Research statement My research analyses the social and political implications of emerging forms of social media and ICTs for upholding and/or undermining democratic values, human rights, and human development.
Recent focus -the development, affordances, uses, constraints, and consequences of social media
Social Media Blogs – WordPress, blogger Microblogs – Twitter, Yammer Content-sharing sites – YouTube, Flickr Social network sites – Facebook, LinkedIn
Regimes of sharing: Open APIs, interoperability, and Facebook Looks at the privacy implications of sharing among social media and third party websites, especially the attempts by Facebook to achieve interoperability at the cost of maintaining users' fixed online identities.
Social Networks as International Platforms [published in the Special Issue, "Making the net work" of the Journal of International Communication 16, 2 (August-September 2010). ] Research question - “How can social network sites affirm and uphold a ‘people centered, inclusive and development-oriented information society’” (WSIS, 2005)?
Social Learning with Social Media: Expanding and Extending the Communication Studies Classroom
Social Media and Global Internet Governance: Innovations and Limitations
Privacy and Participation in the Cloud: Ethical Implications of Google's Privacy Practices and Public Communications
Teaching: Social Media, Social Change (course description) Social media have been recognized as important tools for distributed reporting, raising awareness, enabling democratic participation, and engaging a broader public sphere. This class sets out to examine the opportunities and limitations of using social media to support activism, advocacy, and civic engagement. In addition, students will have opportunities to create their own social media campaigns.
Service – Social Media <ul><li>Chair, Instructional Delivery Committee (2009-2011) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social media workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facilitator, Faculty Learning Communities (2007-2011) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blended Learning, iPod Touch in the Classroom, Second Life, Social Media </li></ul></ul>
Service – (cont.) <ul><li>The Service Learning Program at the Mount is based upon "service to others" and allows students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge while volunteering their service in a variety of areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Cincylight campaign to promote a light rail system in Cincinnati </li></ul><ul><li>Redwebzine online news publication that shares "Stories of transformation in lives of prisoners and individuals re-entering society.” </li></ul><ul><li>Our Daily Bread soup kitchen and hospitality center computer lab volunteer. </li></ul>
Service – International Steering member and manager of social media for the UN-based Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles (IRP), an initiative formed by people and institutions to establish an Internet Governance regime founded upon human rights under the United Nations' body the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
Scholarship | Teaching | Service Thank you. Robert Bodle
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