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Mark Cotham speaks to ARNIC on the challenges of librarianship in Sub-Saharan Africa

On Tuesday ARNIC was joined by Mark Cotham who spoke on the challenges of librarianship in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mark Cotham is a largely retired attorney who practiced for over thirty years, primarily prosecuting claims by royalty owners against the world’s largest oil companies. Today, he runs a small non-profit (Good Steward Global Initiative) in Houston, Texas that establishes libraries in the developing world. He travels to East Africa 2-3 times a year to establish libraries and is looking forward to his 20th trip there this summer.   … Read More » “Mark Cotham speaks to ARNIC on the challenges of librarianship in Sub-Saharan Africa”

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Meet an ARNIC member – Matt Bui

This week we are putting the spotlight on third year doctoral student Matt Bui. In addition to his research at USC, Matt is also the Randall Lewis Data Science Fellow at the Southern California Association of Governments.
 
Name: Matthew Bui
General research interests: urban data science, digital inclusion, digital and data equity, telecommunications policy

What projects are you currently working on?
1. Yelp and hipster coffee shops in Los Angeles: The mediation of neighborhood change…. Read More » “Meet an ARNIC member – Matt Bui”

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Mimi Ito speaks to ARNIC on equity by design in learning technologies

On Tuesday Professor Mimi Ito joined ARNIC for our lunchtime seminar series.
Professor Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. She is Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine. She is director of the Connected Learning Lab, and chairs the MacArthur Connected Learning Research Network. Her co-authored book, Hanging Out,Read More » “Mimi Ito speaks to ARNIC on equity by design in learning technologies”

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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”

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Myria Georgiou speaks to ARNIC on the “refugee crisis” in the European press

This week ARNIC welcomed Dr Myria Georgiou to speak to members about her research team’s work on coverage of the “refugee crisis” in European press.
Dr Georgiou is a visiting scholar at USC Annenberg this year and is currently working on two projects: a book on life in the digital city and a new project on the digital making of the city of refuge (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation). She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communications,… Read More » “Myria Georgiou speaks to ARNIC on the “refugee crisis” in the European press”

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Matthew Rantanen speaks to ARNIC seminar on wireless networking in tribal communities

Matthew R. Rantanen is the Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network/Initiative that was started in 2001 designing and deploying wireless networking to support the tribal communities of Southern California.
Matthew, of Finnish, Cree Indian, and Norwegian decent, has been described as a “cyber warrior for community networking.” He is an advocate for net-neutrality, broadband for everyone, and opening more spectrum for public consumption,… Read More » “Matthew Rantanen speaks to ARNIC seminar on wireless networking in tribal communities”

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ARNIC attends the Ford and Hewlett Foundation ‘Digital Disinformation and Political Polarization’ Scholars Convening

Last week ARNIC members attended a convening organized by the Ford and Hewlett foundations on ‘Digital Disinformation and Political Polarization.’ The meeting bought together researchers from across the country to discuss the research gaps, data needs and real-world application of scholarship into disinformation and political conversation.
Also in attendance were representatives from several top social media platforms including Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. The convening gave researchers the chance to connect with platforms to seek out future partnerships aimed at better understanding the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and the rise of digital disinformation…. Read More » “ARNIC attends the Ford and Hewlett Foundation ‘Digital Disinformation and Political Polarization’ Scholars Convening”

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Monroe Price speaks to ARNIC seminar on ‘Anxieties and Transformations’

This week ARNIC welcomed Monroe E. Price to speak at our lunchtime seminar series.
Monroe E. Price has been, for the last decade, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where he headed a Center for Global Communication Studies, now morphed into the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication.  He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School and founded, among other things, Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. … Read More » “Monroe Price speaks to ARNIC seminar on ‘Anxieties and Transformations’”

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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”

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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”