Excited to have our research featured in this February 2017 story in The Economist! You can download the article from my media page.

It has been a busy spring. Following February’s workshop Migrants, Marginalization and Mobiles,  with scholars at the Singapore Internet Research Center and the REINFORM Network, in April I attended a workshop on migration and ICTs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. While there, I was also invited to give a talk on collective use of ICTs at the UN University Institute on Computing and Society in Macau.

Za’atari Camp, Jordan

Two of our team members are now in Rwanda. Eric Obeysekare is enjoying his Fulbright, working with faculty at CMU Rwanda and investigating IT incubators. He is now joined by undergraduate student Katelyn Sullivan, who received scholarships from Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College and the College of IST to study changing technologies in refugee food distribution. Later this spring, Eric will also be joined by Ying Xu who will conduct research on ICT-enabled community development for refugees. See our ICTs & Refugees page for latest updates.

In June, doctoral student Richard Caneba will begin field research at the Pala reservation. This is the start of a new project called TribalNet, working with the Tribal Digital Village ISP and collaborators Elizabeth Belding (UCSB), Ellen Zegura (GA Tech) and Beki Grinter (GA Tech). See our TribalNet page for more information.


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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