June 2011

IRiS has changed from an ICOSS Research Stream to an ICOSS Research Centre. For more information about ICOSS Centres please click here.


March 2011

IRiS is holding an event titled "Understanding young people's agency in socio-digital worlds - enabling young people to participate in social and digital worlds." on Tuesday 15th March. Further details on the Seminars and Workshops page.


December 2010

IRiS and the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) will be running "The Environment, Green IT and Green Initiatives: mapping future research workshop" on 18th January 2011. More details available on the Seminars and Workshops page.


November 2010

Success for Kalina Bontcheva: Kalina who is a member of the IRiS network developed an interdisciplinary proposal for her accelerated career fellowship proposal and has been successful in gaining this prestigious award. For details see:


April 2010

"Anti-Social Networking" by Professor Lilian Edwards. To be held on Friday 21st May 2010, 17.00-18.00, in St. George's Lecture Theatre, Sheffield University. This lecture will look at the exponential growth of social networking sites (SNSs) eg Facebook, Twitter over the last few years and ask what the social and legal impacts have been. The first half will cover the well trodden litany of threats and risks associated with SNSs eg privacy impacts, indvertent data disclosure, targeted advertising, fraud, malware and spam, child protection etc, and ask what progress is being made in these areas. The second half however will turn to the bright side and ask, especially in the wake of the Digital Economy Bill debacle, if SNSs present an opportunity to move from an outmoded and geography-limited 19th century version of representational democracy, towards a new electronic agora, which might in particular re attract the young towards political participation. Professor Edwards' presentation "Anti-Social Networking" is available to view here.


March 2010

Yorkshire and the eUnion: Responding to the Malmo Ministerial Declaration. The Ministerial Declaration on eGovernment was approved unanimously in Malmö, Sweden, on 18 November 2009. An event in response to this will be held on the 15th April 2010 at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema and Workstation. This event is a follow up to the successful event held at Magna last year "Raising the Game" and is being hosted by eForum and the University of Sheffield (IRiS). For more information and to register, please visit the event website at


February 2010

New conference taking place 7th May in Bristol which could include workshop on ICT & Ethics with Youth Workers. Further details at


February 2010

The Centre for the Study of New Literacies (Dept. of Education) is running a conference 2-3 July 2010 on Identity and Digital Texts. Brochure is available on Downloads menu, right.


February 2010

Justice, Media and Public Conference: Changing Public Perceptions in the New Media Landscape. Keele University, 25-26 March 2010. More information at


December 2009

Sheffield Law Professor responds to the Government's Digital Economy Bill for the Guardian. Read the article in full here. Lilian Edwards is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sheffield. Email:


December 2009

IRiS's first Newsletter has been produced and is available to download from this page. (See Downloads menu on the right)