ARNIC recently contributed to a report spearheaded by the City of Long Beach Technology and Innovation Commission that provided an analysis and recommendations for advancing digital inclusion in Long Beach. U.S. Census data reveal that 28 percent of Long Beach households lack broadband from an internet service provider, and about 8 percent of this population rely on their smartphones to connect to the internet, showing the great need for further research on this topic…. Read More “ARNIC Partners with the City of Long Beach for Extensive Report on Advancing Digital Inclusion”
Gabriel Laender—Brazilian attorney, ICT researcher and legal tech entrepreneur—gave a guest lecture during our ARNIC lunchtime seminar on January 24. Drawing an impressive turnout, Laender provided a great kickoff of the semester for ARNIC.
Laender’s talk, titled “Blockchain for Policy: a Pragmatic Assessment,” touched on topics such as blockchain enthusiasts’ relationship with organizations and institutions, collective decision-making, and digital citizenship. Laender noted that he prefers the term “tinkering” over design when it comes to ICT matters—while “design” connotes a more intentional focus,… Read More “Gabriel Laender gives guest ARNIC lecture, “Blockchain for Policy: a Pragmatic Assessment””
Prof. Hernán Galperin (director and founding member of ARNIC) recently co-authored a chapter in the new MIT Press book, Digital Economies at Global Margins. The book, edited by Mark Graham (Professor, The Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford), explores whether the digitalized economy may transcend “spatial, organizational, social, and political constraints,” or if these new technologies reinforce inequalities and marginalization.
Galperin, along with Catrihel Greppi (MPA/ID candidate at Harvard Kennedy School),… Read More “Hernán Galperin co-authors chapter in new “Digital Economies at Global Margins” book (MIT Press)”
On Friday, November 30, ARNIC was fortunate to welcome British Member of Parliament (MP) Seema Malhotra to the USC campus. Malhotra is a British Labour and Cooperative Party politician and is the MP for the Feltham and Heston constituency.
Organized by ARNIC founding director Prof. Jonathan Aronson, Malhotra joined Aronson and four student ARNIC members (Annenberg PhD students Sierra Bray, Cerianne Robertson, Anna Loup, and PhD candidate Rachel Moran) for an intimate lunch…. Read More “British Member of Parliament Seema Malhotra visits ARNIC, gives guest lecture”
Dr. Hernán Galperin, Associate Professor and ARNIC Director, participated in the inception workshop for the G20 meeting that will be held in Japan in 2019. The workshop took place in Tokyo December 4-5, and was hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). Dr. Galperin is a member of the Task Force on The Future of Work and Education for the Digital Age…. Read More “ARNIC Director Dr. Hernán Galperin participates in G20 workshop in Tokyo”
On November 8, Dr. Tianshu Sun (University of Southern California Marshall School of Business) joined ARNIC as the guest speaker during our lunchtime seminar. Dr. Sun gave a talk titled, “Displaying Things in Common to Encourage Friendship Formation.” Specifically, Dr. Sun spoke about friendship formation on social platforms, specifically whether and how displaying things in common (TIC) between users (mutual city, work, hometown, education and likes) may encourage friendship formation.
Through a randomized field experiment, results showed that displaying things in common could be effective in connecting people with different backgrounds,… Read More “Tianshu Sun (USC Marshall) joins ARNIC to discuss friendship formation in social networks”
Matthew Bui, ARNIC member and fourth-year Ph.D. student in Annenberg School of Communication, contributed a blog post to the Aspen Institute’s Communication & Society Program site based on his experiences as the 2018 Guest Scholar.
In his blog post, Bui notes that the Aspen Institute’s Communications and Society (C&S) Program “gathers a wide array of stakeholders for its annual communications policy conference, including consumer advocates, telecommunications and technology industry leaders,… Read More “ARNIC member Matthew Bui writes blog post for the Aspen Institute”
A new policy brief has been published as part of the Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) project, along with an interactive mapping tool. The findings indicate that broadband competition remains weak throughout LA County. While the share of residents able to choose between two or more competitors increased in 2016, about half still lacked choice in broadband service. Further, these gains in competition mostly benefited higher-income areas,… Read More “New policy brief on broadband competition in LA county”
On October 18th, ARNIC welcomed guest speaker Dr. James E. Prieger, who discussed “The promise of mobile broadband for minority communities.” Dr. Prieger is an economist specializing in regulatory economics, industrial organization, economics of illicit markets, and applied econometrics. He is a Professor at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy.
Dr. Prieger has written for scholarly journals on a diverse array of policy topics such as the impact of telecommunications regulation on innovation; broadband deployment and the digital divide;… Read More “James E. Prieger visits ARNIC to discuss mobile broadband use among racial minorities”
In the past few months, several of our student ARNIC members have written publications that have been accepted into esteemed academic journals. Please join us in congratulating these scholars!
Arul Chib (PhD 2007) & Hoan Nguyen (Annenberg Doctoral Student), “Essentialist Identities as Resistance to Immobilities: Communicative Mobilities of Vietnamese Foreign Brides in Singapore,” International Journal of Communication.
Nathaniel Ming Curran,… Read More “Congratulations to several ARNIC members for recent publications!”