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Two fully-funded PhD studentships within the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (IIDI) at Edinburgh Napier University are currently advertised at: 

One studentship will be offered within one of IIDI’s five research centres. Led by Professor Hazel Hall, the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) is keen to encourage applications from those whose research interests lie within the area of social informatics, and align with the centre’s expertise, for example in: ICT trajectories, socio-technical and organisational issues in the context of corporate knowledge management; large scale infrastructures such as e-government and e-health; library and information science research; and the information society. Further details of CSI can be found on the Centre’s web pages at: 

The second studentship is specific to the Centre for Emergent Computing. The successful applicant for this position will be expected to work in the area of bio-inspired computing. 

Applications for both places are due by Monday 5th November, and the successful candidates are expected to take up their doctoral studies in early 2013.

For further information please see


Professor Hazel Hall PhD MA BA FCLIP FHEA

Director – Centre for Social Informatics

School of Computing/Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh EH10 5DT



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The Digital Labour Group in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and /ephemera: theory and politics in organization/ are pleased to announce the arrival of Volume 10: 3-4:

*** Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens ***

Edited by Jonathan Burston, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Alison Hearn


Born out of the conference of the same name held in the fall of 2009 at the University of Western Ontario, this special double issue of / ephemera / addresses the implications of digital labour as they are emerging in practice, politics, policy, culture, and theoretical enquiry. As workers, as authors, and as citizens, we are increasingly summoned and disciplined by new digital technologies that define the workplace and produce ever more complex regimes of surveillance and control. At the same time, new possibilities for agency and new spaces for collectivity are borne from these multiplying digital innovations.

This volume explores this social dialectic, with a specific focus on new forms of labour. Papers examine the histories and theories of digital capitalism, foundational assumptions in debates about digital labour, issues of intellectual property and copyright, material changes in the digital workplace, transnational perspectives on digital labour, the issue of free labour and new definitions of work, and struggles and contests on the scene of digital production.

Contributors include Brian Holmes, Andrea Fumagalli and Cristina Morini, David Hesmondhalgh, Ursula Huws, Barry King, Jack Bratich, Enda Brophy and many others.

This issue also contains vital contributions from union and guild activists hailing from the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American  Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

The Digital Labour Group: Jonathan Burston, Edward Comor, James Compton, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, Ajit Pyati, Sandra Smeltzer, Matt Stahl, Samuel E. Trosow.


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