The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the UW Information School explores the role of digital technologies in building more open, inclusive, and equitable societies. We are a center for multidisciplinary research, currently focusing on data equity, essential skills for digital life, women and technology, civic engagement, new geographies of knowledge, and public libraries. We are particularly interested in people and places that face social, economic, and political barriers. TASCHA is an applied research center that advances knowledge and creates public resources for improving policy and practice. In particular, we co-create research programs with organizations and donors committed to achieving positive social change. Our work has helped international organizations, governments, foundations, civil society organizations, and public libraries in the United States and more than 50 countries.
TASCHA is housed in the Information School, one of the world’s leading iSchools. The UW iSchool explores the relationship between information, technology, and people. By tackling key social and technical problems in the information field, the iSchool has become an important link between users of information and designers of information systems, connecting society with the information it needs. iSchool faculty come from the social sciences, humanities, and engineering disciplines. With a strong culture of collaboration, the iSchool is an ideal home for TASCHA.
TASCHA contributes to the university’s broader university community by organizing talks, participating in seminars, and offering research clinics. TASCHA researchers are inspired by — and often collaborate with — researchers from other departments, such as Computer Science, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Public Affairs, and Communication. TASCHA is a co-sponsor of the Change seminar series.
TASCHA was founded in 1999 as the Center for Internet Studies (CIS). The center originally operated as part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs. We built our reputation in the area of information and communication technologies and development (ICTD), leading research and launching programs that brought together faculty and students from across campus.
In 2007 we moved to the University of Washington’s Information School and became the Center for Information & Society. Our ICTD approach expanded to include libraries, information science, and informatics.
Today we manage a large research portfolio and have grown from a three-person team to an ever-expanding group of faculty, researchers, students, and program staff — including an extended network of research partners in over 50 countries.
In 2009 we became the Technology & Social Change Group. Our friends call us TASCHA.
TASCHA is grateful for the support and partnership of:
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
- East-West Management Institute
- European Union / Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
- Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Millennium Challenge Corporation
- Tableau Foundation
- The City of Seattle
- International Telecommunications Union
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