ICTDX Roundup

February 1, 2019

In early January, TASCHA Director Chris Coward attended the 10th annual International Information and Communications Development (ICTD) conference. As the 10th conference in the series it offered an occasion to reflect on what we have accomplished as a community, where we have fallen short, and what changes may be necessary to respond to broader changes…

Jason Young to present on “Emerging Geographies of Digital Knowledge Politics”

October 10, 2018

Senior Researcher Jason Young will give a lecture titled “Emerging Geographies of Digital Knowledge Politics,” as part of the iSchool Research Symposium. When: Monday, Oct. 15 from 12:30-1:30pm. Light snacks provided. Where: BLD 070 in person or online via zoom. Join Jason as he discusses his past, current, and future research projects with TASCHA, which…

Presentation at the Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit

September 14, 2018

As communities plan for and implement broadband adoption and digital inclusion or digital equity plans, they also need to clarify intended outcomes and measure impacts. At the Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit next week in Minneapolis, TASCHA Research Coordinator Stacey Wedlake and City of Seattle Digital Equity Manager David Keyes will present how TASCHA created…

Mobile Information Literacy – Net Inclusion Lightning Talk

April 19, 2018

Research Coordinator Stacey Wedlake is attending the 2018 Net Inclusion Summit in Cleveland, Ohio organized the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). While at the conference, she’ll present a Lightning Talk on TASCHA’s Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum. Here are her prepared remarks and slides. Hi, my name is Stacey and I’m a researcher at the Technology and Social Change…

TASCHA to attend iConference 2017

March 1, 2017

TASCHA researchers will be in Wuhan, China for the annual 2017 iConference taking place March 22-25. The TASCHA team will once again join scholars and researchers from around the world concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society to collaborate, share, and explore.  The TASCHA team will also be both presenting on our ongoing A2I project and leading…

Event recording: Overview of TASCHA & the U.S. Impact Study

November 13, 2015

On November 12th, 2015, Samantha Becker and Melody Clark presented an overview of the U.S. Impact Study and TASCHA for University of Washington students.

Presentation: The rise of innovation spaces and implications for libraries

May 9, 2014

We are familiar with the typical library computer space— rows of computers, each one occupied by a single person. The underlying notion driving this configuration is that people need access to information, and that this access is optimized when each person is provided with individualized use of a computer and internet (with assistance from a librarian when the need arises). There is another model that is experiencing tremendous growth and attention: innovation spaces—physical places that foster community, collaboration, and creation. The notion behind these spaces is that creativity and innovation are stimulated when people and ideas come into contact with one another, not when they are isolated. There are many types of innovation spaces — hackerspaces, makerspaces, tech hubs, coworking spaces — and a common feature is the intense interaction among people with computers.

The role ICTs and libraries play in emergency situations

November 5, 2013

The use of ICTs, such as mobile phones, text messages, and various applications, increases with every emergency situation and disaster we see. The organization Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières) recently held an international symposium, The Urgency of Reading, which brought together experts from all over the world to discuss innovations and good practices in providing access to information, ICTs, and culture in emergency humanitarian situations. Among participants from the United Nations, UNESCO, and various humanitarian foundations, TASCHA’s Maria Garrido was invited to discuss her research on the role of public access ICT venues, such as libraries and telecenters, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami in Chile. Maria presented the main findings of this research, as well as the recommendations based on the findings. Maria focused particularly on the importance of the physical space libraries provide in the aftermath of disasters.

Innovation Spaces: From access to information to access to each other

October 22, 2013

Innovation Spaces: From Access to Information to Access to Each Other was the topic of a presentation delivered by TASCHA Director Chris Coward at Cotexto Digital in Bogota Colombia, October 17, 2013. Contexto Digital is a series of events organized by the National Library of Colombia and the Luis Angel Arango Library of Colombia aimed at addressing various topics at the intersection of digital media, culture, and development.

Misconceptions and mistakes: What if our approach to technology in libraries, telecenters, and cybercafes is all wrong?

October 5, 2013

Join the Global Impact Study team at USC’s Annenberg School on Monday, October 7, for a review of what they learned, and to discuss how their findings should shape ICTD policies and programming in the years to come. If unable to attend in person, please follow along on Twitter at @TASCHAGroup.