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CCIG Project awarded new grant from Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion Fund

The CCIG (Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth) project was awarded a new grant from the Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion fund.
The new grant will allow the CCIG project, led by Prof. Hernan Galperin, to pilot a research project called “Cyber Shelters: Online Resource Seeking and Social Capital Building among the Homeless in Los Angeles”.
The new project will examine the abilities and motivations of homeless persons in Los Angeles County for using the Internet,… Read More » “CCIG Project awarded new grant from Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion Fund”

ARNIC Researcher Matthew Bui awarded a Randall Lewis Data Science Fellowship

Matthew N. Bui (3rd year Annenberg PhD student) recently accepted one of the four inaugural Randall Lewis Data Science Fellowship awards, administered by Partners for a Better Health. This semester he will assist the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) with their Future Communities Initiative and related open data and big data projects, advising on research and the development of an equitable Smart Region framework.
The largest municipal planning organization in the nation, SCAG advises 180+ cities and six counties on transportation and land use planning…. Read More » “ARNIC Researcher Matthew Bui awarded a Randall Lewis Data Science Fellowship”

Profs. Hernan Galperin and Francois Bar present findings from CCIG project to CETF

Profs. Hernan Galperin and Francois Bar presented findings from the Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) project at the annual meeting of the California Emerging Technologies Fund (CETF). In attendance were CETF leaders, grantees and its Board of Advisors. The presentation can be found here…. Read More » “Profs. Hernan Galperin and Francois Bar present findings from CCIG project to CETF”

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”