Sep 04 2008

Online Cultural Values of Openness and Privacy

by at 3:32 pm

Hi, I’m Ben Turner and this is my introductory post. I’m one of the two junior Yahoo! fellows working with Gaurav this year. I am a second-year Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate studying international development, technology policy, and social business entrepreneurship. I am a former US Army veteran of Iraq and have worked as a web designer and a daytrader as well.

I have a personal web site at and my online activities are streamed through FriendFeed. Please feel free to add me!

Research Topic

My research will focus on the relationship between openness and privacy (and transparency, which I consider to be a product of that interaction). My feeling is that there are different expectations and standards for openness and privacy, depending on which cultural sphere you analyze them in; for example, what the online community finds value in is at odds with what the offline community wants. Online and offline values can also vary across cultures and countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and the US are all sliding into different models with different priorities for social networking, expression of ideas, velocity of online business transactions, and so on. Continue Reading »

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Aug 29 2008

Welcome to ‘How Global Values Shape Communications Technologies’

by at 10:27 pm

Welcome to ‘How Global Values Shape Communications Technologies’ — the blog of the Yahoo! Fellow in International Values, Communications, Technology, and Global Internet at Georgetown University.

The Yahoo! International Values, Communications, Technology, and Global Internet Fellowship Fund was started in 2007-08 at the School of Foreign Services (SFS) at Georgetown University.

Every year, the fund supports one fellow attached to the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) and two junior fellows from the MSFS graduate program at SFS to do research on how international values apply to the development and use of new communications technologies, especially in BRIC countries.

Gaurav Mishra, Ben Turner and Pavneet Singh are the Yahoo! Fellows for 2008-09. Continue Reading »

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