Development and universalization of infrastructure networks
Date & time: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 3:00PM
Venue: CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33, 11 Computing Drive, NUS
About the talk:
Two threads run through my work on infrastructure networks (Internet, telephone, railroads, canals, and others): development of networks in face of uncertainties, and universalization of networks via policy interventions. To orient and provide context, I will start with a distilled overview of the existing body of work. I will then discuss two projects I am about to embark on. One, a study on how the metaphor of “hub” has influenced how networks have been imagined and created in Singapore. Two, a critique of the deep-seated assumption that connectivity and circulation of information is necessarily good and the disadvantaged are the main beneficiaries of universalization policies.
About the speaker:
Harmeet Sawhney is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests focus on how telecommunications networks are envisioned and created. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of The Information Society.