Pesquisadores & Projetos

Pesquisador: Joseph Dean Straubhaar
Instituição: University of Texas, in Austin

From digital inclusion to social networks and virtual worlds in Brazil

This talk will trace the waves of thinking in Brazil about digital inclusion in terms of social thinking, policy choices, technology choices and programs, as well as the adoption of technology at local and national levels. We will compare Brazilian thinking about digital and social inclusion with that of the U.S. and Europe. We will examine the impact of social networking in Brazil, including how it has accelerated Internet use deeper into society. We will also look at how some very new technologies, like virtual worlds, are being used to address concrete social problems like distance education for teachers."

His primary teaching, research and writing interests are in global media, international communication and cultural theory, information societies and the digital divide in the U. S. and other countries, and global television production and flow. His graduate teaching includes media theory, global media, comparative media systems, international telecommunications systems, Latin American media, and research methods. His undergraduate teaching covers the same range plus introduction to mass communication and the information society. He does research in Brazil, other Latin America countries, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has taken student groups to Latin America and Asia. He has done seminars abroad on media research, television programming strategies, and telecommunications privatization. He is on the editorial board for the Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and Revista INTERCOM.