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Citizen Interaction Design and Its Implications for HCI – a talk by Cliff Lampe, UM

Room 191 404 Wilson Rd, Room 191, East Lansing, MI

Friday, September 13, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Room 191 ComArtSci Abstract: In this talk, he will describe the Citizen Interaction Design program, which partners with Michigan cities to conduct user experience research projects, connects students to information problems in civic contexts, and implements civic technology for a broad range of civic problems. Dr. Lampe will discuss the structure of this program, several projects that have been done in cities like Jackson, Detroit and Lansing, as well as the pedagogical outcomes of the work. Finally, he will connect this program to HCI research more broadly, and discuss next stages of this […]

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Quello at the 47th TPRC

American University Washington College of Law 4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, Washington, DC

Quello Researchers will present five papers at the 47th Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy in Washington, DC. Topics include communications policy and political participation, policies to narrow the digital divide in distressed communities, international comparisons of online political expression, 5G policy, and next generation internet innovation.

Where is Digital Technology’s Ralph Nader? A talk by Kentaro Toyama

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

WATCH THE LIVE STREAM Until the mid-1960s, the automobile industry cared little for safety regulation. That changed in 1966 when the United States passed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicles Safety Act, which then House Speaker John McCormack credited to the "crusading spirit of one individual who believed he could do something... Ralph Nader." Today, we are faced with a digital technology industry that appears to care little for regulation, worrying that any constraints will dampen innovation. Yet, despite mounting concerns about technology's role in destroying privacy, eroding mental health, increasing inequality, and even threatening democracy itself, regulation is slow […]

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Communication Regulatory Science: Optimizing Hookah Tobacco Public Education Messages to Reduce Young Adult Use

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

A talk by Glenn Leshner, University of Oklahoma Friday, October 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in CAS 145 Communication regulatory science (CRS) is “communication research that uses validated techniques, tools, and models to inform regulatory actions that promote optimal communication outcomes and benefit the public” (Noar, et al, 2019). An example of CRS research is provided in the context of hookah smoking behavior. Hookah tobacco use is a public health concern because it poses substantial health risks, promotes addiction, and is associated with progression to cigarette smoking. Based on our literature review and pilot testing, we identified message […]

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IMPhD & Quello Center present: Lanier Holt, The Ohio State University

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

Is there anything that can be done? Examining the effect media messages have on race and perception. Very little of what we know about the world today comes from reality. Increasingly what fills the gap between what we know, and come to believe, comes from media messages. Media scholars have long known first-hand experience/reality offset almost all media effects. However, recent research has also shown that racial discussions are rare, and even on social media, people are more likely to self-select themselves into racially homogenous enclaves than to have a diverse network of friends. This presentation discusses the status of […]

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Amy Gonzalez, UC Santa Barbara: Importance of Access to Digital Technology for Building and Maintaining Social Capital and Quality of Life

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

We are reliant on digital technology for nearly every aspect of daily life, including searching for job, completing coursework, and accessing healthcare. In this talk I will present data from two studies demonstrating the essential nature of digital access for the health, quality of life, and social capital of individuals from marginalized communities. First, I will present findings from a diary study in Philadelphia on the use of digital technology to broaden social networks for those constrained by geographic segregation. Second, I will present findings from a 6-month field experiment in Indiana demonstrating that stable access to cell-phones improves health […]

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Amanda Holmstrom: Communicating Social Support to those in Need: What Research Does – and Doesn’t – Tell Us

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

Friday, January 17, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in CAS 145 We rely on the people around us to help us move through our personal, professional, and relational struggles. Consequently, the provision and reception of high-quality, supportive communication is vital for physical, mental, and relational well-being. However, we sometimes lack the skills to send the most effective messages of support to those in need. In my talk, I’ll discuss my research program that is centered around the communication of social support. In doing so, I’ll focus on key theoretical and pragmatic implications of this body of research. Amanda Holmstrom […]

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Spatial data analytics for 5G assessment By Edward Oughton

Quello Center 404 Wilson Rd, Room 405, East Lansing, MI

Edward Oughton, University of Oxford 5G is now the focus in telecom markets around the world. Hence, decision makers in industry and government require new evidence to help strategically connect both people and things to a faster, more reliable internet. This presentation focuses on the development of new spatial data analytics to support decisions relating to telecommunication technologies, business models and policies, based on engineering-economic assessment of 5G roll-out. Research using four key methods which underpin these analytics will be presented including (i) simulation modeling, (ii) open-source software, (iii) machine learning and (iv) high performance computing. Attention will also be […]

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Virtual Interactions that Impact Physical Behaviors – Virtual Reality’s Promises and Pitfalls in Communication by Sun Joo Grace Ahn, University of Georgia

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

Friday, February 14, 2020, 11 AM, Room 145 CAS Immersive virtual environments, commonly known as virtual reality, surround users with rich layers of sensory information and allow them to see, hear, and feel as if they are in the physical world. My work has explored the use of virtual experiences to impact how people think and behave in the physical world, particularly in the context of health and risk communication. This talk will introduce studies that span across over a decade of investigating virtual reality’s effect on attitude and behavior change. Findings shed light on when and how these virtual […]

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Colonized by Data: The Costs of Connection, Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Ulises A. Mejias, Oswego State University of New York

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

ARCHIVED TALK: https://livestream.com/wkar/colonizedbydata This talk will introduce the speakers’ new book, The Costs of Connection: How Data Colonizes Human Life and Appropriates it for Capitalism (Stanford University Press, August 2019). Couldry and Mejias argue that the role of data in society needs to be grasped as not only a development of capitalism, but as the start of a new phase in human history that rivals in importance the emergence of historic colonialism. This new "data colonialism" is based not on the extraction of natural resources or labor, but on the appropriation of human life through data, paving the way for a further […]

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Next Practices Live with Dr. Scott Wallsten and Dr. Johannes Bauer

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A lot of countries are interested in having telecom operators share infrastructure. Some are concerned that capital costs are a barrier to competition. Others believe that sharing might result in lower prices. What are the real effects of sharing? Why is it that some operators willingly share infrastructure, but others do not? Please join Next Practices Live as Mark Jamison talks with Dr. Scott Wallsten and Dr. Johannes Bauer about this very issue. Scott is President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. He was the economics director for the FCC's National Broadband Plan, served as […]

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TPRC48 Webinar: Antitrust and Platform Regulation

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TPRC48 Webinar Thursday, August 13, 1 pm ET ANTI-TRUST AND PLATFORM REGULATION Moderator, Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute Panelists: Johannes Bauer, Chairperson, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University Joe Kennedy, Senior Fellow, ITIF Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition. Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute Zoom registration HERE FaceBook Live HERE

Digital Activity and Economic Resilience in Communities

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Please RSVP for this talk using the following Google form here or email quello@msu.edu ________________________________________ We have lacked good data to understand how people use technology across communities and what impact this has on local outcomes. The need has been especially critical during the pandemic when so much of life shifted online. With access to de-identified data on GoDaddy’s 20 million “ventures” (or domain name websites) since 2018, we explore over time how this digital activity matters for economic opportunity and resilience in communities. Over 75% of these ventures are commercial, and this new data captures online activity of micro- […]

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Digital Futures Workshop: Digital Media & Human Capital in Rural America with Keith N. Hampton

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Compared with their urban and suburban peers, rural students in the United States are less likely to complete higher education. Thus, they forego one of the main paths to the development of human capital and its associated benefits. Some have pointed to divides in Internet access, due to concentrated socioeconomic inequalities and gaps in the infrastructure for fixed home broadband, as a contributor to rural students’ reduced ability to acquire human capital. Overcoming the “homework gap” between students who can and cannot use the Internet from home, possibly through wireless Internet access, has been suggested as one solution to bridging […]

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International Impact of AI on Economy and Society Webinar

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This webinar examines the current and potential impact of artificial intelligence on the economy and society. Artificial intelligence (AI) is already a widespread technology, affecting every aspect of our daily life. Even though it is, as yet, no more than a machine or program performing a narrow range of tasks efficiently, it already does so as well as or even better than humans. Some experts are hailing this spectacular improvement in AI capacity, but others are concerned. AI is a double-edged sword: it can either protect or damage people depending on how it is used. Technologies, including AI, are intrinsically […]

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Prototype Nation: China & the Contested Promise of Innovation by Silvia M. Lindtner

Online Event

How did China’s mass manufacturing and “copycat” production become transformed, in the global tech imagination, from something holding the nation back to one of its key assets? Prototype Nation offers a transnational analysis of how the promise of democratized innovation and entrepreneurial life has shaped China’s governance and global image. Lindtner reveals how a growing distrust in Western models of progress and development, including Silicon Valley and the tech industry after the financial crisis of 2007–8, shaped the rise of the global maker movement and the vision of China as a “new frontier” of innovation. Lindtner’s investigations draw on more […]

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Platform Economics: Possible Futures by Robin Mansell (LSE) & Ed Steinmueller (Sussex)

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DIGITAL FUTURES WORKSHOP: Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science and W. Edward Steinmueller, University of Sussex Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu Platform companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are the giants of the post-industrial age. They are replacing the physical artefacts of media, transforming business models and challenging bricks and mortar retail establishments. These large-scale changes have negative as well as positive consequences and they are creating challenges for policy makers. The new ordering of markets is likely a first step in the use of data these companies are accumulating about preferences, social interconnections, […]

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Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Cybersecurity Capacity Building with Ruth Shillair (MSU & Quello Center) and William Dutton (Oxford University)

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DIGITAL FUTURES WORKSHOP: Ruth Shillair, Michigan State University & Quello Center and William Dutton, Oxford University Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu Governments and international organizations are focusing increasing attention on building the capacity of nations to withstand threats to the security of the Internet and related digital resources on which nearly all actors within their country increasingly depend. However, there are major questions surrounding such initiatives, such as the return on the investment in capacity building and any unintended consequences on such central issues as privacy and freedom of expression. The Oxford Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre (GCSCC) and their partners […]

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Regulating ‘Fairness’ on Social Media: Lessons from the Fairness Doctrine with Philip M. Napoli (Duke University)

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DIGITAL FUTURES WORKSHOP: Philip M. Napoli, Duke University Via Zoom | Register here | or email quello@msu.edu Debates about political bias in the content curation and moderation practices of social media platforms have spilled over into the policy realm, rekindling conversations about the Fairness Doctrine and its potential utility in possible regulatory approaches to social media.  This presentation revisits the history of the Fairness Doctrine, including its frequent recurrence as a point of reference in subsequent media policy debates, and uses this history as a lens for critically examining current proposals for integrating Fairness Doctrine-like principles into a regulatory framework for […]

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IMPhD & Quello Center present: Sonic Privacy with Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications

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Sonic Privacy with Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu This presentation is based on a study that considers the collection of sonic – sound related – data and proposes a theory of sonic privacy for data collection. At its foundation, this theory of sonic privacy examines the right of individuals related to their sonic emissions and distinguishes between sounds heard by other individuals and those collected through technological machinations. The talk examines the prior literature and background providing the foundational thinking on privacy related to sound. Following this, it turns to the wealth […]

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Prof. Johannes Bauer, Quello Center and MSU: Digital Security in Enterprises in a Context of Increasing Digitalization

Online Event https://www.tprcweb.com/

Johannes M. Bauer will participate in a webinar on the "Digital Security in Enterprises in a Context of Increasing Digitalization" webinar, hosted by Cetic.br|NIC.br. With Tatiana Jereissati, Demi Getschko, and Alexandre F. Barbosa (Cetic.br|NIC.br); Laurent Bernat (OECD); Éireann Leverett (Concinnity Risks); Cristine Hoepers (CERT.br|NIC.br); Leonardo Melo Lins (Cetic.br|NIC.br); and Georgina Núñez (UN ECLAC). He will talk about the chapter co-authored with William H. Dutton on "The New Cybersecurity Agenda", just published by NIC.br in Portuguese. Recorded Live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIzQbLLNpZQ.

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Johannes Bauer to present at 2021 GCTC Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster Workshop Hosted by Purdue University

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Johannes M. Bauer, Broadband and educational achievements: disentangling a multifaceted relationship, 2021 GCTC Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster Workshop, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, July 21, 2021.   The program website is at https://ag.purdue.edu/digital-ag-resources/event/2021-gctc-agriculture-and-rural-supercluster-workshop/.   This is a hybrid event in which Purdue University is hosting the SuperCluster workshop for in-person participation onsite at Convergence Center, Purdue University and on Zoom.

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When good (enough) is the enemy of great: Rural broadband in the United States, Christopher Ali, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Room 155 404 Wilson Road, Room 155, East Lansing, MI

Join us in person or via Zoom (sign up here).  A Rural Computing Research Consortium/Quello Center joint event. Drawn from the pages of Dr. Ali's new book, Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity (MIT Press, September 2021), this talk will focus on the politics, policies, and political economies that have prevented broadband from being systematically and democratically deployed in rural areas of the United States. Dr. Ali will describe and contrast the failure of federal rural broadband policy with the resilience and tenacity of local communities and counties who have connected themselves despite a regulatory system that ignores […]

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TPRC Town Hall-The information Society: Restoring the Future

Online Event https://www.tprcweb.com/

Session Topics Information Society: The promise and the reality Is the information society a happy society? Is scholarship of the information sector inherently off-base, and why? So what do we do next to advance a happier information society? How to deal with market power How to deal with AI and algorithms How to spend the billions of infrastructure money Facilitators:  Eli M. Noam, Columbia University Johannes Bauer, Quello Center, Michigan State University Comments by: The Honorable Ro Khanna, U.S. Representative Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robin Mansell, London School of Economics Michael R. Nelson, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Effects of Big Tech Acquisitions on Start-up Funding and Innovation

ITS Online Event 404 Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI

Tiago S. Prado will present Effects of Big Tech Acquisitions on Start-up Funding and Innovation at the online 49th Research Conference on Communication, Information, and Internet Policy (TPRC49) on Friday, September 24, 10:30 AM. The paper is part of the Quello Center research project on Modeling and Measuring the Economic Impacts of Digital Platform Innovation. Quello Center Working Paper No. 04-21, available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3787127.

Abundance: On the experience of living in a world of information plenty with Pablo J. Boczkowski, Northwestern University.

Room 191 404 Wilson Rd, Room 191, East Lansing, MI

DIGITAL FUTURES WORKSHOP: Pablo J. Boczkowski at the Quello Center. Join us in person or via Zoom(sign up here).  Information overload is something that humans have dealt with for millennia. During different historical eras, massive increases in what was available to know has motivated the creation of systems for sorting, indexing, and compiling information as well as concerns that the abundance of information might cause cultural anxiety or even drive people to madness. The digital age has renewed concerns about information overload and the detrimental effects it has on our ability to sort through the stream of online data, decide […]

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Keith N. Hampton and Johannes M. Bauer will present at the The Pew Charitable Trust event in Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C.

Keith N. Hampton and Johannes M. Bauer will present Quello Center research on the interaction of broadband, social factors, and educational outcomes at an invitation-only event organized by The Pew Charitable Trust in Washington, D.C. on November 3. Titled Universal Broadband Access and Shaping the Future of Education, the event is one of several planned conversations to discuss the opportunity, challenges, and concrete steps towards re-imagining and building an inclusive, innovative education system.

Cyber-insurance Policy: The Role of Carriers and Regulators in an Emerging Market

Quello Center 404 Wilson Rd, Room 405, East Lansing, MI

Josephine Wolff, Assistant Professor for Cybersecurity Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu This talk will trace the emergence and continuing growth of the cyber-insurance industry, focusing on how it has evolved in the first twenty years of its existence, where it is headed, why online threats have been particularly challenging for many insurers to model, and what role policy-makers can and should play in helping the market stabilize and grow. Through a series of legal disputes centered on denied claims for cyber-related losses, the talk will examine how insurers have […]

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Information Seeking During Covid-19. A Multi-Method Approach to Understanding Beliefs, Knowledge, and Preventative Behavioral Intentions

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Please RSVP here or email quello@msu.edu Submit any questions to quello@msu.edu The Quello Center Information Seeking Project examines how information seeking from online and offline sources is associated with knowledge of dynamically evolving events. We use the COVID-19 pandemic as a case in point for a class of phenomena for which incomplete (scientific) information about the phenomenon interacts with misinformation and disinformation. How is reliance on different information sources associated with beliefs about the pandemic, knowledge about it, and behavioral intentions to engage in precautionary measures? We applied multiple theoretical and empirical models to data from nationally representative surveys in the United States (N=2,280) […]

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Big Data in Agriculture: Applications and Policy

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Via Zoom  RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu A Rural Computing Research Consortium/Quello Center joint event. Precision agriculture (PA) has aided farmers, researchers, and agricultural technology providers (ATPs) with feeding a growing population with finite resources. By using remote sensing and other data collecting techniques, farmers can more precisely apply their inputs to maximize their yield. ATPs collect input and output data from farmers and use artificial intelligence and machine learning to build prescription maps which farmers can program farm equipment to follow. The use of PA has allowed farmers to use less resources, which saves money and reduces environmental impact. However, technology […]

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Media-Concentration Control in Times of Platformization – Findings From a Cross-National Study

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  Prof. Dr. Natascha Just, Alena Birrer, MA, Danya He, MSc, Media & Internet Governance Division, Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu Internationally dominant Internet platforms have established themselves as crucial intermediaries for opinion-forming content and have disrupted national media and communications markets. This raises new questions about the control of opinion power and media concentration in times of platformization. This talk presents findings from a cross-national study on the control of market and opinion power in five countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, USA). It scrutinizes the current state of media-concentration control […]

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“Because Technology” and Other Legal Imaginaries of COVID-19

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Sandra Braman, Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu The Covid-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to examine how a medical emergency -- so different in kind from the national security emergencies we are accustomed to thinking about in this policy issue area -- affected information policy as broadly defined. The talk will provide an overview of information policy as legal epidemiology, examines the legal imaginaries of the pandemic as they appeared in the first five months, and positions those imaginaries relative to the longer trajectories of the evolution of information policy. […]

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Living with HIV in Rural Areas: Addressing Healthcare Transportation Barriers through Technology.

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Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu People living with HIV in rural areas need to get to healthcare facilities and places where they can find nutritious food that are often located in other towns or cities. Thus, access to affordable and reliable forms of transportation to healthcare and food resources is critical for this population. Yet, the transportation needs of this vulnerable population are often underserved as public and private transportation services are limited in rural areas. Ridesharing platforms have made it easier for people living in urban areas to get to work, grocery stores and healthcare providers. However, such technologies […]

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“Innovation in 5G technology: leadership, competition, and policy issues” Presentation and discussion of the Special Issue of Telecommunications Policy

ITS Online Event 404 Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Johannes Bauer will be speaking with Maria Alessandra Rossi, Maria Massaro, and Pier Luigi Parcu at a webinar organized by the International Telecommunications Society 5G development, implementation and disruptiveness continues to gather attention and debate among policymakers and researchers. 5G will provide the basis for digitization in many areas of our lives and will influence a broad spectrum of sectors. Full realisation of the Internet of Things (IoT), often called the next Industrial Revolution, relies on 5G development. At present, one estimate is that there will be up to 26 billion connected devices by 2026 (Ericsson, 2021). The global […]

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The Internet of Things and Intimate Partner Abuse: Examining Prevalence, Risks, and Outcomes

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Organizer UCL STEaPP | steapp.communications@ucl.ac.uk Via Zoom | RSVP Here In this talk, Megan Knittel will begin with a discussion of her recent paper examining prevalence, risk factors, support-seeking, and personal outcomes of Internet of Things (IoT)-mediated intimate partner abuse. The researchers conducted a survey (N=384) using the MTurk platform of adult women living in the United States who self-reported having experienced intimate partner abuse. They found that approximately 20% of women reported experiencing adverse behavior from an intimate partner using an IoT device, with the most common perpetration occurring with personal assistant devices and GPS enabled devices. Additionally, they found that […]

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Should you believe Wikipedia? Social epistemology, virtue epistemology, and the practice of internet research

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Amy S. Bruckman, Regents' Professor and Senior Associate Chair, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology Via Zoom | RSVP Here | or email quello@msu.edu Social computing researchers increasingly need to question the nature of “truth” in our day-to-day work. In this talk, Dr. Bruckman will review ideas from philosophy, especially social epistemology, to give us practical, working definitions of “truth” and “knowledge.” Building on that, she examines the value of virtue epistemology (a combination of social epistemology and virtue ethics) to our research and teaching practice. Finally, exploring reasons why Wikipedia has been successful and broader lessons we can draw from it. […]

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Digital Platforms and American Life: A Conference on Technology and Government

More Information and Registration here. Event is In-Person AEI, Auditorium 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036 The ever-growing importance of internet platforms and Big Tech companies in civic life present difficult questions: How should we govern digital spaces? How does regulation affect innovation and vice versa? How do we do more to provide underserved communities access to digital tools? In almost every realm of our lives, technology is forcing us to confront problems that are both timeless and unique to our era. With the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, AEI’s Digital Platforms and American […]

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