42 posts

GMTaC blog posts are written by student and faculty lab affiliates and explore various topics related to research projects, events, and workshops.

Community Networking for Healing and Power in Central Appalachia

Published on November 11th, 2019Written By Greta Byrum and Ever Bussey Kopper Glo, the coal mining company that has ruled the economy of the Clear Fork Valley of Eastern Tennessee for the last sixty years, claims a legacy of environmental stewardship and community involvement. Yet its stock in trade is […]

Electronic parts and the assemblage of “informal” infrastructures

Published on November 6th, 2019Written by Fabian Prieto-Ñañez. Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech. On March 28, 2019, the community television station CABLECIMA TV1  moved from their original site to a new house in the San Luis neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia. Big satellite dishes, […]

Networks, Knowledge, and Power in U.S. Public Libraries

Published on October 9th, 2019Written by Colin Rhinesmith, Assistant Professor in the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science In many communities across the United States, particularly in rural areas, the public library is often the only place where people can gain access to the Internet.1 It is also […]

Teaching Computer Science at the Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana

Published on September 27th, 2019Written by Tara Hite, instructor of computing and information technology at Blackfeet Community College. In August 2018 I started a full-time position at Blackfeet Community College (BCC) in Browning, Montana as the computer science and information technology instructor. Upon starting this role, it was made very clear to […]

Thinking Beyond “The User” in Technology Design

Published on September 18th, 2019Written by Kelly Wagman, CMS Graduate Student, Research Assistant, GMTaC Lab Studio Various & Gould, 2015, Creative Commons Attribution ‘Human’ is too rich, too diverse, and too complex a category to bear a universal solution. – Shaowen Bardzell If you’ve worked at a tech company you […]

Red Hook WIFI: From Mesh Networking to Social Networking

Published on September 12th, 2019Written by Aditi Mehta, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Toronto I am broadly interested in how local community-run wifi networks can affect the culture of a neighborhood, and help build social ties and social cohesion, particularly among diverse residents who do not […]