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Conversation on Freedom and Democracy in the Digital Age

Summary of Conversation of Freedom and Democracy in the Digital Age
Co-Chairs: Jonathan Aronson, University of Southern California & Michael Kleeman, University of California San Diego
September 22, 2017 at the University of Southern California
On September 22, 2017 a day-long conversation took place at the University of Southern California focused on updating the work of Ithiel de Sola Pool’s 1983 book Technologies of Freedom and considering it within the current set of issues facing society,… Read More » “Conversation on Freedom and Democracy in the Digital Age”

Ellen Helsper, visiting researcher at ARNIC Fall 2017

Dr Ellen Helsper is Associate Professor in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. Her current research interests include the links between social and digital inequalities; exclusion from and within digital spaces; mediated interpersonal communication; and methodological innovation in quantitative and qualitative media and communications research.
At the moment she is involved in the From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes; the Network Effects in Digital Inequalities and the Global Kids Online projects. She consults widely for governments,… Read More » “Ellen Helsper, visiting researcher at ARNIC Fall 2017”

2017 APrIGF key takeaway

I was lucky enough to be selected as a Fellow in 2017 APrIGF. While pursuing my master degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, my training and examination are more westernized and theory-oriented. I have always been seeking for opportunities to learn from practical experiences with an Asian focus. APrIGF seems a great place to have a better understanding of internet governance.
2017 APrIGF had four big themes which are
(1) Accessibility and Diversity of the Internet Access,… Read More » “2017 APrIGF key takeaway”

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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”

Geek Heresy Book Review

Toyama’s (2015) Geek Heresy is a poignant self-reflection and examination of the misguided promises and immense pitfalls of techno-centrism within information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D) work, particularly in relation to international efforts and projects attempting to foster economic development or address the knowledge gap. That is, throughout this accessible, non-academic read, Toyama debunks techno-deterministic myths and imaginaries within industries such as education, business, and computer science. He illustrates the ways in which these narratives have misinformed ICT4D interventions and led to failed attempts at addressing social ailments…. Read More » “Geek Heresy Book Review”