• Secular Blogger Killed in Bangladesh

    Today in Dhaka, Bangladesh a secular blogger was killed in his apartment. They believe that it was a group of Islamist militants who came into the blogger's apartment and hacked him to death. The blogger's name is Niloy Chottopadhay, but he goes by a different name on his social media accounts. Niloy's friends said that he had been receiving threats recently and decided to take down photos off of his blog. On his Facebook account he often criticized radical Islamist's at home and across the world.

  • Postdoctoral Position Open at the National University of Ireland

    The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at National University of Ireland currently has a postdoctoral position open in social media mining for news. The person selected for this position will be researching in the area of social media mining, Linked Data applications, natural language processing and social event classification. Strong communication skills and the ability to work well in a group are two important qualities that a candidate must have. These are the following expectations for the candidate:

  • Young Tajiks Marrying Online

    Video chats are becoming a common way for Tajiks to get married due to many Tajikistan citizens working abroad. A woman named Shahnoza Idrisova recently got married via online video chat service because her groom was working in Tunisia as a translator. Now a quarter of Tajikistan’s citizens are living and working abroad which creates hardships for these long distance relationships. Idrisova decided to get married online because her father would not allow her to move and be with her groom until she was married.

  • CFP: Cyberspace 2015

    There is a call for papers for Cyberspace 2015, which is the XIIIth international conference organized by the Institute of Law and Technology, Faculty of Law in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University and the European Academy of ICT Law. Submissions are due July 31, 2015 and notice of acceptance deadline is August 31, 2015. The conference will be held in Brno, Czech Republic on November 27-28, 2015. Papers that are accepted will be published in either the Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology or Cyberpsychology depending on the topic.

  • CFP: IMAN 2015

    There is a call for papers for the 3rd International Conference on Islamic Applications in Computer Science and Technologies. The conference will be held October 1-3, 2015 in Konya, Turkey. The deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2015 and people will be notified August 15, 2015 if there paper was selected. Papers will be accepted in Arabic, English, or Turkish languages.

  • Priests no longer needed in Antarctica due to online religion

    This summer in Antarctica, fewer priests will be present. Since 1957, The Christchurch diocese has been sending five priests each summer to McMurdo to work out of the base’s Chapel of Snows. The America’s National Science Foundation recently told Christchurch’s New Zealand Catholic Diocese that they would no longer need local priests on the ice due to better communications and Internet connections. With better technology, people now feel less isolated while working in Antarctica. Now people can even watch sermons online and have ways to stay connected.

  • Assistant Professor Position Opening at Erasmus University Rotterdam

    The Erasmus University Rotterdam has a job opening in Digital Research Methods in Media and Communication. There are three different aspects of the job that the candidate will be expected to do which are research, teaching, and service.

  • Quran Recitation Apps Leave Out Female Voices

    During the month of Ramadan, Muslims read the Quran each evening for the Tarawih prayers. By the end of Ramadan, the goal is to read all 30 sections of the Quran and it is split up that way for a reason. Apps have become a popular way to listen to the nightly reading, but they all have one thing in common. None of the apps have any female reciters. Jerusha Lamptey, an assistant professor of Islam Ministry at Union Theological Seminary in New York, quickly realized that female reciters were left out. She is using the hashtag #AddAFemaleReciter to spread awareness of this issue.

  • Research Associate Position Open at Lancaster University

    Lancaster University has a research associate position open in their School of Computing and Communications. They are looking for someone who will work on the RePriCo project (Resolving Multi-party Privacy Conflicts in Social Media) funded by the EPSRC. RePriCo seeks to understand how users reach agreements to solve multi-party privacy conflicts, uncovering what is actually acceptable for users under which situations and the factors that contribute to that.

  • Director Position Open at Seattle University

    Seattle University currently has a position open for the Director of the Digital Cultures Program. The position is a full-time, 12 month non-tenure-track Instructor and Director of the Digital Cultures Program. The contract starts on September 1, 2015 and lasts for three years with the possibility of renewal. They are looking for someone who possesses strong leaderships skills in a management role, commitment to the program, and has excellent interpersonal and administrative skills. The following are duties of the Director:


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