Welcome

Dr. Yaron Ariel [Ph.D University of Haifa, 2009] is a researcher & lecturer at the Department of Communication, College of Jezreel Valley.

Yaron teaches in the Department of Communication at the Academic College of Jezreel Valley [since 2003]; Adjunct lecturer at the MBA and M,A programs at the  Faculty of Managment, University of Haifa [since 2011].

Previously taught at the School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya [2008-2016]; Involved in research projects at the Center for Internet Research at the University of Haifa [2001-2009].

* B.A. in Communication and in Political Sciences

* M.A. in Communication

Main Interests

Computer Mediated Communication; New Media; Online Social Networks; Mobile Media; User Centered Approaches.

Doctoral dissertation “Interactivity, Cognition, and Value of Information: Interactive Information Exchanges in Online-Mediated Environments”, (written in English and supervised by Professor Sheizaf Rafaeli).

Studies were presented at local conferences (e.g. ISCA, ISS, ILAIS, Chais) and international conferences (e.g. ICA, IAMCR, AoIR, GOR, Bledcom, SMSociety, Wikisym, ECREA) and published in books (e.g. ‘Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology’, ‘Cyberculture and New Media’ and ‘Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace’, ‘Permanently Online, Permanently Connected’) and in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. ‘Telematics & Informatics’, ‘Public Relations Review’, ‘Media, War & Conflict’, ‘Israel Affairs’, ‘Atlantic Journal of Communication’).

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Research

Peer Review Journals

  • Ariel, Y., Elishar-Malka, V., Weimann-Saks, D., & Avidar, R. (2017). “The future of Agenda Setting studies.” The Agenda Setting Journal: Theory, Practice, Critique. 1(2), 118-136.
    DOI:10.1075/asj.1.2.03ari
  • Ariel, Y., Elishar-Malka, V., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2017). “Smartphone’s Usage among Young Adults:  A Combined Quantitative and Qualitative approach.” Israel Affairs
  • Ginosar, A., & Ariel, Y. (2017). “An analytical framework for online privacy research: What is missing?”. Information and Management. DOI:10.1016/j.im.2017.02.004.
  • Weimann-Saks, D., Ariel, Y., Malka, V., & Avidar, R. (2016). Trends in public and media agenda-setting during the 2015 Israeli elections. Israel Affairs, 22(3), 1-16.  DOI:10.1080/13537121.2016.1174386
  • Levy, E. C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2016). The Effect of Online Interruptions on the Quality of Cognitive Performance. Telematics and Informatics. 33(4), 1014-1021. DOI:10.1016/j.tele.2016.03.003
  • Malka, V., Ariel, Y., & Avidar, R. (2015). Fighting, Worrying and Sharing: Operation ‘Protective Edge’ as the First WhatsApp War. Media, War and Conflict. 8(3), 329-344. DOI: 10.1177/1750635215611610
  • Avidar, R., Ariel, Y., Malka, V., & Levy, E.C. (2015). Smartphones, publics, and OPRs: do publics want to engage? Public Relations Review, 41(2), 214-221. DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2014.11.019
  • Ariel, Y., & Avidar, R. (2015). Information, Interactivity, and Social Media. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 23(1), 19-30.   DOI:10.1080/15456870.2015.972404
  • Malka, V., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2015). “Operation ‘Protective Edge’: The First WhatsApp War?”. Kesher: Journal of Media and Communications History in Israel and the Jewish World, 47, 88-96 [Hebrew]
  • Avidar, R., Ariel, Y., Malka, V., and Levy, E.C. (2013). Smartphones and young publics: A new challenge for public relations practice and relationship building. Public Relations Review, 9(5), 603-605. DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2013.09.010

Book chapters

  • Elishar-Malka, V., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R. & Cohen, A.A. (2017). “Reconceptualizing uses and gratifications vis-à-vis smartphone applications: The case of WhatsApp.” In: Vorderer, P., Hefner, D., Reinecke, L., & Klimmt, C. (Eds.). Permanently Online, Permanently Connected: Living and Communicating in a POPC World (pp.43-50). New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138245006
  • Avidar, R., Ariel, Y., & Elishar-Malka, V. (2017). “Wartime changes in news consumption patterns among Israeli WhatsApp users: Operation Protective Edge as a case Study.” In: D. Rubinstein & D. Caspi. (Eds.) Reporting the Middle East: Challenges and Chances. (pp. 79-98). World Scientific Publishing. ISBN: 978-981-3225-36-7
  • Weimann-Saks, D., Ariel, Y., Malka, V., & Avidar, R. (2017). “Trends in public and media agenda-setting during the 2015 Israeli elections”, in E. Orkibi, & M. Gerstenfeld (Eds.). Israel at the Polls 2015 A Moment of Transformative Stability. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138637030
  • Rafaeli, S., Hayat, T., & Ariel, Y. (2011). Virtual Knowledge-Building Communities. In I. Management Association (Ed.), Virtual Communities: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications (pp. 1529-1535). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. ISBN: 978-1609601010
  • Rafaeli, S., Hayat, T & Ariel, Y. (2009). “Knowledge building and motivations in Wikipedia: Participation as Ba” In F. J. Ricardo. (Ed). Cyberculture and New Media. Rodopi Press, Amsterdam. ISBN: 978-9042025189
  • Rafaeli, S, & Ariel, Y. (2008). “Online motivational factors: Incentives for Participation and Contribution in Wikipedia.” In: A. Barak (Ed.), Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research, Applications. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1139470179
  • Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2007).”Assessing Interactivity in Computer-Mediated Research”. In: A.N Joinson, K.Y.A McKenna., T. Postmes & U-D. Reips (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0191008085
  • Rafaeli, S., Hayat, T., & Ariel, Y. (2005). “Wikipedians’ sense of community, motivations, and knowledge building: a cross-cultural study” Proceedings of Wikimania 2005 – The First International Wikimedia Conference. August 2005 Frankfurt, Germany. ISBN: 978-145034229

Academic publications

  • Ariel, Y. (2009). “Interactivity, Cognition, and Value of Information: Interactive Information Exchanges in Online-Mediated Environments.” Doctoral Dissertation, Graduate Studies Authority, University of Haifa
  • Ariel, Y. (2003). “Web site interactivity and gratifications expectations among users.” Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an M.A. degree, University of Haifa, Department of Communication

International Conferences

  • Avidar, R., Ariel, Y., Weimann-Saks, D., & Elishar-Malka, V. (2017). “Public Relations and Agenda-Setting Research in a Time of Convergence.” Barcelona International Critical PR Conference 7. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona Spain, July 3-4, 2017
  • Ariel, Y., Elishar-Malka., Weimann-Saks., & Avidar, R. (2017). “Researching agenda-setting online: Theoretical and empirical challenges”. The 19th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany 15-17 March 2017.
  • Ariel, Y., & Levy, E.C. (2017). “Smartphones uses trends 2013-2016: A digital divide perspective”. The 19th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany 15-17 March 2017.
  • Levy, E.C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2017). Online Fragmented Interruptions and Online Continuous Interruptions. The 19th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany 15-17 March 2017.
  • Elishar-Malka, V., & Ariel, Y. (2017). “Journalists and politicians’ relationships in the Twitter environment: A new game changer?”. The 19th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany 15-17 March 2017.
  • Ginosar, A., & Ariel, Y. (2016). “Online privacy: Websites managers’ perspective and policy implications”. Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). November 9-12 2016.
  • Ariel, Y., Malka, V., Avidar, R., & Weimann-Saks, D. (2016). “Public Agenda 2.0: Comparing data from traditional and new media during the 2015 Israeli election”. The 18th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 2-4 2016.
  • Ariel, Y., & Vasiliu, V. (2016). “Comparison of Facebook and WhatsApp usages”. The 18th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 2-4 2016.
  • Malka, V., & Ariel, Y. (2016). “Utilizing Twitter as a journalistic work-tool: the Israeli case-study”. The 18th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 2-4 2016.
  • Ginosar, A., & Ariel, Y. (2015). “Privacy on the Net: Connections between Knowledge, Concerns, and Behavior”. The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. University of Quebec, Canada. July 12th-16th 2015.
  • Ginosar, A., & Ariel, Y. (2015). “Privacy online: Knowledge, concerns, and behavior of users, sites managers, and policy-makers”. The 6th Annual International Social Media & Society Conference (#SMSociety15). Toronto, Canada July 27-29, 2015
  • Krispil, O., Ariel, Y., & Nir, B. (2015). “Digital Divide and Perceived Intimacy”. The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. University of Quebec, Canada. July 12th-16th 2015
  • Ariel, Y., & Malka, V. (2015). “Social network sites and smartphone’s news alerts as an alternative means for news consumption in Israel”. The 17th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 18-20 2015.
  • Malka, V., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R. (2015). “Users’ best friend during a national crisis? WhatsApp and its roles in the lives of Israeli citizens in wartime”. The 17th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 18-20 2015.
  • Avidar, R., Ariel, Y., Malka, V., & Levy, E.C. (2014). “Smartphones, Publics, and OPR: Do Publics Want to Engage?”. The 21th International Public Relations Symposium (BledCom). Bled, Slovenia. July 4-5 2014.
  • Levy, E.C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2014). Online interruption: Relevancy of media richness theory. The Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). Seattle, WA. May 2014 (Accepted)
  • Ariel, Y.,& Vasiliu, V. (2014). “Political participation and voting intention of SNS users”. The 16th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 5-7 2014.
  • Malka, V., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2014). “What‘s up in Whatsapp world? The role of a popular smartphone application in the lives of Israeli users”. The 16th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 5-7 2014.
  • Ariel, Y., & Levy, E.C. (2014). “Smartphones and second-level digital divide”. The 16th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne, Germany. March 5-7 2014.
  • Avitay, S., Ariel, Y., & Rafaeli, S. (2014). “Prominent on online knowledge communities”. The 16th International Conference of General Online Research, Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Cologne (GOR), Germany. March 5-7 2014.
  • Avidar, R., Ariel, Y., Malka, V., & Levy, E.C. (2013). “Smartphones- a new Opportunity for Relationship Building and Engagement”. Euprera Annual Congress 2013. Ramon Lull University, Barcelona, Spain. October, 2013. (Accepted)
  • Carmel, O., & Ariel, Y. (2013). Measuring audience: considering time and medium shifts. Presented at the annual conference for the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland 25th-29th June 2013
  • Ariel, Y., Malka, V., Avidar, R. & Levy E. C. (2013). “The Usability of Smartphones among Youngsters”. The annual conference for the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland 25th-29th June 2013
  • Ariel, Y., Levy E.C., & Rafaeli, S. (2013). Smartphones and Digital Divide. The annual conference for the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. June 2013.
  • Avidar, R., Ariel, Y., Malka, V., & Levy, E.C. (2013). “Smartphones and Youngsters: A New Challenge for Public Relations Practice and Relationship Building”. The 20th International Public Relations Symposium (BledCom 2013). Lake Bled, Slovenia, June 14-15, 2013
  • Ariel, Y., Avidar, R., Malka, V., & Levy, E.C. (2013). “The role of innovative technologies in society: Smartphones and young early adopters”. The first International Conference on Internet Science, Brussels, Belgium, April 10-11, 2013.
  • Ariel, Y., & Vasiliu, V. (2013). Perceived and presumed trustworthiness of Wikipedia’. The 15th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), March 4-6 2013, Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany
  • Levy, E.C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2013). ‘The Effect of Chat as Continuing Interruption on Cognitive Performance’. The 15th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), March 4-6 2013, Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany
  • Levy, E.C., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R., & Malka, V. (2013). ”Young early smartphone adopters’. The 15th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), March 4-6 2013, Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany
  • Manosevitch, E., & Ariel, Y. (2012). ‘User-Generated Content and Participatory Journalism’. Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 24-28 May 2012, Phoenix, Arizona USA
  • Levy, E.C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2012). ‘Online Interruption Effect on Cognitive Performance’. The 14th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), March 5-7 2012, Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany
  • Ariel, Y., Levy, E.C., & Rafaeli, S. (2012). ‘Mobile Phone Users Behavior: The Israeli Case’. The 14th International Conference of General Online Research (GOR), March 5-7 2012, Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany
  • Levy, C-E., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2011). “Richness of Interruption messages – take your time?”. Presented at the conference of the International Association of Communication and Media Research (IAMCR). July 2011, Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Manosevitch, E., & Ariel, Y. (2011). “Conceptualizing UGC in the Context of Participatory Journalism”. Presented at the conference of the International Association of Communication and Media Research (IAMCR). July 2011, Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Avidar, R., & Ariel, Y. (2008). “Exploring Interactivity and Responsiveness Divergence”. Presented at Internet Research 9.0 (AoIR). Copenhagen, Denmark. October 2008
  • Ariel, Y. (2007). “Interactive information exchanges in online-mediated environments”. Presented at the Doctoral Colloquium of Internet Research 8.0 (AoIR), Vancouver, Canada. October 2007
  • Rafaeli, S., Ariel, Y., Hayat, T. & Pollak, H. (2007). “Knowledge network analysis in Wikipedia: Nodes as opinion leaders”. Presented at Internet Research 8.0 (AoIR), Vancouver, Canada. October 2007
  • Rafaeli, S., Ariel, Y., & Hayat, T. (2007). “Virtual Knowledge-Building Community & Users Incentives: Wikipedia Case”. The 57th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Francisco, CA USA May 24-28, 2007
  • Levanon, Y., & Ariel, Y. (2007). “Virtual Communities Usages: Content analysis & Survey of Locally Based Mailing Lists”. The Ninth International GOR Conference (GOR), March, 26-28, 2007 Leipzig, Germany
  • Ariel, Y., Ben-Zvi, D., Forte, A., Kali, Y., Konja, M., Levin-Peled, R., Meishar-Tal, H., Rafaeli, S., Ravid, G., & Tal-Elhasid, E. (2006). “Wiki Uses in Learning and Teaching – Panel” Paper presented at the Wikimania, August 4-6 Boston, MA, USA
  • Rafaeli, S., Ariel, Y., & Hayat, T. (2006). “Sense of (Virtual) Community”. Presented at The eighth International Conference General Online Research (GOR), Bielefeld, Germany, March 2006
  • Ariel, Y., Ben-Zvi, D., Forte, A., Kali, Y., Konja, M., Levin-Peled, R., Meishar-Tal, H., Rafaeli, S., Ravid, G., & Tal-Elhasid, E. (2006). “Wiki Uses in Learning and Teaching -Panel”. Paper presented at the WikiSym August 21-23 2006, Odense, Denmark
  • Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2005). “Interactivity and the Subjective Value of Information”. Paper presented at Internet Research 6.0: Internet Generations (AoIR), October 2005, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Levanon, Y., & Ariel, Y. (2005). “Uses Typologies: Networked Communities Mailing Lists”. Paper presented at Internet Research 6.0: Internet Generations (AoIR), October 2005, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Rafaeli, S., Hayat, T & Ariel, Y. (2005). “Wikipedia Community: Users’ Motivations and Knowledge Building”. Presented at Cyberculture 3rd Global Conference. August 2005 Prague, Czech Republic
  • Rafaeli, S., Hayat, T., & Ariel, Y. (2005). “Wikipedians’ sense of community, motivations, and knowledge building: a cross-cultural study” Proceedings of Wikimania 2005 – The First International Wikimedia Conference. August 2005 Frankfurt, Germany
  • Ariel, Y. (2005). “Web user’s gratifications expectations”. Presented at the Seventh International Conference General Online Research (GOR), University of Zurich, Switzerland, March 2005
  • Ariel, Y. (2004). “Web Site interactivity and gratifications expectations among users”. Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference (AoIR), University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton U.K, September 2004

Local Conferences [Mainly Hebrew]

  • Levy, E.C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2017). Variations of Online Interruptions. The 11TH annual conference of the Israel Association for Information Systems ILAIS 2017, July 10, 2017 Bar Ilan University
  • Krispil, O., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2017). “A wall of shame: “public shaming” and online social networks”. The 21th Annual Conference Israel Communication Association.. Sapir Academic College.  2 April 2017
  • Elishar-Malka, V., & Ariel, Y. (2017. “To be where the news is happening…” Twitter as an arena for journalistic activity in Israel”. The 21th Annual Conference Israel Communication Association.  Sapir Academic College. 2 April 2017
  • Ariel, Y., Weimann-Saks, D., Elishar-Malka, V. (2017). Challenges and dilemmas in online agenda research: The relevance of the “Agenda Setting” theory in the new media era”. The 21th Annual Conference Israel Communication Association.  Sapir Academic College. 2 April 2017
  • Elishar-Malka, V., & Ariel, Y. (2017. “To be where the news is happening…” Twitter as an arena for journalistic activity in Israel”. The 21th Annual Conference Israel Communication Association. Sapir Academic College. 2 April 2017.
  • Ariel, Y., Weimann-Saks, D., Malka, V., & Avidar, R. (2016). “Television and online social networks: Public agenda and media agenda during the 2015 Israeli elections”. The 20th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association. Kinneret Academic College. April 17 2016.
  • Ginosar, A., & Ariel, Y. (2016). “The online privacy paradox: Owners and Websites managers case study”. The 20th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association. Kinneret Academic College. April 17 2016.
  • Malka, V., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2015). Functional equivalence varies between old and new media in times of emergency. The 19th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association. April 2015. The Open University: Raanana
  • Krispil, O., Ariel, Y., & Nir, B. (2015). Intimacy in online social networks. The 19th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association. April 2015. The Open University: Raanana
  • Ginosar, A., & Ariel, Y. (2015). Users concerns in relation to privacy online: The Israeli case. The 19th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association. April 2015. The Open University: Raanana
  • Malka, V., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2015). New technology in a national emergency: the case of “WhatsApp”. Chais Conference for the Study of Innovation and Learning Technologies: Learning in the Technological Era. February 2015. The Open University: Raanana.
  • Malka, V., Ariel, Y., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2014). The Smart Mobile Phone: Examining its roles in the lives of Israeli Students. Chais Conference for the Study of Innovation and Learning Technologies: Learning in the Technological Era. February 2014. The Open University: Raanana.
  • Avitay, S., Ariel, Y., & Rafaeli, S. (2014). Prominent participants in online knowledge communities. The 19th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association. April 2014. Netanya Academic College.
  • Levy, E.C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2014). A Closer Look at Chat as a Continuing Interruption during Cognitive Task. The Second Israeli Human-Computer Interaction Research Conference (IsraHCI), January 14th 2014. IBM Research Center, Haifa, Israel
  • Ariel, Y., Malka, V., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2013). ‘Smartphone Usage Patterns of Young Israelis.’ The First Israeli Human-Computer Interaction Research Conference (IsraHCI), January 15th, 2013, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
  • Levy, E.C., Ariel, Y., & Rafaeli, S. (2013). ‘Digital gaps in smartphone usability in Israel.’ The 44th Annual Conference of the Israel Sociological Society, February 18-19, 2013, Ruppin Academic Center, Hefer Valley
  • Levy, E.C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2013). ‘Chat as a “continuing Interruption” to Cognitive Task.’ Chais Conference 2013: The Research Center for Innovation in Learning Technologies 2013, February 19-20, 2013, The Open University, Raanana
  • Ariel, Y., Malka, V., Avidar, R., & Levy, E.C. (2013). ‘Smartphone Usage Patterns of Young Israelis.’ The First Israeli Human-Computer Interaction Research Conference (IsraHCI), January 15th, 2013, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
  • Levy, E. C., Rafaeli, S., & Ariel, Y. (2011). “Effect of richness of interruption messages on the quality of cognitive performance” Presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association, University of Haifa, Haifa
  • Ariel, Y., & Avitay, S. (2011). “Uses and exposure on Facebook: the Israeli Case” Presented at the panel ‘From Blogs to Wikis: a brave new world?’ At the 15th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association, University of Haifa, Haifa
  • Rafaeli, S., Ariel, Y., Katsman, M. (2010). Youth Online: online shopping usage patterns. Administration for Research and Economy, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, Israel
  • Avidar, R., & Ariel, Y. (2008). “Interactivity and responsiveness: Is there a place for confusion?”. Presented at Communicating: Student Research Conference, University of Haifa, December 2008
  • Avidar, R., & Ariel, Y. (2008). “New media: Interactivity and responsiveness.” Presented at the panel ‘What’s New in New Media?’ At The 12th Conference of the Israel Communication Association, Tel-Aviv
  • Rafaeli, S., Ariel, Y., & Hayat, T. (2007). “Virtual knowledge building communities and users’ motivations: Wikipedia as a case study.” Presented at The 11th Annual Conference of the Israeli Communication Association. The Open University of Israel, Raanana March 2007
  • Rafaeli, S., Ariel, Y., & Hayat, T. (2007). “Wikipedia as a knowledge virtual community: a multilingual comparison of Wikipedians perceptions.” Presented at The 38th Annual Conference of the Israeli Sociological Society. University of Haifa, February 2007
  • Ariel, Y. (2006). “Interactivity, Cognition and Information Value.” Presented at The Doctoral Students Conference of the Netvision Institute for Internet Studies – NIIS, Tel Aviv University, March 2006
  • Rafaeli, S., Ariel, Y., & Hayat, T. (2006). “Virtual knowledge community -The Hebrew Wikipedia.” Presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Israeli Sociological Society, Bar-Ilan University, March 2006
  • Hayat, T., & Ariel, Y. (2006). “Gratifications and Sense of Community among Wikipedia users.” Presented at ‘Communicating’: student research conference, University of Haifa. January 2006
  • Ariel, Y., & Levanon Y. (2005). “Networked Communities: Uses Typologies of Local Distribution Lists.” Presented at The 36th Annual Conference of the Israeli Sociological Society. Tel-Hai Academic College, February 2005
  • Levanon, Y., & Ariel, Y. (2004). “Distribution Lists in Light of the Uses and Gratifications Approach.” Presented at ‘Communicating’: student research conference, University of Haifa. December 2004

Teaching

Current Undergraduate Courses:

  • Computer mediated communication (Research Seminar)
  • Genres for TV and radio broadcasts (Elective)
  • Quantitative communication research methods (Mandatory)
  • Digital culture (Mandatory)
  • Information & knowledge in the digital age (Elective – Online course)
  • Network analysis and social media (Elective)
  • Sociology of the Internet (Mandatory)
  • Moderator of Honor B.A Theses

Current Postgraduate Courses:

  • Management information system (Mandatory)
  • Advanced research methods (Mandatory)
  • Reading CMC (Mandatory)

Research Students

  • Sharona Avitay* – “Prominent on Online Knowledge Communities as Opinion leadership”
  • Or Krispil* – “Wall of Shame: Shaming and Online Social Networks”
  • Yaffa Palmon** – “Interactivity in Israeli press talkbacks”
  • Yovav Gat** – “Evaluating and sharing information in online communities”
  • Michal Galili** – “Instances of words in a daily newspaper as an expression of technological innovation adoption”
  • Rinat Barsky** – “Parental mediation: Parents assessments regarding children’s online exposure to violent and sexual contents”
  • Dafna Itzkovich** – “The relationship between anxiety and the use of online social networks”
    Serge Kohn** – “Holocaust denial: Internet and the Spreading of a French ideology”
  • Moran Meidan** – “The influence of tie strength on social information evaluation and information adoption in online environments”
  • Uriel Hermon** -“The relationship between personality characteristics and digital literacy to online distribution of memes”
  • Noga Maoz** -“Implementation of a social network in the academic library discovery-tools system: Examination of students satisfaction and motivation to use the system”
  • Vlad Vasiliu*** -“Virality and popularity on social networks and their predictors: The case of Terror on the Internet”

* M.A, Thesis at the Department of Communication, University of Haifa

** M.A, Thesis at the Department of Information & Knowledge Management, University of Haifa

*** Ph.D. Dissertation, at the Department of Communication, University of Haifa

Personal

Yaron was born in July 1975. Lives in Rosh-Pinna.

Married to Yael, and father of two sons – Uri (11 yrs.) and Ido (9 yrs.)