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  • Position Open at the Central European University in Budapest

    The Central European University in Budapest has a full-time faculty position open for new media and global communication. The School of Public Policy at The Central European University at Budapest strives to make policy public policy not just innovative but revolutionary. They are looking for someone who has a PhD in communication, media studies, political science, sociology, policy studies, law, or a related field and has a strong portfolio or strong record of academic publication. Applications will be due September 28th and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Mark Zuckerberg Shares His Review on The Varieties of Religious Experience

    Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, decided for his New Year's resolution that he would read an important book every two weeks and share it with the Facebook community. He has a book club called "A Year of Books," where he selects books that highlight ideas that influence society and business. "The Varieties of Religious Experience" by William James is the 16th book that Mark picked to read. William James was the most famous American philosopher and psychologist of his time and is still highly regarded.

  • Digital Age shows mean side to Christians

    Susan M. Shaw, a professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Director of the School of Language, Culture, & Society at Oregon State University, recently wrote an article about how Christians are mean in the digital age. She has a background in religious studies and spent five and a half years in a Baptist seminary. While she was there, she noted that although discussions would get heated, people were always very respectful.

  • The Story Behind Palestinians Protecting an Israeli Policewoman

    A photo recently went viral of what people believed to be two men shielding a policewoman from stones being thrown by Israeli settlers. Shaul Golan captured the photo in the Israeli settlement of Aish Kodesh and the Palestinian village of Kusra. The man who was pictured on the left is named Zakaria Sadah and he is a Palestinian field worker for Rabbis for Human Rights. It was reported that the religious Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers on their way to their fields on Saturday. Tensions have been building recently after the death of a Palestinian toddler in an arson attack.

  • 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.

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