Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative

Journal of Information Policy special issue

Journal of Information Policy special issue

A special issue resulting from our “Digital Inequalities and Discrimination in the Big Data Era” preconference was published in the Journal of Information Policy, 8 (March 2018).

Digital Inequalities and Discrimination in the Big Data Era

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Digital Inequalities and Discrimination in the Big Data Era

The Pacific ICTD Collaborative, the School of Communications (University of Hawaii at Manoa), and the Institute for Information Policy (Penn State University) co-sponsored a preconference at the International Communication Association '17 (San Diego).

Scholars convened to address the social, economic, and ethical implications of Big Data analytics in a variety of contexts. From legal perspectives on disclosure of algorithms, analyses of bias in Big Data, promoting equity with regards to health wearables, to national policy analyses about Big Data, research presented at this gathering made the case for attending to the many ethical issues within the wider discourse about Big Data.

Full Program.

Associate Professor Jenifer Sunrise Winter (School of Communications) and Distinguished Professor in Residence Richard D. Taylor (SSRI)

Associate Professor Jenifer Sunrise Winter met with several members of the PICTDC Advisory Board at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference in October, including Prof. Sharon Strover (pictured). TPRC, the leading program of its kind, brings together top scholars, private sector and civil society experts, and policy makers to introduce, discuss and disseminate new research on information policy questions.

Associate Professor Jenifer Sunrise Winter (School of Communications) and Distinguished Professor in Residence Richard D. Taylor (SSRI)

Associate Professor Jenifer Sunrise Winter (School of Communications) and Distinguished Professor in Residence Richard D. Taylor (SSRI) participated in Broadband 2021, a high-level invitation-only workshop of national experts at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA on June 16 and 17. "The workshop's outcomes will be presented in a report to the Broadband Opportunity Council, to be released in the fall of 2016. This timing will provide the potential to guide the new administration in its endeavors to support broadband deployment and use. The goal is to produce impacts by the end of the 2017-2021 term, hence Broadband 2021." (https://broadband.ist.psu.edu/workshop/)

PICTDC Event

January 22, 2016

Dr. Erik Bohlin

Dr. Erik Bohlin

Social and Economic Benefits of Higher Broadband Speed

Billions are being spent on faster broadband. Is it worth it? This question was addressed from a leading information economistís perspective. This talk was co-sponsored by the School of Communications, Department of Economics, and College of Social Sciences.

Erik Bohlin is Chair of the International Telecommunications Society and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Telecommunications Policy. He is Professor at the Department of Technology Management and Economics at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has published extensively in areas relating to Information Society policy, strategy and management. He holds a graduate degree in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics (1987) and a Ph.D. from the Chalmers University of Technology (1995).

PICTDC Event

February 23, 2016

Dr. Jorge Reina Schement

Dr. Jorge Reina Schement

Schramm and Jussawalla: Competing Development Paradigms and the Global Impact of UH Research

Wilbur Schramm and Meheroo Jussawalla, with strong ties to the University of Hawaiëi and East-West Center, were important academic theorists with divergent approaches to the role of communication and technology in rural development. The relevance of their work to policy, and the conflicts it implied, still endures. Dr. Schement discussed both intellectual approaches by investigating the two personalities as he knew them, illuminating how they personified an intellectual tension that persists to this day. His associated notes from this talk, The Prince and the Warrior: Schramm and Jussawalla - Competing Development Paradigms and the Global Impact of UH Research (2016), can be accessed here. This talk was co-sponsored by the School of Communications and College of Social Sciences.

Dr. Schement is Vice Chancellor of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers University and a Distinguished Professor of Communication Policy, and of Latino Studies. He was formerly the Dean of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers and a distinguished professor at Penn State University, where he cofounded the Institute for Information Policy.