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ICT4D: In Whose Interests?

March 29, 2012
04:30PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This seminar explores some of the taken for granted assumptions about the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Development, focusing particularly on the interests that gave rise both to the concept and to the activities delivered in its name.

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Hyperactive Journalism: The India Examples

March 26, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this talk, Chinki Sinha will discuss two recent episodes of hyperactivism she has covered as a journalist in India: the September 2010 coverage of a hypothesized deluge in Delhi that led to widespread panic in the region, and the recent “Anna Hazare movement,” where a 73-year-old man’s fast to create pressure for what he termed as a peoples’ version of the pending anti-corruption bill received enormous journalistic attention and partisanship, turning him into a wildly popular hero.

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Transitions Transformed: Ideas of Information and Democracy post-2011

March 26, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Using case studies such as Hungary, Iran, Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia, the 2012 Milton Wolf Seminar,Transitions Transformed: Ideas of Information and Democracy Post-2011 explored the evolving relationship between media and democratic transition in light of rapid technological change and the shifting structure and dynamics of the international communication system. As countries such as Tunisia and Egypt move towards democratic transition and countries such as Hungary adopt new laws and policies that threaten to undermine democratic practices, considerable debate abounds about the future structure of democratic institutions and the role of media and communication structures, practices, and regulations.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: “Designing User Interfaces for Novice and Low-Literacy Users”

March 22, 2012
04:00PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

One of the greatest challenges in developing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for global development is that 41% of the population in the least developed countries is non-literate and even the literate among the poor are only novice users of technology. I will describe work we have done over the past 6 years in Text-Free User Interfaces.

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SOPA/PIPA and the Future of Internet Politics, Policy, and Digital Copyright Legislation

March 20, 2012
01:30PM - 03:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

How can legislators and policymakers frame internet policy so that it protects intellectual property while ensuring that it does not violate the First Amendment and hinder growth and innovation in the internet industry? Please join us for a panel discussion on the future of internet politics, policy, and digital copyright legislation, hosted by the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication.

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Playgrounds or Education?: Notes on the Implementation of the Right of All Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009

March 15, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

Chinki Sinha is a journalist based in New Delhi. She worked for The Indian Express and covered a range of issues including primary education and the Right of All Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

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