michaelanneI am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech.  My work draws on the fields of Social Computing and Information Communication Technology and Development (ICTD), to study how people collaboratively access and participate with internet technologies in resource-constrained contexts, as well as the barriers that limit participation.  

Drawing on my training as a sociocultural anthropologist, my work focuses on underserved groups to investigate (1) internet access in resource-constrained regions; (2) the design of citizen-led information systems; and (3) social media use for social change.

My dissertation analyzes how individuals in Havana, Cuba, collaboratively piece together multiple information infrastructures to create a uniquely “Cuban” internet against the backdrop of prohibitive access to the world wide web.

At Georgia Tech, I am advised by Amy Bruckman and Neha Kumar and I’m a member of the ELC Lab and the TanDem Lab.  I am also a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellow.

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10.30.18 – I presented my work at Microsoft Research’s Ph.D. Summit.

10.12.18 – I was named a 2018-2019 Foley Scholar.

8.16.18 – I was awarded the $10,000 Global Impact Award from the ARCS Foundation!

8.6.18 – I was named a Foley Scholar Award Finalist.

5.24.18 – This summer, I’m working with Mary Gray as a research intern at Microsoft Research New England.

4.26.18 – I presented my paper,  “El Paquete Semanal: The Week’s Internet in Havana,” at the 2018 CHI Conference.

4.21.18 – I attended the Doctoral Consortium at the 2018 CHI Conference in Montreal.

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