35 posts

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

Thinking Beyond “The User” in Technology Design

Blog post 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 have almost certainly […]

Red Hook WIFI: From Mesh Networking to Social Networking

Written 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 normally interact. I have […]

Are Rural Data Center Jobs “Good” Jobs?

Written by Jenna Burrell, Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. In Shoshanna Zuboff’s 1988 classic, In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power, she documents the impact of computerization in industrial workplaces on the bodies of workers. Workers, she found, had an ambivalent attitude toward automation. […]

Day Laborers’ Digital Archive, Mobile Phone Use, and Self-Empowerment

Written by Carlos Jimenez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism at the University of Denver. Day laborers stand on street corners, at hardware stores, or other hidden areas in cities across the world and they are the basis of what scholars now call the “gig-economy.” The gig-economy, […]

Animal Network Sovereignty

Animal Network Sovereignty Adam Fish Lately, when I have the pleasure of walking in the stacks of a regal, well-stocked, old library, and am in a satirical mood, I imagine I am an alien roaming the halls of some temple of speciesism. I roll my eyes and mutter, “wow, another […]

AI For Good Summit –– Geneva, Switzerland

A blog post by Graduate Research Assistant Iago Bojczuk. My first year of graduate school at MIT came to an end with my participation at the 3rd edition of the “AI For Good Summit” in Europe. Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)––the United Nations specialized agency for information and […]

Google and the World Brain: A Documentary Film Analysis

A blog post by Graduate Research Assistant Iago Bojczuk. Upon arriving in the Comparative Media Studies department at MIT, it did not take much time to realize how much students are encouraged to think about communication and media practices across historical periods, cultural settings, and methods in order to assess […]