GMTaC Blog

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

“Planting Grass” and RED: How E-commerce in China is Interweaved with Social Media

Published on December 1st, 2019Written by Meng Liang and Han Su Ten years ago, no one could imagine that the word “zhongcao” (Chinese as: 种草), literally meaning planting grass, could link so closely with “online shopping.” Zhongcao more recently became Chinese internet slang, referring to “the effect when someone sees something […]

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 […]

AI For Good Summit –– Geneva, Switzerland

Published on July 22nd, 2019Written 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 […]

Google and the World Brain: A Documentary Film Analysis

Published on May 3rd, 2019A 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 […]

Journalist Patrícia Campos Mello on WhatsApp and the 2018 Brazil Elections

Published on May 1st, 2019A blog post by Visiting Graduate Student Gabriel Pereira and Research Assistant Iago Bojczuk. Last year, in our blog post “Zap Zap, Who’s There? WhatsApp and the Spread of Fake News During the 2018 Elections in Brazil,” we discussed how WhatsApp messaging was influencing the Brazilian […]

Solar Solutions in Rural Tanzania

Published on April 2nd, 2019A blog post by Graduate Research Assistant Han Su. Imagine meeting someone from rural Tanzania — what could you have in common? One answer could be use of Facebook. But in a country where only 40% of people have access to grid electricity,1 how do users […]