USC and CETF Collaborate on Groundbreaking Research

By Lichen Zhen / October 21, 2021

In the first-of-its-kind collaboration, nationally-recognized researchers from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, in partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)In partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and with the support of the Pew Charitable Trust, the ARNIC research team led by Professor François Bar and Hernán…

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Hernan Galperin Speaks at the Connecting California 2021 event

By Lichen Zhen / October 8, 2021

ARNIC director Professor Hernan Galperin recently spoke at a panel titled Race and Digital Inequity: The Impact on Poor Communities. The panel is organized by The Michelson 20MM Foundation, in partnership with the California Community Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Southern California Grantmakers. The event featured leading digital equity experts. The speakers at…

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Celebrate 5 years of Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Awards with ARNIC awardees

By Lichen Zhen / October 1, 2021

This year is the fifth year since TPRC and the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society have launched the TPRC Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Awards. In her address to the community, Adrianne B. Furniss, the Executive Director of the Benton Institute, recaps the achievements of previous winners. We are proud to have three ARNIC members…

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ARNIC members presented at TPRC

By Lichen Zhen / September 24, 2021

Our ARNIC member Dr. Erezi Ogbo presented her paper titled Acceptance and Effective Use of Virtual Assistants, co-authored with Professor Janice Hauge. In this paper, they investigate how individuals use virtual assistants to complete various household tasks. They further identify characteristics that are associated with individuals’ willingness and ability to use virtual assistants effectively.  Associate…

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ARNIC and CETF Collaborate on Research to Expand Affordable Broadband

By Lichen Zhen / September 17, 2021

In partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and with the support of the Pew Charitable Trust, the ARNIC research team led by Professor François Bar and Hernán Galperin are researching to identify effective and sustainable strategies to provide affordable Internet to all Americans. The research team is looking for models that can produce…

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Meet our new postdoctoral researcher – Erezi Ogbo

By Lichen Zhen / August 25, 2021

This academic year, Dr. Erezi Ruth Ogbo will join ARNIC as a postdoctoral associate researcher. She will be working with Professor Hernan Galperin and Professor François Bar on issues of the digital divide. Erezi has exciting ongoing research projects and is willing to share her research with the ARNIC community! What are your general research interests?…

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ARNIC Research Team Presents at the 2021 AOM Annual Meeting

By Lichen Zhen / August 6, 2021

ARNIC alumni Nathaniel Ming Curran (now an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University), ARNIC member Lichen Zhen and ARNIC’s director Professor Hernan Galperin presented their paper at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Their paper is entitled Race and Gender in the Gig Economy: Evidence from Online Language Learning.  This…

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Inviting applications for a Digital Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship

By François Bar / June 27, 2021

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…

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

By Hernan Galperin / May 26, 2021

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…

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CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey

By So Yun Ahn / April 11, 2021

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…

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