Final Program

All events are online, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and subject to change.


06:00-07:15p   PLENARY #1

Welcome: Janet Wasko, Knight Chair in Communication Research/Media Studies, University of Oregon
Mark Burgin, Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
“The General Theory of Information on ‘It from Bit‘ and Other Science Puzzles”
Sandra Rendgen, Design, Infographics Group GmbH, Berlin, GERMANY
“Mind the Gap! Investigations into the Nature of Information Visualisation ”


Featuring works by Andrea Aranow & Caleb Sayan, Donna Davis, Peter Laufer, Dana Lynn Louis, Sandra Rendgen, Street Roots & Mapping Action Collective. Curator Jeremy Swartz


09:30-10:30a   2020 LEONARDO DA VINCI LECTURE

Ivan Sutherland, Asynchronous Research Center, Portland State University
“Information People: Memories of Early Contributors to Information”

10:45-12:00p   PANELS (A, B, C, D)

A) Intersections of Politics, Information, & Technology
Biswarup Sen, Media Studies/Cinema Studies, University of Oregon
“Modes of Informational Governance in Postcolonial India”
Thomas Streeter, Information & Media Studies, Western University, CANADA
“The Fog of Law: Legal Databases and the Limits of the Concept of Information Retrieval”
Keya Saxena, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Telling Everyone’ the Media Narrative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Are They Reaching Everyone?”
Patrick Jones, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Problem-Solved: A Genealogy of American Voting Technology”

B) Social Media and Misinformation
Ava Sirrah, Communications, Columbia University
“Advertising Information: How Commercial Interests Shape News Coverage”
Durgesh Tripathi and Surbhi Tandon, Mass Communication, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha Univ., INDIA
”Mob Lynchings and Disinformation: Analysing the Altering Image of Social Media from a ‘Great Enabler’ to a ‘Fool for Polarisation’”
Evan Rowe, Media Studies, and Gregory Gondwe, Journalism, University of Colorado Boulder
“The Role of Misinformation and Disinformation in Countries with Less Media Freedom: A Comparative Analysis”
Gabriela da Silva Zago, Independent Researcher, United States
“Did it Really Happen? Context Collapse, Misinformation, Spreadability, and Information Circulation on Social Media”

C) News
Nicole Dahmen, Journalism, University of Oregon
“Solutions Journalism in Covering COVID-19”
Gretchen Macchiarella, Journalism, California State University, Northridge
“News De-commodified and the Future Business Model”
Brent Walth, Journalism, University of Oregon
“Breaking the Silence: Oregon’s Reporting on Suicide Collaboration”
Spencer Wilkinson, College of Marin, and Andy Lee Roth, Co-Director, Project Censored
“Digital Age Threats to Journalistic Integrity”

D) Environment
David Luftig, Science and Engineering/Library, Washington State University
“Post-Colonial Interactions with Indigenous Earthworks of the Mississippi River Watershed”
Phil Duncan, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“The Machine in the Mountains: The Finley-Pack Films, Technology, and the Rise of the Nature Documentary”
Jules Patalita, Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University
“Narrative Impact of Environmental Design in Dungeons & Dragons”
Majd Mariam, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Communication and Green Marketing in the Age of New Information Technologies”

12:15-01:30p   PLENARY #2

Zizi Papacharissi, Communication/Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Affective Publics and COVID-19: Solidarity and Distance”
David Ribes, Human Centered Design & Engineering/Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington
“The Logic of Domains”

01:45-03:00p   PANELS (E, F, G, H)

E) Theory of Information
Malinda ‘Mally’ Dietrich, Communication, University of Colorado Boulder
“Communication and Information: Conceptualizing Future Research Through Understanding Past Trends”
Gabriele Hayden, Research Data Management and Reproducibility/Library, University of Oregon
“Humanist Scholarship and the Information Deluge”
Joshua Comer, Communication, University of Louisiana at Monroe
“Useless Information: A Literature Review”
Courtney Tabor, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Revisiting Priming Theory: An Argument for Longitudinal Design”

F) Art, Textiles, Photography, & Knowledge
Caleb Sayan, Founder, Textile Hive/Portland Textile Month, and Andrea Aranow, Textile Docs
“Textile Hive: Past • Present • Future” [tentative title]
Bethany Berard, Communication and Media Studies, Carleton University, CANADA
“Photography as/is Information”
Kelsey Leib, Nonprofit Management, University of Oregon/Live Oak Consulting
“Cultural Codes: Unraveling Messages in Textiles”
Dana Lynn Louis, Founder, Gather : Make : Shelter
“From Visual Arts to The Gather:Maker:Shelter Academy” [tentative title]
Kaia Sand, Executive Director, Street Roots Digital Editions
“Responding Rapidly in a Digital Format to the COVID-19 Pandemic”

G) Law/Government
Miral Sabry Taha Alashry Abofrikha, Economics & Political Science, Future University in EGYPT
“Freedom of Information Circulation Law in Egypt: The Views of Academicians, Legal Experts and Media Personnel”
Min Tang, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington
“Information, Imperialism and Geopolitics: A Critical Approach to Global Internet Governance”
Tiara Good, Communication Studies, Western Oregon University
“Tithemic Memories through Official Timelines: Binding Perpetual Fear for a Perpetual War”
Deepti Khedekar, Communication, University of Colorado Boulder
“The Role of Information in Surveillance”

H) Risk and Discourse
Ethan Hallerman, Philosophy, Stony Brook University
“Information as Knowledge of Risk”
Alicia Takaoka, Communication and Information Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
“Everyday Discourse as Information”
Paige Sarlin, Media Study, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
“Information, Crisis, Documentary”

03:15-04:15p   PLENARY #3

• Jamie Garcia, Senior Manager for Quantum Applications, Algorithms, & Theory Team, IBM Research
“Quantum Computing for Everyone: From Theory to Experimental Reality”
Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Sciences Institute/MIT Media Lab
“Understanding Important Information: Case study COVID-19”
Brewster Kahle
, Co-Founder, Wayback Machine/The Internet Archive
“The Internet as Library — Can We Build a Global Brain?”


The Oregon Historical Society
University of Oregon

Experience: What is Information?

in celebration of
“Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy:
The 19th Amendment at 100”
LAW DAY 2020

Suffrage and the 19th Amendment
Linda Long, Curator of Manuscripts/Library, University of Oregon
“Information Gleaned from the Abigail Scott Duniway Papers at the University of Oregon”
Jane Marcellus, Journalism/Media Studies, Middle Tennessee University
“Perfect 36: How Tennessee Delivered the Final Vote for Ratification”
Thomas Bivins, Hulteng Chair in Media Ethics & Responsibility/Media Studies, University of Oregon
“How Cartoons Changed Everything: Images of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement”

Eliza Canty-Jones
Editor, Oregon Historical Quarterly | Community Engagement, Oregon Historical Society
“Advancing Knowledge and Inspiring Curiosity about Woman Suffrage:
Notes on Oregon Historical Society Projects”

Music & Research
Rebecca Conner, Vocals & Guitar
Leon Cotter, Keyboard & Clarinet
Lewis Childs, Vocals & Guitar


09:00-10:15a   PLENARY #4

Divina Frau-Meigs, Information and Communication Science, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, FRANCE
“Information and Media Literacy: ‘Social Distancing Gestures’ Against Disinformation”
André Brock, Literature, Media, & Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology; Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies, New York University (NYU)
“On Race and Technoculture”

10:30-11:45a   PANELS (I, J, K, L)

I) Freedom of Information (FOI)
Tim Gleason, Journalism, University of Oregon (moderator)
Mark Fenster, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Duane Bosworth, Media Law, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
Mark Rumold, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Les Zaitz, Newspaper Editor and Publisher, The Malheur Enterprise
Ginger McCall, former Oregon Public Records Advocate
Kyu Ho Youm, Media Studies/Law, University of Oregon

J) Biosciences and Analytics
Matthew Turk, Information Science, and Samantha Walkow, Data Analytics & Information Visualization/Design, Technology, & Society, University of Illinois
“Building a Sustainable Domain Knowledge Framework for Natural Science Software Tools”
Lingyun “Ivy” Xiong, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM; William A. Schoenberg, University of Bergen, Norway; and Jeremy Swartz, University of Oregon
“Dynamical Superstructure of Transcription Network in Mouse Organogenesis”
Aditi Bhatia, Information, iSchool, University of Toronto, CANADA
“Role of Aadhaar Biometric System within the Digital Payment Transformation in India”

K) Media Literacy
Rachel Guldin, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Peeling The Onion: Examining the Role of Media Literacy in Satire and Misinformation”
Andy Lee Roth, Co-Director, Project Censored
“Hands-On Critical Media Literacy Education: Exposing ‘Junk Food’ News and Validating Independent Journalism”
Thomas J. Froehlich, Information, Kent State University
“Authoritative Disinformation: The Roles of Cognitive Authorities in Disinformation Campaigns and the Merits and Defects of Information Literacy, Media Literacy and Digital Literacy as Strategies”
Ed Madison, Journalism, University of Oregon
“Miswits: Educating Adolescents in the Misinformation Age”

L) An Inquiry into Collective Wisdom in Our Time
Joel & Michelle Levey, Clinical Faculty, Center for Spirituality and Health, University of Minnesota Medical School; Founders, Wisdom at Work (moderators)
“Collective Wisdom in a Time of Radical Uncertainty and Disruption”
Michael Gosney, Catalyst, Communitas.Zone (Buckminster Fuller Institute project); Co-Director, Techné Verde
“Fostering Collective Intelligence, Wisdom and Intention”
Dream Mullick, Gatherer and Producer, Interconnected Creative Agency
“Collective Wisdom as a Foundation for Meeting These Times”
Bob Stilger, Founder, NewStories: Change Your Story
“Collective Wisdom for the Front Lines of Crisis”
Tom Atlee, Fellow, The RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce); Founder, Co-Intelligence Institute & Wise Democracy Project
“Collective Wisdom at Scale: Three (R)Evolutionary Wise-Democratic Innovations”

12:00-01:15p   PLENARY #5

Dan Schiller, Library & Information Science/Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Government Information: A Neglected History”
Carol Stabile, Strategic Initiatives/Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Oregon
“The Ghost Reader: Challenging Cold War Intellectual History”

01:30-02:45p   PANELS (M, N, O, P)

M) Putting Information at Play: Reframing Games and Digital Media
Charles Berret, Journalism, University of British Columbia, CANADA
“Information, Entropy, and Play: The Greenwich Village Cybernetics of Claude Shannon and John Cage”
Amanda Cote, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Identity as Information”
Raul Ferrer-Connil, Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, SWEDEN
“Playing with Technical Systems in Contemporary Journalism”
Maxwell Foxman, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Played Out: Rethinking Play in the Context of Digital Innovation”
Aaron Trammell, Informatics, University of California, Irvine (UCI)
“The Analogistics of Information”

N) Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Jonathan Cohn, English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, CANADA
“Resolute Noise: AI-Generated Media in an Incoherent World”
Filip Láb and Sandra Stefanikova, Journalism, Charles University, CZECH REPUBLIC
“Journalism Ethics in the Advent of Artificial Intelligence”
Dustin O’Hara, Computer Science/Internet Studies Center, Western Washington University
“The Concept of Internet ‘Tussles’”
William A. Schoenberg, Geography/System Dynamics, University of Bergen, NORWAY
“Loops That Matter: Modelling Using Information from Real World Feedback Rich Environments”

O) Activism/Public Media
Andrew Calabrese, Media Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
“Food Sovereignty and the Right to Information”
Emrakeb Woldearegay, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Making Dissent Visible through Facebook Activism?: The Tale of Three Ethiopians”
Jennifer Rauch, Journalism & Communication Studies, Long Island University Brooklyn
“Activists as Receivers of Information: Cultural Approaches to Alternative and Mainstream Media ‘Use’”
Matthew Schroder, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Media Development through Adversity: An Examination of the Alaska Public Media System”

P) Media Technologies in Practice
Mary Erickson, Communication Studies, Western Washington University
“Discourses as Information: What We Know about Netflix”
Jessica Roberts, Communication Studies, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, PORTUGAL, and Linda Steiner, Journalism, University of Maryland
“A Typology of Content Creators”
Lauren Bratslavsky, Communication, Illinois State University
“‘A ‘Family Tree’ of Women Television Writers: Mapping Relationships and Movements to Build a Picture of Whose Voices are Represented On and Off Screen”
Phil Oppenheim, Programming for Epix/Oppanopticom, Oregon
“Folded, Spindled, and Mutilated: Information and Identity in The Prisoner

03:00-04:15p   PANELS (Q, R, S, T)

Q) Platformization
Aaron Atkins and Franklyn Charles, Communication, Slippery Rock University
“Virtual Reality and Storytelling”
Harsha Gangadharbatla, Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design, University of Colorado Boulder
“What is the Value of Information?”
David Gracon, Integrated Media, Gonzaga University, Washington
“Spotify, Platform Capitalism and the New Media Monopoly”
Brent Cowley, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Economizing Information: Internet Movie Database and the Political Economy of Media Industry Data”

R) Agency and [Virtual] Embodiment
James Hay, Institute of Communications Research/Media & Cinema Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
“Self-information in the Formation (and Current Reformation) of the Liberal Subject”
Ajay Bezawada, Neurobiology/The Luminosity Lab, Arizona State University
“The Differential and Created Meanings within Runaway
Anthony Burton, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University, CANADA
“Grammars of Embodiment”
Ronit Ghosh, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
“Critiquing Embodiment: A Media Epistemological Reading of Bio-musical Practice”

S) Fake News (documentary)
Film: United States of Distraction: Fighting the Fake News Invasion
Nolan Higdon, History and Media Studies, California State University, East Bay
Mickey Huff, History, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California

T) Sports
William M. Kunz, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma
“Information as Commodity: Gambling, Television & Professional Sports”
Derek Moscato, Journalism, Western Washington University
”The Arctic Games at 50: Discursive-material Informational Dynamics of the Polar Sporting Life”
Jared Hansen, Media Studies, University of Oregon
“Video Game Hardware as Embodiment of Nostalgia: A Subaltern History of Clone Consoles and Their Design Genealogy”

04:30-05:00p   PLENARY #6

Colin Koopman, Philosophy/Ethics/New Media & Culture, University of Oregon
“Information, Algorithms, Formats: Studying the Politics of Data Technologies”


George Dyson, Science Historian and Author/Independent Scholar
Analogia: The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines
In dialogue with Sheldon Renan

• Emerging Conversation
Participants include Zizi Papacharissi • Ivan Sutherland • George Dyson • Colin Koopman
Facilitation by Jeremy Swartz




“On World Press Freedom Day 2020, 3 May, UNESCO calls on governments, media and civil society to join us in a global online movement to draw the world’s attention to these issues which are essential to the survival of our democracies. Together, we will ensure that our response to the crisis is effective. This unprecedented health crisis has the potential to rebuild citizens’ trust in the media.” #WorldPressFreedomDay #PressFreedom