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You Know What Happened. But, Why Did It Happen? And, How Can We Make It Better by 2024?

October 29, 2020

Join us on November 10th @12:30pm for Jonathan Aronson’s post-election debriefing, “You Know What Happened. But, Why Did It Happen? And, How Can We Make It Better by 2024?”  Jonathan Aronson is professor of communication at USC Annenberg and professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at USC Dornsife. Aronson writes on…

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Data Colonialism and Its Discontents: Towards A Non-Aligned Technologies Movement

September 30, 2020

Join us on October 13th @12:30pm for Nick Couldry, Ulises Mejias, and Juan Ortiz Freuler’s discussion, “Data Colonialism and Its Discontents: Towards A Non-Aligned Technologies Movement.”  In their new book, The Costs of Connection: How Data Colonizes Human Life and Appropriates it for Capitalism (Stanford University Press, August 2019), Couldry and Mejias argue that today’s…

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Expert Panel on Internet Governance

September 30, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, October 6th @ 12:30 to meet the experts working in the Internet Governance field. The Annenberg Research Network on International Communication (ARNIC) is inviting for a special session of its regular research seminar that will focus on emerging themes and ongoing challenges in Internet Governance. Please join us for a panel…

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Sharon Strover – Mind Games: Disinformation, Social Media and Protest

September 17, 2020

Join us on September 22nd @ 12:30pm for Sharon Strover’s talk, “Mind Games: Disinformation, Social Media and Protest” Zoom Link: Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 970 8360 0127 Passcode: 382518; USC faculty/students can join by signing in their @usc.edu account) This talk discusses some work-in-progress examining disinformation efforts in the US.  Starting with the IRA’s Facebook efforts…

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Michael D. Smith – THE ABUNDANT UNIVERSITY: How technology is remaking what, where, and how we learn

September 7, 2020

Join us on September 18th at 9:30 for Michael D. Smith’s discussion, “THE ABUNDANT UNIVERSITY: How technology is remaking what, where, and how we learn.” Zoom Link: Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 965 4678 6615, Passcode: 131676; USC faculty/students can join by signing in their @usc.edu account) Over the past quarter century new information technologies have transformed nearly…

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Olivia González and Sierra Bray – Power(ing) Up and Connecting in the Unequal Technopolis: Mobile Access and Charging from the Margins

February 14, 2020

Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 12:30 in ASC 236 for Olivia González and Sierra Bray’s talk about “Power(ing) Up and Connecting in the Unequal Technopolis: Mobile Access and Charging from the Margins” In a paper co-authored with Matthew Bui (USC Annenberg), Olivia González and Sierra Bray examine the power structures and relations embedded…

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

January 21, 2020

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…

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

January 15, 2020

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…

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

November 14, 2019

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…

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

September 21, 2019

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…

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