st in the CUNY Graduate Center's James Gallery.

More details coming soon.



12 November 2012

Planning has begun for the Theorizing the Web 2013. We are pleased to
announce that David Lyon (photo), preeminent surveillance theorist and founding editor of Surveillance & Society, will give the Spring 2013 keynote.

Past speakers include Danah Boyd, Andy Carvin (interviewed by Zeynep
), Saskia Sassen, George Ritzer and others. For information on
the first two Theorizing the Web conferences, see the 2011 and 2012 websites.

Follow @TtW_conf for all the latest updates. The hashtag is #TtW13.



11 November 2012

Theorizing the Web 2012 was a great success. Our keynote conversation between Zeynep Tufekci and Andy Carvin examined important issues pertaining to media curation and journalism in the digital age. Last year's event featured roughly 40 paper presentations. 200 people registered to attend in-person and more than 70 people watched live at various points in the day. There was also an extraordinary conversation taking place on Twitter throughout the event, with 4,750 tweets from over 650 people to the official conference account and to the #TtW12 hashtag. The conference was very selective in 2012, accepting only 25% of submissions. For more info on #TtW12, read our full reflection piece or check out the archived Theorizing the Web 2012 website.