2017-2019 Incoming Executive Committee – Open Seat

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitions its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

Luca Rossi
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – Incoming Open Seat

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born somewhere in the center-north part of Italy and I studied – and started my academic career – at the University of Urbino. Since 2013 I moved to the IT University of Copenhagen, when I’m actually associate professor in digital media and communication.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
Open Seat, I guessed that was the best way to start.

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
AoIR is the only academic association that feels like home. It makes perfect sense to take turns into helping it evolving into something even better.

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
My first IR conference was in 2008 – almost 10 years ago!- IR 9.0 – Rethinking Communities, Rethinking Place, here in Copenhagen.

What is/are your current research interests?
Currently working on developing network analysis methods to study participation and activism.

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.
It’s probably Bjork talking about TV in 1988. There’s almost everything you need to know in this short video 🙂

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2017-2019 Executive Committee Introduction – Incoming Vice President

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitions its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

Photo of Lynn Schofield ClarkLynn Schofield Clark
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee, Vice President

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Lynn Schofield Clark (PhD U of Colorado) is Professor, Chair, and Director of the Estlow Center for Journalism and New Media in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. She has been involved in AoIR for more than a decade and served as Conference Host for AoIR 2013 in Denver. She is a participatory action researcher who works with U.S. young people of color, studying the practices of political newcomers as they use, share, and engage with news and political processes via social media, considering the implications of these practices for public life. She is the author (with Regina Marchi) of Young People and the Future of News (2017, Cambridge U Press), and is also author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age (2013, Oxford U Press) and From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (2005, Oxford U Press), in addition to other publications.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
VP-elect

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
I have always enjoyed having my frameworks for thinking completely shattered and rebuilt through my experiences with AoIR. I think the people who attend this conference are some of the world’s most impressive thinkers about technology and society, and I’m honored to play a part to serve this conference and this community.

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
I have attended more than 10 conferences and have been involved since the early years.

What is/are your current research interests?
I’m very interested in issues of equity and participation, but skeptical about the prospects for both given current economic, technological, social, and political arrangements of power.

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.

It’s an old one, but it still makes me laugh every time: The Ultimate Dog Teaser

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A Bold, Bipartisan Plan to Return the U.S. to the Vanguard of 21st-Century Technological Innovation

A Bold, Bipartisan Plan to Return the U.S. to the Vanguard of 21st-Century Technological Innovation
(republished with permission from The Conversation.)

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How can we ensure technology brings prosperity to us all?
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Sascha Meinrath, Pennsylvania State University

Digital technologies like the internet and smartphones are transforming our lives and society. They are proving to be powerful tools for liberating individuals’ creative and entrepreneurial potential, as well as providing new educational opportunities and higher wages for marginalized people, both in the U.S. and around the globe. Unfortunately, in the U.S., outdated government regulations and weak consumer protections are undermining these opportunities.

What’s more, the Trump administration has not yet made significant moves to address this growing crisis: As of this writing, five key White House positions are vacant, without even acting directors or interim leaders to help the executive branch formulate U.S. science and technology policy.

As the founder of both the Open Technology Institute and the X-Lab policy and innovation organization, I have spent years at the heart of many Washington, D.C. battles over technology policy, fighting for ideas that would best serve American workers and the general public. As technology spreads throughout nearly every facet of our society, including health care, transportation, education and electricity, the benefits tend to grab the headlines, while their costs are often downplayed or ignored outright. My work, and that of many other technology policy experts and public interest advocates, has focused on ensuring that the digital revolutions in our society and our economy bring the most freedoms and benefits to the most people, with as little oppression and harm as possible – a goal that is shared by a vast majority of the general public from across traditional political, socioeconomic, racial and cultural divides.
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