47 posts

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

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 […]

Are Rural Data Center Jobs “Good” Jobs?

Published on September 3rd, 2019Written 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 […]

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

Published on August 21st, 2019Written 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 […]

Animal Network Sovereignty

Published on August 14th, 2019Animal 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 […]