michaelanneI am a Ph.D. candidate in human-centered computing at Georgia Tech.  I draw on the fields of both social computing and human-computer interaction & development (HCID) to study information communication systems in constrained environments.

I use ethnographic methods to study internet access initiatives in resource-constrained communities, paying attention to the complex factors that afford and constrain meaningful engagements in both physical and virtual spaces. Currently, my work explores evolving internet and social media use in Havana, Cuba, and the local innovations that have resulted due to a severe lack of internet access.

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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12.11.17 – My paper, “El Paquete Semanal: The Week’s Internet in Havana,” was accepted at the 2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18).

11.22.17 – I was selected to attend the Doctoral Consortia at the 2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18).

11.19.17 – I’m excited to announce that I will be the Open Sessions Chair at the 2019 ACM Conference on Information Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).

8.10.17 – I received the $10,000 Herz Global Impact Award from the Achievement Rewards for Academic Scientists (ARCS) for a second year.

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