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…

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Los Angeles-Shanghai Collaborative Comparative Project Funded

Recently, the University of Southern California (USC) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) joined forces to create the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI), based in Shanghai. As part of this initiative, the New Media Management Research Center was established, and the Shanghai enterprise Zizhu International Education Group agreed to fund collaborative research projects conducted by faculty from…

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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…

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ARNIC to participate at IGF 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico

ARNIC researchers will have a strong presence at the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico (December 6-9, 2016). Prof. Hernan Galperin will co-lead a panel (with Prof. Christopher Yoo from UPenn) about evidence-driven policies for digital inclusion. Panelists include Alison Gilwald, Executive Director Research ICT Africa, Maria Elena Estavillo Flores, Commissioner at IFT (Mexican…

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