All Events at USC Cancelled

Hello everyone,

We at ARNIC hope that you are staying safe and healthy during this stressful time. As many of you have already heard, USC has decided to move courses online for the rest of the semester and also decided to suspend all on-campus events as a result of the surge in COVID-19 cases in California. This means that our ARNIC lecture series has also come to an abrupt end for this academic year. We apologize that we were not able to see this through to the end of the semester,… Read More » “All Events at USC Cancelled”

Thoughts on Steven Weber’s Presentation

By Juliana Dias

On Wednesday, February 12th, Steven Weber joined our ARNIC seminar. Steven, a 2020 Berggruen fellow, is a professor in the School of Information and Dept. of Political Science, UC Berkeley. He conducted the seminar in order to talk about his new project which is currently under development: “How to make Machine Translation a Force for Liberalism in Global Trade and Communications”.

Steven talked about the early stages of this project and the motivations behind it…. Read More » “Thoughts on Steven Weber’s Presentation”

ARNIC Member Hoan Nguyen Presents at PTC’20

Hoan Nguyen, ARNIC Member, and USC Annenberg Doctoral Student presented her paper entitled Splintering Communications: The Reality of Digital Practices Among People Experiencing Homelessness in an Urban Ghetto at the PTC’20: Vision 2020 and Beyond conference organized by the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) in Honolulu from January 19-22. She also received the Yale M. Braunstein Student Award for this work at the meeting. 

Splintering Communications examines the digital practices among people experiencing homelessness in Skid Row – an urban ghetto located in downtown Los Angeles…. Read More » “ARNIC Member Hoan Nguyen Presents at PTC’20”

ARNIC member Sunghan Ryu publishes new book Beauty of Crowdfunding

Congratulations to ARNIC member Sunghan Ryu on the recent publication of his book Beauty of Crowdfunding! Below is more information about the book as well as links to where you can purchase it.

While the limitation of the traditional capital market with its definite inequality has been discussed extensively, crowdfunding is expected to resolve the imbalance with a new approach.  It fosters new ventures and organizations that have been neglected by traditional investors…. Read More » “ARNIC member Sunghan Ryu publishes new book Beauty of Crowdfunding”

Who Gets Access to Fast Broadband in Los Angeles?

In this new Policy Brief from the Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) project, we probe for evidence that ISPs in Los Angeles County are neglecting investments in low-income areas and communities of color.  The analysis is based on the most recent deployment data available for fixed residential services collected by the CPUC in combination with demographic information from the American Community Survey. The findings indicate that competition and fiber-based services are less likely in low-income areas and communities of color,… Read More » “Who Gets Access to Fast Broadband in Los Angeles?”

ARNIC Director Hernan Galperin Presents at TPRC

Associate Professor and ARNIC Director Hernan Galperin presented a paper at the 47th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) in Washington DC (Sep. 20-21, 2019). The paper is titled Who Gets Access to Fast Broadband? Evidence from Los Angeles County 2014-17, co-authored with doctoral students Thai Le and Kurt Daum, argues that competition between broadband providers and investments in high-speed services (e.g., fiber-to-the-home services) are less likely in low-income and minority communities, with the largest deficits observed in areas of high poverty and large shares of African-American residents…. Read More » “ARNIC Director Hernan Galperin Presents at TPRC”

Gabriel Laender joining ARNIC as a Visiting Scholar

ARNIC is very excited to welcome Gabriel Laender as a visiting scholar! Gabriel Laender is a Brazilian attorney, ICT researcher and legal tech entrepreneur. He was policy advisor to the Strategic Affairs Secretariat of the President´s Office (SAE), and later became telecommunication advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of the President (Casa Civil), where he coordinated the regulatory aspects of the Brazilian National Broadband Plan. He has a Law Ph.D. from the University of Brasilia,… Read More » “Gabriel Laender joining ARNIC as a Visiting Scholar”

ARNIC Partners with the City of Long Beach for Extensive Report on Advancing Digital Inclusion

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 gives guest ARNIC lecture, “Blockchain for Policy: a Pragmatic Assessment”

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””

Hernán Galperin co-authors chapter in new “Digital Economies at Global Margins” book (MIT Press)

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)”