In case you wondered why there were no updates on this blog recently, the answer is simple – I am dissertating. I need to have a finished manuscript by mid June, which leaves me with around 60 days to finish the task. Wish me luck!
In other news, which you may have already seen on Facebook, an article I co-authored with Erik Nisbet and Tarleton Gillespie got published in The Information Society and we got some press coverage in Cornell Chronicle. Here is the abstract of the paper:
Addressing the reasons for—and the solutions to—the “digital divide” has been on the public agenda since the emergence of the Internet. However, the term has meant quite different things, depending on the audience and the context, and these competing interpretations may in fact orient toward different policy outcomes. The goals of this article are twofold. First, the authors unpack the term “digital divide” and examine how it has been deployed and interpreted across a range of academic and policy discourses. Second, through a framing experiment embedded within a nationally representative survey, the authors demonstrate how presenting respondents with two different conceptual frames of the digital divide may lead to different perceptions of who is most accountable for addressing the issue. From this, they discuss the dynamic relationship between the construction and communication of policy discourse and the public understanding of the digital divide, as well as implications for effective communication about the digital divide and information and communication technology policy to the general public.
Feel free to contact me if you want to read the entire piece and don’t have access.
I have been away from blogging for a while and kind of got “out of shape” (I even think my blog was removed from Technorati as inactive). I was really busy working on my A-exam papers, but now, after over 120 pages of single-spaced text, I am getting back on track. It is a particularly good timing as I am spending this summer in a place where blogging is actually considered work
So, what I’ve been up to? Here is a short update.
I am spending this summer at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society working in the Internet and Democracy project. Berkman is a really interesting place where seemingly unlimited (primarily intellectual) resources are combined with a really comfortable environment for people to let their inner geek/nerd out. I am an “intern” and there are about 30 of us working all over the yellow house on Everette street (and thanks to Cathrine White, we now go by Berkterns – Berkman interns). The summer is only at the beginning, but it looks promising. So, if you are in the Boston area, please feel free to touch base. I will be here until early August.
Please note that I’ve started reworking this site a little bit in terms of content, structure, and infrastructure (I really need to upgrade the platform). I am using WordPress and I am now also looking for a new theme. The theme should be widget ready and also to have tabs. If you have any ideas, please let me know.
As to actual cooking, please check out a new initiative Veronica and I have started. It is called “Cooking Travels” and the basic idea is to explore various cultures through their food. We are looking for people who would be interested to contribute to it on a casual basis. So please let me know if you would like to take part.
In the next few days, I plan to release some of the post drafts that have been sitting there for a while. Hope at least some of the are still relevant