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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”

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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”

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Online Labor Platforms: Technology for Everyone?

(Repost of blog post by Ruchika Joshi on the JustJobs Network blog)
The ILO projects that an additional 1.1 million people will be rendered jobless in 2017. Emerging and developing economies in particular are struggling to cope with the global jobs crisis, as vulnerable employment and underemployment continue to plague their labor markets.
In light of this prediction, it is interesting to return to a 2015 study by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)…. Read More » “Online Labor Platforms: Technology for Everyone?”

Welcome to our new ARNIC site!

Welcome to the new ARNIC site!
We are relaunching our online presence with a new URL and this redesigned website. There are several new features, including an events calendar, a Twitter feed, and a blog section.  Please visit us regularly for updates on our research seminar series, our various research projects, and opportunities to engage with our work.
You can also follow us on Twitter,… Read More » “Welcome to our new ARNIC site!”