About Sarah Kendzior: Dr. Kendzior is an anthropologist and communications scholar who studies digital media and politics. Her research interests include the ways in which the internet affects political mobilization, privacy, trust and self-expression with a focus on the authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union, including Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.Topic of the class: Political Culture in the Digital Age
What role does political culture play in shaping how people interact online? Since the Arab Spring, the internet has been hailed as a medium which allows citizens of authoritarian states to mobilize against their governments. Often overlooked is how the internet impacts relationships between the dissidents themselves. Dissidents struggle with problems of audience, authorship and anonymity exacerbated by both the online environment and by the political norms of an authoritarian state. In this class, we will read about the dissidents of Uzbekistan, one of the most repressive states in the world, and discuss how political culture shapes online interaction. Structure of the presentation:
Overview of the presentation
Uzbekistan political culture
Dramatic change in 2005
Uzbek children abroad
Sarah Kendzior. “Digital distrust:Uzbek cynicism and solidarity in the Internet Age”.American Ethnologist 38 (3): 559-575
About Tim Wedig: Dr. Wedig holds a PhD in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Research and teaching interests are focused on approaches to sustainable peacebuilding, conflict prevention, humanitarian intervention, and information technology. Dr. Wedig has over 15 years’ experience in designing and facilitating simulation exercises for classroom and professional training environments.
Topic of the class: What is the long-term experience and success of these movements/organizations? Have they continued to rely on the internet or have they established/added new methods/structures/tools? Is their impact still influential?
Democracy and Human Rights – Free Burma
Danitz and Strobel (1999). “The Internet’s Impact on Activism: The Case of Burma.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
Transnational Activism – Anti-Globalization
Van Aiest and Walgrave (2002). “New Media, New Movements? The Role of the Internet in Shaping the ‘Anti-Globalization’ Movement.” Information, Communication, & Society.
Political Campaign – Dean for America
Hindman (2005). “The Real Lessons of Howard Dean: Reflections on the First Digital Campaign.” Perspectives on Politics.
About Yan Li: Since September, 2004, Dr. Li has been working at Institute of Educational Technology, College of Education, Zhejiang University. Her research interests include distance education, ICT education, media education, diffusion of educational innovations, and etc. In recent years, she has presided several research projects and has published series of academic papers or books in area of educational technology.
Topic of the class:
The digital divide and media education in China
Structure of the presentation
Introduction by Prof. Chip Bruce
Introduction and the plan of the class
On Digital Divide
On Digital Divide in China
Media Education and the teenagers
Answering Questions on Media Education
About Jon Gant: Dr. Jon Gant is a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he serves as the Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). Jon is a national leader in the areas of digital inclusion and broadband adoption. In the past two years, Jon has published groundbreaking research in the areas of Internet access and use, including co-authoring the first report to examine broadband adoption among minority communities.
Topic of the class:Strategies for building digital communities Structure of the presentation: