Meet our new visiting scholar – Dr. Matt Rafalow

This semester, we welcome Dr. Matt Rafalow, a sociologist (PhD, University of California-Irvine), social scientist at Google (YouTube), and Research Fellow at USC Annenberg. At Google he manages a research team studying new experiences on YouTube. Most of his research focuses on digital inequality in education and through creative production online. Learn more about his work in…

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New Case Study on Digital Inclusion in Public Housing

ARNIC published a case study today on evaluating the digital equity efforts of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). Based on expert interviews and a review of public documents from HACLA, this report finds that housing authorities such as HACLA are uniquely positioned to offer connectivity solutions that match residents’ needs.…

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New Policy Brief Estimating participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

ARNIC published a policy brief today on estimating participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Key findings include the fact that using income as the only eligibility criteria results in an undercount of about 14.3M households, or about 29% of the eligible households nationally. Furthermore, the undercount varies widely across states, and is larger in…

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Meet our new visiting scholar – Dr. Karen Arriaza Ibarra

This semester, we welcome Dr. Karen Arriaza Ibarra, professor of Audiovisual Communication from Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. Her research includes comparative analysis of the media, political communication, economy and organizational structure of the media, and the evolution of cultural industries. Learn more about her work in our visiting scholars page and connect with her…

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Meet our new visiting scholar – Dr. V. Sridhar

During April and May of this year, Dr. V. Sridhar from the Centre for IT and Public Policy at the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, India is visiting with ARNIC. Dr. Sridhar’s expertise is on telecom regulation and policy in India, such as data localization and spectrum policies. His most recent work addresses…

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New book by Prof. Ellen Helsper: The Digital Disconnect: The Social Causes and Consequences of Digital Inequalities

ARNIC affiliate Prof. Ellen Helsper’s authored book, “The Digital Disconnect: The Social Causes and Consequences of Digital Inequalities” has been published by SAGE. This book explores the relationship between digital and social inequalities, and the lived implications of digitization. Prof. Helsper asks why and how social and digital inequalities are linked and shows the tangible…

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New Policy Brief on Lessons from the Emergency Broadband Benefit

ARNIC published a policy brief today on the impact of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) subsidy on its target beneficiaries. Key findings include a relatively modest impact in bringing unconnected households online, limited impact in rural and less populated areas, a partisan connectivity divide, and lower participation among households with undocumented members. The primary impact…

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ARNIC’s New YouTube Channel

ARNIC now has a YouTube channel. There, you can find recordings of our last three ARNIC seminars from Fall 2021. Dr. John Horrigan’s seminar, dated October 22, “What we know about closing the digital divide” addressed the nature and promise of effectively addressing the digital divide. Dr. Amy Gonzales’s seminar, dated November 5, “Importance of…

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New book by Prof. Varadharajan Sridhar: Data-Centric Living: Algorithms, Digitization and Regulation

ARNIC alum Prof. Varadharajan Sridhar’s edited book, “Data Centric Living: Algorithms, Digitization and Regulation” has just been published by Routledge.  This book explores how data about our everyday online behavior is collected and how they are processed in various ways by algorithms powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). The book investigates the socio-economic effects of these technologies, and…

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