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The Ongoing Quest for Judicial Independence in Contemporary China

November 30, 2012
03:30PM - 05:00PM

Tanenbaum Hall T-112

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China is pleased to have the opportunity to host a talk by Professor He Weifang, one of China’s most prominent public intellectuals and a frequent commentator in various media outlets, including social media.

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Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa: Evidence from Policy and Field Experiments

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

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This paper presents the results of several mobile phone policy and field experiments in sub-Saharan Africa, where mobile phones have been used for learning, money transfers and civic education programs. These experiments suggest that mobile phone technology can result in reductions in communication and transaction costs, as well as welfare gains.

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What Privacy Protects Online

November 21, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Looking at the case of massive, open, online courses (MOOCS), Nissenbaum presents contextual integrity as a foundation for protecting privacy online by means of substantive norms that define what information can be collected and shared, from whom, about whom, with whom, and under what constraints.

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Values-at-Play in Technology Design

November 20, 2012
05:15PM - 06:15PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109

Values-at-Play addresses how, not whether, values might be absorbed into design practice. It is a framework for the conscientious designer to approach, systematically, the question of values, alongside material and functional considerations. Developed initially for digital games, values-at-play is applicable to a wide range of sociotechnical systems, including digital media.

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Subnationalism and Social Development: A Comparative Analysis of Indian States

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

Silverstein Forum at Stiteler Hall, University of Pennsylvania

Why do people in some places experience far higher levels of social development than others? In a world in which millions of people, particularly in developing countries, continue to lead lives plagued by illiteracy and ill-health, understanding the conditions under which social development does or does not occur is of critical importance to political scientists and policy makers alike. Drawing on a study of the stark variations in educational and health outcomes among Indian states, this talk develops a theory of political community as a powerful determinant of public policy and collective action in multi-ethnic democracies.   Organized by the enn Political Science Department and co-sponsored by CASI.

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Rumor as Political Communication in Modern Iran

November 14, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, Dr. Pedram Partovi will consider the place of rumor in recent Iranian history. In general, scholars have associated the work of rumor with pre-modern societies—before the emergence of national ideologies or mass political organization (with the mass media contributing to these phenomena). However, rumor has held a vital role in political communication and mobilization in modern Iran.

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Police Administration in India: Delivery Dysfunction

November 9, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

ANJANA SINHA is a security and security reform practitioner with over twenty years of field and management experience in India. She entered the federal police force in 1990. Currently, she is Inspector General Communications in Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Networks of Political Mobilization: How Digital Media Channels Communication and Triggers Participation

November 9, 2012
11:45AM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This talk will consider the mechanisms through which online networks mediate collective action using evidence from the protests that took place in Spain in May 2011, which were partly inspired by the events in the MENA region and acted as a precursor of the Occupy campaign.

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From Production to Promotion: Persian rugs and the Reinvention of National Technologies

November 8, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this presentation Dr. Erami will provide an analysis of Iran’s anxiety about how Persian rugs should be represented and promoted to the outside world and will reflect on the clashes between Iranian rug producers as well as their objections to being marginalized by government agents during discussions over these new policies.

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