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Findings from CCIG project featured in LA Weekly

The findings from our recently released Policy Brief #2Mapping digital exclusion in Los Angeles County are featured in this LA Weekly article. The policy brief is part of the Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) project, a collaboration between the USC Annenberg Research Network for International Communication (ARNIC) and the USC Price Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB). We have also fixed some glitches to our interactive mapping tool which is now fully operational…. Read More » “Findings from CCIG project featured in LA Weekly”

New book– Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance

Jonathan Aronson and Peter Cowhey’s new book Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance was published by Oxford University Press on July 31st.  Ambassador William Kennard, former FCC Chair and U.S. Ambassador to the EU described Digital DNA as “a compelling, comprehensive and pragmatic framework for governance of global digital markets.”  Former U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky added that Digital DNA  offers “a framework that propels innovation and economic growth,… Read More » “New book– Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance”

Mapping digital exclusion in Los Angeles County

The Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) project, a collaboration between the USC Annenberg Research Network for International Communication (ARNIC) and the USC Price Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), has released its Policy Brief #2: Mapping digital exclusion in Los Angeles County.
The policy brief maps the social and geographical contours of digital exclusion in Los Angeles County. The focus is on home broadband, which refers to the adoption of residential Internet services, regardless of access technology or devices used. … Read More » “Mapping digital exclusion in Los Angeles County”

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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”