Inviting applications for a Digital Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship

We invite applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship during the 2021-2022 academic year, starting as soon as July 2021, focused broadly on issues of digital equity and broadband affordability. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on a grant-funded research project analyzing how best to sustainably connect low-income and marginalized U.S. populations to high-speed internet service they can afford and use. The fellowship allows scholars to advance their research agenda in the field through formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers. … Read More » “Inviting applications for a Digital Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship”

New publication: Skid Row Power Now! A Participatory Co-design Project to Power up Digital Devices in Skid Row

Prof. Bar and his team just published a new paper based on collaborative work with LA CAN (LA Community Action Network) that discusses the co-design project to bring power to cellphones for Skid Row residents. The paper will be presented at the ACM Communities & Technologies conference next month. Full cite below (the doi link won’t work until conference proceedings are published).

Paulina Lanz, Todd Cunningham, Hoan (Sarah) Nguyen, Pete White, and François Bar…. Read More » “New publication: Skid Row Power Now! A Participatory Co-design Project to Power up Digital Devices in Skid Row”

CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey

Since 2008, the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has administered a statewide survey that seeks to assess California’s progress towards closing the digital divide in broadband connectivity across the state. Over the years, the results have shown a steady increase in broadband adoption, though the gains have been unequal across regions and subpopulations. Under a new research partnership between CETF and USC, Prof. Hernan Galperin is leading the implementation of the 2021 CETF-USC Broadband Adoption survey…. Read More » “CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey”

TPRC48: ARNIC Faculty & Student Presentations

We are pleased to announce that a number of works by ARNIC faculty and students will be presented at The 48th Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy:

Divergences in Procedural Accountability: Comparative Analysis on Social Media Political Speech Regulation in the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan by So Yun Ahn, Jeeyun Sophia Baik, Ho-Chun Herbert Chang, and Clara Sol Krause will be presented on Wednesday,… Read More » “TPRC48: ARNIC Faculty & Student Presentations”

How far is California from high-speed broadband Internet for all?

As part of the Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG), a new study examines how far is CA from the goal of making 100Mbps broadband available to all as laid out by Governor Gavin Newsom in August 2020. The study also discusses the broadband proposals (AB-14 and SB-4) currently before the CA legislature.

Among the key study findings are:

The vast majority of Californians (94.2%) live in census blocks where residential broadband services with advertised speeds of at least 100/10Mbps are offered,… Read More » “How far is California from high-speed broadband Internet for all?”

2020 NCA Convention: ARNIC Student Presentations

Congrats to students who did a wonderful job delivering their work at the virtual 106th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association:

Sierra Bray“Rigidity Means Death:” Grappling with Academic Identity and Seeking Justice at the Crossroads of Feminist Scholarship and Experimental Methods

Sierra Bray, Olivia González, Building bonds, breaking barriers: Examining the impact of support networks on women’s professional socialization in doctoral STEM programs

Ho-Chun Herbert Chang,Read More » “2020 NCA Convention: ARNIC Student Presentations”

Employment and Gender Digital Divide in Latin America

Congrats to ARNIC’s director Professor Hernan Galperin for his new publication in the Spanish-language journal Revista Latinoamericana de Economia y Sociedad Digital. The paper is titled “Employment and the Gender Digital Divide in Latin America: A Decomposition Analysis”.

The original publication in Spanish can be found here, and an English-language pre-publication version is available here.

ABSTRACT There is a vast literature that examines the determinants of the gender digital gap in developing countries and puts forth policy recommendations to mitigate it…. Read More » “Employment and Gender Digital Divide in Latin America”

Doctoral student Hoan Nguyen awarded top student paper

Congratulations to our own Hoan Nguyen who has won the student paper prize awarded by the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) for her paper “ICTs Use for Mitigating Social Exclusion in the Lives of Homeless Women”. The paper, which is part of the Connected Skid Row Project, examines the role digital technology plays in countering social discrimination in the lives of homeless women. The paper is scheduled to the presented at the next TPRC conference In Washington DC,… Read More » “Doctoral student Hoan Nguyen awarded top student paper”

Mapping the distance learning gap in CA

We are pleased to announce the release of a new Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) report that examines the ability of K-12 students in California to engage in distance learning based on the availability of an internet-connected computer at home. This follows the release of previous report that focused on families in Los Angeles County. Access the full report here and the interactive map here (the report is also available in e-book format for easier reading)…. Read More » “Mapping the distance learning gap in CA”

COVID-19 and the Distance Learning Gap

As schools across the country transition to distance learning due to the COVID-19 crisis, a new Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) report documents the extent of the distance learning gap in Los Angeles County. The distance learning gap refers to the gap between students living in households with high-speed Internet and a desktop or laptop computer, and those without these essential resources for effective distance learning. Access the full report here.Read More » “COVID-19 and the Distance Learning Gap”