Visiting Professor at the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Ragnedda Visiting ProfessorI am honoured to have been awarded title of Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Faculty Council Meeting was held on 15 March 2019, and the decision was taken by a unanimous vote of the council members. The Faculty Council has justified this title “in recognition of my academic leadership in advancing knowledge through teaching and research, and ford dedicated service to Lomonosov Moscow State University”.

It is a big honour for me to have been awarded this title by the highest-ranked university in Russia. I am really grateful.

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IAMCR 2019 Preconference/Special Issue Information, Communication and Society

gw_hum_boek_information-communicatioin-society_770x510_0Call for papers: IAMCR 2019 Preconference/Special Issue Information, Communication and Society

Era or Error of Transformation? Assessing Afrocentric Attributes of Digitalisation

Guest Editors: Bruce Mutsvairo (University of Technology Sydney), Massimo Ragnedda (Northumbria University) and Kristin Skare Orgeret (Oslo Metropolitan University)

 While the continent of Africa has long been depicted as economically and socially underdeveloped compared with other parts of the world, the potential of its peoples, natural resources and nations has always been recognised. In recent years however, it is the transformative capacity of digital communications media, particularly mobile phones, for young urbanised populations that is seen as heralding sustainable socio-economic growth and political stability. This special issue of Information, Communication & Society is intended to throw a rare and critical light upon these claims by examining how new media may be changing the everyday lives of Africans. It will also seek to understand the implications of these technological changes for nation-states within the wider geo-political context of post-colonial relations and the emergence of China as a major investor. What barriers, challenges or possibilities exist for digital literacy, human rights, democratic governance, business innovation and digital access?

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IAMCR 2019. Digital Divide Working Group

did-logo-optimalWe have been receiving many great submissions to our Working Group in the past weeks. Looks like we’ll have lots of interesting discussions and presentations at IAMCR 2019, Madrid. You can still submit your abstract (both individual and panel proposals are welcome) before February 8, 2019 through OCS system.

The overarching conference theme in 2019 is “Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths”. The theme addresses issues of human rights and dignity in a modern globalized world, where ICTs and artificial intelligence are influencing the way human rights are currently understood, promoted and protected. The theme seeks to explore the role of information and communication technologies in both supporting and subverting the exercise of rights and the achievement of universal dignity. It also argues that such rights as the right to voice and visibility, to have one’s experiences and ideas fairly represented in public sphere, to have access to the comprehensive information are now gaining a status of fundamental rights in the society.

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Towards Digital Equity

hong kong presentationOn January 10-11 2019, I participated at the International Symposium “Wellbeing and Inequality in the Digital Age: New challenges and new possibilities” Lingnam University, Hong Kong.

The symposium, very well attended, posed interesting questions:

How will technological change impact on life chances, wellbeing and social inequality?

Is a digital society ‘smart’ for all, or exclusionary for many-and in what ways?

How is technology reshaping the social policy agenda?

What does new technology offer in terms of new ways to deliver policies and to better inform citizens?
I presented a paper titled “Towards Digital Equity” in which I argued that “digital inclusion projects”, regardless their public or private nature, aim to create an inclusive society in which no-one is left behind.

Here my abstract:

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The three levels of digital divide in East EU countries

World of MediMassimo Ragnedda and Hanna Kreitem (2018) The three levels of digital divide in East EU countries, World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies, 4. 5-26.

This article brings to light significant insights into the three levels of digital divide in the particular setting of East EU. It discusses and analyses indicators related to the spread and use of the Internet (first level of digital divide), the level of digital skills (second level of digital divide), and digital services used by citizens in East EU countries to improve their quality of life (third level of digital divide). The article specifically focuses on the third level of digital divide, by analysing, on a macro level, three tangible outcomes, namely eGovernment service completion and use, eHealth in terms of seeking health related information and interacting with practitioners online, and eCommerce. Data from Eurostat, including digital scorecard and other reports, showed clear discrepancies among countries of East Europe, as well as distinct difference between some countries and overall European Union averages, suggesting the existence of two groups of countries, one as high performance in terms of services offered and high growth in terms of use, and the second is at medium performance in terms of services offered, and low in terms of growth and use.

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Are you interested in doing a Phd at Northumbria University, Newcastle?

Northumbria-University-Newcastle-LogoAre you interested in doing a Ph.D at Northumbria University, Newcastle? I am currently looking for strong candidates interested in bringing fresh perspectives to debates around the forms of digital and social inclusion and sketch a concept of inclusion and inequality in the digital sphere. The successful candidate will develop innovative ways through which to study how to counter social inequalities through digital inclusion. The successful researcher will use a case study approach to explore the ways in which digital literacy and digital skills programmes work together to challenge social inequalities and to propose a more nuanced understanding of how social and digital inclusion are related.  I am open to applications bringing a variety of interpretations and suggesting different case study examples to this broad topic. Candidates should have an interest in equality issues and digital technologies. This project will be suitable for candidates with an MA or MFA in mass communication, media and sociology. Researcher who can bridge two or more of the above disciplines will be particularly well placed to apply for this doctoral studentship.

If you are interested please get in touch with me: massimo.ragnedda @ Northumbria.ac.uk

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25 January 2019

Start Date: 1 October 2019

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IAMCR 2019: Abstract submission system is now open

did-logo-optimalYou can submit your abstract (both individual and panel proposals are welcome) any time starting from today until February 8, 2019. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

The overarching conference theme in 2019 is “Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths”. The theme addresses issues of human rights and dignity in a modern globalized world, where ICTs and artificial intelligence are influencing the way human rights are currently understood, promoted and protected. The theme seeks to explore the role of information and communication technologies in both supporting and subverting the exercise of rights and the achievement of universal dignity. It also argues that such rights as the right to voice and visibility, to have one’s experiences and ideas fairly represented in public sphere, to have access to the comprehensive information are now gaining a status of fundamental rights in the society.

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