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Marechal’s June publications

Nathalie Maréchal (ABD) had her essay, “Making sense of information power and the new information warfare,” published in theInternational Journal of Communication. The essay reviews new books by Monroe Price (2015) and Madeline Carr (2016).
Maréchal and Sarah T. Roberts (UCLA) had their blog post, “How ICT companies operate vis-à-vis human rights issues and the repertoire of company-oriented advocacy,” published by the Internet Policy Observatory at the University of Pennsylvania…. Read More » “Marechal’s June publications”

Tech4Good Panel

On the evening of April 12th, ARNIC hosted a digital divide panel for the Los Angeles members of the Tech4Good network.  During this event, PhD student Matthew Bui and Professor Hernan Galperin, among others, shared about their recent successes and lessons in attempting to address issues of the digital divide. Bui and Galperin shared figures and tables from the Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) project and invited participants to explore an interactive broadband mapping tool,… Read More » “Tech4Good Panel”

Latest Blog Posts

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”