Current research on digital divides at the University of Washington

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My friend and colleague Karine Barzilai-Nahon recently posted a synopsis of digital divide-related research at the Hawaii International Conference of System Sciences, or HICSS. She notes different papers on different aspects of the divide, as well as on telecenters and information and communication technologies, including a paper co-written my another of my collleague friends, Chris Coward. These papers all look very compelling, and will provide some interesting reading in the coming evenings.

Karine also notes the work of the Center for Information and Society, part of the University of Wasington's Information School. I am particularly intrigued by the landscape study that she, Ricardo Gomez, and Rucha Ambikar did -- their methodology is here, and the actual study is here.

(Disclosure: I should point out that I am an alum of the University of Washington, which is where I met both Karine and Chris. This is why I am as familiar with the UW's work on the globalization of information as I am).

I am definitely excited about delving into this research, and to incorporating it into discussions of international information on this blog!

Contributed by Aaron Bowen

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