February 12, 2020

Steven Weber – How to make Machine Translation a Force for Liberalism in Global Trade and Communications

Join us on Wednesday, February 12th at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Steven Weber’s talk about “How to make Machine Translation a Force for Liberalism in Global Trade and Communications”
This work-in-progress explores the hypothesis that human language has now become a central barrier to ‘interoperability’ in communication and trade. I argue that machine translation technologies will become the 2020’s analogy to container shipping in the second half of the 20th century. But as with container shipping (or the railroads in the 19th century),… Read More » “Steven Weber – How to make Machine Translation a Force for Liberalism in Global Trade and Communications”

January 22, 2020

James Prieger – Entrepreneurship in Minority Areas: The Roles of Broadband Availability and Financial Constraints

Join us on Wednesday, January 22nd at 12:30 in ASC 236 for James Prieger’s talk about “Entrepreneurship in Minority Areas: The Roles of Broadband Availability and Financial Constraints”
This empirical study uses a panel dataset to investigate the links among entrepreneurship, broadband, and local financial markets in focusing on minority areas. This topic is of particular value to policymakers because entrepreneurship is crucial for economic growth. I, therefore, examine how broadband infrastructure (internet connectivity) and local financial markets affect the establishment of new businesses in the United States…. Read More » “James Prieger – Entrepreneurship in Minority Areas: The Roles of Broadband Availability and Financial Constraints”

November 21, 2019

Hoan Nguyen – From Passing to Changing: Digitally Mediated Anti-Stigmatization Practices among Homeless Women

Join us on Thursday, November 21st at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Hoan Nguyen’s discussion about “From Passing to Changing: Digitally Mediated Anti-Stigmatization Practices among Homeless Women”
This study examines the role digital technology played in countering social discrimination in the lives of homeless women in Los Angeles, drawing on several theoretical perspectives on stigma management, positionality, and human agency. Ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews with homeless respondents reveal that these women employed various technologically mediated communicative practices to mitigate their stigmatization at the intersections of homelessness,… Read More » “Hoan Nguyen – From Passing to Changing: Digitally Mediated Anti-Stigmatization Practices among Homeless Women”

October 31, 2019

Gabriel Laender – Blockchain for Policy: A Pragmatic Framework for Assessing Impact

Join us on Thursday, October 31st at 12:30 in ASC 225 for Gabriel Laender’s discussion, “Blockchain for Policy: A Pragmatic Framework for Assessing Impact”
Blockchain enthusiasts not only are eagerly engaged in a lively debate over the future of society, they are also actively pursuing their collective dreams. They seek as much to remake the institutions central to modern society, as to embody a new kind of public digital freedom. A dialogue is already developing between blockchain more radical proposals and traditional government institutions,… Read More » “Gabriel Laender – Blockchain for Policy: A Pragmatic Framework for Assessing Impact”

September 27, 2019

Santosh K. Patra – Politics as “Popular Culture” & its Digital Manifestation: An Indian State Election & a Few Twitter #Hashtag trends

Join us on Friday, September 27th at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Santosh K.Patra’s discussion, “Politics as “Popular Culture” & its Digital Manifestation: An Indian State Election & a Few Twitter #Hashtag trends”
The debate over “popular” and “culture”, has always led to the subjective explanation of individual and social practices. However, the question w.r.t. “popular for whom, by whom and of whom”, has always remained wavering in between the triangulation of structure, power and capital…. Read More » “Santosh K. Patra – Politics as “Popular Culture” & its Digital Manifestation: An Indian State Election & a Few Twitter #Hashtag trends”

September 12, 2019

ARNIC Information Seminar

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication (ARNIC), please come to the information/planning seminar that will take place on Thursday, September 12 from 1-2pm in ASC 230. During this seminar, ARNIC faculty and students will discuss their ongoing research projects, including our work with the homeless populations on Skid Row (Connecting Skid Row), our work in digital inequality in the Los Angeles region (Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth),… Read More » “ARNIC Information Seminar”

September 3, 2019

Sunghan Ryu — The Effect of Crowdfunding Success on Subsequent Financing Outcomes of Start-ups: A Signaling Theory Perspective

Join us on September 03 at 12:30 in ASC 225 for Sunghan Ryu’s discussion, “The Effect of Crowdfunding Success on Subsequent Financing Outcomes of Start-ups: A Signaling Theory Perspective.”
From the perspective of signaling theory, this study examines how the receipt of crowdfunding (compared with angel investing) is associated with start-ups’ subsequent financing outcomes. Data was collected on crowdfunded start-ups as well as angel-funded start-ups and their subsequent financing from venture capitalists. The results,… Read More » “Sunghan Ryu — The Effect of Crowdfunding Success on Subsequent Financing Outcomes of Start-ups: A Signaling Theory Perspective”

April 18, 2019

Kevin Werbach — April 18 — The Blockchain as a New Architecture of Trust

Join us on April 18 at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Kevin Werbach’s discussion, “The Blockchain as a New Architecture of Trust.”
Trust in established institutions is collapsing. Is the much-hyped blockchain a solution, a symptom that will make the problem worse, a fantasy, or something else entirely? Wharton professor Kevin Werbach, author of The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust, offers a balanced analysis of blockchain’s potential, as well as its limitations and what it will take to overcome them…. Read More » “Kevin Werbach — April 18 — The Blockchain as a New Architecture of Trust”

April 4, 2019

Gwen Shaffer – April 4 – Digital dichotomy: Municipal policy aimed at attracting tech companies while bridging the digital divide

Join us on April 4 at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Gwen Shaffer’s discussion, “Digital dichotomy: Municipal policy aimed at attracting tech companies while bridging the digital divide.”
The city of Long Beach is striving to become a high-tech hub, and laying the groundwork to transform itself into “Silicon Beach.” The second largest city in L.A. County—with a population of about 500,000—Long Beach offers tax credits to technology companies, and launched an online portal to help entrepreneurs navigate licensing and zoning requirements…. Read More » “Gwen Shaffer – April 4 – Digital dichotomy: Municipal policy aimed at attracting tech companies while bridging the digital divide”

March 7, 2019

Ming Curran — “Ethnic Supply and Cosmopolitan Demand: italki and the Online Gig Economy for Language” — March 7

Join us on March 7 at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Ming Curran’s discussion, “Ethnic Supply and Cosmopolitan Demand: italki and the Online Gig Economy for Language.” 
Curran’s talk discusses research Ming has previously conducted on italki, focusing on the intersection of nation, race, and language in teachers’ profiles and marketing strategies. It also introduces ongoing research on italki, conducted in collaboration with Annenberg’s own Yiqi Li and Hernan Galperin, along with Shanghai Jiaotong’s Sunghan Ryu…. Read More » “Ming Curran — “Ethnic Supply and Cosmopolitan Demand: italki and the Online Gig Economy for Language” — March 7″