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Broadband and Student Performance Gaps is the result of a project designed to understand the repercussions of poor or no home Internet access on student performance and the associated costs to society. The Quello Center at Michigan State University (MSU) and Merit Network, in December 2018, brought together the K12 Citizen Science Working Group, a small group of stakeholders from Michigan school districts.
Research Team: Keith N. Hampton (MSU), Laleah H. Fernandez (MSU), Craig T. Robertson (Oxford), Johannes M. Bauer (MSU)
This project studies the role of digital inequality on change in rural student’s academic performance, educational aspirations, and psychological wellbeing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing existing survey and student record data from a 2019 sample of rural students will be paired with student records from standardized exams (2019-2022), and information on student internet during the pandemic. This work will answer the question of whether students with no or poor Internet access, and those with lower digital skills, experienced declines in academic performance, educational aspirations, or psychological wellbeing? And if initiatives by schools to “fill the gap” in the missing infrastructure for rural Internet access (e.g., deploying cell phone hotspots) was successful at preventing negative consequences to student performance, educational aspirations, and psychological wellbeing due to preexisting digital inequalities?
Research Team: Keith N. Hampton (MSU), Gabriel Hales (MSU), Megan Knittel (MSU), Johannes M. Bauer (MSU)
This study by Jean Hardy, Director of the Rural Computing Research Consortium (RCRC) and Research Fellow at the Quello Center, seeks to answer the following: First, what are the localized, and often invisible, connectivity needs of rural people? Second, how do we design infrastructure so that it better serves rural connectivity from a rural perspective? To address this gap in understanding, the project draws from the decades-long legacy of human-centered design and participatory design that advocates for end users being at the center of the design of digital technology. In doing so, we take what we are calling a human-centered infrastructure design (HCID) approach. This approach involves combining ethnographic methods that seek to understand the cultural and lived experience of digital connectivity on the ground with design methods that seek to understand how infrastructure could be designed differently if we centered rural connectivity needs from the beginning of the design process.
Research Team: Jean Hardy (MSU), Ava Francesca Battocchio (MSU), Johannes M. Bauer (MSU)
This multi-year research initiative seeks to inform policies toward advanced ICT service and applications in the United States, with a current emphasis on 5G wireless services, platform ecosystems, and systemic types of innovation (e.g., smart mobility). Many of the topics addressed will also apply to emergent technologies, including 6G and sub-THz services as well as the Internet of Intelligence (IoI).
Research team: Johannes M. Bauer (Quello Center, MSU); Tiago S. Prado (Quello Center, MSU); Steven S. Wildman (former Quello Center, MSU).
This collaborative project seeks to understand political and health information seeking during periods of dynamic change, such as the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic. Controlling for socioeconomic and other factors, we are particularly interested in how sources and channels used to obtain, verify, and update information influence individuals’ mental models and factual knowledge about the pandemic and appropriate responses.
Research Team: Johannes M. Bauer (MSU), Bianca C. Reisdorf (UNCC), Grant Blank (Oxford), Shelia R. Cotton (Clemson), Anna Argyris (MSU), Craig T. Robertson (Oxford), Megan Knittel (MSU), Young Anna Argyris (MSU), and Aziz Muqaddam (University of San Diego)
Work in this area is dedicated to topics related to broadband access, quality, digital skills and barriers to use, across rural and urban communities, to inform decisions aimed at narrowing digital divides.
Work in this area discusses principles of sound 5G policy that will help harness the tremendous potential of next-generation wireless innovation for business, government, and society.
Work in this area contributes to the development of appropriate policy responses to current and emerging challenges, including digital platform power, privacy, surveillance, data ethics, and the governance of AI.
Together with researchers in computer science and criminal justice we explore the economic, legal, behavioral, technical and policy aspects of cybersecurity, cybercrime, and cyberterrorism.