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    “5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion” at IEEE COMSNETS 2018

    Colleagues and I wrote a paper “5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion” the 10th IEEE COMSNETS – International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS, this January in Bengaluru, India. We focused on the societal challenges related to Digital Inclusion. Paper revisits the 5G mobile communication objectives, and adds the demand for 5G network slicing providing free access to information for all. We introduce the Internet light concept of free provision of information in developing economies. In order to ensure net-neutrality, our approch of Internet light provides content type filtering, with free access to text, pictures and local video, and paid access to video, voice, games and other streaming content.

    From 1G to 5G mobile network development

    The paper suggests that Internet light for all supports sustainable business operation, as only only 2-2.5% of the available bandwidth is used for free access to information, while more than 97% of the bandwidth are available for commercial business operation. Given the societal advances in digital literacy, digital inclusion and the participation in the digital society, Internet light is seen as the enabler to connect the unconnected 3.5 billion people on the planet and to become the catalyst for the Sustainable Developmetn Goals (SDGs).

    You can read the paper here.

    The reference: Josef Noll, Sudhir Dixit, Danica Radovanovic, Maghsoud Morshedi, Christine Holst, Andrea S. Winkler, “5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion“, IEEE COMSNETS 2018, Jan 2018, Bangalore, India

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    Snapchat for engagement, communication, and fun

    Danica.Rad SnapchatLast week I was in Slovenia for BledCom symposium. Here you can check out #BledCom conversation and live stream tweets from the event. I was presenting a paper in progress on the behalf of two other colleagues of mine, and I won’t talk about this right now because it is a research in progress.

    At the symposium, I met a wonderful group of PR and internet professionals from all over the world. One of them was a professor at Stockton University in New Jersey (USA), Ai Zhang, who uses Snapchat successfully in the classroom to coach and engage with her students. Ai introduced me to Snapchat secrets, filters, tips & tricks, so I started actively to use it for a week now, and I love it so much!

    For those not familiar, in a nutshell: Snapchat is a mobile friendly app for quickly interaction via photo, video and caption. “Snaps” are the messages sent within the application. Snapchat has a “self-destructing” feature where the photo or video is instantly deleted seconds after it’s opened by the recipient. Also, there are Stories feature where users can create an ongoing compilation of ‘snaps’ from the last 24 hours for everyone to see. They can be viewed over and over again throughout the 24 hours.

    I live-streamed some presentations from BledCom conference, my trip to Bled, Slovenia (and around), and post-conference frolics, and everyday life snaps. I mostly post snaps in English so the majority of people and friends can understand what I’m writing and talking about. If you’re also into Snapchat, feel free to add/follow me: Danica.Rad 

    Here are some readings on Snapchat in academia and professional life: a recent one from TimesHigherEducation, how to use SnapChat in HigherEdu, some of the university examples and SnapChat directory.

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    The best dissertation award

    I know this is rather a bit tardy to announce (read: a dynamic period over here), however, last month I won an award for the best dissertation in 2015! I won few awards before (once for the best short story in the literature and one for the ICTs contribution at theFaculty of Engineering), and this one I didn’t expect to get. Apart from any public recognitions, I am always aware of the value of my own work, on the amount of time and energy I put into it and to get things done in the best possible manner. To be honest, I was hoping not to get it, how silly :)? Of course, it is a great honour and I am very glad that Serbian Public Relations Association (DSOJ) and the jury recognized the relevance of my research (ICTs in education, examining the internet dynamics and digital inequalities, etc.). I want to thank to Serbian Public Relations Association and the jury of DSOJ. Here is the PhD in Serbian; sorry folks, those who want to translate it into English, please do ping me. I’m overly saturated with own manuscript.

    This is a citation reference:

    Radovanović, Danica. Uticaj internet zajednica na komunikaciono – društvene procese u umreženom okruženju. Doktorat, Fakultet tehničkih nauka, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu, 2015.

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    The program for #Microposts2016 at #WWW2016 is out!

    www2016The final program for the workshop at the 25th International World Wide Web conference is ready. We’ll be in Room 520F, see you in Montreal!

    SESSION I

    9:00 – 9:20 Welcome & Introduction
    9:20 – 10:20 Invited Talk – Mihajlo Grbovic (Yahoo Labs)
    10:20 – 10:30 Lightning Round – Posters
    10:30 – 11:00 Tea Break with Posters (Room 517AB – Tradeshow Area)

     

    SESSION II

    11:00 – 12:00 Main Track Presentations
    12:00 – 12:30 Social Sciences Track Presentations
    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

    SESSION III

    14:00 – 14:30 Social Sciences Track Presentations
    14:30 – 14:45 NEEL Challenge Sponsor presentation
    14:45 – 15:30 NEEL Challenge Presentations
    15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break with Posters (Room 517AB – Tradeshow Area)

    SESSION IV

    16:00 – 16:30 Poster Session
    16:30 – 16:45 NEEL Challenge Results
    16:45 – 17:00 Awards and Closing

    Session I  –  9:00  –  11:00    Invited Talk & Poster Presentations

    9:00 – 9:20 Welcome & Introduction
    9:20 – 10:20 Invited Talk – Mihajlo Grbovic (Yahoo Labs)

    • Leveraging Blogging Activity on Tumblr to Infer Demographics and Interests of Users for Advertising Purposes
      Mihajlo Grbovic, Vladan Radosavljevic and Nemanja Djuric

    10:20 – 10:30 Lightning Round – Posters

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    CfP Updates: Extended deadline 25th January & other info #Microposts2016

    The 6th Making Sense of Microposts Workshop (#Microposts2016) at WWW 2016, 11/12th Apr 2016
    IMPORTANT DATES
    Main Track submission deadline:  ***25 Jan 2016***
    Social Sciences Track submission deadline: ***25 Jan 2016***
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    BEST PAPER AWARD
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    MAIN TRACK
    Award: £500 sponsored by the MK:Smart project (http://www.mksmart.org)
    SOCIAL SCIENCE TRACK
    Award: €300 sponsored by GESIS, Germany ( http://www.gesis.org )
    NEEL CHALLENGE
    Award sponsored by FREME ( http://www.freme-project.eu )
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    THEME: Big things come in small packages
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    Microposts – “information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish” – remain a popular means for communicating information. Microposts include tweets (using plain text or with embedded links and objects); social network endorsement using Instagram hearts; check-ins via Facebook and Foursquare, pins on Pinterest; links to brief, pre-recorded and streaming video via Snapchat and Meerkat. Microblogging apps for the ubiquitous smartphone and other small, personal devices, which support capturing photos and short videos, allow these to accompany text or serve in themselves as the Micropost. Services such as those provided by WhatsApp, Viber, Snapchat, LINE and Saya, piggybacking on SMS/MMS and augmented with social media features, are also growing in popularity, especially in emerging markets where the Internet is often accessible mainly via mobile networks. Such services typically sync with desktop or web front-ends, allowing seamless switching between devices. Microposts are also used as a portal to other services, alerting users to, e.g., live video streams on Periscope and Meerkat.
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    The influence of internet communities on communication-social processes – my PhD dissertation

    The influence of internet communities on communication-social processes in the networked environment.

    Abstract

    The structure and dynamics of online communities reveal, expand and transform the possibilities for social and business networking, by implementing the new technological solutions. Internet communities represent different web applications and social networking sites that in addition to social and media context, aim at the most important communication performance: the interaction. In this dissertation, the technological and organizational structure of the internet communities were explored, in addition to the description of communication processes, their structure and communication conventions. The aim is to present a typology of the internet communities in Serbia, by the content analysis, online surveys and semi-structured interviews as methods for the empirical research. The focus of this work is to explore the representation and use of the internet and web services, as well as the emergence of the internet communities and exploration of communication opportunities that new digital technologies provide in everyday communication and the academic community. In addition to a better understanding of global communication and participation of organizational systems and individuals from Serbia in a given process, this study aims to show the importance and inevitability of new digital communication technologies in everyday communication, in modern education and in science. By deploying theories of digital communications and sociology of web, as well as the empirical evidence – in the thesis attention will be paid to the possibilities of application of internet technologies in the area of higher education. Through the categories of new sociability and networked community, the processes of collaboration and interaction are explored, and communication possibilities in the internet communities in Serbia are tested.  New phenomena that emerge in the communication and collaboration practices in an advanced intelligent system, such is a higher education community, will be analysed and presented.

    Keywords:

    Internet communities, social networks, communication processes, digital inequalities, usage of internet in higher education, digital divide

     

    Last week, I defended my doctorate, a five year old research in the form of dissertation on the Armistice Day (ironic coincidence or not) 11.11.2015. It included a dissertation talk, a defense at the Faculty of

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    Call For Papers: #Microposts2016 workshop @www2016ca

    microposts_logo2016
    As an Organising Committee Chair of the Microposts 2016 workshop at the 25th World Wide Web conference, I am inviting you to check out the  Call for papers and contribute with your expertise and research. The workshop is interdiscipinary and gathers academics and professionals from the Computational Sciences and Social/Web Science studies. Also, have in mind that we will have a best SocSci paper award. For more information, please visit this page.

    What are Microposts?

    Microposts – “information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish” – remain a popular means for communicating information. Microposts include tweets (using plain text or with embedded links and objects); social network endorsement using Instagram hearts; check-ins via Facebook and Foursquare, pins on Pinterest; links to brief, pre-recorded and streaming video via Snapchat and Meerkat. Microblogging apps for the ubiquitous smartphone and other small, personal devices, which support capturing photos and short videos, allow these to accompany text or serve in themselves as the Micropost.

    #Microposts2016 will focus on topics including, but not exclusive to, the three areas below:

    MAKING SENSE/UNDERSTAND – focusing on the human in Micropost data generation and analysis, we encourage submissions that look at understanding how situation and context drive individual and