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Sent: 12 October 2007 13:32
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Subject: OII News [2007.10.12]: Events for October and November

Dear friends and colleagues,   
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the Inaugural
Lecture I will be giving at the University Examination Schools this
coming Monday 15 October (17:00 - 18:00). Further details can be found
below in the Events Diary.   
'Through the Network (of Networks) - the Fifth Estate'   
The media are often seen as central to democratic processes: a 'fourth
estate' independent of government and other powerful institutions. Now,
the Internet and Web are creating a new space for networking
institutions, people, information and other resources. Through this
network of networks, individuals can be linked in ways that support
greater accountability in politics and the media. It could also have a
much wider role in opening up to greater social accountability other
institutional arenas, from everyday life to specialist fields like
healthcare and science.   
I will be examining the emergence of such a fifth estate and its social,
political and other implications, including its impact on the quality
and integrative capability of our information environment.    
Whether or not you find this thesis compatible with your own
observations, I hope you can join me on Monday to start the debate.    
Bill Dutton,   
1. Events Diary   
2. How to register   
1. Events Diary   
Through the Network (of Networks) - the Fifth Estate   
Speaker: William Dutton, Professor of the Internet and Society   
Focus: This Inaugural Lecture will examine the emergence of a 'fifth
estate' and its social, political and other implications, including its
impact on the quality and integrative capability of mass media.   
Date: Monday 15 October (17:00 - 18:00)   
Location: East Writing Room, Oxford University Examination Schools,
75-81 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG. The lecture is open to the public
(academic dress is optional). A drinks reception will follow. The event
will be webcast.   
Online + dating = the new natural   
Speaker: Jason Stockwood, Managing Director,   
Focus: Whilst almost everyone knows someone or of someone who has met a
potential partner online there is still a large proportion of the
singles population who believe 'its not for me'. Jason Stockwood
provides an overview of the UK online dating market.   
Date: Thursday 18 October (15:30 - 17:00)   
Location: OII Seminar Room   
Speaker: Sherry Turkle, MIT   
Focus: Sherry Turkle discusses the emerging role of 'computational
entities' (eg robots or software agents) that present themselves as
having states of mind that are affected by their interactions with human
beings. What is their emerging role in our psychological, spiritual and
moral lives? What kinds of relationships are appropriate to have with
machines? What is a relationship? This lecture will be webcast.   
Date: Thursday 25 October (17:00 - 18:30)   
Location: Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre, Said Business School, Park End
Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP   
Solutions for eGovernment   
Speakers: Prof Bill Dutton (OII), Dr Christine Leitner (Danube
University Krems), Prof Helen Margetts (OII), Professor Giovanni Sartor
(European University Institute)   
Focus: An open workshop of the Breaking Barriers to eGovernment project,
focusing on specific legal and organisational solutions to overcome
obstacles to eGovernment progression.   
Date: Wednesday 31 October (09:30 - 17:30)   
Location: The Law Department, European University Institute (EUI),
Florence, Italy   
Exploring the distributed development of Grid infrastructure for
Particle Physics at the LHC: A case of Scaled Agility?   
Speaker: Will Venters, Dept of Information Systems, LSE   
Focus: Describing research undertaken within the EPSRC-funded Pegasus
project to explore the working practices of the UK particle physics
community in their development of Grid infrastructure to support their
research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).   
Date: Tuesday 6 November 2007 (15:00 - 17:00)   
Location: OII Seminar Room   
Digital Diplomacy: the impact of the Internet on international relations

Speaker: Dr Nicholas Westcott, CMG (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)   
Focus: Exploring how the Internet contributes to the fraying of the
power of the state in international relations, how non-state actors
exert influence, and how the Internet changes both the dynamic of
traditional diplomatic negotiations, and the way foreign ministries and
embassies operate.   
Date: Wednesday 14 November 2007 (12:15 - 13:30)   
Location: OII Seminar Room   
2. How to register   
You can register for any of these events by sending your name and
affiliation to mailto:[log in to unmask]   
[Editor: David Sutcliffe]   
Oxford Internet Institute   
University of Oxford   
1 St Giles Oxford OX1 3JS   
United Kingdom   
Tel: +44 (0)1865 287210   
Fax: +44 (0)1865 287211   
Email: [log in to unmask]   

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