News

[May 2021] Starting my Fulbright in Panama, working with Elba Valderrama from UTP, while wrapping up research with Matt McGee and Dorothy Njoroge on Covid-19 anxiety experienced by refugees in Kenya is related to their sources of information. See my publications page for the paper being presented at the IFIP WG 9.4 annual conference.

[December 2020] Congrats to my doctoral student Dr. Rich Canevez on his graduation and dissertation “ICT and STEM Education at the Colonial Border: A Postcolonial Computing Perspective of Indigenizing ICT and STEM Outreach in British Columbia

[October 2020] Participated in the CSCW2020 Asset Workshop. A great turnout of scholars applying the ‘asset based approach’ – dismantling ‘needs based’ approaches to technologies for marginalized communities.

[September 2020] A summary of UNHCR Innovation’s work in Ecuador included a synopsis of our QualMiner project.

[August 2020] Our research on data and metrics to assess coherence between humanitarian and international development programs received a second round of funding from the U.S. State Department. A project initially involving extensive travel is creatively being transformed to an online effort.

[August 2020] Our article, with Ben Hanrahan and Tim Brown (& team), analyzing perceptions of small unmanned vehicles of Rwandan farm staff and local community members will be presented at CSCW2020.

[June 2020] Our article “A Dynamic Perspective of Internet Service Provider Adoption of Emergent Network Technology: A Case Study of Tribal Digital Village” is now available in the Journal of Information Policy.

[May 2020] My research brief ‘Access and Agency: Digital refugees and the future of protection in the context of ubiquitous connectivity ‘ is published by UNHCR’s Innovation Service.

[April 2020] Excited to receive a Fulbright Global Scholar award to research use of digital platforms in refugee responses in Uganda and Panama. I look forward to working with faculty at Makerere University (Uganda) and UTP (Panama).

[April 2020] We’re taking ICTD2020 virtual. Look for us on Zoom in June.

[January 2020] Attending the UNHCR / World Bank Joint Data Center workshop on Forced Migration in Copenhagen.

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

Overview

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).

Contact me at cmaitland@ist.psu.edu or visit at 390E Westgate Bldg. University Park, PA 16802