Feb 12 2009

Call for Applications: 2009-10 Yahoo! Fellow at Georgetown University

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It’s amazing how quickly a year went by.

It seems as if I told you about becoming the 2008-09 Yahoo! Fellow in International Values, Communications, Technology, and Global Internet at Georgetown University only last week and it’s already time to announce the call for applications for the 2009-10 Yahoo! Fellow.

The Yahoo! Fellow at Georgetown University pursues educational and research activities that explore the interplay between international values and new communications technologies, with a focus on BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China.

The projects explore how the use of new communications technologies, like internet and mobile, is shaped by national and socio-cultural context, and how such technologies, in turn, often change that context itself. The projects may also explore how new communications technologies are enabling the formation of virtual public spheres to support human values like democracy, citizenship, freedom of expression and empowerment of disadvantaged communities, but also raising serious questions related to personal privacy, homophily, propaganda and censorship. Projects can draw on insights from many disciplines, including politics, economics, business, and socio-cultural research.

The appointment is for one academic year, from August 15, 2009 to May 15, 2010.

The Yahoo! Fellow can come from the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, but preference is given to individuals with interests in China, India, Russia and Brazil.

You get a $50000 stipend, a $5000 travel allowance, office space and two MSFS graduate students as Junior Yahoo! Fellows. At the minimum, you are expected to produce a publishable paper at the end of the residency. In addition, you may also have the opportunity to teach a graduate course across the MSFS and CCT departments at Georgetown. Both Irene Wu (the first Yahoo! Fellow) and I have taken that opportunity and taught a course, apart from doing our research.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae, along with a statement describing a proposed research topic(s) and methodology (not to exceed 2,500 words) to The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Materials will be reviewed beginning on March 6, 2009 and will be considered until a final applicant has been selected and accepted.

Once again, here’s the the call for applications for the 2009-10 Yahoo! Fellow. It’s a great fellowships, so do help us spread the word by writing a post on your blog, mailing it to friends who may be interested, or sharing it on relevant mailing lists.

Cross-posted at my personal blog.

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Sep 26 2008

How International Values Shape Communications Technologies Podcast – Episode 1

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In the introductory episode of our weekly fellowship podcast, Ben, Pavneet and I explain why our research on social media in BRIC countries is uniquely interdisciplinary, share the personal biases with which we are approaching our research, summarize what we have learned so far, and share our plans for the rest of the year.

The starting point of our research is to understand how differences in culture, access and language in BRIC countries impact the three core values of social media usage — collaboration, community and user generated content — across tools and devices. Pavneet’s focus is on the community and he explores two really important use cases for social media — consumer advocacy and civic engagement. Ben’s focus is on the individual and he explores issues of identity and privacy in the context of social media usage. My role is to pull it all together into a meaningful framework.

So, our research really lies at the intersection of three worlds that (surprisingly) don’t really understand each other — the web 2.0 world, the technology policy world, and the ICT4D world. But, beyond that, it’s really rooted in the tradition of cultural studies and borrows heavily from research related to business, government and development. Continue Reading »

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