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Mark Cotham speaks to ARNIC on the challenges of librarianship in Sub-Saharan Africa

On Tuesday ARNIC was joined by Mark Cotham who spoke on the challenges of librarianship in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mark Cotham is a largely retired attorney who practiced for over thirty years, primarily prosecuting claims by royalty owners against the world’s largest oil companies. Today, he runs a small non-profit (Good Steward Global Initiative) in Houston, Texas that establishes libraries in the developing world. He travels to East Africa 2-3 times a year to establish libraries and is looking forward to his 20th trip there this summer.   … Read More » “Mark Cotham speaks to ARNIC on the challenges of librarianship in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Meet an ARNIC member – Matt Bui

This week we are putting the spotlight on third year doctoral student Matt Bui. In addition to his research at USC, Matt is also the Randall Lewis Data Science Fellow at the Southern California Association of Governments.
Name: Matthew Bui
General research interests: urban data science, digital inclusion, digital and data equity, telecommunications policy

What projects are you currently working on?
1. Yelp and hipster coffee shops in Los Angeles: The mediation of neighborhood change…. Read More » “Meet an ARNIC member – Matt Bui”

Mimi Ito speaks to ARNIC on equity by design in learning technologies

On Tuesday Professor Mimi Ito joined ARNIC for our lunchtime seminar series.
Professor Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. She is Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine. She is director of the Connected Learning Lab, and chairs the MacArthur Connected Learning Research Network. Her co-authored book, Hanging Out,Read More » “Mimi Ito speaks to ARNIC on equity by design in learning technologies”

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Meet an ARNIC member – Anna Loup

This week we are putting the spotlight on second year Communication PhD student Anna Loup. Anna has been an active member of ARNIC for several years and is currently working on some very exciting research projects!

Name: Anna Loup
General research interests: My interests are currently focused on researching the underlying critical infrastructures that enable and maintain digital communication technologies. I am predominantly interested in the power structures inherent in how these critical infrastructure systems are developed,… Read More » “Meet an ARNIC member – Anna Loup”

Broadband: We must do better

(This article was originally published on The Conversation)
By Hernan Galperin, François Bar and Annette M. Kim
Los Angeles is home to some of the most creative people and businesses in the planet. Our filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, software engineers and scientists entertain the world and push the knowledge frontier forward. Their process is often a mystery, but their tools are not. Underpinning their intellectual pursuit is broadband Internet access, which fosters creativity and innovation by enabling access to information and supporting collaborative work…. Read More » “Broadband: We must do better”

Women-Owned SMEs and Trade: More than Just an Elephant in the Room

Among the conceivably infinite social and economic effects of the internet is the rise of women-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. For over thirty years, donor and international aid programs have invested heavily to help women in developing countries build and grow microenterprises, the business context in which the terms “woman” and “entrepreneur” have until recently been linked.
As a result of labor exploitation, human deprivation, illicit markets and the wealth disparities that have ensued from globalization,… Read More » “Women-Owned SMEs and Trade: More than Just an Elephant in the Room”