• events,  internet,  my stories

    My current appointments & whereabouts

    basicinternetSince the life can get hectic when you work several things, I finally found a bit of time for the current update on my appointments and whereabouts. I love to be occupied with several projects, gigs, jobs (if you like it) because they are interconnected and entail all my professional and personal interests and expertise.

    Since January this year, I’m serving as Advisory board member at International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), Washington DC.  ICAF serves children worldwide, an organisation that employs the arts to build bonds of understanding and creativity and empathy among children around the world. Check out the ways you can support ICAF – here.

    This spring I joined the Basic Internet Foundation (Oslo, Norway) as Digital Equality Advisor, and I’m working on international project that provides the underconnected areas (such African countries) with open and free access to the Internet, as well as to basic information on health care, education, help to girls and women, and development.

    And finally, my new Internet research interest is IoTSec (the security of Internet of Things) and I’ve been given the opportunity to work as a visiting researcher at UNIK research institute in Norway. The research is related to the NFR project “IoTSec – Security in Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Grids”, and my contribution is on Internet-related social innovation and social implications into IoTSec.

    Words cannot express how grateful I am to have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Also, with my business partner, I initiated a start-up, you’ll hear about it in some future posts. Until the next writing, thanks for reading 🙂

  • academia,  events,  internet

    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.

  • academia,  events,  internet,  media,  my stories,  technology

    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.

  • academia,  events,  internet,  technology

    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!


    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)



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


    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)


    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

  • my stories,  quick read

    Quick reads: on overnight success and patience

    I decided to start with quick read series of stories, some observations and reflections on life, work cycle, progress, people, human nature, social web paradigm, etc.

    Few weeks ago I bought a flower, a hyacinth from the local flower shop (for some reason I kept writing on Instagram – tulip, it’s not tulip it’s hyacinth). It was baby hyacinth in a pot, I placed it on my working desk, where I could observe and enjoy its growth. I watered it every day as the lady in the flower shop suggested.  The first four, five days nothing happened. Nothing. I watered it, took pictures to capture any progress and then I’d post those photos on the Instagram. No progress whatsoever, I almost quit on it. On the sixth day, I noticed that some of the buds started to move. Just to move, not open yet. And then a week later, I woke up early and saw that 1/3 of the buds were moving, they started to turn into beautiful pink petals.

    Do you see here (L photo) some buds started to move?











    In 6/7 days, the hyacinth fully blossomed (R photo) spreading its intoxicating perfume I love in the spring.

    I’ve been thinking about this and came up with two morals of the story. The first moral is that all good

  • events,  internet

    Call for late-breaking work and work-in-progress #Microposts at #WWW2016

    micropostsA quick update: We just announced the second call for late-breaking work and position papers at #Microposts2016 (Making Sense of Microposts) at the World Wide Web conference on 11 April 2016, Toronto, Canada.  Beside the Main track and SocSci track, this workshop is a lot about promoting inter-field/domain discussion. We’d love to see Semantic Web and Computational Social researchers out with late-breaking work or work-in-progress. Submission deadline is 18 March 2016. More details here.

    Also, we are thrilled to announce that Mihajlo Grbovic, Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs, is the invited talk speaker at Microposts2016 in Toronto. Follow Microposts2016 for updates.