Current Projects

Interlinking the Global Internet

This international research collaboration, supported by the Skoltech Foundation, looks at how and why satellites have become vital for global internet connectivity in certain parts of the world. 

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Network Sovereignty

Funded by the National Science Foundation, this three-year project uses fieldwork and ethnographic methods to investigate how low-income, rural communities conceptualize and practice “network sovereignty” in relation to local network initiatives.

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Social IT Solutions Workshop

The Social IT Solutions workshop, supported by J-WEL at MIT, will equip undergraduate and graduate computer science students at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) and the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the areas of information communication technologies (ICT) for development, digital media, and design learning.

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Surveillance Pressure Points

This project, supported by the International Policy Lab at MIT, involves mapping out the pressure points for privacy invasions in the digital ecosystem. It will include interviewing leaders of digital privacy advocacy organizations and trying to understand how these organizations are strategizing to address erosions of online privacy.

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Tech Companies as Modern Media Conglomerates

This project explores how Amazon and Alibaba emerged as media or e-commerce entities and have become giant cross-sector commercial ecosystems. It expands research on media empires and global political economy of the media.

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