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Research Workshop on Latin American Media Studies with Professor Cristina Venegas

The GMTaC Lab will host a research workshop on Latin American Media Studies with Professor Cristina Venegas on November 21, 2019. The workshop will address issues of globalization, regional media economies and cultures, and digital technologies. MIT faculty members and graduate students will engage with Professor Venegas’ published work, and share their own research in […]

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

Written 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 true that in many […]

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

Blog post 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 me that the computer […]

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, […]