Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 27th

Olivia González and Sierra Bray – Power(ing) Up and Connecting in the Unequal Technopolis: Mobile Access and Charging from the Margins

12:30 pm - 1:50 pm, ASC 236

Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Olivia González and Sierra Bray’s talk about “Power(ing) Up and Connecting in the Unequal Technopolis: Mobile Access and Charging from the Margins”
In a paper co-authored with Matthew Bui (USC Annenberg), Olivia González and Sierra Bray examine the power structures and relations embedded in the physical and social infrastructures of an increasingly unequal and digital society by analyzing the ways in which mobile phones are integral access points to societal benefits and social connection…. Read More » “Olivia González and Sierra Bray – Power(ing) Up and Connecting in the Unequal Technopolis: Mobile Access and Charging from the Margins”

Wednesday, March 11th

Tina Beyene – Framing the Digital Gender Divide from a Gender Spectrum Lens

12:30 pm - 1:50 pm, ASC 236

Join us on Wednesday, March 11th at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Tina Beyene’s talk about “Framing the Digital Gender Divide from a Gender Spectrum Lens”
This talk will discuss the conceptual and ethical conundrums that emerged in the writing Taking Stock: Data and Evidence on Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills, and Leadership (2019), the inaugural study on gender and ICT commissioned by EQUALS: Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age,… Read More » “Tina Beyene – Framing the Digital Gender Divide from a Gender Spectrum Lens”

Latest News

Thoughts on Steven Weber’s Presentation

By Juliana Dias

On Wednesday, February 12th, Steven Weber joined our ARNIC seminar. Steven, a 2020 Berggruen fellow, is a professor in the School of Information and Dept. of Political Science, UC Berkeley. He conducted the seminar in order to talk about his new project which is currently under development: “How to make Machine Translation a Force for Liberalism in Global Trade and Communications”.

Steven talked about the early stages of this project and the motivations behind it…. Read More » “Thoughts on Steven Weber’s Presentation”

ARNIC Member Hoan Nguyen Presents at PTC’20

Hoan Nguyen, ARNIC Member, and USC Annenberg Doctoral Student presented her paper entitled Splintering Communications: The Reality of Digital Practices Among People Experiencing Homelessness in an Urban Ghetto at the PTC’20: Vision 2020 and Beyond conference organized by the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) in Honolulu from January 19-22. She also received the Yale M. Braunstein Student Award for this work at the meeting. 

Splintering Communications examines the digital practices among people experiencing homelessness in Skid Row – an urban ghetto located in downtown Los Angeles…. Read More » “ARNIC Member Hoan Nguyen Presents at PTC’20”

ARNIC member Sunghan Ryu publishes new book Beauty of Crowdfunding

Congratulations to ARNIC member Sunghan Ryu on the recent publication of his book Beauty of Crowdfunding! Below is more information about the book as well as links to where you can purchase it.

While the limitation of the traditional capital market with its definite inequality has been discussed extensively, crowdfunding is expected to resolve the imbalance with a new approach.  It fosters new ventures and organizations that have been neglected by traditional investors…. Read More » “ARNIC member Sunghan Ryu publishes new book Beauty of Crowdfunding”

Latest Blog Posts

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”