[Sept 30] Congrats to doctoral students Ying Xu, Dan Hellmann and Eric Obeysekare on their doctoral dissertation defenses this month.

[Sept 15] Making progress on collaboration with Clio Andris of Penn State Geography Dept. on Syrian refugee integration in Turkey. This project makes use of a ‘call data record’ (CDR) data set and facilitated by Penn State’s SSRI. See the media coverage for more information.

[Sept 1] Excited about our new  on Internet of Things project in Rwanda. Seeking master’s students for research projects and NSF-funded travel to Rwanda.

[June 15] Check out my new publication in IEEE Computer – ‘Now you see it, now you don’t: Digital connectivity in marginalized communities’

[May 15] Our book is out!  Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons

[May 7] Congratulations to doctoral student Eric Obeysekare, a member of the third place team in Vodafone America’s 2018 Wireless Innovation Project Competition.

[Feb. 27 – March 11] Field work in Ugandan refugee camps for the Smart Communities Coalition as a member of the NetHope team.

[February 21-22] Talk and workshop on ICTs and Refugees, at MIT’s Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab.

[February 5] Joined the editorial board of Telecommunications Policy.

[January 18-20] NetHope meeting, Puerto Rico – lessons learned from the fall’s hurricane response, included network infrastructure recovery analysis by Facebook’s disaster data science team .

[January 15 -16] I spoke as a member of the Migration Tracing panel, chaired by Dana Diminescu, at the OECD’s International Forum on Migration Statistics.

All this follows a Fall that brought some exciting developments. In early September the IIP celebrated its 20th anniversary with a dinner held in Washington D.C. honoring our supporters. The event immediately preceded our NSF-funded broadband workshop, which brought together scholars from across the globe to share knowledge on how to insure high speed connectivity for all. Prior to these events, I attended TRPC45, where I presented a paper on refugee networks and brought to a close my term as Board Chair.

Later in November, I served as PC co-chair of the

As TPRC Board Chair – Saying ‘thanks’ for exceptional service to outgoing board members Johannes Bauer (Michigan State) and Martha Garcia Murillo (Syracuse U)

ICTD2017 conference in Lahore, Pakistan where my group presented three papers. It was a wonderful experience working with co-chair Richard Anderson of University of Washington and all the other ICTD leaders.

See our ICTs & Refugees and TribalNet pages for latest research updates.


The fast pace of innovation in information and communication technologies (ICTs) continually creates new opportunities and challenges for economic and social development. These opportunities include improved service provision by humanitarian organizations as well as opportunities for individuals to improve their lives, both in the U.S. and around the world.

At the Great Wall of China following the 2006 ITS conference

Here at Penn State my research, teaching and service shed light on the ways international policy and organizational contexts influence access to, and use of, information and communication technologies. My work has been conducted in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Also, I’ve had the honor of working with organizations such as the United Nations, international non-governmental organizations (e.g. Save the Children, CARE and IRD), and U.S. federal agencies (e.g. Department of State, National Science Foundation).

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