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Wednesday 28 June

15:30-18:15 Conference shuttle bus from Tallinn Airport and Ülemiste Hotel to Tartu
Alternatively, check the regular bus schedule at the
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Registration and Reception - University of Tartu Library

Thursday 29 June


08:15-08:30 Registration Desk open
08:30-08:35 Introduction - Charles Ess and Fay Sudweeks (Co-Chairs)
08:35-08:45 Welcome
    Professor Jaak Aaviksoo
, Rector, Tartu University
08:45-09:00 First looks at CATaC'06
C. Ess, Drury University
09:00-10:00 Keynote Address: From Postcommunism to E-society: Mythologies and realities
Professor Marju Lauristin, University of Tartu, Estonia

Refreshment Break

Session 1
1. Cultural Diversity
Chair: Marie-Christine Deyrich
10:30-11:00 All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Humor and borderwork in amateur online videos
L. Kendall, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
11:00-11:30 Cultural awareness, sub-genres and regional dimensions on CMC:
The case of French University websites

    M-C. Deyrich, IUFM, and N. Matas-Runquist, Université, Nîmes, France
11:30-11:45 Break
Session 1
1. Cultural Diversity
Chair: Marie-Christine Deyrich
11:45-12:15 Cultural identity on national museum websites
    M. L. Morbey, York University, Canada 
12:15-12:45 Is it culture or is it rhetoric? The rhetorical dimension of attitude in the Kumeyaay Web presence
    C. Kampf, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark
12:45-14:00 Lunch at Rastoran Entri, Rüütli 9 (short walk from the Library)
Sessions 2A, 2B, 2C
2A. Technology and Information Transfer
Chair: Lelia Green
14:00-14:30 Readying ourselves for an Avian Flu pandemic: Comment and critique upon web-based communication of preparations for Avian flu, and some implications for international ethics and justice
    L. Green and N. Henley, Edith Cowan University, Australia
14:30-15:00 Information warfare and the end of history: Analysing the web through events
    G. Fletcher, University of Salford, A. Greenhill, University of Manchester
    and R. Begum, University of Salford, UK
15:00-15:30 Shuffling Buddies - How an online community supports heart patients with healthier lifestyle choices: An early indication of physical activity and exercise outcomes from the HeartNET intervention
    L. Bonniface and A. Omari, Edith Cowan University
    M. Swanson, National Health Foundation, Australia
15:30-16:00 What makes a technology appropriate or appropriable?
    L. Heaton and G. Nkunzimana, Université de Montréal, Canada
2B. Politics, Media and Technologies
Chair: Anthony Faiola
14:00-14:30 Internet Voting: A monstrous alliance between democracy and technology?
    W. Pieters, Radboud University, The Netherlands
14:30-15:00 News on the Internet: Do people seek A news bias? An analysis of socially, culturally and politically motivated behavior in selecting online media outlets
    K. Beatty, R. Elliott and A. Faiola, Indiana University, USA
15:00-15:30 Cross cultural media usage and attitudes in the United Arab Emirates
    R. J. Gulovsen, T. Bhatti and P. J. Hassall, Zayed University,
    J. Fakhreddine, PanArab Research Centre,
    T. Walters, Zayed University, UAE

'Intellectual Property': Prefacing the concept in Genesis, Locke and Marx
    B. Peters, Columbus University, USA

2C. Educational Design
Chair: Fay Sudweeks
14:00-14:30 A blended learning model for the teaching of information literacy, designed for female Emirati undergraduate students in the Middle East
    J. Martin, J. Birks, F. Hunt and C. Hansen, Zayed University, UAE
14:30-15:00 Cultural Competence and instructional design: Exploration research into the delivery of online instruction cross-culturally
    P. C. Rogers, C. R. Graham and C. T. Mayes, Brigham Young University, USA
15:00-15:30 Localization of blended courses in Salvador de Bahia: A localization case study. A path for integrating national cultural dimensions and social frameworks
    L. Cantoni, F. Fanni, I. Rega, P. Schettino and S. Tardini,
    University of Lugano, Switzerland
15:30-15:45 Global learning with digital media: Can cultural theory inspire cross cultural online distance learning?
    G. Koch, Zeppelin University, Germany
15:45-16:00 The impact of national culture on information technology acceptance: The case of e-learning systems
    H. Agourram and B. Robson, Bishop's University, Canada
16:00-16:15 Break
16:15-17:00 General Discussion
Chair: Herbert Hrachovec
18:30-19:30 Champagne River Cruise
19:30-22:30 Dinner at Atlantis Restaurant

Friday 30 June

Session 3
3. Collaborative Web Environments
Chair: Axel Bruns
08:30-09:00 Providing a framework for the dynamic development of team culture
    C. Newlon and A. Faiola, Indiana University, USA
09:00-09:30 WTF a crazy Brazilian invasion
    S. Fragoso
, Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos, Brazil
09:30-09:45 Break
Session 3
3. Collaborative Web Environments
Chair: Axel Bruns
09:45-10:15 Towards produsage: Futures for user-led content production
    A. Bruns, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
10:15-10:45 In a world of text, is the author King? The revolutionary potential of Wiki (Open Content) technologies
    L. P. Macfadyen, University of British Columbia, Canada
10:45-11:15 Refreshment Break
Session 4
4. Status, Meaning and Mediation
Chair: Jose Abdelnour Nocera
11:15-11:45 The politics of technology culture: Understanding the co-configuration of people and systems through technological frames
    J. L. Abdelnour Nocera, Thames Valley University, UK
11:45-12:15 People in the domain of culture: Everyday environment, active participation and preferences
    M. Lõhmus, M. Lauristin and R. Salupere, University of Tartu, Estonia
12:15-12:45 How does mediated space make sense?
    A. Kõnno, University of Tartu, Estonia
12:45-14:00 Lunch at Rastoran Entri, Rüütli 9 (short walk from the Library)
Sessions 5A, 5B, 5C
5A. Issues in indigenous and minority languages
Chair: Laurel Dyson
14:00-14:30 ICTs for intercultural dialogue: An overview of UNESCO’s Indigenous Communication Project
    L. E. Dyson, University of Technology, Sydney
    J. F. Salazar, University of Western Sydney
    M. Hendriks, J. Underwood, University of Technology, Sydney
    R. Kay, Westpac Banking Corporation, Australia
14:30-15:00 ICT – The Perception of the Tongan Minority in New Zealand
    S. Latu, UNITEC, New Zealand and L. E. Dyson, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
15:00-15:15 Attempts at a web presence inventory of African minority languages
    Q. Gee, University of Southampton, UK
15:15-15:30 Some ethical and legal considerations for Indigenous self publishing
    F. Brady, Australia
5B. Mediated Presence
Chair: Ann Willis
14:00-14:30 Flow experience and interaction: Investigation of Francophone online gamers
    A. E. Voiskounsky, O. V. Mitina and A. A. Avetisova, Moscow State University, Russia
14:30-15:00 Distance overcome and eternal separation: Posthuman possibilities and the illogics of hypercapitalism, uberproduction and uberconsumption
    A. Willis, University of Canberra, Australia
15:00-15:15 The appropriation of satellite television by the languages of immigration
    J. Amezaga Albizu, University of the Basque Country
5C. Culture and the Online Classroom
Chair: Deneka MacDonald
14:00-14:30 The ecology of a South African distance learner: Broadening the conception of e-learning
    M. Q. Makoe, The Open University, UK
14:30-15:00 Enabling voices, making choices: Explorations of gender, power and technologically enabled learning cultures
    D. MacDonald and N. Hedge, University of Glasgow, UK
15:00-15:15 Online class culture: Effecting a move from theory to practice
    Anne Hewling, The Open University, UK
15:15-15:30 Do cultural schemata impact on students’ engagement with eLearning content?
    D. Lefevre and B. Cox, Imperial College, UK
15:30-16:00 Refreshment Break

General Discussions
Chair: Herbert Hrachovec

Saturday 1 July

Session 6
6. Issues in Gender and Identity
Chair: Alison Adam
08:30-08:45 Culture, gender and global workplaces: An analysis from a global software organizations in India
    M. D’Mello, University of Oslo, Norway
08:45-09:15 Gender encoding of typographical elements in Lithuanian and Croatian IRC
    A. Zelenkauskaite and S. C. Herring, Indiana University, USA
09:15-09:45 Feminist ethics for computer mediated communications: A cyberfeminist alternative
    A. Adam, University of Salford, UK


Session 6
6. Issues in Gender and Identity
Chair: Alison Adam
10:00-10:30 Will all grandmothers surf the net? Changing patterns of digital gender inequality in Estonia
    V. Kalmus, University of Tartu, Estonia
10:30-11:00 Internet use in the Czech Republic: Gender and age differences
    D. Smahel and K. Machovcova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Refreshment Break

Session 7
7. Knowledge and Culture Sharing
Chair: Maja van der Velden
11:30-12:00 Cultural dominance through communicative “censorship”: About necessary research in the CMC of virtual teams
    E. Luebcke, University of Bremen, Germany
12:00-12:15 A License to Know: Regulatory tactics of a global network
    M. van der Velden, University of Bergen, Norway
12:15-12:45 Privacy and Seken in Japanese Information society: Privacy within Seken as old and indigenous world of meaning in Japan
    M. Nakada, University of Tsukuba, Japan
12:45-14:00 Lunch at Rastoran Entri, Rüütli 9 (short walk from the Library)
Sessions 8A, 8B, 8C
8A. Youth and Mobile Technologies
Chair: Rivka Ribak
14:00-14:30 Romeo and Juliet of the virtual world: Visual gender identity of the most remarkable youngsters in Estonian Dating Website Rate
    A. Siibak, University of Tartu, Estonia
14:30-15:00 Cultural reflections on the mobile phone in parent-teen relationships
    R. Ribak, University of Haifa, Israel
15:00-15:30 A mobile phone isn’t a mobile phone any more: Case study of Estonian mobile phone use practices
    P. Runnel, Estonian National Museum
    P. Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt and M. Keller, University of Tartu, Estonia
8B. Ethics, Justice and Social Change
Chair: TBA
14:00-14:30 Towards Chipification: The multifunctional body art of the net generation
    K. Michael and M. G. Michael, University of Wollongong, Australia
14:30-15:00 Using ICT and socio-cultural change: Persistent and recombinant practices in using weblogs
    K. Schönberger, Institut für Volkskunde der Universität Hamburg, Germany
8C. Lost in Translation?
Chair: Dineh Davis
14:00-14:30 Is Hungarian ‘blown off its feet’ by the English-dominated CMC channels? Self-regulative methods and the preservation of Hungarian
    E. Darics and C. Christie, Loughborough University, UK
14:30-15:00 Different shades of media literacy among Basque teenagers
    T. Ramírez de la Piscina, E. Zarandona, J. Inazio Basterretxea, and P. Idoiaga,
    University of the Basque Country
15:00-15:15 Party political web sites and minority languages: Some initial observations from Wales
    D. Cunliffe, University of Glamorgan, UK
15:15-15:30 Culture, context, and time-place effects on online interactions
    D. M. Davis, University of Hawaii, USA
15:30-16:00 Refreshment Break
16:00-16:30 CATaC'06 Highlights Second looks at CATaC'06
Charles Ess, Drury University
16:30-17:30 Discussions
Chair: Charles Ess
What have we learned? Where do we go from here? First syntheses and conversations on future research, collaborations, publications, and directions for CATaC
17:30-18:30 Closing Cocktails