Research

Current Projects

Immigration and Information at the crossroads

Life Stories of Labor and Resilience

25 years of Casa Latina working for Social Justice in Seattle.

ICT and Surveillance at the US-Mexico border

Information needs and practices of humanitarian organizations and irregular migrants at the US-Mexico border; the role of ICT and its legal and ethical implications in the context of migration.

Mind the Five: Humanitarian Information Activities

Information practices and protection of privacy in humanitarian context.

Latinx Stories at UW

Life stories of Latino and Latina faculty, students and staff at University of Washington

FotoHistorias

Participatory Photography with Immigrants in Seattle, at the US-Mexico Border, and Colombia. Also with indigenous community in Chiapas, Mexico.

Sanctuary

Migration and spaces of sanctuary in US and Europe. Sanctuary as an expression of moral outrage.

About my Research

The field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (referred to as ICT, ICTD, ICT4D, or Community Informatics), deals with the use of computers and the internet (although other technologies can be considered as well) to promote social and economic development.

I argue that access to computers and other technologies is not sufficient to achieve human development. Beyond access, the skill and capacity to make effective use of the technologies (something we have called “social appropriation”), and the existence of an enabling environment (policy, regulation and good will) are also crucial if ICT are to contribute to improve the lives of marginalized and underserved communities.

Technology is not good or bad, but it is not neutral. Left alone, it tends to replicate or amplify existing inequalities in society.

The goal of my research is to understand the ways in which use of ICT, in particular computer in public places such as libraries, telecenters and cybercafes, helps people in marginalized communities to improve their lives.

Past Projects

Casa Latina and Day Laborers in WA State

ICT and Latino day laborers

How do undeserved populations such as Hispanic day laborers in Washington State use computers and other information and communication technologies?

Indigenous Information in Chiapas, Mexico

SIET

An integrated information and communication system with an indigenous library, a monitoring and evaluation system, and a community radio with Tseltal indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico.

Impact of ICT: How do ICT help people improve their lives?

Impact of Public Access Computing in Colombia: Libraries, Telecenters, Cybercafes

How do people use public access computers, and how do they change their lives?

Global Landscape Study: Public Access Computing in 25 countries

What is the landscape of public access computing (libraries, telecenters and cybercafes) in 25 developing countries, with specific focus on the information needs of underserved communities.

Public Access Computing in Colombia and in South Africa

In-depth study of the uses and impacts of libraries, telcenters and cybercafes in Colombia; smaller study in South Africa.

CWO: Community Wellness Outcomes

How can we measure intangible impacts of ICT for community development, especially non-monetary impacts such as self esteem and expression of aspirations.

OTHER

ICT Pushback: Expressions of resistance to permanent online connectivity

Study of the growing trend of resisting and pushing back on technology by those who have too much of it.

ICTD Trends: Growth and maturation of the field of ICTD

How has the discourse about ICT for development shifted over the past decade? This study does a content analysis of journals and conferences in the ICTD field between 2000-2010.

About my Research

The field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (referred to as ICT, ICTD, ICT4D, or Community Informatics), deals with the use of computers and the internet (although other technologies can be considered as well) to promote social and economic development.

I argue that access to computers and other technologies is not sufficient to achieve human development. Beyond access, the skill and capacity to make effective use of the technologies (something we have called “social appropriation”), and the existence of an enabling environment (policy, regulation and good will) are also crucial if ICT are to contribute to improve the lives of marginalized and underserved communities.

Technology is not good or bad, but it is not neutral. Left alone, it tends to replicate or amplify existing inequalities in society.

The goal of my research is to understand the ways in which use of ICT, in particular computer in public places such as libraries, telecenters and cybercafes, helps people in marginalized communities to improve their lives.

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