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Yes. I had a similar experience where my agency restricted travel and did not allow me to present. In my case, I listed that the presentation was delivered by someone else who could attend. Matching the style of your CV, I would write something like: Academic, F. My cool title. Awesome conference. City, State. March 2020. Invited oral presentation. ...


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How about using something other than Zoom? Other softwares support features that can help with this. Moreover there are some serious security and privacy concerns about Zoom (see e.g. this statement by the FBI and this investigation by the NY attorney general; Bruce Schneier has written an overview of the concerns here). In our department we use ...


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Is it unethical writing two papers addressing two aspects of the same research project Not necessarily. However, the following would be unethical: Submitting two papers with any overlapping material without one citing the other and explaining the parts that overlap (giving credit to where the idea was originally proposed) Submitting essentially the same ...


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I would say yes, provided that you label it correctly. Just add a sentence that the conference was cancelled for health reasons. You can also say that the talk was accepted, but not delivered because ... For some conferences the talk will be in the proceedings or follow up journal. It that case your write up will be available to people in any case. In fact, ...


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The features discussed in the comments seem sufficient in the case that the organizer knows the participants, e.g. classes, committee meetings, etc. I don't think this question has a single right answer. I'm going to answer for the case where the conference is open to interested academics and the organizer doesn't know all the potential participants. This ...


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We had the same problem and ended up with a solution like this: The seminar series web page contains information about the seminar program, plus instructions for joining the seminar mailing list. The Zoom link is shared only through the seminar mailing list some time before the event. There is no password. The mailing list subscriptions can be moderated, ...


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Technically yes, you could put it in with the appropriate caveat - but I wouldn't if I were you. It sounds like you're straining too much for recognition. If it weren't for covid-19, I would think less of you if I read about your cancelled-conference-planned-talk in your CV. The way things are my reaction would be more neutral... but then - next year ...


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In addition to Zoom "meetings," they have a "webinar" option for calls: https://zoom.us/webinar (Note that this feature is only available in certain paid versions, I believe) This option is designed for meetings at which most people are silently listening. The audio and video of participants are off by default, and can only be turned on by one of the ...


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I'll guess that you are fine submitting the second paper, but I haven't seen them both. But you can do a thought experiment and come to a better understanding and decision for yourself. Imagine that the second paper has an author or list of authors not containing yourself: that it was written by others. What would your reaction be if you were a reviewer ...


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The current phenomenon of "Zoom bombing" seems to come from the fact that Zoom meeting IDs can easily be guessed. So you may be overthinking this and should try to publish the conference password on the institute website. This will not be found by people who just try to bomb random conferences. When someone is explicitly targeting your conference, you won'...


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It seems to me that the current state of things is that you can't, without some support from Zoom's side. Even if you set up a meeting password, a malicious participant can give it to a bomber. Even if you vet names, a bomber may spoof the name of a legitimate user. You need accounts to solve this problem. The crucial issue is that Zoom has no concept of ...


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A speech is a noteworthy achievement; an undelivered speech isn't. Since CVs focus on achievements, I suggest the OP omits their undelivered invited speech from their CV. (At best, it is an achievement of little merit.)


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You could publicly share the meeting ID (and password, if required) before the meeting. Once the meeting has started - or maybe a few minutes later - you lock the meeting such that no new participants can join. This will not protect you from determined troublemakers that attend the meeting from the start, but it prevents Zoom bombers from randomly dropping ...


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Availability varies of course. In some cases the conference has a (permanent) website that might detail such information. Or at least it can give you access to the program chair who can answer the question. For conferences hosted by major professional organizations, there is probably a general policy, and even an established library. This is the case for ...


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Conferences are a nice thing - you get the opportunity to meet people, network etc. However, they are a quite expensive thing to do and, for now, you would pay for a conference and not even get anything in return, as all travel is effectively grounded. Your PI is more than right that, instead of trying for a conference, you should go straight to the journal....


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I see the reasoning of your superiors as neither surprising nor, in fact, wrong. Money is limited everywhere, and there is a decision to be made as to what to spend it on. For sure, just because one of the researchers in a lab wants to go to a conference, I see no moral obligation to spend money on that -- in particular, if it is abroad where travel and ...


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Whether the advice you are getting is good or bad, you almost certainly have to follow it. They control the funds. But even if it weren't just a funding issue you are normally ill advised to ignore the direction of a PI who has some control, or at least influence, over your future. It is a poor career move to have a powerful advisor think that you aren't a ...


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A conference called ACM UIST allowed participants to join online via social virtual spaces. You don't need fancy virtual reality equipment to join. They used Mozilla hubs which seems straight forward and easy to set up. More info here: https://uist.acm.org/uist2019/online/ and https://hubs.mozilla.com/


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