My research and teaching focus on the intersection of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and communication policy/ethics. I worked for several years at a listener-programmed radio station (Radio Free Hawaiʻi) that sought to “revolutionize the airwaves” and return them to the people, rather than commercial interests. Later, at the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, I used ICTs to advance disaster management and peacekeeping efforts in the Pacific. These experiences led me to focus on citizen empowerment and reducing the potential discriminatory impacts of information technology systems, while maximizing their benefit for the public good.
- PhD, Communication and Information Sciences, UH Mānoa, 2003
- MLIS, Library and Information Sciences, UH Mānoa, 1996
- BA, Religious Studies (Asia), Philosophy (minor), Occidental College, 1991
My research addresses communication rights and ethics associated with the global expansion of the Internet (including big data and artificial intelligence). Related streams illuminate how big data analytics can expose private information creating unjust power differentials; examine the underlying norms and values related to personally identifiable information (PII) gathered from the emerging array of ubiquitous embedded information technologies in different contexts and how these data are governed (e.g., privacy and security); explore the future of Internet governance; and inform design and governance of social media platforms to foster democratic discourse and constructive political action.