ASA 2011 – Las Vegas, NV: August 20-23 – Sociologists present on the social uses and effects of information technology

2011 ASA meetings are being held in Las Vega, Nevada.  Several sessions are related to the study of the social uses and effects of information technology are hosted by the Communications and Information Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA).

These are the connections among the people who recently tweeted the term “ASA2011” on 18 August 2011.

Several papers and panels related to the sociology of the internet will take place:

Saturday, Aug 20 – 2:30pm – 4:10pm

 124. Section on Sociology of Law Paper Session. Privacy in the Digital Age: Law, Culture, and Contention I (co-sponsored with the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements and Section on Communication and Information Technology)

Monday, Aug 22 – 8:30-9:30AM Roundtables

338. Section on Communication and Information Technology Roundtable Session

Monday, Aug 22 – 9:30-10:10AM Business and Awards Ceremony

(immediately follows roundtables)

Monday, Aug 22 – 10:30AM – 12:10PM 

376. Section on Communication and Information Technology Invited Session. Social Media in Community Action and Social Change

Monday, Aug 22 – 2:30pm – 4:10pm

419. Section on Communication and Information Technology Paper Session. New Media Frontiers: Youth and New Media

Monday, Aug 22 – 5:00-7:00PM, Section Reception, hotel suite, Caesars Palace

Location to be announced at all CITASA sessions and meetings.

Tuesday has the main day of panels and talks:

Tueday, August 23 – 10:30am – 12:10pm

514. Section on Sociology of Culture Invited Session. Privacy in the Digital Age II: Law, Culture, and Contention (co-sponsored with the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements and Section on Communication and Information Technology)

Regular Session. Social Participant On and Off the Internet.

Session Organizer: Barry Wellman (University of Toronto)
Sunday 1030-12

The Active Few and the Sporadic Many: Making Sense of Opinion Dynamics in Online Review Systems
*Fedor Dokshin (Cornell University)

The Internet, Young Adults and Political Engagement around the 2008 Presidential Elections

*Aaron Shaw (University of California-Berkeley), Eszter Hargittai (Northwestern University)

Social movements’ use of information and communication technologies: diffusion, usefulness and empowerment

*Piotr Konieczny (University of Pittsburgh)

*=presenter

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Regular Session. Networked Individuals On and Off the Internet

Scheduled Time: Sun, Aug 21 – 2:30pm – 4:10pm

Session Participants:

Session Organizer: Barry Wellman (University of Toronto)
Presider: Barry Wellman (University of Toronto)

“If you’re not texting me, you must be old:” Age Cohort Attachment to Mobile Phones
*Amanda M. Warr (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Shelia R. Cotten (University of Alabama at Birmingham), William A. Anderson (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

The Intersection of Gender and Place in Online Health Activities
*Melinda Goldner (Union College), Timothy M. Hale (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Shelia R. Cotten (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Michael J. Stern (College of Charleston), Patricia Drentea (University of Alabama-Birmingham)

Core Discussion Networks Over Time: How the Internet Reduces Social Isolation and Increases Network Diversity
*Keith N. Hampton (University of Pennsylvania), Lauren Sessions Goulet (University of Pennsylvania)

Social Network Sites, Social Ties, and Social Capital
*Randy Lynn (George Mason University), *James C. Witte (George Mason University)

Discussant: Barry Wellman (University of Toronto)

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Regular Session. Digital Divides in the Internet Age
Scheduled Time: Mon, Aug 22 – 4:30pm – 6:10pm

Session Organizer: Barry Wellman (University of Toronto)
Presider: Barry Wellman (University of Toronto)
Cyberasociality and the Online Sociality Divide: Third Level Digital Divide?

*Zeynep Tufekci (University of Maryland-Baltimore County)
(Tech) Culture in Action: Using a cultural framework to describe and explain differences in technological competency

*Cassidy Puckett (Northwestern University)
Does the “Do-it-yourself approach” reduce digital inequality? Lack of digital skills and infrequent Internet use

*Uwe Matzat (Eindhoven University of Technology), Bert M. Sadowski (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Stalled Digital Divide: Gender Differences in the Use of ICT in Taiwan

*Yu-Hua Chen (National Taiwan University), Wen-Yin Chien (United Daily News)

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