TASCHA to attend iConference 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 an interactive session on developing a mobile information literacy framework. Information on these activities can be found below:

Poster Presentation by TASCHA’s Michelle Fellows

Development and Access to Information: Assessing the contribution of access to information to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Maria Garrido, Chris Jowaisas, Lucas Koepke, Michelle Fellows

Access to information (A2I) is an issue that underpins development policies globally. We see this in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda, where A2I is embedded in targets on ensuring public access to information and universal internet access, while also supporting targets on improved health, education, economic, and governance outcomes. Our project will assess how A2I contributes to advancing the SDGs. This poster shares early outputs from our research, including a conceptual framework and a baseline of indicators that will be used to track progress in the A2I landscape through 2030.

Interactive session, led by TASCHA’s Melody Clark and Chris Rothschild along with Laura de Reynal (Mozilla Foundation), Bobby Richter (Mozilla Foundation), and Sammia Poveda (United Nations University Computer Science) on Friday, March 24 at 10:30am

Towards a mobile information literacy framework: Rethinking information literacy in a mobile era

For billions of people coming online around the world, the mobile phone (and increasingly a smartphone) is their point of entry to the internet. This is true in both developed and developing countries. However, the user experience on a smartphone is very different from that on a PC. The different affordances and limitations of each device shape how people interact with information, and even one’s conceptualization of the internet itself. Yet the thinking around digital literacy has largely failed to account for these differences. This has important implications for how people get online, how they access and experience the internet, how much they produce in addition to consume information, and more.

The purpose of this interactive session is to critique what is known about digital and information literacy on mobile phones, and to construct a new information literacy framework that is reflective of the evolving digital mobile environment we live in. We envision the interactive session as an introductory venue to create a living, working document – the mobile digital and information literacy framework. The intended audience of this interactive session include iConference 2017 attendees that are interested in digital and information literacy, connecting the next billion users to the internet, building the literacy and skills of mobile-first and mobile-centric populations, and enhancing the experience of those coming online via a mobile phone. We welcome and encourage participants of all backgrounds and expertise to create an information literacy framework for mobile-first and mobile-centric users.