Digital Tools and Uses - Congress
The first international Digital Tools & Uses Congress is a multidisciplinary conference devoted to study the uses and development of digital tools. It aims at assembling five interrelated symposia: 1) Web Studies, 2) Challenges of IoT, 3) Recommender systems, 4) Archives and social networks, and 5) Digital Frontiers. The intention of this consortium is to approach a common object of study from different perspectives in order to enrich the discussion and collaboration between participants.
When: -
Where: Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
2, rue de la Liberté

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Digital Frontiers

5th edition of the international conference

Track chairs:
• Hakim Hachour (Université Paris 8, France)
• Imad Saleh (Université Paris 8, France)

Digital influences, from communication to propaganda

Without angelism nor prejudgment, the hypothesis made is that there is a radical impact of the digital on societies.

Organized by
• The Laboratory EA 349 Paragraphe (University of Paris 8 and University of Cergy -Pontoise, France)
• The Laboratory Information, Medium, Media, Mediation (I3M, University of Toulon, France)
• The Institute for Research in Information and Communication Sciences (IRSIC, University of Aix Marseille, France)
• The Laboratory of Images Arts & Contemporary Art EA 4010 (AIAC, University of Paris 8 / Cergy-Pontoise, France)
• The Institute of E-Learning (IED, University Paris 8, France)
• The Higher School of Engineering in Applied Sciences (Fes, Morocco)
• With the support of the Excellence initiative for Innovative Training IDEFI CREATIC (France)

The “Digital Frontiers” conferences are based on a heuristic questioning of the concept of "frontiers" (i.e., border, gap, in-space, betweenness, interface, midst, etc.) with regards to the digitalization of relations, things and process of sociotechnical realities. It is now more decisive than ever that researchers question the new forms of frontiers on multiple levels of interpretation and analysis, conjoining technological, social, cultural, artistic, and geopolitical dimensions, etc. Digital technologies and ICT have been increasingly integrated into human activities, as an underlying reality matrix that may contribute to rethink modes of information and communication, once named the cyberspace, now more real than ever considering its pragmatic effects.
"Digital Frontiers" may be transparent or opaque for users and machines, according to the degree of mastering, of knowledge and the quality of innovative tools users put into practice... but what are the discriminating characteristics and setting that show the role of Digital technologies into new definitions of organizing, communicating, knowing, and collaborating? What are the interfaces that produce new frontiers and new information space et use? : (How) can we apprehend theses digital-based transformations of conventional frontiers of the pre-digital era?
This reflection on the Digital Frontiers is committed to following the research conducted by Imad Saleh, Hakim Hachour and Nasreddine Bouhaï of the laboratory Paragraph (France), now joined by many researchers in human sciences and technological development like Olivier Nannipieri. The massive dissemination of new media and digital tools in human activities (at any level of the professional, cultural or social life) requires to develop new theories, new methods and scientific reports on the impacts of digital technologies in every aspect of everyday life, professional activities, and the macro systems of interaction between individuals, firms and States. The interaction between the social and the technological dimensions is a reflexive process for technological innovation and human development.
The Internet generates new frontiers ‘de facto,’ into the evolving cyberspace on the one hand, and into the external common information space that we globally manage and share through pervasive and transparent digital agents that contribute to common activities. The diversity of information available in cyberspace offers possibilities for social reconfiguration and the virtualization of common areas, spaces, activities, realization, creation and production. Either decentralized and distributed or localized and proprietary, digital frontiers raise the question of the hybridization of forms of representation, of interactivity and web-based collaborative work: Virtual communities, Digital services, Human Machine Communication, Social networks, Data flow and treatment, Distant sharing, Asynchronous creative spaces, Robots, Automation, Digital currencies, etc.
Three paths are proposed to analyze the relationships between a priori separated worlds of meaning and action that have been melted by digital tools, practices, and new kind of performance:
• The uses of digital technologies that transform traditional frontiers of communication between individuals, between individuals and their environment, between organizations (networks, groups, institutions, States, etc.), public and private, recreational and professional, profane and expert.
• The effects of digital technologies on representations that lead to rethink concepts, definitions and categories of conventional frontiers and the unity of conventional spaces: art, identity and gender, knowledge, law, security, gaming, marketing, finance, etc.
• The study of digital technologies that transform habitual frontiers and the "bondaries" of objects, activities and realms, particularly those offer innovative modes for the (re)collection, the use and the processing of analogical data and events (e.g. Cloud computing, Internet of Things, Robots, Androids).

General topics
• Epistemology of digital humanities
• Symbolic and technical frontiers of the Internet
• Digital transformation of traditional frontiers and boundaries
• Invisible frontiers of the internet and the Deep web
• Virtual worlds and the “digital join”
• Digital identities and meta-gender
• Traces, traceability of digital data
• The Arts and digital frontiers
• User centered design of innovative digital tools
• Prospective and technological forecasting of digital tools
• Sociotechnology of the Digital
• Robots, Automation, and smart technologies in everyday life
• Social, corporate and cultural hacking

Proposals and Publication
• Long paper: 30,000 characters including spaces maximum
• Short paper (ongoing researches): 10,000 characters maximum spaces included
• Accepted file format: doc, docx, rtf, odt.
Each proposal must contain two documents :
• First, the description of the authors and the Title.
• Second, the main text. The main proposals must be entirely anonymous, without reference to the authors in the text, in the bibliography, in the acknowledgments or projects cited, in the properties of the document.
• Two members of the scientific committee will review the proposals (in double blind). The results of the peer-review process will be sent to the Authors with recommendations.
• Authors of the best papers will have the opportunity to develop their work. A scientific publishing of the conference proceedings will be done with an international editors in human sciences and technologies.

Previous editions
• Saleh I, Bouhaï N & Hachour H. (Dir). Les frontières numériques (Digital Frontiers). L’Harmattan, 2014
• Bouhaï N, Hachour H. & Saleh I (Dir.). Frontières numériques et Savoir (Digital Frontiers and Knowledge). L’Harmattan, 2015
• Hachour H., Bouhaï N & Saleh I (Dir.). Frontières numériques et Artéfacts (Digital Frontiers and Artefacts). L’Harmattan, 2015
• Hachour H., Bouhaï N., & Nannipieri O. (Dir.). Frontières numéiques et Perceptions. A paraître (In print). 2017/2018.