In his writings from the post-war period, Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan contended that it is through the “electronics that we have discovered that we live in a global village.”1 With electronics, he argues, “any marginal area can become center, and marginal experiences can be had at any center.”2 But how can we expand––and also complicate––the collective understanding of the socioeconomic potentials of satellite technologies designed to provide educational experiences for those who have historically been at the margins of information access?
Published on May 3rd, 2020A blog post by Meng Liang Love and Producer was likely one of the most sensational mobile games in China in 2017. Developed by Suzhou Diezhi Network Technology Co., Ltd (SDNT), this mobile dating simulation game generated roughly 20 million yuan (3.1 million US dollars) in revenues […]
Published on April 13th, 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented transformational effects on media and technological dynamics in almost every country. These conditions have especially impacted official communication sources, educational media, and issues surrounding access to network infrastructure and computer hardware. To get a sense of how these issues are […]
Published on March 20th, 2020A blog post by Iago Bojczuk and Pedro Torres As the GMTaC Lab led the SITS-Brazil workshop at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and the State University of Southwestern Bahia (UESB) in January 2020, our MIT team learned about a student-led project that was being […]
Published on February 18th, 2020Written by Graduate Research Assistant Iago Bojczuk On the trip back to Cambridge, Massachusetts after leading the Social IT Solutions Workshop at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) in Tanzania during January 2019, the GMTaC team came up with an ambitious plan to run […]
Published on January 30th, 2020By Gabriel Pereira¹, Pedro Torres², and Lisa Parks³, with an interview of Paulo Gomes⁴ In Brazil, much of the plastic gets thrown away and picked by “catadores,” people who scavenge trash bins and dumps looking for recyclable material. The “catadores” go on to sell whatever they […]
Published on January 15th, 2020Written by Zahra Thabet, UROP Student in the GMTaC Lab Last semester I conducted research on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, a federal law enforcement agency that operates under the purview of the Department of Homeland […]
Published on January 15th, 2020Written by Daniel Grinberg Given the egregious human rights abuses of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that have come to light, it is vital for the American public and global publics to be more fully aware of the strategies and scope of the agency’s […]